Associate Professor Paul Rhodes
M02F - 88 Mallett Street - Building F
The University of Sydney
One of the primary motivations for my academic and community work has been to promote the idea that clinical psychology need not limit itself to the individual or intrapsychic processes when considering how to approach problems of ‘mental health’ and psychotherapy. Clinical psychology can both contribute to and be influenced by a range of fields, including family therapy, community and critical psychology, social justice, feminism and contemporary developments in ethics and philosophy, while still pursuing rigorous forms of research support.
Much of my research and practice to date has been in family therapy, family-based treatment for anorexia nervosa, systemic approaches to intellectual disability or autism, and network-oriented supervision for those working with multi-stressed families. I have also conducted research in other fields, working with refugees, hearing voices, reflective practice, psychodynamic models of supervision, health psychology, organisational cultures in mental health and more.
As a researcher I have focussed on a wide range of qualitative methods, from grounded theory, to appreciative inquiry, interpersonal process recall, participatory action research and discourse analysis, but have also conducted and supported meta-analyses and meta-syntheses, RCT's, developed scales etc. I lean towards research that focusses on storied, relational and discursive constructions of lived experience, but am respectful of and can see the value of more traditional empirical and efficacy-based research. I do not believe we can afford to exclude certain types of research when faced with life-threatening conditions or distress. We must also struggle to make room for marginalised voices and paradigms.
As a clinical psychologist and family therapist I adhere to the principle that problems experienced by children and adolescents are maintained in interpersonal, community and discursive processes, rather than solely neurological or intrapsychic phenomenon. One of the aims of my practice and research is to explore innovative and contextual therapies, focussing on understanding, not just explanation, and empowerment not just vulnerabilities. Those experiencing "mental disorders" must not be objectified or subject to treatments that do not respect the idea that recovery involves the development of the whole person. I reject practices that rely unnecessarily on the pathologising of individuals and families, but can acknowledge the role that diagnosis can play in some contexts. I am also interested in work with adults, particularly that informed by recovery and narrative approaches.
As a teacher and supervisor I am conscious of the power differential between myself and my students and aim to foster learning and growth in a culture that is rigorous in scholarship, but also respectful and safe.I expect my students to engage with learning at both a personal and philosophical level and at the level of technique and competence. Bell Hooks insists that teaching must not "enact rituals of control”. and "practices of domination ."..but must be conducted in a "liberatory classroom" where the teacher "respects and cares for the soul of the student", "an engaged pedagogy"....I aim to teach in this vein
Consultant, Uspace, St Vincent's Private Hospital
Honorary Senior Clinical Psychologist, Department of Psychological Medicine, Childrens Hospital, Westmead.
Management Group, Centre for Family-Based Mental Health Care, St Vincents Private Hospital
Organising Committee, Critical and Post-Structural Psychology SIG, International Congress of Qualitative Inquiry
International Scholar in Residence, Chicago School of Professional Psychology
Co-Convenor, Narrative Inquiry Research Group.
Member Institute of Teaching and Learning Innovation 'Students as Partners' Network
External supervisor, School of Medicine, University of Adelaide
Editorial Board, Qualitative Psychology (American Psychological Association)
Editorial Board, Senior Editor, Journal of Eating Disorders
Editorial Board, The Qualitative Report
Assessor for Journal of Family Therapy, Qualitative Psychology, The Acparian, Clinical Psychologist, ANZ Journal of Family Therapy and others
Volunteer, Sydney Story Factory
Team Leader, Eating Disorders Family-Based Treatment Team, Children's Hospital Westmead,
Coordinating Editor Australian New Zealand Journal of Family Therapy
Convenor Australian Clinical Psychology Philosophy Special Interest Group (APSIG)
Trainer, Unifam's College of Counselor Education,
Clinical Psychologist Department of Ageing, Disability & Homecare
Consultant Australian Institute of Relationship Studies, Relationships Australia.
Consultant, NSW Dept. of Ageing, Disability and Homecare
Advisory Panel, Australian and New Zealand Journal of Family Therapy
Mentor, Australian and New Zealand Journal of Family Therapy Authors Mentoring Program
Associate, Center for Health Communications, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, University of Technology Sydney
Interested in doing a Phd..Masters research?
At present I am interested in supporting Phd students in the following areas:
1. Theoretical psychology
Students wishing to conduct theoretical/philosophical theses, including the development of ideas from social contructionism and post-humanism to the criticism of psychology and the reconstruction of new conceptual and practical approaches. This is an option for both Masters of Clinical Psychology students and compononents of PhDs
2. Narrative Inquiry
Studies that explore story as a root metaphor in psychology, including recovery stories, adversarial growth, hidden and marginalised stories in our field, or in society. I convene the Sydney Narrative Inquiry Research Group, which provides additional support for students.
3. Reflective Practice & the Personal-Professional Development of Therapists
Studies that aim to further understand and promote the development of therapists, with specific focus on the integration of personal and professional identities and the capacity for understanding as well as explanation.
4. Community-based research.
Studies that integrate the fields of clinical and community psychology.
I convene a group of academics and community members (Community Psychology Advisory Panel) who represent a wide variety of interests, including the following;
Hearing Voices Networks, Open Dialogue approach to 'mental health' in young people, Multiple Family Therapy for Anorexia, The Recovery Movement in mental health, participatory work with refugee communities.
5. Feminism, embodiment and anorexia nervosa
Research that positions anorexia as both a physical, intrapsychic, but also sociological or discursive phenomenon.
6. Arts-Based Research Collaboration
Studies that involve creative collaboration between qualitative research and art-based forms of dissemination. and community education
Teaching and supervision
My teaching roles at the University of Sydney include teaching couple, family and community-based therapy, qualitative research and reflective practice. I teach primarily in the clinical psychology program, with some lectures for Psychology Honors and third year undergraduates. I also have a teaching and research relationship with the Chicago School of Professional Psychology.
I am also involved in a variety of informal and more formal groups, email me if your interested in joining.
