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Dr Jane Scott

Senior Lecturer
Faculty of Science and Engineering
Psychology and Sport Science
Research Supervision:
Courses taught:

Jane is a Senior Lecturer in Clinical Psychology. She is a registered clinical psychologist with extensive international experience in clinical and academic settings. Her main research interests are hoarding disorder, eating disorders, body image, mental health and vision loss, and self-reflective practice.

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Jane’s research interests are broadly within the area of clinical psychology. Her current research projects include the aetiology of hoarding disorder, predictors of orthorexia nervosa, ‘feeling fat’, and the mental health sequelae of vision loss. She maintains an interest in professional ethics and regulation, having served in the past as Chair of the Queensland Board of the Psychology Board of Australia.

Prior to joining ARU in 2021, Jane worked for many years in a range of clinical and academic posts in South Africa, New Zealand and Australia. She has been involved in training clinical psychologists throughout her career and has a particular interest in self-reflective self-practice as a training method.

Research interests
  • Hoarding disorder
  • Eating disorders
  • Body image
  • Mental health and vision loss
Areas of research supervision

Jane supervises research projects in any of the above interest areas.

  • Clinical Psychology
  • Psychological Therapies
  • Psychological Assessment
  • Mental Health and Distress
  • Diagnosis and Formulation in Mental Health
  • Diagnosis and Treatment in Clinical Child Psychology
  • PhD, University of Cambridge
  • MSc (Clinical Psychology), University of Cape Town
Memberships, editorial boards
  • Committee Member: British Psychological Society, East of England branch
  • Member: British Association of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapy
  • Registered with UK Health and Care Professions Council
  • Registered with Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency
Research grants, consultancy, knowledge exchange

2016: APS Clinical College research award:  Effectiveness of a self-practice/self-reflection approach to training in CBT

2015: ACU Learning and Teaching grant:  Development of case study material for undergraduate psychology teaching.

Selected recent publications

Scott, J., Yap, K., Bunch, K., Haarhoff, B., Perry, H., and Bennett-Levy, J. (2021) Should personal practice be part of cognitive behaviour therapy training? Results from two self-practice/self-reflection cohort control pilot studies. Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy, 28, 150-158.

Cooper, P.J. and Steere, J. (1995) A comparison of two psychological treatments for bulimia nervosa: implications for models of maintenance. Behavior Research and Therapy, 33(8).

Steere, J., and Cooper, P.J. (1993) The effects on eating of dietary restraint, anxiety and hunger. International Journal of Eating Disorders, 13(2)

Steere, J. and Dowdall, T.L. (1990) On being ethical in unethical places: the dilemmas of South African clinical psychologists, Hastings Center Report, New York

Steere, J. (1984) Ethics in Clinical Psychology. Cape Town: Oxford University Press

Recent presentations and conferences

2023: Workshop: CBT for tinnitus.

Australian Association for Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (AACBT) conference (2018). Self-practice/self-reflection in cognitive behaviour therapy training: two pilot studies.

Australian Psychological Society Clinical College Conference (2018). Evaluation of a self-practice/self-reflection training program in postgraduate CBT training.

Australian Catholic University public webinar (2017): Body image in adolescence.

Queensland Guidance Teachers Association presentation (2017): Adolescent mental health.