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The ACBRD celebrates the graduation of Dr Emanuala Araia

We congratulate Dr Emanuala Araia, who was awarded her Doctorate in Health Psychology at a graduation ceremony at Deakin University’s Geelong Waterfront campus on Tuesday 18 June

Emanuala’s thesis was entitled: “Type 1 diabetes, disordered eating and body dissatisfaction in adolescents”, which reported on three related studies: 

  1. the prevalence of disordered eating behaviours and body dissatisfaction using diabetes-specific and gender-specific measures in a national survey of Australian female and male adolescents with type 1 diabetes: the Diabetes MILES Youth-Australia study1
  2. correlates of disordered eating in youth with type 1 diabetes using a mix-methods design, also using data from Diabetes MILES Youth-Australia1 
  3. a qualitative study of disordered eating behaviours and body dissatisfaction; using tweets (Twitter), this study examined the role and potential risks associated with social media use for disordered eating in people with diabete. 

The first of Emanuala’s studies has been published in the International Journal of Eating DisordersGender differences in disordered eating behaviours and body dissatisfaction among adolescents with type 1 diabetes: Results from Diabetes MILES Youth – Australia [1]. Emanuala also presented this study at the 1st International Diabetes and Eating Disorders conference (New Orleans, Nov 2018), for which she was awarded the Diabulimia Helpline 2018 Innovation in Research Award [2]. Emanuala has recently prepared her second study for publication in a leading diabetes journal.

Emanuala’s supervision team included Dr Christel Hendrieckx [3], A/Prof Ross King [4] (Deakin University, School of Psychology) and Prof Jane Speight [5].

Congratulations Dr Emanuala Araia!

1 The Diabetes MILES Youth – Australia study was funded by the National Diabetes Services Scheme (NDSS), which is an initiative of the Australian Government administered with the assistance of Diabetes Australia.