Dr Tania Nichols

Senior Lecturer, Psychological Science




Dr Tania Nichols (she/her) is a clinical psychologist experienced in and passionate about treatment, prevention and research of eating disorders and body image concerns across the lifespan. Tania's clinical experience covers working in inpatient, day program, not for profit, and private practice eating disorder services where she has tailored and facilitated individual, family, and group-based treatment interventions for adults, adolescents and children affected by a broad range of eating disorders and associated mental health concerns. Before joining ACAP, Tania was employed by the Butterfly Foundation as Clinical Supervisor for the National Helpline. Tania currently practices as a clinical psychologist at a multidisciplinary private practice that specialises in the outpatient treatment of eating disorders and related concerns on Sydney's lower North Shore.


Tania has research expertise in the prevention and treatment of body image and eating disorders in children and young people. Findings from Tania’s research have been published in peer reviewed journals and have been presented nationally and internationally.


  • Publications
    Rodgers, R. F., Nichols, T. E., Damiano, S. R., Wertheim, E. H., & Paxton, S. J. (2019). Low body esteem and dietary restraint among 7-year-old children: The role of perfectionism, low self-esteem, and belief in the rewards of thinness and muscularity. Eating Behaviours, 32, 65-68. https://doi.org10.1016/j.eatbeh.2018.12.004.
  • Nichols, T. E., Damiano, S. R., Gregg, K., Wertheim, E. H., & Paxton, S. J. (2018). Psychological predictors of body image attitudes and concerns in young children. Body Image, 27, 10-20. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.bodyim.2018.08.005.
    Conference Presentations.
  • September 2017 Oral Paper: Perfectionism and self-esteem predict body image attitudes and concerns in seven-year old children. Australia Nd New Zealand Academy for Eating Disorders (ANZAED) Conference 2017, Sydney, Australia May 2016 Oral Paper: Relationships between perfectionism, self-esteem and body image attitudes in five-and six-year old children. International Conference on Eating Disorders (ICED), San Francisco, USA.

Professional registration

Tania holds registration as a clinical psychologist with the Psychology Board of Australia.

Expert Comment Topics
Eating Disorders
Body Image Concerns
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