Research study: Are you a parent?

June 2013

Are you a parent? Have you had experience with support services for the treatment of your child’s eating disorder?

Researchers from DCU's School of Health and Human Performance are conducting a study to explore people’s experiences of support services for Eating Disorders in Ireland.

We are particularly interested in interviewing parents of females who are either currently receiving treatment or who have previously received treatment for an Eating Disorder.

Contact information: If you are interested and would like more information about the project please contact Sarah Lynch on 086 4541252 or

Call for volunteers for an online program for bulimia and binge eating disorder

April 2013

Dublin City University (Ireland) and The Turning Institute are seeking volunteers with Bulimia or Binge Eating Disorder to participate in a study commencing in April 2013.

Participants (male or female) are invited to enrol free of charge in a 12-week online program for Bulimia/Binge Eating Disorder. All you need is a computer and internet access.

We will ask you to complete a questionnaire before the program begins, to give us brief weekly feedback on the usefulness of the online sessions and to participate in an online focus group upon completion of the program. 

All participation, including in the online sessions, is completely anonymous, and this study has been approved by the DCU Research Ethics Committee.

If you are interested in taking part, please contact

Please feel free to use a pseudonym in all e-mail correspondence if you wish to protect your anonymity, and set up a pseudonymous hotmail or gmail address for the same reason if you do not wish to be identified.

Research on the helpful aspects of therapy for those experiencing eating disorders

March 2013

Background: Tríona McInerney is a final year counselling psychology trainee at the University of Strathclyde/Glasgow Caledonian University. She is conducting doctoral research on what clients who sought psychological therapy to help with their experiences of difficulties with eating regarded as the helpful aspects of their therapy.

Aims: The objective of this research is to gain an insight from the client’s point of view into their experiences of what was helpful when they attended psychological therapy.

Participation: The research is looking to focus on females, from 18-30 years old, who have been either received a diagnosis of anorexia, received a diagnosis of EDNOS with restrictive food behaviours or any participant who feels they have sought help for the experience of disordered eating, (without a formal diagnosis), defined as: An irregular pattern of eating behaviour, due to a distorted body image, focused on the restriction of food and with the overall aim of weight reduction, incorporating such weight-control behaviours as self-starving and exercising obsessively. It is also necessary that the experience of therapy lasted at least 8-12 weeks.

Contact and further information: Contact Tríona by email, or by phone at +44-77-3166-7825.

This research has received ethical approval from The School of Psychological Sciences and Health, University of Strathclyde.

Research Opportunity: The experience of living with and supporting a person with an eating disorder

March 2012

An exploration of the experience of living with and supporting a person with an eating disorder: A partner’s perspective

My name is Patricia O’Connor. I am a PhD student at the School of Nursing and Midwifery, Trinity College, Dublin and am currently undertaking a research study.

This study aims to build on the very small amount of knowledge that currently exists on partners’ experience of living with someone with an eating disorder 

  • Are you in a relationship where your partner has an eating disorder?
  • Are you with your partner for more than 6 months and are currently living with them?
  • Are you over the age of 18 years?
  • Do you speak English?
  • Would you be willing to share your experiences as part of a research study

If you can answer yes to these questions, I would like to hear your story.

How do I volunteer to take part or get more information? 

Use the contact details below to leave a phone number and I will get back to you to discuss the study at a date/time that is suitable for you. 

Anonymity and confidentiality assured.

This study has research ethics approval from The Faculty of Health Sciences Ethics Committee, Trinity College Dublin

Patricia O’Connor 087 6952304