Impact of Covid-19 on the Eating Disorder Community

Tuesday 2nd March 2021 from 6.15 to 8.30pm

This guest-panelist event will explore the impact of Covid-19 on people with eating disorders and the eating disorder community. Speakers from a research, clinical and support organization perspective, as well as individuals who have lived experiences of an eating disorder, will be invited to offer their thoughts and insight on the role of Covid-19 in their respective research, work or lives. This event will also consist of a Q & A session which allows the audience an opportunity to pose questions to experts in their area. The purpose of this event is to facilitate the sharing of knowledge, with the aim of helping the community cope with the effects of this pandemic and further developing best evidence-based practice and research of eating disorders.


Dr. Niamh McNamara is an Associate Professor at the Department of Nottingham Trent University, UK where she leads the Groups, Identities & Health Research Group. Her research explores the ways in which group memberships impact individual health and wellbeing. In particular, she is interested in the ways in which stigma undermines the ability of vulnerable groups in society to access the resources and services essential for good health. Her work on eating disorders has been published in the British Journal of Social Psychology, European Eating Disorders Review, and the Irish Journal of Psychological Medicine.

Dr. Deirdre Dunne is a Principal Clinical Psychologist working in the HSE’s National Clinical Programme for Eating Disorders (NCPED) for Adult Hub team based in St Vincent’s University Hospital.  For more than 20 years, Deirdre has been involved in research and clinical practice in the area of eating disorders, and within her current role, she contributes locally and nationally to the roll out for the NCPED Model of Care.

Harriet Parsons MA, MSc., Reg. Pract. APPI, ICP. Training and Development manager, Bodywhys. Harriet Parsons is a fully accredited psychoanalytic psychotherapist. She holds an MSc. in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy from St. Vincent’s Hospital School of Psychotherapy / UCD, an MA in Addiction Studies from DBS, and a BA (psychology) from Dublin Business School. Harriet joined Bodywhys: The Eating Disorders Association of Ireland in 2005. As Training and Development Manager, she works to provide the support component by Bodywhys to the HSE National Clinical Programme for Eating Disorders. In addition to this, Harriet gives frequent training and lectures on the subject of eating disorders. Harriet is a member of the Irish Council of Psychotherapy, and a registered practitioner with The Association for Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy in Ireland.

Jacqueline Campion is a recovery life coach and nutritional advisor with a lived experience of an eating disorder. Jacqueline developed an eating disorder at a young age and spent many years in the condition. She is now recovered and is passionate about helping others on their recovery journey. She is the creator of the podcast, ‘Calling it Out’ where she shares her insight on her eating disorder and recovery.


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