Sydney Narrative Inquiry Research Group
NSW Open Dialogue Implementaton Team
Family Therapy Training and Supervision
Current research students
|Project title||Research student|
|The Psychological and Behavioural Effects of Intranasal Oxytocin in Anorexia Nervosa||Rachel BROWNLOW|
|Family therapy with refugee communities||Aspasia KARAGEORGE|
|Understanding the relationship between child sex abuse and anorexia nervosa||Jennifer MALECKI|
|An examination of compulsive exercise in people with anorexia nervosa||Sarah YOUNG|
|Acculturation and Distress in Second-Generation Chinese-Australians||Michael Zhang ZHANG|
The N=6 Project: A Multi-Disciplinary Discourse Analysis of Neugoboren's (1997) Imagining Robert: My Brother, Madness & Survival.
Barker, Boydell, Buus, Rhodes, River & Wells
The history and status of critical psychology and psychiatry in Australia.
Pols, Rhodes, et al.
Listening to the darkness: Living with severe and enduring anorexia nervosa
Bloomfield, Rhodes, Conti, Adams, MacGuire, Touyz
Anorexia, trauma and the body: A body-mapping study
Malecki, Boydell, Touyz, Ussher & Rhodes
Alchoholics Anonymous;A Qualitative Systematic Review
Glassman, Buus, Rhodes
The meaning of burn-out in therapists' lives
Turnbull & Rhodes
How do people experiencing an eating disorder interpret the meaning of chewing and spitting behaviour?
Aouad, Rhodes, Touyz
Acculturation and distress in second generation Chinese Australians
Zhang, Hunt, Rhodes
Investigating the effect of a specialised day placement of fostering retention and recovery in the family-based treatment of anorexia nervosa
Richards, Rhodes. Touyz, et al.
The GenTalk Study: Communication about hereditary cancer information within families
Young, Wakefield, Butow, Rhodes
Personal development and clinical psychology training; A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis
Martin, Lah & Rhodes
Effects of Family-Based Treatment for Anorexia Nervosa on Familial Attachment Relationships
Wallis, Touyz, Rhodes
The Psychological and Behavioural Effects of Intranasal Oxytocin in Anorexia Nervosa
Brownlow, Touyz, Rhodes, et al.
Medway, Rhodes et al. Adolescent development in the family-based treatment of anorexia nervosa: Young people's stories
Salter & Rhodes. On Becoming a Clinical Psychologist
Conti, Hewson, Rhodes “We almost put her as a person to the side and followed somebody else’s roadmap”. What happens when the current “best-practice” therapy for adolescent anorexia nervosa doesn’t work: A case study analysis
Young, Touyz, Rhodes et al. Compulsive exercise, quality of life, motivation to change and psychological distress in adults with anorexia nervosa
Zhang, Rhodes, Hunt. Meta-synthesis of identity negotiation of Chinese immigrant
Zhang, Rhodes. Acculturation of second-generation chinese migrants: A Meta-Narrative Review
Malecki & Rhodes Womens?s Constructions of Childhood trauma and anorexia nervosa: a qualitative meta-synthesis (under review)
Wallis, Miskovic, Madden, Alford, Rhodes et al. How much is enough? Phase completion, dose and outcome in Family Based treatment for adolescent anorexia nervosa (under review)
Dawson, Rhodes & Mullan Recovery stories: helpful or unhelpful? A randomised-controlled trial (under review)
Ng & Rhodes. Parenting in Extremis:Why do families relinquish care of children with severe challenging behavior and developmental disabilities? (under review)
Richards, Rhodes, et al. Augmentations to family-based treatment of anorexia nervosa: A systematic review
Wallis, Rhodes, Dawson et al. (2017) Relational containment; Exploring the Effect of Family-Based Treatment for Anorexia on Familial Relationships. Accepted. Journal of Eating Disorders
Broomfield, Touyz, Rhodes. (2017) Labelling and Difficult-to-Treat Anorexia Nervosa: A Systematic Review and Critical Analysis. Accepted International Journal of Eating Disorders
Karageorge, Rhodes, Gray et al. (2017) Refugee and staff experiences of psychosocial services: A qualitative systematic review. (accepted) Intervention: Journal of Mental Health and Psychosocial Support in Conflict Affected Areas. Early view) DOI: 10.1097/WTF.0000000000000137
Gitau and Rhodes A Dark Stone in My Stomach’: Interventions for Survivors of Mass Violence and Building Sustainable Peace (2016) Journal of Peacebuilding & Development, 11 (3), 37-52
Conti, Rhodes & Adams, (2016) Listening in the dark: why we need stories
of people living with severe and enduring anorexia nervosa. Journal of Eating Disorders 4:33 DOI 10.1186/s40337-016-0117-z
Young, S., Rhodes, P., Touyz, S., & Hay, P. (2013). The relationship between obsessive-compulsive personality disorder traits, obsessive-compulsive disorder and excessive exercise in patients with anorexia nervosa: a systematic review. Journal of Eating Disorders 1:16. DOI: 10.1186/2050-2974-1-16.
Sarah E. Watts, Paul Oburu, Suncica Lah, Paul Rhodes & Caroline J.
Hunt (2016): Maternal psychological distress and appraisal of parenting experience predict
social-emotional development of Kenyan infants, Early Child Development and Care, DOI:
Young, S., Touyz, S., Meyer, C., Arcelus, J., Rhodes, P., Madden, S., Pike, K., Attia, E., Crosby, R., Wales, J., & Hay, P. (in press). Validity of exercise measures in adults with anorexia nervosa: the EDE, Compulsive Exercise Test and other self-report scales. International Journal of Eating Disorders. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1002/eat.22633.
White, Haycraft, Madden, Rhodes et al. (2016) Parental strategies used in the family meal session of Family-Based Treatment for adolescent anorexia nervosa: Links with treatment outcomes" International Journal of Eating DisordersDOI: 10.1002/eat.22647
Kelly, Rhodes, MacDonald, Mikes-Liu. (2016) Diagnosis and Dialogue in Acute Child and Adolescent Mental Health Clinical Psychologist. DOI: 10.1111/cp.12101
Sheens, Rhodes & Dawson. (2016). Encountering anorexia: Changeing stigma through recovery stories. Adanves in Eating Disorders; Theory, Research and Practice. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/21662630.2016.1217495
Kezelman, Rhodes, Hunt, et al. (2016) Adolescent patients' perspectives on rapid-refeeding: a prospective qualitative study of an inpatient population. Advances in Eating Disorders. DOI: 10.1080/21662630.2016.1202124.
