Dr Xochitl de la Piedad Garcia - Nat Sch Psychology (Faculty of Health Sciences)

Fully accredited supervisor - Can supervise as principal supervisor


My experience and fundamental interests are in the area of decision making and choice, with particular interest in the area of self-control and pro-social behaviour.
Over the past few years, I have started a collaboration with Assoc. Prof. Leah Brennan, at Latrobe University. Together, we are working on research investigating mechanisms and correlates of disordered eating and obesity as part of our Body Image, Eating and Weight Research Team (BEWT).



Phone :(03) 9953 3116 (Melbourne)
Email :Xochitl.delaPiedadGarcia@acu.edu.au
URIs : Staff Directory Profile

Research Interests

Eating behaviour, disordered eating and obesity ; Weight stigma ; Decision Making and choice ; Self-control and pro-social behaviour ;

Methods Expertise

Quantitative Research Design & Analysis ; Systematic reviews and meta-analyses ;

Research Projects

No research project is currently recorded.

Selected Publications


Emotion recognition and traumatic brain injury: A systematic review and meta-analysis, in Neuropsychology Review (in press)

Evaluation of the Psychometric Properties of Self-Reported Weight Stigma Measures: A Systematic Literature Review, in Obesity Surgery, e13267


Pre-operative Restraint and Post-operative Hunger, Disinhibition and Emotional Eating Predict Weight Loss at 2 Years Post-laparoscopic Adjustable Gastric Banding, in Obesity Surgery, 30, 1347???1359


Do body checking and avoidance behaviours explain variance in disordered eating beyond attitudinal measures of body image?, in Eating behaviours, 32, 7-11


Psychosocial Predictors of Change in Depressive Symptoms Following Gastric Banding Surgery, in Obesity Surgery, 28 (6), 1578???1586


Predictors, moderators, and mediators of treatment outcome following manualised Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy for eating disorders: a systematic review, in European Eating Disorders Review, 25 (1), 3-12, doi: 10.1002/erv.2492

Psychotherapy for bulimia nervosa on symptoms of depression: A meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials, in International Journal of Eating Disorders, 50 (10), 1124-1136

Appetitive traits associated with higher and lower body mass index: evaluating the validity of the adult eating behaviour questionnaire in an Australian sample, in International journal of behavioral nutrition and physical activity, 14(1), 130

Early post-operative psychosocial and weight predictors of later outcome in bariatric surgery: a systematic literature review, in Obesity Reviews, 18, 317-334, doi: 10.1111/obr.12496


Psychological interventions for adults who are overweight or obese, in Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews

Rapid response to eating disorder treatment: A systematic review and meta-analysis, in International Journal of Eating Disorders 49(10), pp. 905-919


The development and validation of the social networking experiences questionnaire: A measure of adolescent cyberbullying and its impact, in Violence and Victims


Presentation on Facebook and risk of cyberbullying victimisation, in Computers in Human Behavior

Cyberbullying in social networking sites: An adolescent victim's perspective, in Computers in Human Behavior (online version)

Risk Factors Associated with Impact Severity of Cyberbullying Victimization: A Qualitative Study of Adolescent Online Social Networking, in CyberPsychology, Behavior and Social Networking (online version)


Progress and limitations in the measurement of cyber bullying, in From Cyber Bullying to Cyber Safety: Issues and Approaches in Educational Contexts


Prospective memory, emotional valence and multiple sclerosis, in Journal of Clinical and Experimental Neuropsychology (print version)


Prospective memory, emotional valence and ageing, in Cognition and Emotion (print version)


The Combined Effects of Delay and Probability in Discounting, in Behavioural Processes (print version)

The influence of prior choices on current choice, in Journal of the Experimental Analysis of Behavior (print version)