Dr Kristen Murray

Visiting Fellow



BA/BSc (Psychology with Hons), 2008; PhD (Clinical Psychology), 2013, ANU


Dr Kristen Murray is a Clinical Psychologist specialising in body image, obesity, eating disorders, and youth mental health.  She is a Visiting Fellow in the ANU Research School of Psychology and Centre for Health Stewardship, and is a Member of the Australian Psychological Society and the Psychology of Eating, Weight and Body Image Interest Group.  She has worked clinically as a Psychologist in private and public settings, in a research capacity in mental health settings, and has undertaken undergraduate and postgraduate teaching in the ANU College of Medicine, Biology and Environment and external organisations.  Her PhD focused on the relationship between body dissatisfaction and stress in adolescence and young adulthood, which included longitudinal and experimental studies examining mediators of this link.  She was awarded the Steven Klimidis Memorial Prize in Clinical Psychology and the APS College of Clinical Psychologists Student Prize for her thesis.  She is a peer reviewer for international journals Body Image: An International Journal of Research, Stress & Health, and the Journal of Health Psychology.  Kristen is passionate about integrating research and clinical practice to improve treatment models and service provision. 


Research interests

Dr Kristen Murray interested in the assessment, etiology, treatment and prevention of obesity, body image and eating disorders; youth mental health; interdisciplinary service provision; and the integration of technology into healthcare.

Current Projects

-       Tracking the implementation of a clinical Obesity Management Service in the ACT

-       Report of the first 50 patients attending the ACT public Obesity Management Service

-       Dance therapy and body image in adult females with obesity: A pilot study

-       Psychological factors and obesity management


v Murray, K., Rieger, E., & Byrne, D. (2013). The relationship between stress and body satisfaction in female and male adolescents. Stress & Health, in press.

v Murray, K., Rieger, E., & Byrne, D. (2013). A longitudinal investigation of the mediating role of self-esteem and body importance in the relationship between stress and body dissatisfaction in adolescent females and males. Body Image, 10, 544-551.

v Murray, K.M., Calear, A., Lee, P., & Griffiths, K. (2012). Report on the Youth Mental Health Summit 2012. Centre for Mental Health Research (CMHR).

v Murray, K.M., Byrne, D.G., & Rieger, E. (2011). Investigating adolescent stress and body image. Journal of Adolescence, 34 (2), 269-279

v Christensen, H., Calear, A., Tait, R., Gosling, J., Griffiths, K., & Murray, K. (2011). School based intervention programs and shared care collaborative models targeting the prevention of or early intervention in adolescent mental health problems: A systematic review. Report prepared for the SAX Institute by the Centre for Mental Health Research.

v Christensen, H., Murray, K., Calear, A. L., Bennett, K., Bennett, A. & Griffiths, K. M. (2010) Beacon: a web portal to high-quality mental health websites for use by health professionals and the public. Medical Journal of Australia, 192(11): S40-S44.

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