Flinders University, Australia
Professor Marika Tiggemann, Ph.D., is Matthew Flinders Distinguished Professor in Psychology at Flinders University. She has taught courses in Personality, in Health Psychology, and in Food, Eating and Body Image, and has served as Chair of Academic Senate at Flinders University. Her research interests centre around body image broadly defined, and include the sociocultural antecedents (particularly media) of weight, dieting and body image issues among both adults and children. Professor Tiggemann was inaugural Associate Editor of the journal Body Image, and currently sits on the Editorial Boards of Body Image, International Journal of Eating Disorders, and Journal of Health Psychology. She has presented keynote and plenary addresses at international congresses, and is author of more than 300 book chapters and research articles. Her research is highly cited (Google Scholar h-index = 91) and she has had continuous funding from the Australian Research Council since 2006. Since 2013 she has become interested in the re-framing of body image from a negative to a positive construct and the relationships between positive body image and mental and physical health. She featured (interview) in the full-length documentary entitled Embrace (dir. Taryn Brumfitt, 2016) which received a national release (August-Sept 2016) through Palace/Nova and Hoyts Cinemas. She is a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia.