Peta Stapleton


  • Bond University, Faculty of Society and Design

    4229 Gold Coast


  • 99 Citations
  • 5 h-Index

Personal profile

Research interests

I have 22 years experience as a registered Clinical and Health Psychologist in the State of Queensland, Australia and have completed a Bachelor of Arts, Postgraduate Diploma of Professional Psychology and Doctor of Philosophy. I specialise in Eating Disorders; Obesity; Binge Eating Disorder; Food Cravings; women's health; adolescence; lap-band (bariatric) surgery; Complementary and alternative medicine/integrative medicine; energy psychology; and health psychology. Prior to my position at Bond University, I spent 14 years as an academic for Griffith University.

In the health field, I lead clinical trials investigating the impact of Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT), especially in the treatment of food cravings in overweight and obese adults.

I have compared EFT against Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) for food cravings; EFT versus CBT for Depression in Adults; EFT for academic fear and resilience in 15 year old students; and EFT for sufferers of chronic pain. I have also led the world's first trial examining neural changes after EFT for food issues (fMRI study).

Statement for HDR students

I coordinate clinical psychological research trials into new therapies in the area of obesity and weight management. Specific focuses are in the health psychology field, and complementary and alternative medicine/integrative medicine (e.g., energy psychology) techniques.

I am currently supervising HDR students who are researching psychological strategies for medical students; love language strategies for parents to improve attachment in children; disordered eating udring pregnancy; and prenatal pregnancy baby bonding programs.

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, Griffith University Queensland

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Research Output 2007 2017

Clinical Psychology
Clinical Medicine
Anorexia Nervosa
Mental Health
Delphi Technique
Prenatal Care

Emotional freedom techniques (EFT) as a practice for supporting chronic disease healthcare: A practitioners’ perspective

Kalla, M., Simmons, M., Robinson, A. & Stapleton, P. 27 Mar 2017 In : Disability and Rehabilitation. p. 1-9 9 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Chronic Disease
Delivery of Health Care
Disease Management
2 Citations

Generation validation: The role of social comparison in use of Instagram among emerging adults

Stapleton, P., Luiz, G. & Chatwin, H. 1 Mar 2017 In : Cyberpsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking. 20, 3, p. 142-149 8 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Self Concept
Social Networking
social media
Cognitive Therapy