Psychologist, Clinical Psychology Registrar

B.App Sci (Psych), Grad Dip in Psych, MPsych (Clinical), PhD Candidate

Marita believes in the importance of a client-centered approach, understanding the individual needs, goals and histories of each client to work as united team in the journey towards recovery. 

She has specialist accreditation and training in cognitive therapy for eating disorders, family-based therapy for eating disorders, play-based cognitive-behavioural techniques, treatment for obsessive-compulsive disorder, as well as mindfulness-based approaches for adolescents and adults.

Marita is particularly interested in integrating her unique training and research experience to assist children and adolescents with fussy eating and body image difficulties.

Marita brings a wealth of knowledge and research experience to the CFIH team, having published multiple papers and two book chapters on early intervention and prevention over recent years.

After completing her Masters of Clinical Psychology, Marita went on to pursue a PhD focusing on effective treatment in child and adolescent populations. Of particular value to CFIH, is Marita’s research in body dissatisfaction and unhealthy body change behaviours in men included in Australian and New Zealand Academy for Eating Disorders 2016 Conference in Christchurch.

Throughout this project, Marita has developed a strong interest in supporting both self-acceptance and the development of healthy body-change behaviours in clients.

Marita Cooper

Specialist Training
  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy: Advanced Skills: Dr Russ Harris
  • CBT-E for Eating Disorders: Professor Christopher Fairburn, Center for Research on Eating Disorders at Oxford
  • Children and Mental Health Service Professional Development: Australian Psychological Society
  • Family Based Therapy: Eating Disorder Research Program, Stanford University
  • FOCUS [Freedoms from Obsessions and Compulsions Using Skills]: Family-based treatment for Obsessive Compulsive Disorder: Dr Kris Ojala
  • FRIENDS programs for anxiety prevention and treatment [Fun FRIENDS, FRIENDS for Life, My Youth FRIENDS and Resilience for Life]: Professor Paula Barrett
  • ANU Australian Postgraduate Award
  • Australia & New Zealand Academy for Eating Disorders (ANZAED)
  • Academy for Eating Disorders (AED)
  • National Eating Disorders Collaboration (NEDC)
Conference presentations
  • Australia & New Zealand Academy for Eating Disorders (ANZAED), Christchurch
Publications and Presentations
  • Cooper, M. (2016, August). Muscle Dysmorphic Disorder: Defining and exploring diagnostic criteria and implications. Paper presented at the Australian and New Zealand Eating Disorders Conference, Christchurch, New Zealand.
  • Barrett, P. M., Fisak, B., & Cooper, M. (2015). The treatment of anxiety in young children: Results of an open trial of the Fun FRIENDS program. Behavior Change, 1-12.
  • Barrett, P. M., & Cooper, M. (2014). Prevention and early intervention of Social Anxiety Disorder. In S. Hofmann & P. DiBartolo (eds.) Social Anxiety: Clinical, developmental, and social perspectives (3rd edition). Waltham, MA: Academic Press
  • Barrett, P. M., Cooper, M., & Gallegos, J. (2014). Using the FRIENDS programs to promote resilience in cross-cultural populations. In S. Prince-Embury (ed.) Resilience Enhancement for Youth in Diverse Populations. New York, NY: Springer
  • Barrett, P. M., Cooper, M., & Teoh, A. B. H. (2014). When time is of the essence: A rationale for “earlier” early intervention. Journal of Psychological Abnormalities in Children, 3. doi:10.4172/2329-9525.1000133
  • Cooper, M. (2014, August). Evaluating the effects of a caregiver resilience intervention. Paper presented at the FRIENDS International Research Conference, Brisbane, Australia.
  • Barrett, P. M., & Cooper, M. (2013). Building positive, lifelong attachment bonds. Australian Journal of Child and Family Health Nursing, 10, 11-14.
  • Cooper, M. (2013, April). Building resilience in preschool-aged children: Effectiveness of the Fun FRIENDS program in a clinical setting. Paper presented at the FRIENDS International Research Conference, Brisbane, Australia.
  • Cooper, M. (2013). Evaluation of a mediation model predicting body dissatisfaction and change strategies in males. Unpublished manuscript.