2021 Webinar: Autism and Eating Disorders Across the Lifespan

Wednesday, March 3rd 2021 at 6:30pm-9.15pm

Special Interest Group in Autism, Special Interest Group in Eating Disorders

PSI, in conjunction Bodywhys - The Eating Disorders Association of Ireland


The purpose of this free webinar is to explore the topic of autism and eating disorders across the lifespan:

  • Children and adolescents
  • Adults
  • The carer perspective
  • The voice of lived experience
  • The webinar will feature a range of researchers, clinicians and the lived experience of autism and eating disorders.


Attendance is free

Structure of Webinar:

The webinar will include presentations and a panel discussion.



Charli Babb

Charli is a final year PhD student at Cardiff University researching the overlap between eating disorders and autism, and specifically focusing on how eating disorder services can adapt to accommodate autistic individuals. During her PhD, she has presented her research with the Study of Eating Disorders in Autistic Females (SEDAF) research group at both national and international conferences. Charli has previous experience working on an inpatient eating disorders ward under the supervision of the clinical psychologist and has also worked as an autism support worker.


Fiona Fisher Bullivant

I’m known as Fi and my author name is Fiona Fisher Bullivant as a thank you to my parents as my maiden name was Fisher.

I have been a learning disability nurse for 36 years. I trained at the Royal Albert hospital School of Nursing in Lancaster, Cumbria, England. 

My career has spanned many different therapeutic settings but mainly community and apart from one position all my career has been with children and young people. I have worked in different parts of the UK and even in the USA for a short period early on in my career.

I worked for many years with young people with complex learning and physical needs and young people with autism within Community Learning Disability teams. After a restructuring in services I found myself in a complex needs team within a CAMHS service about 15 years ago and since then I have had special interests in the function of behaviour and the impact of sensory integration and processing on mental health. My specialist area of work is with young women with autism who have additional needs in relation to their emotional wellbeing and mental health. 


  • Teaching & Assessing ENB
  • ADOS Assessor,University of Cambridge
  • Sleep Counsellor, Sleep Scotland
  • Webster Stratton, Bangor University
  • Non-Medical Prescriber, University of Cumbria
  • Supervising in clinical practice, North West Boroughs healthcare Trust

Additional CPD in sensory integration & processing, mental health and functional analysis. 

I have been fortunate to have two Book Publications with JKP/Hachette: Working with Girls & Young Women on the Autism spectrum, A clinicians Guide and Autism & Eating Disorders In Teenagers, A Guide for Parents & Professionals with Sharleen Woods.  We also have had an article published in Autism Parenting magazine.

I love to spend time with close family and friends.  I love to grow my own vegetables and to cook. I have many animals including cats, dogs, hens and ducks. I love to walk and have recently started to wild water swim.     


Sharleen Woods

I am HCPC and CORU Registered Advanced Dietitian working in the field of child and adolescent eating disorders since 2015 (NHS) and I am co-author of 'Autism and Eating Disorders in Teens: A Guide for Parents and Professionals' with Fiona. I have worked across a variety of clinical settings (adult and paediatric) and have also worked in medical/laboratory diagnostics. I adapt a holistic approach to individualised nutrition and place value in putting the young person at the centre of their own care. Despite being an introvert by nature, it is not unusual to see me challenging the wider systems and their culture to ensure we provide the right care for that person.


  • BA (Mod) Natural Sciences (Biochemistry) 2005 - Trinity College Dublin
  • MSc Public Health Nutrition 2009 - Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh
  • PgDip Nutrition and Dietitics 2013 - University of Chester

I have a special interest in the impact of diet culture on our relationship with food and our bodies and also curious about the link between autism and eating disorders.

In my personal time I love to spend time in nature (no doubt stemming from growing up in the hills of Donegal), being with my close friends and family, eating out and reading a wide range of books (from Harry Potter to the History of Feminism).


Rachel Moseley

Rachel Moseley is a senior lecturer in psychology based at Bournemouth University. She completed her doctoral thesis at Cambridge University, studying cognitive neuroscience at the Medical Research Council's Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit. Her research centres on autism spectrum conditions, particularly around the experiences and mental health of autistic adults. She had been living with an eating disorder for several years when she was herself diagnosed as autistic in her late twenties.

Madeleine Oakley


Madeleine Oakley BA (Hons), MSc, Cert Ed, Dip Psych.

I am a Senior Teaching Fellow in Mental Health Studies at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience, King's College London. I previously ran the MSc Family Therapy and MSc Mental Health Studies Programme, both at the IoPPN. A UKCP registered psychotherapist since 1993, I originally trained in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy; this was followed by training as a Family Systemic Therapist at the IoPPN in 1994-95. My clinical experience has been in the NHS, working with children and families, in adolescent eating disorders at the Maudsley Hospital, the voluntary sector, working as a clinical supervisor of counsellors in the field of bereavement, and in infertility counselling at University College Hospital. I co-authored two interdisciplinary research papers on autism and learning disabilities. I am the parent and carer of a young man with autism and a learning disability and am the Carer Champion on the PEACE Pathway Project. My current research investigates psychoeducational support for carers of family members with concurrent autism and eating disorders, and concurrent autism and psychosis.