Watts, Oburu, Lah, Hunt & Rhodes (2016) Psychosocial Stimulation: A Qualitative Study on Kenyan Mother?s Motives and Challenges to Promote Children?s Development. Journal of Child and Family Studies, p1-8 DOI 10.1007/s10826-016-0371-
Medway, Rhodes, et al. (2016) Young Peoples Experience of Family Therapy for Anorexia Nervosa: A Qualitative Meta-Synthesis.Advances in Eating Disorders: Theory, Research & Practice DOI: 10.1080/21662630.2016.1164609
Rhodes (2016). Why we should read qualitative inquiry. Australian Clinical Psychologist. 1 (3), p7-9.
Brebach, Sharpe, Butow, Rhodes et al. (2016) Psychological intervention targeting distress for cancer patients: a meta-analytic study investigating uptake and adherence. Psycho-oncology.DOI:10.1002/pon.4099
White, Rhodes, et al. (2016) Look Up in the Sky: A Mixed Methodological Analysis of the Real Life Superhero Community. Qualitative Report, Vol 21, 2.
Kezelman, Touyz, Hunt, Rhodes (2015) Does anxiety improve during weight restoration in anorexia nervosa? A systematic review Journal of Eating Disorders, 3, 1-15
Fennessey, Rhodes et al. (2015) Reflecting on Complex Cases: The Efficacy of Systemic Consultation in Disability Case Management. ANZ Journal of Family Therapy. 36, 258-274.
Young, Rhodes, Hay (2015) Compulsive exercise across the lifespan in patients with anorexia nervosa: a narrative inquiry. Advances in Eating Disorders. DOI:10.1080/21662630.2015.1027947
De Jager, Rhodes et al. (2015) Investigating the lived experience of recovery in people who hear voices. Qualitative health Research. DOI: 10.1177/1049732315581602
Dawson, Rhodes, Touyz (2015). Defining recovery from anorexia nervosa: A Delphi study to determine expert practitioners¿ views. Advances in Eating Disorders, 3 (2), 165-176..
- White, Haycraft, Madden, Rhodes, MIskovic, Wallis, Kohn & Meyer. (2015) How do parents of adolescent anorexia nervosa patients interact with their child at mealtimes? A study of parental strategies used in the family meal session of family-based treatment. International Journal of Eating Disorders. 48 (1) 72-82. DOI: 10.1002/eat.22328
Godfrey, Rhodes, Miscovik et al. (2014) Just One More Bite: A qualitative analysis of the family meal in the family-based treatment of anorexia. European Eating Disorders Review. 23 (1), 75-85
Rhodes, Dickens, Donelly et al. (2014) Transforming Practice in Developmental Disability Services Through Systemic and Dialogical Practice. Journal of Systemic Therapies. 33 (3) 1-17..
Cartwright, Rhodes, King & Shires (2014) A Pilot Study of a Method for Teaching ClinicalPsychology Trainees to Conceptualize and Manage Countertransference. Australian Psychologist
- Cartwright, Rhodes, King & Shires (2014) Experiences of Countertransference: Reports of Clinical Psychology Students. Australian Psychologist. 49, 232-240.
- Mitchell, Rhodes, Wallis & Wilson (2014) A comparison of two systemic family therapy reflecting team interventions. Journal of Family TherapyVolume 36,Issue 3,pages 237¿254,
- Spurrier, Rhodes & Blaszczynski.(2014)"An expert map of gambling risk perception",Journal of Gambling Studies.DOI 10.1007/s10899-014-9486-x
- Dawson, Rhodes & Touyz. (2014) Defining recovery from anorexia nervosa: A Delphi study to explore expert practitioners¿ views. Advances in Eating Disorders: Theory, Research and Practice.
- Madden, Miscovik, Wallis, Kohn, Lock, Le Grange, Booil, Clarke, Rhodes, Hay, Touyz. (2014). A Randomized Controlled Trial of Inpatient Treatment for Anorexia Nervosa in Medically Unstable AdolescentsPsychological Medicine.doi:10.1017/S0033291714001573
- Dawson, Rhodes & Touyz (2014)The recovery model and anorexia nervosa. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry.DOI: 10.1177/0004867414539398
- Dawson, Rhodes & Touyz. (2014) 'Doing the Impossible'The Process of Recovery From Chronic Anorexia Nervosa. Qualitative Health Research. 24 (4) 494-505doi:10.1177/1049732314524029
- Spurrier, Blaszczynski, Rhodes (2014) Gambler Risk Perception: A Mental Model and Grounded Theory Analysis. J Gambl Stud. Jan 9. [Epub ahead of print]
- Withers, Mullan, Madden, Kohn, Clarke, Thornton, Rhodes & Touyz (2013) Anorexia nervosa in the family: a sibling's perspective in Eating Disorders: Theory, Research and Practice, 2013doi.org/10.1080/21662630.2013.839187
- Rhodes, Dawson, Kelly, & Renshall (2013) Introducing qualitative research into a psychology program: co-learning, hospitality and rigour. International Journal of Innovation in Maths and Science Education, 21 (1), 18-28
- Rhodes,Donelly, Whatson et al. (2013) Beyond the Impasse: Systemic Consultation and Understanding Complex cases. Journal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disabilities. DOI: 10.1111/jar.12068
- Rhodes, & De Jager (2013) Narrative Studies of Recovery: A Critical Resource for Clinicians. Clinical Psychologist. DOI: 10.1111/cp.12021
- Young, Rhodes, Touyz and Hay (2013) The relationship between obsessive-compulsive personality disorder traits, obsessive-compulsive disorder and excessive exercise in patients with anorexia nervosa: a systematic review. Journal of Eating Disorders 2013, 1:16
- Burgess, Rhodes & Wilson. (2013) Exploring the in-session reflective capacity of clinical psychology trainees: An interpersonal process recall study. Journal of Clinical Psychology doi:10.1111/cp.12014
- Godfrey, Rhodes & Hunt.(2013) The relationship between family mealtime interactions during childhood and adolescence and disordered eating behaviour: A Systematic Review. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Family Therapy, 34, 54-64.
