Dr Peta Stapleton has 22 years experience as a registered Clinical & Health Psychologist in the State of Queensland, Australia and has completed a Bachelor of Arts, Postgraduate Diploma of Professional Psychology and Doctor of Philosophy. Peta held academic positions at Griffith University for 14 years, teaching and coordinating psychological research trials into new therapies in the area of obesity and weight management and is now Associate Professor in Psychology at Bond University.
Peta regularly contributes to the academic field with publications in the areas of nursing, morale, communication, psychological interventions and eating disorders. She regularly reviews for academic journals and offers supervision for new and existing Psychologists as well as students.
Peta is well known in her area of specialty within Queensland and is consulted for radio, television and print media interviews for her expert opinion. She has been awarded many honours including the Australian Psychological Society Elaine Dignan Award for research into women’s issues. Peta’s first book is now available as a free e-book; her second book DIY: Attract Money Subconsciously was released in May 2006. Peta recently released her third book as editor, Your Mind Power: Strategies for Behaviour Change (see Peta’s books for purchase on this website). Peta has served as the President of the Eating Disorders Association of Queensland numerous times and is a certified practitioner of Neuro Linguistic Programming, Timeline Therapy and the Emotional Freedom Technique.
Peta’s most significant contribution in her research life has been to lead world-first randomized clinical trials investigating the effectiveness of a new and innovative treatment option for food cravings in overweight and obese adults (EFT, Emotional Freedom Techniques or ‘Tapping’). The results have been outstanding. This treatment has now been compared to a gold standard, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, and also in an online format. See Peta’s research page at Bond University for publications.
As a result of this research she has been invited to write an international book chapter on EFT for weight loss (available through Amazon), speak at conferences worldwide, and deliver master classes as webinars for international audiences.
Peta has also developed the Weight Management Psychology – Emotional Freedom Techniques for Weight Management Online Program with Glenn Mackintosh, and this is now available worldwide.
More recent research Peta has conducted has included:
- Teaching EFT for Healthy Food Choices and Physical Activity in 14 year olds
- EFT versus Cognitive Behaviour Therapy for Depression in Adults
- EFT for Academic Fear and Difficulties in 15 year old high achieving students
- Online Delivery of EFT for food cravings and emotional eating with 2 year followup
- EFT for Bariatric Patients 1 year post surgery
- World’s first fMRI (brain scan) study of EFT for food cravings in overweight adults
Peta has been awarded many honours, including:
2018. Winner. Innovation and Technology Award – Gold Coast Women in Business Awards
2016. Winner. Association for Comprehensive Energy Psychology Greatest Contribution to the Field Award (USA)
2015. Winner. Global Weight Management Congress Industry Professional Award of Excellence
2015. Winner. Gold Coast Women in Change Award – Gold Coast Women in Business Awards
2014. Winner. Harvey Baker Research Award for meticulous research in Energy Psychology (USA)
2014. Gold Coast Ambassador – Gold Coast Tourism
2014. Winner – Gold Coast Convention Centre Linkage Grant Program
2001. Australian Psychological Society Women Interest Group Award. Winner- Elaine Dignan Award
2000. Millennium Womens’ Gold Coast Business and Community Awards Community Category Finalist
1998. Achiever of the Year. Winner – Gold Coast Junior Chamber of Commerce