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Assoc. Prof. Xochitl De la Piedad Garcia Name: Assoc. Prof. Xochitl De la Piedad Garcia
Associate Professor (Psychology)
+613 9953 3116
+613 9953 3205
Organisational Area
Faculty of Health Sciences
School of Behavioural and Health Sciences (VIC)
The Daniel Mannix Building(Bldg.403 - 8-14 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy VIC 3065)-Level 5-Room5.31
Biographical Information

I received my Undergrad with Honours degree from the National Autonomous University of Mexico in 1997. I then moved to the USA, where I studied a PhD in Experimental Psychology at Stony Brook University, under the supervision of the brilliant Howie Rachlin. I graduated in 2002 and worked as a Post-doctoral Research Associate in the Judgment, Decision and Choice Laboratory there until 2004.

I joined ACU in October 2007. Since then, I have taught statistics in first, third and fourth year, Learning and Behaviour in second year, and Cognitive Psychology in third. I am also the Course Coordinator for the 4th year courses. I have supervised over 30 honours students and been principal or co-supervisor for over 10 PhD students. Supervision is my passion, as it brings together my love of teaching and research, and the joy of working with other people.





Anderson, J. R., de la Piedad Garcia, X., Falomir-Pichastor, J. M., & Kaufmann, L. M. (2023). Disentangling Gender-Based Attitudes from Sexuality-Based Attitude: The Person-Based Approach to Measuring Implicit Attitudes Toward Gay Men and Lesbian Women. Journal of Homosexuality, 1-34.

Say, A., de la Piedad Garcia, X., & Mallan, K. M. (2023). The correlation between different operationalisations of parental restrictive feeding practices and children's eating behaviours: Systematic review and meta-analyses. Appetite, 180 doi:10.1016/j.appet.2022.106320


Bidstrup, H., Brennan, L., Hindle, A., Kaufmann, L., & de la Piedad Garcia, X. (2022). Internalised weight stigma mediates relationships between perceived weight stigma and psychosocial correlates in individuals seeking bariatric surgery: A cross-sectional study. Obesity Surgery, 32(11), 3675-3686. doi:10.1007/s11695-022-06245-z

Bidstrup, H., Brennan, L., Kaufmann, L., & de la Piedad Garcia, X. (2022). Internalised weight stigma as a mediator of the relationship between experienced/perceived weight stigma and biopsychosocial outcomes: A systematic review. International Journal of Obesity, 46(1) doi:10.1038/s41366-021-00982-4

Hinton, J. D. X., de la Piedad Garcia, X., Kaufmann, L. M., Koc, Y., & Anderson, J. R. (2022). A systematic and meta-analytic review of identity centrality among LGBTQ groups: An assessment of psychosocial correlates. Journal of Sex Research, 59(5), 568-586. doi:10.1080/00224499.2021.1967849

Lawrence, B. J., de la Piedad Garcia, X., Kite, J., Hill, B., Cooper, K., Flint, S. W., & Dixon, J. B. (2022). Weight stigma in Australia: A public health call to action. Public Health Research and Practice, 32(3) doi:10.17061/phrp3232224

Murphy, J. M., Bennett, J. M., de la Piedad Garcia, X., & Willis, M. L. (2022). Emotion recognition and traumatic brain injury: A systematic review and meta-analysis. Neuropsychology Review, 32(3), 520-536. doi:10.1007/s11065-021-09510-7

2021 and older

Papadopoulos, S., de la Piedad Garcia, X., & Brennan, L. (2021). Evaluation of the psychometric properties of self-reported weight stigma measures: A systematic literature review. Obesity Reviews, 22(8) doi:10.1111/obr.13267

Linardon, J., Fuller-Tyszkiewicz, M., de la Piedad Garcia, X., Messer, M., & Brennan, L. (2019). Do body checking and avoidance behaviours explain variance in disordered eating beyond attitudinal measures of body image? Eating Behaviors, 32, 7-11. doi:10.1016/j.eatbeh.2018.11.001

Preiss, K., Clarke, D., O&rsquoBrien, P., de la Piedad Garcia, X., Hindle, A., & Brennan, L. (2018). Psychosocial predictors of change in depressive symptoms following gastric banding surgery. Obesity Surgery, 28(6), 1578-1586. doi:10.1007/s11695-017-3055-1

Linardon, J., de la Piedad Garcia, X., & Brennan, L. (2017). Predictors, moderators, and mediators of treatment outcome following manualised cognitive-behavioural therapy for eating disorders: A systematic review. European Eating Disorders Review, 25(1), 3-12. doi:10.1002/erv.2492

Linardon, J., Wade, T., de la Piedad Garcia, X., & Brennan, L. (2017). Psychotherapy for bulimia nervosa on symptoms of depression: A meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials. International Journal of Eating Disorders, 50(10), 1124-1136. doi:10.1002/eat.22763

Linardon, J., Wade, T. D., De la Piedad Garcia, X., & Brennan, L. (2017). The efficacy of cognitive-behavioral therapy for eating disorders: A systematic review and meta-analysis. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 85(11), 1080-1094. doi:10.1037/ccp0000245

