About Dr Sarah Maguire

Sarah has worked as a clinician, policy advisor and researcher in the field of eating disorders for 15 years. She is committed to transforming the research and treatment landscape for these illnesses, which despite their prevalence in the community are poorly understood and cared for. Sarah is interested in being a supportive supervisor who helps students develop excellence in research methods, but also develop their confidence, opportunities for growth, and ultimately a fulfilling career.

Sarah conducts research into treatments for eating disorders, their assessment and prevention. A major area of interest for her is staging anorexia nervosa according to severity, much like is done for Cancer, and to this end she developed the CASIAN staging instrument (Maguire et al., 2011). She is also investigating novel treatments for eating disorders, including pharmacological agent and technology based interventions, and is interested in public health promotion across the obesity-eating disorder sectors.

Sarah has over 15 published peer review articles. She has been selected from abstract to present at over 15 international eating disorder conferences including the prestigious Eating Disorder Research Society Meeting 3 times and the American Academy of Eating Disorder International Conference twice. In 2013 she received the great honour of being selected for the Scientific Committee for the American Academy of Eating Disorders 2014. Sarah is the current advisor to the NSW Ministry for Health on eating disorders and CEDD have been funded by the NSW Health Department to implement the first Statewide strategy for eating disorder treatment across the health sector.

Sarah is in receipt of current competitive grants to examine:
The Effectiveness of Oxytocin in Anorexia Nervosa (NMHRC, grant No.1088826)

Eating Disorders and obesity health literacy: Paving the way for an integrated approach to health promotion, (Macquarie University Research Development Grant MQRDG)

CBT online for Bulimia Nervosa and Binge Eating Disorder (MHDAO, Seeding Grant)

Past grants have included:
CBT vs Supportive Clinical Management Treatment for Chronic Anorexia Nervosa (NHMRC, project grant No. 457419)

RCT for Inhaled Oxytocin versus Placebo in Inpatient Treatment of Anorexia Nervosa (Butterfly Research Foundation)

As part of the team at the Boden Institute of Obesity, Nutrition, Exercise and Eating Disorders, a funded advisor to the Ministry for Health, and the Director of the Centre for Eating and Dieting Disorders Sarah has a great network of relationships with researchers and clinicians across the University, the country and overseas. Working as part of her research team means the opportunity to work in collaborative research partnerships and to create relationships with a broad range of professionals in the field.