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Andrea Phillipou

Senior Research Fellow; Head, Swinburne Anorexia Nervosa (SWAN) Research Group, Swinburne University of Technology

Dr Andrea Phillipou is a Senior Research Fellow in the Centre for Mental Health at Swinburne University, and holds Honorary Research Fellow positions in Psychiatry at The University of Melbourne, St Vincent's Hospital and the Austin Hospital. She leads the Swinburne Anorexia Nervosa (SWAN) Research Group, and the Body Image & Eating Disorders Research Portfolio at St Vincent's Hospital.

Andrea’s research uses neurobiological, biological, cognitive, psychological and sociocultural methods (neuro-bio-psycho-social methods) and is focused predominantly on three distinct but related streams:

1- Understanding the factors and mechanisms involved in the development and maintenance of anorexia nervosa,
2- Developing tools (e.g. biomarkers) that can be used for more accurate diagnosis, early intervention and prevention of anorexia nervosa, and
3- Developing more effective treatments for anorexia nervosa.

Find out more about Andrea's research here:


  • –present
    Senior Research Fellow, Swinburne University of Technology


  • 2015 
    The University of Melbourne, PhD