Hannah Hawkins Elder

Explanation of Disordered Eating

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Hannah Hawkins Elder

Hannah Hawkins Elder

PhD Student
School of Psychology


Hannah completed her undergraduate degree in Psychology in 2016 at Victoria University of Wellington and subsequently entered the Clinical Psychology Programme there. Her Honours project in 2017 was conducted under the supervision of Dr Karen Salmon and examined the relationship between vantage perspective during autobiographical recall and depression amongst adolescents. Previously, she has worked with Dr Tirta Susilo and Dr Taciano Milfont on the topics of face memory and loneliness respectively. In her doctoral research, she is examining explanations for disordered eating behaviour (e.g. anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa). She aims to evaluate current disordered eating explanations for their theoretical coherence and clinical utility, and undertake the task of constructing more robust explanations of disordered eating that may better inform treatment.


BSc Psychology
BSc Psychology with Honours

Research Interests

Clinical psychology, Disordered eating, Psychological theory, Gender issues and psychology, Public health and wellbeing


Hawkins-Elder, H., Milfont, T. L., Hammond, M. D., & Sibley, C. G. (2017). Who are the lonely? A typology of loneliness in New Zealand. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry. Doi: 10.1177/0004867417718944
Chapman, A., Hawkins-Elder, H., Susilo, T. (Provisional acceptance). How robust is familiar face recognition? A repeat detection study of >1,000 photographs. Royal Society Open Science.

PhD topic

Explanation of Disordered Eating


School of Psychology

Lab Association

Theoretical Psychology Lab - Directed by Professor Tony Ward

“The Explanation of Psychopathology and Crime (EPC) lab in the School of Psychology is interested in exploring theoretical issues in Clinical and Forensic Psychology.”