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Key details

Areas of expertise

  • Eating disorders
  • Body image
  • Stigma
  • Effects of social media on body dissatisfaction

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About Jo Doley

Jo has a keen interest in the social aspects of body image and eating disorders. She completed her PhD on stigma in eating disorders, which resulted in a set of guidelines for safe discussion of eating disorders that was adapted by the National Eating Disorders Association for a US audience. Jo has also helped to develop and trial two interventions to improve the body image of young people.

Jo maintains research connections with both local and international researchers in the body image and eating disorders fields. She has experience in a variety of quantitative methodologies, including experimental studies, delphi studies, and systematic reviews. Recently, Jo has been examining the role of gender and sexuality in the context of body image, and hopes to develop this area of interest further.


  • PhD, La Trobe University, Australia, 2018
  • BPsyc (Hons), Flinders University, Australia, 2014

Key publications

Year Citation
2023 Tullett-Prado, D., Stavropoulos, V., Gomez, R., & Doley, J. (230601). Social media use and abuse: Different profiles of users and their associations with addictive behaviours. Addictive Behaviors Reports, 17

doi: 10.1016/j.abrep.2023.100479

2023 Yager, Z., Doley, J. R., McLean, S. A., & Griffiths, S. (230301). Goodform: A cluster randomised controlled trial of a school-based program to prevent body dissatisfaction and muscle building supplement use among adolescent boys. Body Image, 44 (24-35).

doi: 10.1016/j.bodyim.2022.11.003

2022 Doley, J. R., Rodgers, R. F., Paxton, S. J., & McLean, S. A. (220101). Effectiveness of recruitment strategies for a social media literacy E-intervention for young adults with body dissatisfaction: cost, time, diversity, and completion. Eating Disorders, 30(5), (515-539).

doi: 10.1080/10640266.2021.1938855

2021 Vuong, A. T., Jarman, H. K., Doley, J. R., & McLean, S. A. (211201). Social media use and body dissatisfaction in adolescents: The moderating role of thin-and muscular-ideal internalisation. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 18(24),

doi: 10.3390/ijerph182413222

2021 Doley, J. R., McLean, S. A., Griffiths, S., & Yager, Z. (210101). Designing body image and eating disorder prevention programs for boys and men: Theoretical, practical, and logistical considerations from boys, parents, teachers, and experts.. Psychology of Men and Masculinity, 22(1), (124-134).

doi: 10.1037/men0000263

2020 Doley, J. R., McLean, S. A., Griffiths, S., & Yager, Z. (200114). Study protocol for Goodform - A classroom-based intervention to enhance body image and prevent doping and supplement use in adolescent boys. BMC Public Health, 20(1),

doi: 10.1186/s12889-020-8166-2

2017 Doley, J. R., Hart, L. M., Stukas, A. A., Morgan, A. J., Rowlands, D. L., & Paxton, S. J. (171121). Development of guidelines for giving community presentations about eating disorders: A Delphi study. Journal of Eating Disorders, 5(1),

doi: 10.1186/s40337-017-0183-x

2017 Doley, J. R., Hart, L. M., Stukas, A. A., Petrovic, K., Bouguettaya, A., & Paxton, S. J. (170301). Interventions to reduce the stigma of eating disorders: A systematic review and meta-analysis. International Journal of Eating Disorders, 50(3), (210-230).

doi: 10.1002/eat.22691

2016 Lease, H. J., Doley, J. R., & Bond, M. J. (160901). My mother told me: the roles of maternal messages, body image, and disordered eating in maladaptive exercise. Eating and Weight Disorders, 21(3), (469-476).

doi: 10.1007/s40519-015-0238-4

Research funding for the past 5 years

Funding details for this researcher are currently unavailable.

Supervision of research students at VU

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Currently supervised research students at VU

No. of students Study level Role
1 PhD Associate supervisor

Currently supervised research students at VU

Students & level Role
PhD (1) Associate supervisor


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