Vartanian Research Group

School of Psychology
University of New South Wales

Lab director

Lenny R. Vartanian, Ph.D.

PhD students

Emma Long
Interests: Social influences on food intake

Kate Nicholls
Interests: Dietary restraint

Sarah Rubenstein
Interests: Social influences on food intake

Honours students

Sasha Nielsen
Interests: Beliefs about the connection between weight and health

Joongun Bae
Interests: Relationships and social control

Lab alumni


Lydia Hayward (2016-2019)

PhD students

Clancy Black (PhD/MPsychology Clinical, 2017-2021)
Natalie Reily (PhD, 2017-2020)
Samantha Spanos (PhD; 2015-2020)
Francesca Froreich (PhD/MPsychology Clinical, 2014-2019)
Hania Rahimi Ardabili (PhD, 2015-2018; Joint Supervisor)
Jade Chan (PhD/MPsychology Clinical, 2014-2018)
Ewelina Swierad (PhD, 2013-2017)
Jasmine Fardouly (PhD, 2012-2016)
Michelle Jiang (PhD/MPsychology Clinical, 2011-2015)

Honours students

Habiba Naanai (2021)
Nikita Samiotis (2021)
Jeanne Carter (2020)
Sarah Rubenstein (2020)
Emma Long (2019)
Anneliese Todarello (2019)
Alexander Dowell-Day (2018)
Saria Green (2018)
Adeline Siva (2018)
George Economidis (2017)
Lucy Tran (2017)
Helena Ing (2016)
Suzanne Nevin (2016)
Elaine Zhang (2016)
Farah Amin (2015)
Georgia Duke (2015)
Natalie Reily (2015)
Joanne Beames (2014)
William Chen (2014)
Katerina Kerameas (2013)
Sanah Misra (2012)
Samantha Spanos (2012)
Bianca Glajz (2011)
Natalie Sin (2011)
Jennifer Sze-To (2011)
Tina Sarian (2010-2011)
Sarah O'Connor (2010)

Research assistants

Tara Trewartha (Operations manager, 2015-2016)
Lucy McGuirk (Research intern)
Amy Joubert (Research intern)
Andree Kenda (Operations manager, 2011-2014)
Suzanna Azevedo (Research assistant, 2012-2014)
Nicole Sokol (Operations manager, 2011-2012)

Are you interested in joining the lab?

We are always looking for motivated students to help us with our various research projects.  If you are interested in joining the research team, please contact us at: