PSY3013 : Eating Disorders: Diagnosis, Assessment and Treatment

  • Module Leader(s): Dr Martin Tovee
  • Owning School: Psychology
Semester 2 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0


To provide a systematic understanding of classification, clinical features, theoretical models, and methods of treatment in eating disorders and abnormal eating behaviour.

Original Summary:
This course aims to provide a survey of the main psychiatric syndromes and symptoms of eating disorders and eating disordered behaviour, and the major forms of treatment – concentrating primarily on psychological therapies. The course will have a major input from clinicians who describe and discuss treatment therapies and long-term care programmes.

Outline Of Syllabus

Lecture Titles

•Lecture-1: Appetite & Food - Dr Martin Tovée
•Lecture-2: Feeding Behaviour - Dr Martin Tovée
•Lecture-3: Clinical Definitions for Eating Disorders - Dr Martin Tovée
•Lecture-4: Body Image, Beauty & the Media - Dr Martin Tovée
•Lecture-5: The Genetic & Neurophysiological Basis of Eating Disorders - Dr Martin Tovée
•Lecture-6: Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for Eating Disorders- Dr Esther Cohen-Tovée
•Lecture-7: Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Obesity - Dr Esther Cohen-Tovée
•Lecture-8: Food for Health - Dr Melanie Bash
•Lecture-9: The Assessment and Treatment of Severe Eating Disorders - Dr Melanie Bash
•Lecture-10: Eating Disorders in Men - Dr Douglas Maisey
•Lecture-11: What is body image? - Dr Melanie Bash
•Lecture-12: Revision - Dr Martin Tovée

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture61:006:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture121:0012:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study821:0082:00N/A
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Formal lectures and informal classroom discussions and tests present a systematic perspective on the subject with reference to alternative perspectives. In the interactive lectures, film clips and videos are shown of eating disordered subjects to illustrate topics covered in the more formal lectures. The implications of these illustrations are then discussed and debated by the class. The unseen essay examination allows students to demonstrate their factual and systematic understanding of topics, credit being given for the introduction of extra relevant information or perspectives.

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination902A100Unseen, 2 from a choice of 6 questions
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

A 90 minute unseen essay examination (two questions from an open choice of six) is used to allow students to demonstrate both factual knowledge, and – by their organization of material – abstract systematic understanding of topics in an objective and rigorous manner.

Reading Lists


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