- Kelly & Rhodes, (2013) The evolution of the DSM and some implications for clinicians' practice. Clinical Psychology Forum. Issue 243.
- Renshall, Brown & Donelly (2013) Family of Origin Coaching as Supervision for Child and Adolescent Mental Health Clinicians: A Participatory Action Study. Contemporary Family TherapyVolume 35 (4) pp 684-697
Thewes, Brebach, Dzidowska, Rhodes, Sharpe & Butow (2013) Current approaches to managing fear of cancer recurrence; a descriptive survey of psychosocial and clinical health professionals. Psycho-Oncology DOI: 10.1002/pon.3423
Murray, Wallis & Rhodes (2012) The Questioning Process in Maudsley Family-Based Treatment, Part 1: Deviation Amplification. Contemporary Family Therapy: Volume 34, 4 582-592
Rhodes, (2012) Why clinical psychology needs process research: An examination of four methodologies in Clinical Child Psychology and Psychiatry 17/4, p495-504
Rhodes, P. (2012) Nothing to Fear? Thoughts on the History of Family Therapy and the Potential Contribution of Research Australian and New Zealand Journal of Family Therapy Volume 33 Number 2 2012 pp. 171¿182
Ellison, R., Rhodes, P., Madden, S., Miscovec, J.,Wallis, A., Baillie, A., Kohn, M. & Touyz, S.(2012). Do the components of manualized family-based treatment for anorexia nervosa predict weight gain?. International Journal of Eating Disorders. 45 (4) 609-614
Huynh, L. & Rhodes, P. (2011). Why do People Choose to Become Psychologists? A Narrative Inquiry of Aspiring Therapists. Psychology Teaching Review, 17 (2), 64-71.
Rhodes, P. (2011). Why we need process research in Clinical Psychology. Journal of Clinical Child Psychology and Psychiatry (Accepted)
Nge, C., Rhodes, P., Wallis, A. & Wilson, V. (2011). Living and learning systemic: A qualitative exploration of the personal effects of family therapy training. Contemporary Family Therapy. 33 (4), 335-347.
Rhodes P., Whatson L., Mora L., Hansson A., Dikian J. & Brearley K. (2011). Systemic Hypothesising for Challenging Behaviour: A Reflecting Team Approach. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Family Therapy, 31 (1), 70-82.
Rhodes, P. Reflections on Habib, C. (2010) Integrating family therapy training in a clinical psychology course. Australia and New Zealand Journal of Family Therapy, 32 (2): 123-126
Rhodes, P., Sponiar, M., & Madden, S. (2009) Life threatening food avoidance in two nine year old girls: Re-thinking the Maudsley model. Journal of Clinical Child Psychology and Psychiatry Vol. 14, No. 1, 63-70
Rhodes, P., Madden, S. & Brown, J. (2009). Parent to Parent Consultation in the Maudsley Model of Family-Based Treatment of Anorexia Nervosa: A Qualitative Study Journal of Marital and Family Therapy, 35(2), 181-192.
Rhodes, P., Wallis, A. Nge, C. (2008) Can You Teach Compassion? Context, 53:5, 44-55.
Rhodes, P. (2008) Amplifying Deviations in Family Interactions: Guidelines for Trainees.Australian and New Zealand Journal of Family Therapy, 29:1, 34-39.
Rhodes, P., Madden, S., Brown, J. & Baillie A. (2008) Parent to Parent Consultation in the Maudsley Model of Family-Based Treatment for Anorexia Nervosa: A Randomised Control Trial. Journal of Family Therapy; 30: 92-104
Wallis A., Rhodes P., Kohn M. & Madden S. (2007). Five-years of family based treatment for anorexia nervosa: The Maudsley Model at the Children's Hospital at Westmead. International Journal of Adolescent Medicine & Health, 19(3), 277-83.
Rhodes, P., Gosbee, M., Madden, S. & Brown, J., (2005). Communities of Concern in the Family-Based Treatment of Anorexia Nervosa: Towards a Consensus in the Maudsley Model. European Eating Disorders Review, 13, 392-398
Dossetor, David R; Santhanam, Radhika; Rhodes, Paul; Holland, Tony J; Nunn, Ken P.(2005). Developmental Neuropsychiatry: A New Model of Psychiatry for Young People With and Without Intellectual Disability? Clinical Child Psychology and Psychiatry. Vol 10(3), 277-30
Rhodes, P., Brown, J., & Baillee, A., (2005). The Parents Versus Anorexia Scale: A brief measure of parental efficacy in the family-based treatment of anorexia. European Eating Disorders Review, 13, 399-405
Rhodes, P. & Madden, S (2005). Scientist practitioner family therapists, post-modern medical practitioners, and expert parents: Second order change at the Eating Disorders Program, Children¿s Hospital at Westmead. Journal of Family Therapy, 27, 171-182
Rhodes, P. (2003) The Maudsley model of family-based treatment for anorexia nervosa: theory, practice and empirical support. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Family Therapy, 24 (4), 191-198
Rhodes, P. (2003) Behavioural and family systemic intervention in developmental disabilities: Towards a contemporary and integrative approach. Journal of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, 28 (1), 51-64
Rhodes, P. (2002) Mainstreaming intellectual disability into the history of family therapy. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Family Therapy, 23 (4), 211-214
Rhodes, P. (2002) Dancing with depression; Sequences and circular questions in family therapy. The Clinician, 2 (1), 51-5
Rhodes, P. (2001) Anxiety Disorders: Can they be a child¿s way of protecting the family ? The Clinician, 2 (1), 51-5
Books and Chapters
- Rhodes, P. Post-Milan Systemic Family Therapy. In Rambo, A., West, C., and Schooley, A. (2010)) (Eds.)Multiple lenses: A family therapist¿s guide to family therapy models.
