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Dr Siân McLean

PhD La Trobe University, BSc (Hons) UniMelb

Lecturer in Psychology

Dr Siân McLean is a lecturer in Psychology in the College of Health & Biomedicine. Her research focuses on sociocultural and individual factors that contribute to body dissatisfaction 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.

Dr McLean’s research interests also include weight bias, unhealthy weight control behaviours in males, and the effects of social media on body image. She is also highly experienced in school-based prevention and evaluation of programs to improve body dissatisfaction and wellbeing.

Teaching responsibilities

Coordination & teaching

Teaching

Supervision

Supervision of two honours students.

Recent publications

Refereed journal articles

McEvedy, S.M., Sullivan-Mort, G., McLean S.A., Pascoe, M.C., & Paxton, S.J. Effectiveness of commercial weight loss programs for achieving modest but meaningful weight loss: Systematic review and meta-analysis. Journal of Health Psychology (Impact Factor 2.246), Accepted 23 March 2017.

McLean, S.M., Masters, J., Wertheim, E.H., & Paxton, S.J., A pilot evaluation of a social media literacy intervention to reduce risk factors for eating disorders. International Journal of Eating Disorders (Impact Factor 4.068), Accepted 8 March 2017.

Yager, Z., Gray, T., Curry, C., McLean, S.A., Body dissatisfaction, excessive exercise, and weight change strategies used by first-year undergraduate students: Comparing health and physical education and other education students. Journal of Eating Disorders, Accepted 19 December 2016.

McLean, S.A., Paxton, S.J., & Wertheim, E.H., Dismantling prevention: Comparison of outcomes following media literacy and appearance comparison modules in a randomised controlled trial. Journal of Health Psychology (Impact Factor 2.246), Accepted 18 October 2016.

McLean, S.A., Paxton, S.J., & Wertheim, E.H., The role of media literacy in body dissatisfaction and disordered eating: A systematic review. Body Image (Impact Factor 2.804), Accepted 8 August 2016. 

Refereed book chapters

Paxton, S.J. & McLean, S.A. (2016) Peer interactions and relationships. In T.D. Wade (ed.), Encyclopedia of feeding and eating disorders. Springer. DOI: 10.1007/978-981-287-087-2_148-1.

Paxton, S.J. & McLean, S.A. (2010) Treatment for body image disturbances. In C.M. Grilo & J.E. Mitchell (eds). The treatment of eating disorders: A clinical handbook (pp. 471-486). New York: The Guilford Press.

Paxton, S.J., Shelton, B. & McLean, S.A. (2009) Modern communication technologies in the treatment of body image and eating disorders. In S.J. Paxton & P. Hay (eds), Interventions for Body Image and Eating Disorders: Evidence and Practice (pp. 268-283). Melbourne: IP Communications.

Conference presentations

McLean, S.M., Paxton, S.P., & Wertheim, E.H. Happy Being Me Dismantled: Comparison of media literacy and appearance comparison modules for body dissatisfaction prevention. Paper presented at the 14th Annual Conference of the Australian and New Zealand Academy for Eating Disorders, Christchurch, New Zealand, 26th-27th August, 2016

McLean, S.M., Paxton, S.P., & Wertheim, E.H. Why do some people have improved body image after viewing thin-ideal images? Protective effects of media literacy. Paper presented at the Appearance Matters 7 Conference, London, 28th – 30th June, 2016.

McLean, S.M., Paxton, S.P., & Wertheim, E.H., & Masters, J. Selfies and social media: Relationships between self-image editing and photo-investment and body dissatisfaction and dietary restraint. Paper presented at the 13th Annual Conference of the Australian and New Zealand Academy for Eating Disorders, Gold Coast, 21st - 22nd August, 2015.

McLean, S.M., Damiano, Paxton, S.P., Wertheim, E.H., & Gregg, K.J. Can social factors influence the dietary restraint of girls as young as five? Paper presented at the 13th Annual Conference of the Australian and New Zealand Academy for Eating Disorders, Gold Coast, 21st - 22nd August, 2015.

McLean, S.M., Paxton, S.P., & Wertheim, E.H. Protective and exacerbating influences on body image following exposure to thin-ideal media in adolescent girls: The role of media literacy and appearance comparison. Paper presented at the 2015 Academy for Eating Disorders International Conference on Eating Disorders, Boston, 23rd - 25th April, 2015.

View more of Siân's publications in VU's Research Repository.

Professional memberships

  • Academy for Eating Disorders
  • Australia and New Zealand Academy for Eating Disorders

Appearances in the media

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

Areas of expertise

  • Body image
  • Media literacy
  • Effects of social media on body dissatisfaction
  • Weight bias

Contact details

+61 3 9919 5867