• Bond University, Faculty of Society and Design

    4229 Gold Coast


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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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Psychology Medicine & Life Sciences
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Research Output 2007 2019

27 Downloads (Pure)

Clinical EFT (Emotional Freedom Techniques) Improves Multiple Physiological Markers of Health

Bach, D., Groesbeck, G., Stapleton, P., Sims, R., Blickheuser, K. & Church, D., 2019, In : Journal of Evidence-Based Integrative Medicine. 24, 12 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Open Access
Blood Pressure
Heart Rate
Immunoglobulin A

Delphi Expert Parent Study: Factors Needed for 21st Century Pre- and Perinatal Parenting Programs

Mckee, C. L., Stapleton, P. & Pidgeon, A. M., 2019, In : Journal of Perinatal Education. 28, 3, p. 163-179 17 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

1 Citation (Scopus)

Consensus on the assessment of disordered eating in pregnancy: An international Delphi study

Bannatyne, A. J., Hughes, R., Stapleton, P., Watt, B. & MacKenzie-Shalders, K., 1 Aug 2018, In : Archives of Women's Mental Health. 21, 4, p. 383-390 8 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Delphi Technique
Prenatal Care
1 Citation (Scopus)
Delivery of Health Care
Physical Education and Training
Feeding and Eating Disorders

EFT for Introverst

Stapleton, P. & Tonkin, C., Sep 2018, Hay House. 243 p.

Research output: Book/ReportBookResearch


Activities 2018 2019

Explore: the Journal of Science and Healing (Journal)

Peta Stapleton (Reviewer)
Apr 2019 → …

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial workPeer-review

Complementary Therapies in Medicine (Journal)

Peta Stapleton (Reviewer)
Aug 20182019

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial workPeer-review

Women in Business Summit Keynote

Peta Stapleton (Keynote speaker)
8 Mar 2019

Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talk

Press / Media

Podcast Interview on research

Peta Stapleton


1 media contribution

Press/Media: Expert Comment

Marymount Careers Expo

Peta Stapleton


1 media contribution

Press/Media: Public Engagement Activities

How to talk to you kids about the lockdown

Peta Stapleton


1 item of media coverage

Press/Media: Expert Comment

School lockdowns: How to talk to your children

Peta Stapleton


1 media contribution

Press/Media: Expert Comment

Student theses


Scleroderma: the relationship of psychosocial stress and levels of compassion, to psychological injury, age of onset and severity of disease symptoms

Author: Kearney, K., 13 Jun 2015

Supervisor: Hicks, R. E. (Supervisor), Stapleton, P. (Supervisor) & Bartrum, D. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral Thesis