- Rhodes, P. and Wallis, A.(Eds.) (2011) Working with Families: A Practical Guide. IP Communications: Melbourne, Australia.
- Wallis, A. and Rhodes, P. The First Session. In: Rhodes, P. and Wallis, A.(Eds.) (2011) Working with Families: A Practical Guide. IP Communications: Melbourne, Australia
- Rhodes, P. and Wallis, A. Deviation Amplifying: The Second Session. In: Rhodes, P. and Wallis, A.(Eds.) (2011) Working with Families: A Practical Guide. IP Communications: Melbourne, Australia
- Garven, R. and Rhodes, P., The Final Session. In: Rhodes, P. and Wallis, A.(Eds.) (2011) Working with Families: A Practical Guide. IP Communications: Melbourne, Australia
- Rhodes, P. (2010) Challenging Behaviour and Change: Families, Family Therapy and the Wider System. In Dosseter, White & Whatson (Eds.). Mental health for Children and Adolescents with Intellectual Disability: A Framework for Professional Practice. IP Communications: Vic
- Rhodes, P., Family therapy for anorexia nervosa: History, Current Practice and Future Directions. In Interventions for Body Image and Eating Disorders Evidence and Practice, Paxton, S & Hay, P. (Eds). (2009) IP Communications, Melbourne, Australia.
- Wallis, A., Rhodes, P., Kohn, M. & Madden, S. The family based treatment of anorexia nervosa at Children¿s Hospital, Westmead: Implementation, experience and practice challenges. In Bennet, D, Towns, S, Elliot, E. & Merrick, J (2009) Challenges in Adolescent Health: An Australian Perspective, Nova: Sydney.
- Society for Community Research and Action, American Psychological Association
- Australian Clinical Psychologists Association
Awards and honours
2005 Quality Service Award, Children's Hospital at Westmead for development of the Eating Disorders Family-Based Treatment Team.
2003 National Research Prize, Australasian Society for the Scientific Study of Intellectual Disability
Government Funded Projects (ADHC)
2008-2012. NSW Department of Ageing, Disability and Home Care Research Funding, $66,000
Clinicians Experience of Tertiary Systemic Consultation Program: A Participatory Action Study
Donnely, Rhodes, Whatson, Brearley, Hansson, Mora & Dikian
2010. NSW Department of Ageing, Disability and Home Care Research Funding $32,000
Promoting the Parent-Practitioner Alliance in Behaviour Support for Children and Adolescents with Intellectual Disability and Emotional/Behavioural Disturbances
Rhodes, Whatson, Dossettor.
In the media
Blogs, Magazines & Reviews
Rhodes. Review Denborough (2014) Retelling the Stories of Our Lives. Australian Journal of Family Therapy. 35 (4), 215.
Commentary in Crews, D. (2014) Creating the next wave of family therapy. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Family Therapy, 35, 310-326.
Rhodes. Review of Furlong (2013) Building the client's relational base: a multidisciplinary handbook. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Family Therapy, 34, 277-278.
Family Support Clinics: A New Initiative for ADHC. Clinical Innovation and Governance Newsletter, Department of Family and Community Services, Ageing Disability and Homage. August 2013.
Fostering Qualitative Research in Clinical Psychology: An Ethic of Hospitality. International Institute of Qualitative Methods Blog. April 2012
Rhodes, P., Wallis, A. Nge, C. (2008) Can You Teach Compassion? Context, 53:5, 44-55.
Rhodes, P. (2013) A Brief History of Family Therapy. Acparian. Australian Clinical Psychology Association. 7, 5-8.
Rhodes, P. (2002) Dancing with depression; Sequences and circular questions in family therapy. The Clinician, 2 (1), 51-5
Rhodes, P. (2001) Anxiety Disorders: Can they be a child¿s way of protecting the family ? The Clinician, 2 (1), 51-56
Rhodes, P. (2006) Review of, Help Your Teenager Beat an Eating Disorder, Lock, J. And le Grange, D.. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Family Therapy. Vol.27(2).
Rhodes, P. (2006) Review of Work, Family, Health, and Well-Being. Bianchi, Casper, and Berkowitz King. Family, Systems and Health,Volume 24(2)
Rhodes, P (2005) Review of Sex, Sexuality and the Autism Spectrum, Lawson, W.. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Family Therapy. Vol.27(1).
Rhodes, P. (2004) Review of Tales of Solutions: A Collection of Hope-Inspiring Stories, by Berg I. and Dolan, Y. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Family Therapy. Vol.25(3)
Rhodes, P. (2004) Review of Case Book for Integrating Family Therapy: An Ecosystemic Approach," by S. H. McDaniel, D. Lusterman and C. Philpot. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Family Therapy. Vol.25(4).
Rhodes, P. (2003). Review of Out of a darkened room: When a parent is depressed, protecting the children and strengthening the family by William R. Beardslee. Families, Systems, & Health. Vol.21(4)
Rhodes, P. (2003). Review of Game Play: Therapeutic Use of Childhood Games, Shaeffer and Reed. Journal of Family Therapy. Vol.25(2)
Rhodes, P. (2003). Review of Family environment and intellectual functioning: A lifespan perspective, Grigorenko and Sternberg. Journal of Family Therapy. Vol.25(2).
Consultation and Service Development
- Open Dialogue I am involved in developing services based on Open Dialogue or Network Therapy, in consultation with users and their families at both St Vincent's Private Hospital and the NSW Mental Health Commission.
- Australian Institute of Relationship Studies (Relationships Australia): I have been involved in developing a host of professional training courses. run by leaders in the field, including Couple Therapy for Clinical Psychologists, Reflective Practice Masterclasses, Philosophy for Therapists as well as developing the first Diploma in Advanced Case Managment (Systemic)...
