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  • Bond University, Faculty of Society and Design

    4229 Gold Coast


  • 238 Citations
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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

Award Date: 20 Mar 2003

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Research Output

Corrigendum to: Is Tapping on Acupuncture Points an Active Ingredient in Emotional Freedom Techniques: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis of Comparative Studies

Church, D., Stapleton, P., Kip, K. & Gallo, F., 1 Aug 2020, In : The Journal of nervous and mental disease. 208, 8, p. 632-635 4 p.

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  • Delineating the psychological and behavioural factors of successful weight loss maintenance

    Levinge, E., Stapleton, P. B. & Sabot, D., Jan 2020, In : Heliyon. 6, 1, 5 p., e03100.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

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    Making sense of chronic disease using Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT): An existential view of illness

    Kalla, M., Simmons, M., Robinson, A. & Stapleton, P., 1 Jul 2020, In : Explore. 16, 4, p. 214-224 11 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

  • Online Delivery of Emotional Freedom Techniques for Food Cravings and Weight Management: 2-Year Follow-Up

    Stapleton, P. B., Lilley-Hale, E., Mackintosh, G. & Sparenburg, E., 1 Feb 2020, In : Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine. 26, 2, p. 98-106 9 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

  • 1 Citation (Scopus)

    Portion perfection and Emotional Freedom Techniques to assist bariatric patients post surgery: A randomised control trial

    Stapleton, P., Clark, A., Sabot, D., Carter, B. & Leech, K., Jun 2020, In : Heliyon. 6, 6, 7 p., e04058.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

    Open Access
  • 5 Downloads (Pure)


    Pearson Australia Group (Publisher)

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    3 Hacks for Health, Happiness and Mindset

    Peta Stapleton (Speaker)

    13 Sep 2019

    Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talk

    Emotional Freedom Techniques for Adult Obesity: 10 years of Australian Clinical Trials, Keynote

    Peta Stapleton (Keynote speaker)

    13 Sep 2018

    Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talk

    GC Women In Business Empowering Young Women Award - judging panel

    Peta Stapleton (Panelist)

    12 Sep 2019

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    Press / Media

    Podcast Interview - EFT Tapping for Chronic Illness

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    Gaia Premier of Everyday Tapping

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    Online Summit - expert speaker interview

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    EFT Research - YouTube interview in India

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