Mallan, K. M., Fildes, A., de la Piedad Garcia, X., Drzezdzon, J., Sampson, M., & Llewellyn, C. (2017). Appetitive traits associated with higher and lower body mass index: Evaluating the validity of the adult eating behaviour questionnaire in an australian sample. International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity, 14(1) doi:10.1186/s12966-017-0587-7

Linardon, J., Brennan, L., & de la Piedad Garcia, X. (2016). Rapid response to eating disorder treatment: A systematic review and meta-analysis. International Journal of Eating Disorders, 49(10), 905-919. doi:10.1002/eat.22595

Brennan, L., Murphy, K. D., de la Piedad Garcia, X., Ellis, M. E., Metzendorf, M. -., & Mckenzie, J. E. (2018). Psychological interventions for adults who are overweight or obese. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, 2018(3) doi:10.1002/14651858.CD012114.pub2

Dredge, R., Gleeson, J., & de la Piedad Garcia, X. (2015). The development and validation of the social networking experiences questionnaire: A measure of adolescent cyberbullying and its impact. Violence and Victims, 30(5), 798-812. doi:10.1891/0886-6708.VV-D-14-00040

Dredge, R., Gleeson, J., & De la Piedad Garcia, X. (2014). Cyberbullying in social networking sites: An adolescent victim's perspective. Computers in Human Behavior, 36, 13-20. doi:10.1016/j.chb.2014.03.026

Dredge, R., Gleeson, J., & De la Piedad Garcia, X. (2014). Presentation on facebook and risk of cyberbullying victimisation. Computers in Human Behavior, 40, 16-22. doi:10.1016/j.chb.2014.07.035

Dredge, R., Gleeson, J. F. M., & de la Piedad Garcia, X. (2014). Risk factors associated with impact severity of cyberbullying victimization: A qualitative study of adolescent online social networking. Cyberpsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking, 17(5), 287-291. doi:10.1089/cyber.2013.0541

Dredge, R., Gleeson, J., & de la Piedad Garcia, X. (2013). Progress and limitations in the measurement of cyber bullying. From cyber bullying to cyber safety: Issues and approaches in educational contexts (pp. 271-288) Retrieved from

Rendell, P. G., Henry, J. D., Phillips, L. H., De la Piedad Garcia, X., Booth, P., Phillips, P., & Kliegel, M. (2012). Prospective memory, emotional valence, and multiple sclerosis. Journal of Clinical and Experimental Neuropsychology, 34(7), 738-749. doi:10.1080/13803395.2012.670388

Hindle, A., de la Piedad Garcia, X., & Brennan, L. (2017). Early post-operative psychosocial and weight predictors of later outcome in bariatric surgery: A systematic literature review. Obesity Reviews, 18(3), 317-334. doi:10.1111/obr.12496

Hindle, A., De la Piedad Garcia, X., Hayden, M., O&rsquoBrien, P. E., & Brennan, L. (2020). Pre-operative restraint and post-operative hunger, disinhibition and emotional eating predict weight loss at 2 years post-laparoscopic adjustable gastric banding. Obesity Surgery, 30(4), 1347-1359. doi:10.1007/s11695-019-04274-9

Rendell, P. G., Phillips, L. H., Henry, J. D., Brumby-Rendell, T., de la Piedad Garcia, X., Altgassen, M., & Kliegel, M. (2011). Prospective memory, emotional valence and ageing. Cognition and Emotion, 25(5), 916-925. doi:10.1080/02699931.2010.508610

De La Piedad, X., Fleld, D., & Rachlin, H. (2006). The influence of prior choices on current choice. Journal of the Experimental Analysis of Behavior, 85(1), 3-21. doi:10.1901/jeab.2006.132-04

Yi, R., de la Piedad, X., & Bickel, W. K. (2006). The combined effects of delay and probability in discounting. Behavioural Processes, 73(2), 149-155. doi:10.1016/j.beproc.2006.05.001



You can see my most up to date list of publications in my supervisor page here or in my ORCID profile.



I am a member of the Body image, Eating and Weight Research Team. I have a particular interest in the study of weight stigma, the way it affects people of higher weight and the things we can do to improve their lives (from changing the systemic structures that perpetuate this form of stigma, to providing support until this change is effected).


My interests lie in the area of experimental psychology generally. That is, I am passionate about the use of experimentation to understand and characterise human functioning. Therefore, although my experience and fundamental interests are in the area of decision making and choice, I am also open to work in other areas of cognitive psychology (e.g. memory, language, reasoning).

One recent line of interest has translated into supervision of research projects investigating metaphorical transfer effects and what they can say about embodied cognition models.

I am also interested in studying pro-social and moral behaviour. As part of this interest, I am working with a PhD student on research examining compensation and licensing effects. I am also collaborating with Dr. Leah Kaufmann on research investigating the effect of long term thinking on cheating behaviour. Finally, I also have an interest in pro-environmental behaviour and the relationship between temporal and social discouning and pro-environmental behaviour.





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