- Developmental Disabilities: I have conducted a long term consultative role to NSW Department of Ageing, Disabilities and HomeCare developing innovative systemic approaches to supervision, intervention for challenging behaviour, case management and forensic services
- Eating Disorders: Since 2003, in collaboration with Andrew Wallis, Senior Clinical Social Worker, Children's Hospital, Westmead I have been responsible for conducting training, service development and supervision in the family-based treatment of eating disorders in many settings, including private, hospital and community-based organisations in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Cairns, Tasmania and across New Zealand, contributing towards the international development of Family-Based Treatment as standard practice for anorexia nervosa.
- Family Therapy: I have either consulted to or conducted training and supervision with many organisations, Headspace, CatholicCare, NSW Institute of Psychiatry, NSW Child and Adolescent Mental Health, Australian Institute of Relationship Studies and mental health services across New Zealand.
Rhodes & Adams. Rolling Over? Resistance? A Dialogue About Responding to Peer Review. Critical and Post-Structural Psychology. International Congress of Qualitative Inquiry, Illinois, 2017
Rhodes, Astore, Malecki, Medway et al. Multiple voices in recovery from anorexia nervosa: Science, feminism and the politics of evidence. ICQI Champaign, Illinois 2017.
Sheens & Rhodes.Encountering anorexia: challenging stigma with recovery. ANZAED Conference 2017, Australia.
Karageorge, Rhodes & Gray. Relationship and family therapy for newly-resettled refugees: A qualitative inquiry of staff experiences of an innovative, needs-adapted service approach in Sydney, Australi. World Congress of Psychiatry, Florence, 2017
Zhang, M. & Rhodes, P. (2017, August). Conventional assumptions of acculturation's cultural crossings. Poster presented at the 125th Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association, Washington, D.C.
Zhang, M. & Rhodes, P. (2017, June). The Chinese experience of the model minority myth. Paper presented at the 10th Biennial Congress of the International Academy for Intercultural Research, College of Staten Island, New York.
Karageorge, Rhodes et al. Relationship and Family Therapy for Newly-resettled Refugees: a Qualitative Inquiry of an Innovative, Needs-adapted Approach in Sydney, Australia. World Congress of Psychiatry in Florence 2017
Zhang & Rhodes Conventional Assumptions of Acculturation's Cultural Crossings. American Psychological Association Conference, Washington DC, 2017
Brebach, Rhodes, Sharpe, Butow. Engagement in Psychological Intervention For Distressed Cancer Patients: A Delphi Study of Psycho-Oncology Clinicians. 8th World Congress of Behavioural and Cognitive Therapies 2016 Melbourne
Aouad, Hay, Rhodes, Touyz (2016) Chew and Spit (CHSP): A phenomenological understanding of an eating disordered symptom. ANZAED Eating Disorders Conference, 2016.
Conti, Rhodes and Adams. Listening in the darkness. Why we need narratives for severe and enduring anorexia nervsa. International Congress of Qualitative Psychology, 2016, Champagne, Illinois.
Dawson, Mullan, Rhodes, Miskovic-Whealtey and Touyz, Do STORIES OF RECOVERY help or hinder those with Anorexia Nervosa? A randomised control trial
International Congress of Eating Disorders, San Francisco, 2016
Young, Touyz, Rhodes. Exercising hard or hardly excercising. Ojjective and subjective measures of physical activity in patients with anorexia nervosa. the International Conference on Eating Disorders (ICED), May 6 2016, San Francisco CA
Zhang, M. & Rhodes, P. (2016, July-August). A meta-narrative review of acculturation in Chinese immigrants. Paper presented at the 23rd Congress of the International Association for Cross-Cultural Psychology, Nagoya, Japan.
Dawson, Rhodes, et al. Do stories of recovery help or hinder those with anorexia nervosa? A randomized control trial. International Conference on Eating Disorders, 2016, San Francisco, California, USA.
Rhodes. Qualitative Journeys: From Methodolatry to Post-Humanism. Australian and New Zealand Family Therapy Conference, 2015, Melbourne.
Ralph AF, Butow P, Craig JC, Luxton G, Rhodes P, Hanson CS, Tong A. Perspectives of donors and recipients on the impact of living kidney donation on donor-recipient relationships: thematic synthesis of qualitative studies.13th Congress of the International Society of Organ Donation and Procurement,17-20 October2015, Seoul, South Korea
Fink, Rhodes et al. (2015) Exploring the effects of a family admissions program for adolescents with Anorexia Nervosa. ANZAED Conference QLD
Young, Rhodes et al. (2015) Exercising hard or hardly exercising?? Objective and subjective measures of physical activity in patients with anorexia nervosa.ANZAED Conference QLD
Ralph AF, Butow P, Craig JC, Luxton G, Rhodes P, Hanson CS, Tong A.Perspectives of donors and recipients on the impact of living kidney donation on donor-recipient relationships: thematic synthesis of qualitative studies.The Transplantation Society of Australia and New Zealand 33rd Annual Scientific Meeting 21-23 June 2015, Canberra, Australia
Rhodes (2015) Qualitative Inquiry and the Transformation of the Scientist-Practitioner Model in Clinical Psychology. Eleventh International Congress of Qualitative Inquiry, Champaign-Urbana
R. Brebach, L. Sharpe, P. Rhodes, P. Butow (2015) Predictors of Uptake for Psychological Interventions Amongst Cancer Patients: A Meta-analysis. 2015 World Congress of Psycho-Oncology, Washington.
Madden, MIscovik, Wallis, Kohn, Le Grange, Booil, Clarke, Rhodes, Hay, Touyz. A randomized controlled trial of in-patient treatment for anorexia nervosa in medically unstable adolescents. ANZED Conference, 2015.
Madden, Miscovik, Wallis, Kohn, Lock, Le Grange, Booil, Clarke, Rhodes, Hay, Touyz. A Randomized Controlled Trial of Inpatient Treatment for Anorexia Nervosa in Medically Unstable Adolescents International Conference on Eating Disorders 2015 Boston.
