Section: Overview
Overview
Key publications
Research funding
Supervising & teaching
Career

Key details

Areas of expertise

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

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About Siân McLean

Dr Siân McLean is an Adjunct Fellow in the Institute for Health and Sport at Victoria University (VU), Melbourne, Australia.

Her research focuses on sociocultural and individual factors that contribute to body dissatisfaction and disordered eating in children, adolescents, and adults. A particular interest is the role of media literacy in protecting against the negative effects of exposure to appearance ideal images on body dissatisfaction.

Siân’s research interests also include weight bias, unhealthy weight control behaviours in males, and the effects of social media on body image. She also has expertise in developing and evaluating school- and community-based interventions to improve body dissatisfaction and prevent eating disorders. She has over 40 publications and an H-index of 20.

Siân is President-elect of the Australia and New Zealand Academy for Eating Disorders, the peak body for professionals working with eating disorders in Australia and New Zealand.

Qualifications

  • PhD, La Trobe University, Australia, 2016
  • Bachelor of Science (Hons.), University of Melbourne

Key publications

Year Citation
2019 Rodgers, R. F., McLean, S. A., & Paxton, S. J. (190715). When Seeing Is Not Believing: An Examination of the Mechanisms Accounting for the Protective Effect of Media Literacy on Body Image. Sex Roles, 81(1-2), (87-96).

doi: 10.1007/s11199-018-0973-x

2019 Yager, Z., McLean, S. A., & Li, X. (190701). Body image outcomes in a replication of the ATLAS Program in Australia. Psychology of Men and Masculinity, 20(3), (418-428).

doi: 10.1037/men0000173

2019 McLean, S. A., Wertheim, E. H., Marques, M. D., & Paxton, S. J. (190501). Dismantling prevention: Comparison of outcomes following media literacy and appearance comparison modules in a randomised controlled trial. Journal of Health Psychology, 24(6), (761-776).

doi: 10.1177/1359105316678668

2019 McLean, S. A., & Paxton, S. J. (190301). Body Image in the Context of Eating Disorders. Psychiatric Clinics of North America, 42(1), (145-156).

doi: 10.1016/j.psc.2018.10.006

2019 McLean, S. A., Jarman, H. K., & Rodgers, R. F. (190101). How do selfies impact adolescents' well-being and body confidence? A narrative review. Psychology Research and Behavior Management, 12 (513-521).

doi: 10.2147/PRBM.S177834

2019 McLean, S. A., Caldwell, B., & Roberton, M. (190101). Reach Out and Recover: Intentions to seek treatment in individuals using online support for eating disorders. International Journal of Eating Disorders,

doi: 10.1002/eat.23133

2018 Damiano, S. R., Yager, Z., McLean, S. A., & Paxton, S. J. (181102). Achieving body confidence for young children: Development and pilot study of a universal teacher-led body image and weight stigma program for early primary school children. Eating Disorders, 26(6), (487-504).

doi: 10.1080/10640266.2018.1453630

2018 McLean, S. A., Wertheim, E. H., & Paxton, S. J. (180901). Preferences for being muscular and thin in 6-year-old boys. Body Image, 26 (98-102).

doi: 10.1016/j.bodyim.2018.07.003

2018 Tamplin, N. C., McLean, S. A., & Paxton, S. J. (180901). Social media literacy protects against the negative impact of exposure to appearance ideal social media images in young adult women but not men. Body Image, 26 (29-37).

doi: 10.1016/j.bodyim.2018.05.003

2018 Griffiths, S., Murray, S. B., Krug, I., & McLean, S. A. (180301). The Contribution of Social Media to Body Dissatisfaction, Eating Disorder Symptoms, and Anabolic Steroid Use among Sexual Minority Men. Cyberpsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking, 21(3), (149-156).

doi: 10.1089/cyber.2017.0375

Research funding for the past 5 years

Please note:

  • Funding is ordered by the year the project commenced and may continue over several years.
  • Funding amounts for contact research are not disclosed to maintain commercial confidentiality.
  • The order of investigators is not indicative of the role they played in the research project.

Enhancing social media literacy to decrease body dissatisfaction: A randomised controlled trial
From: Australian Rotary Health Rotary Fund
For period: 2018-2019
$138,204

The 3D Project: Development and Evaluation of a Multidimensional Universal Program Addressing Three Interrelated Behavioural Influences on Doping Behaviour
From: World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA)
Investigators: Aspr Karen (zali) Yager
For period: 2017-2020
Not disclosed

Supervision of research students at VU

Not available to supervise research students

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Currently supervised research students at VU

No. of students Study level Role
3 PhD Associate supervisor

Currently supervised research students at VU

Students & level Role
PhD (3) Associate supervisor

Key academic roles

Dates Role Department / Organisation
Feb 2017 - Aug 2019
Lecturer in Psychology
Victoria University
Dates Role & Department/Organisation
Feb 2017 -
Aug 2019
Lecturer in Psychology
Victoria University

Key industry, community & government roles

Dates Role Department/Organisation
Aug 2019 - Aug 2021
President-elect
Australia and New Zealand Academy for Eating Disorders
Dates Role & Department/Organisation
Aug 2019 - Aug 2021
President-elect
Australia and New Zealand Academy for Eating Disorders

Professional memberships

  • Professional Member, Australia and New Zealand Academy for Eating Disorders

Media appearances

26th September 2016

Social media can damage body image – here’s how to counteract it

Paxton, S.J., & McLean, S.A. (2016). Social media can damage body image – here’s how to counteract it, The Conversation, 26 September, 2016.