Researcher biography

Rebekah Thomas is a PhD candidate at the University of Queensland. Her PhD project is titled ‘Socio-emotional contexts and the development of eating disorders throughout adolescence’. Her research aims to examine how emotional and familial factors are associated with early signs of eating disorders, in particular, preoccupations with weight, weight control and diet. Rebekah’s research also examines the links between EWAs and other health risk behaviours, particularly substance use. Rebekah hopes to further the understanding on the development of eating and weight loss attitudes in adolescence, and the associated relationships with substance use and mental health.

CYSAR advisors: Associate Professor Adrian Kelly and Dr Gary Chan​