- Dawson & Rhodes.Recovery stories - helpful or unhelpful? A randomised controlled trial. ANZAED Conference 2014 Freemantle
- Kelly, A. Rhodes, P. MacDonald, C. Mikes-Liu, K. Graham, L. (2014, October). The use of psychiatric diagnosis on three child and adolescent acute inpatient units: A qualitative study. Paper presented at the World Hearing Voices Congress, Thessaloniki, Greece
- Young, Rhodes, Touyz and hay (2014) A narrative inquiry into the role of exercise in recovery from anorexia nervosa. Australian and New Zealand Academy of Eating Disorders Conference 2014.
- Godfrey, Rhodes, Miscovec et al.Inside the family meal: a thematic analysis of session two in Maudsley family-based treatment for anorexia nervosa.ANZAED Conference 2014, Freemantle, Australia
- Dawson, Rhodes, Touyz. Defining recovery from anorexia nervosa: Can we reach a consensus. International Conference on Eating Disorders, New York, 2014.
- Dawson, L., Mullan, B., Rhodes, P., & Touyz, S. Using the theory of planned behavior to measure motivation in anorexia nervosa. Australiasian Society for Behavioural Health and Medicine Conference Auckland, New Zealand, 12-14 Feb 2014
- Elliot & Rhodes. Grandparenting with low vision or blindness: Experiencing valuable relationships across the generations. The Psychology and Ageing Interest Group Conference, 2013.
- Fennessey, Rhodes, Uddin & Wilson (2013) Adapting Andersen's Reflecting Team for the Systemic Supervision of Case Managers in Intellectual Disabilities: A Mixed Method Study. Australian and New Zealand Family Therapy Conference
- De Jager and Rhodes. Recovery from Distressing Voices. World Hearing Voices Congress Melbourne 2013.
- Mora, Donelly, Rhodes, et al. Systemic Consultation: Promoting reflective practice among clinicians who are responding to the complex behavioural support needs of people with intellectual disability. National Occupational Therapy Conference, 2013, Adelaide
- Dawson, L., Rhodes, P., & Touyz, S. Defining recovery from anorexia nervosa: A Delphi study to explore practitioners' views. Australian and New Zealand Academy of Eating Disorders Conference 2013
- Young, Hay, Touyz & Rhodes The Role of Exercise in the Treatment and Recovery Process of Anorexia Nervosa Australian and New Zealand Eating Disorders Academy Conference, Melbourne 2013
- Dawson & Rhodes Recovery from chronic anorexia nervosa: The tipping point for change 2013 International Conference on Eating Disorders (ICED), Montreal
- Invited Speaker: Why Reflective Practice? Five Studies in Profile. NSW Institute of Psychiatry Clinical Supervision Conference. 2013.
- Wearne, Rhodes, Mullan & Clarke (2012) Anorexia nervosa: Intrapersonal, interpersonal, both, or it depends? Australian Association for Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Queensland
- Rhodes (2012) Design Your Own Study: An interactive Forum for Qualitative Researchers. Australian and New Zealand Family Therapy Conference. Perth, 2012.
- Rhodes, Paul. Building Informal Research Support Networks. Sydney University Teaching Colloquium Research-enriched learning and teaching theme) 2013.
- Rhodes, P. What standards should be set for qualitative research conducted in a science faculty: Psychology, rigour and the politics of evidence Australian Conference on Science and Mathematics Education 2012, Sydney, Australia
- Dawson, L., Rhodes, P., & Touyz, S. A narrative inquiry of recovery from chronic anorexia nervosa. Presented at Sydney Psychology Postgraduate Student Conference, November 2011.
- Rhodes. Narrative Inquiry as Research Method: Four Studies in Profile. Australian and New Zealand Family Therapy Conference, Perth, 2012.
- Brebach, Rhodes, Sharpe & Butow. Investigating the engagement of cancer patients and survivors into psychological treatment. 14th World Congress on Psycho-Oncology, Brisbane, Australia. 2012.
- Lawson, R., Treanor, S., Wallis, A., Rhodes, P., & Miskovic, J. (2012). The outcome of a national roll out of Maudsley Family Based Therapy for the treatment of anorexia nervosa in New Zealand. The 10th Annual ANZAED Conference, Adelaide
- Fennessy , Rhodes & Wilson Coming Unstuck: Systemic Consultation for Disability Case Management. Case Management Society of Australia 15th National Conference, Sydney, 2012
- Dawson, Rhodes, Touyz. "Doing the impossible"; How to recover from chronic anorexia nervosa ? Australian and New Zealand Academy of Eating Disorders Conference 2012
- Michael Spurrier, Alex Blaszczynski, & Paul Rhodes, Decision making models in EGM gambling, National Association of Gambling Studies Conference, Melbourne 2011
- Simon Buchanan, Alex Blaszczynski & Paul Rhodes Perceptions of gambling-related harm in recreational and problem gamblers, National Association of Gambling Studies Conference, Melbourne 2011
- Hansson, Mora, Rhodes, Whatson, Brearley, Franic, Dikian & Donnelly. Behavioural Clinicians experiences of a participatory action research (PAR) Methodology. Association for the Scientific Study of Intellectual Disability Conference, Adelaide, 2011
- Keynote Speaker:Where Are We Now? Thoughts on the History of Family Therapy and The Potential Contribution of Research. Australian Family Therapy Conference, Melbourne, 2011
- Mitchell, Rhodes, Wallis & Wilson. Comparing the Experience of Families Engaged in First and Second-Order Systemic Family Therapy Reflecting Teams ,Australian Family Therapy Conference, Melbourne, 2011
- Psychotherapeutic Processes in Treatment for Anorexia Nervosa: A Review and Preliminary Results from a Grounded Theory Analysis, Madiwale, Rhodes, Hay, Touyz, Pike, Madden, Meyer, Arcelus, Crossby, Palmer, Taranis, Kohn. ANZAED Conference, Sydney 2001
- Madden S, Miskovic J, Kohn M, Le Grange D, Lock J, Rhodes P, Wallis A, Clarke S, Touyz S. Does Hospital Based Weight Restoration Prior to Outpatient Family Therapy Improve Outcomes for Young People Treated for Anorexia Nervosa. ANZAED ¿ 2010 Auckland
- Research for Therapists: Process Research and It's Benefits Australian Family Therapy Conference, Melbourne, Australia 2010
- Mechanisms of Change in the Maudsley Model of Family-Based Treatment for Anorexia Nervosa Australian Family Therapy Conference, Melbourne, Australia 2010 (Ellison, Rhodes, Miscovec,Kohn, Wallis, Baillie, Madden)
- Mental Models of Risk in Problem/Pathological EGM Gambling National Association of Gambling Studies Conference, 2010, Gold Coast, Australia (Spurrier, Rhodes, Blasczynski)
- The Clinical Psychologist as Reflective Practitioner? International Conference on Psychology Education 2010, Sydney, Australia
- Madden S, Miskovic J, Touyz S, Kohn M, Rhodes P, Wallis A, Clarke S. Does hospital-based weight restoration prior to outpatient family therapy improve outcomes for young people treated for anorexia nervosa. 15th Annual Meeting, Eating Disorder Research Society, Brooklyn, New York, USA, September 24-26, 2009, p. 163.
