Georgia Goddard

Georgia Goddard

Higher Degree by Research Candidate

School of Psychology

Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences

I am a registered Psychologist currently working at the Statewide Eating Disorder Service, a specialist service within SALHN Mental Health. I have a particular interest in working with individuals with eating disorders alongside other comorbidities including chronic illness (e.g. diabetes mellitus). I am passionate about increasing knowledge and awareness of eating disorders across the community, provide support and treatment to individuals and bolster families capacity to cope with a loved ones with eating disorders.

I have recently published a meta-synthesis exploring individuals experience of what has been called "the worlds most dangerous eating disorder" in the international journal, Health Psychology Review. I am further extending this research through completion of a Doctor of Philosophy (Psychology) at The University of Adelaide supervised by Dr Melissa Oxlad and Professor Deborah Turnbull.

I also proudly form part of the Freemasons Centre for Male Health and Wellbeing Research Alliance.

Following on from the research conducted during my Master of Psychology (Health), examining individuals experiences of the deliberate restriction and omission of insulin to influence weight, shape and/or appearance, my current research is focused on understanding the behaviour among males. 

It was through exploration of the literature that I developed a passion for research in disordered eating behaviours, eating disorders and biopsychosocial factors involved in the experience of chronic illness (i.e. diabetes mellitus). I also discovered significant gaps in the literature pertaining to the misuse of insulin to influence weight, shape and/or appearance broadly. My HDR project, therefore, aims to further contribute to the body of research by specifically examining how males with Type 1 diabetes mellitus deliberately misuse insulin to influence weight, shape and/or appearance. 

  • Journals

    Year Citation
    2023 Goddard, M. G., & Oxlad, M. (2023). Insulin Restriction or Omission in Type 1 Diabetes Mellitus: A Meta-synthesis of Individuals’ Experiences of Diabulimia. Health Psychology Review, 17(2), 227-246.
    DOI Scopus6 WoS5 Europe PMC2
    2023 Jaensch, L., Goddard, G., Oxlad, M., & Franke, E. (2023). Health Professionals’ Experiences Supporting People With Type 1 Diabetes Mellitus Who Deliberately Restrict and/or Omit Insulin for Weight, Shape, and/or Appearance: A Meta-synthesis. Canadian Journal of Diabetes, 47(6), 532-542.
    DOI Scopus1 WoS1 Europe PMC1
    2022 Goddard, G., & Oxlad, M. (2022). Caring for individuals with Type 1 Diabetes Mellitus who restrict and omit insulin for weight control: Evidence-based guidance for healthcare professionals. Diabetes Research and Clinical Practice, 185, 1-7.
    DOI Scopus6 WoS4 Europe PMC2
    2022 Goddard, G., Oxlad, M., & Turnbull, D. (2022). The misuse of insulin by males with Type 1 Diabetes Mellitus for weight and/or shape control: a systematic scoping review. Journal of Diabetes & Metabolic Disorders, 22(1), 13-34.
    DOI Scopus2 WoS1
  • Research Training Program Stipend - 2021-2023
  • Freemasons Centre for Health and Wellbeing Scholarship - 2021-2023
  • 2024 Interviewing & Intervention (PSYCHOL_7131) Guest Lecturer
  • 2023 Psychology 1A (PSYCHOL_1000) Tutor
  • 2022 Psychology Skills and Applications (PSYCHOL_1006) Tutor
  • 2022 Current Issues in Psychology (PSYCHOL_4032) Guest Lecturer
  • 2022 Interviewing & Intervention (PSYCHOL_7131) Guest Lecturer
  • 2021 Current Issues in Psychology (PSYCHOL_4032) Guest Lecturer


  • Presentation

    Date Topic Presented at Institution Country
    2021 - 2021 What health professionals working with individuals with Type 1 Diabetes Mellitus need to know: How to screen for and identify the pathological misuse of insulin and how to provide support. 2021 APS College of Health Psychology Conference Australian Psychological Society (APS) Australia

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