- Plenary: "The Dilemmas of Evidence-Based Practice in the Real World", Redban Conference 2009, Sydney
- Plenary: Family therapy process research: A new phase for the Maudsley Model ? 2009 AED International Conference on Eating Disorders, Cancun Mexico, April 2009
- Madden S, Miskovic J, Kohn M, Le Grange D, Lock J, Rhodes P, Wallis A, Clarke S, Touyz S. Does Hospital Based Weight Restoration Prior to Outpatient Family Therapy Improve Outcomes for Young People Treated for Anorexia Nervosa. ANZAED ¿ 2009 Brisbane
- Wallis A, Rhodes P, Madden S, Kohn M. Five years of family based treatment for anorexia nervosa: The Maudsley Model at the Children¿s Hospital at Westmead. The 6th Annual Conference, Australia and New Zealand Academy of Eating Disorders, Perth, Australia, August 29-30, 2008. p.38.
- Invited Speaker: Can you teach compassion? Family therapy training at the Family Therapy Research Clinic, Children¿s Hospital, Westmead. Australia and New Zealand Family Therapy Conference October 2008
- Invited Speaker: Amplifying deviations in family therapy: Guidelines for trainees. Australia and New Zealand Family Therapy Conference, 2008
- Life-threatening eating disorders in two nine-year old girls: Rethinking the Maudsley model. Australia and New Zealand Family Therapy Conference, 2007
- Parent-to-parent consultation in the Maudsley model of family-based treatment for anorexia: A qualitative and quantitative study. The Academy of Eating Disorders International Conference on Eating Disorders, Barcelona, Spain, 2006.
- Invited Speaker.Parent-to-parent consultation in family therapy for anorexia nervosa: Results of a qualitative study. Australian and New Zealand Family Therapy Conference, 2005.
- Madden S, Wallis A, Rhodes P, Le T, Kohn M. The implementation and clinical outcomes of manualised family therapy at the Children¿s Hospital at Westmead and Westmead Hospital Australia. Proceedings of the International Conference on Eating Disorders, Montreal, Canada, April 27-30, 2005:53-54.
- Madden S, Wallis A, Rhodes P, Le T, Kohn M. The Implementation and Clinical Outcomes of Manualised Family Therapy at the Children¿s Hospital at Westmead, Australia. Proceedings of The Academy of Eating Disorders International Conference on Eating Disorders P 53-54 2005.
- The Implementation and Clinical Outcomes of Manualised Family Therapy at the Children¿s Hospital at Westmead, Australia. The Academy of Eating Disorders International Conference on Eating Disorders, Montreal, Quebec, 2005 (Madden S., Wallis A., Rhodes P., Le T., Kohn M.)
- Systemic organisational prerequisites for the implementation of the Maudsley model of family-based treatment for anorexia nervosa: the Children¿s Hospital at Westmead. Australasian Academy for Eating Disorders Conference, 2005.
- Family-Based Treatment of Anorexia Nervosa: Clinical Outcomes at 18 Months. Australasian Eating Disorders Academy Conference, 2004.
- Scientist-Practitioner Family Therapists, Post-Modern Medical Practitioners, and Expert Parents: Second-Order Change in the Eating Disorders Program at the Children¿s Hospital, Westmead. Australian and New Zealand Family Therapy Conference, 2004.
- Family therapy for Eating Disorders. Redbank Family Therapy Conference 2004
- The Maudsley model of family-based treatment for anorexia nervosa: Theory, practice, and empirical support. Australian and New Zealand Family Therapy Conference, 2003.
- Family-based treatment of anorexia nervosa. NSW Adolescent Counsellors Conference, 2003.
- Mainstreaming intellectual disability into the history of family therapy. Australian and New Zealand Family Therapy Conference, 2002.
- Applying Post-Milan systemic therapy in developmental disabilities: A case series. Psychologists in Developmental Disabilities Conference, 2001.
- Stories of hope and change: Family therapy through the life-span in developmental disability. Social Workers in Developmental Disability Conference, 1999.
- Family therapy in developmental disability: From the communicative to the homeostatic function of challenging behaviours. Psychologists in Developmental Disability Conference, 1998
- Contextualising the treatment of self-injurious behaviour in residential group homes: A case study. NSW Programming Conference, 1996.
- A peer support model for adults with intellectual disability and significant emotional and behavioural disturbance. Australian Society for the Scientific Study of Intellectual Disability Conference, 1991
(Post-Structural and Critical Psychology, International Congress of Qualitative Inquiry)
ICQI Special Interest Group
(The Chicago School of Professional Psychology)
Visiting Scholar, teaching, research
- No money awarded. Permission to access State Government files only.; Fennessy K, Rhodes P; Department of Ageing, Disability and Home Care (NSW)/Research Support.
- Does inpatient weight instoration prior to outpatient family therapy improve outcomes in adolesent anorexia nervosa; Touyz S, Lock J, Le Grange D, Madden S, Kohn M, Rhodes P; National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC)/Project Grants.
A Practical Guide to Family Therapy: Structured Guidelines and Key Skills (IP Communications, 2011)