Meet The Team
Chair & Research Lead
Laurence is queer, neurodivergent, and has lived experience of an eating disorder. They obtained a Bachelor of Psychological Science and a Master of Philosophy in Gender Studies. She is now undertaking a PhD which investigates neurodivergence in relation to eating disorders. Laurence’s research interests include psychoneuroendocrino-immunology (PNEI), sensory processing, eating disorders, gender, neurodiversity, and mental health.
Laurence is a graduate of the Autism CRC Sylvia Rodger Academy (Research Program) and the Founder and Chair of Australia and New Zealand Academy for Eating Disorders’ (ANZAED) neurodiversity special interest group.
In their spare time, Laurence enjoys expressing their creativity through writing poetry. She also loves adventures such as roller-skating, hiking, traveling, and going on solo road trips.
Laurence has many interests: aviation, archaeology, ancient languages (e.g., Ancient Greek and Latin), and palaeontology (especially dinosaurs).
Deputy Chair & Clinical Lead
Anna Millichamp is a proud neurodivergent (Autistic-ADHD), queer, non-binary dietitian with lived eating disorder experience. With undergraduate degrees in Business (finance) and Nutrition and Dietetics, Anna has more than 10 years' experience as a dietitian, working in a range of clinical settings.
Anna has specialist skills in paediatric nutrition - specifically in supporting families whose children are experiencing feeding/eating disturbances, and supporting individuals with feeding and eating disorders, and those with food allergies and intolerances.
Anna has recently turned their focus to research and is currently undertaking a PhD at Bond University, exploring the potential for neurodiversity-affirming feeding and nutrition practices to improve health and wellbeing outcomes of neurodivergent individuals. Anna also works as a Sessional Teaching Fellow in the Clinical Domain of Bond University's Master of Nutrition & Dietetic Practice Program.
In their spare time, Anna enjoys skateboarding and being silly with their two small humans.
National Manager - Research Stream
Ruth is a proudly neurodivergent (Autistic-ADHD) clinical neuropsychologist (registrar) with lived experience of an eating disorder. She has skills and experience in assessment and intervention for psychological disorders in the neurodivergent population, across the lifespan.
Ruth has postgraduate qualifications in neuropsychology and business, and is currently undertaking a diploma of board governance. She has previously undertaken research in the area of neurodivergence and eating disorders, and currently sits on South West Healthcare’s Human Research Ethics Committee. She also serves as an Executive Member of the Australian Paediatric Neuropsychology Network (APNRN) Communications Subcommittee.
Outside of her work, Ruth enjoys cycling, cartooning, and losing herself in a good book.
National Manager - Clinical Stream
Elysia is neurodivergent and has lived experience of an eating disorder (in a larger body), chronic illness, and disability.
She is a Provisional Psychologist working with neurodivergent young people in Melbourne, Victoria. Elysia is also a speaker, workshop facilitator, and hosts and presents at large-scale events celebrating bodies in all of their forms, with a particular focus on fat positivity, weight neutrality and all aspects of intersectionality and marginalisation.
Elysia holds a Masters in Professional Psychology, Postgraduate Diploma of Psychology, Bachelor of Social Science (Psychology) and Postgraduate Certificate in International and Community Development. She is also currently in the process of becoming ANZAED & NEDC accredited as an eating disorder clinician. Furthermore, Elysia sits on various committees and working groups related to body image and eating disorders, and is passionate about positively impacting the healthcare experiences of neurodivergent people as well as people existing in marginalised bodies.
Elysia is also a parent of a toddler and spends the majority of her non-working time enjoying playing at the park or bouncing on trampolines with her child, or engaging in creative practices that bring her joy such as songwriting, singing, watercolour art or reading fiction.
National Manager - Dietetics Stream
Maud is autistic (late-identified) and has a lived experience of restrictive eating disorder.
She works as a mental health dietitian / Credentialed Eating Disorder Clinician in private practice and inpatient mental health services.
Her main area of interest is to provide neurodiversity-affirming health care for neurodivergent persons with feeding differences and eating disorders.
She understands that different brains mean different needs and also runs supervision groups and workshops for health professionals / eating disorder services to help create a more accessible, safe, and supportive space for all the diversity of minds out there.
Maud holds two Masters degrees (toxicology and dietetics), a PhD, and is committed to life-long learning to support her clients. In their spare time, they enjoy drawing with charcoal and reading sci-fi and fantasy books.
Andrea is a Bunuba woman from the Kimberley region of Western Australia, with strong family links to the Southwest of Western Australia. She is the granddaughter of a Stolen Generation survivor and mother of five children, who travelled back to live on country and connect with country, culture, and family in 2014.
Andrea holds a Bachelor degrees in Law and Arts, a Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice, and a Masters in Indigenous Education. She has lived experience as an autistic woman with mental health challenges, including eating disorders.
Tina is an ADHDer with lived eating disorder experience. A proud ADHD advocate, Tina has founded Diverse Accountants, which is an accounting practice that specialises in working with neurodivergent clients. Tina is a qualified Accountant, with a Bachelor of Business (Accountancy) and a full member of the Institute of Public Accountants.
Tina’s life-long special interests are numbers and cats. She enjoys roller skating, being with her family, and helping other ADHDers with money through her Instagram as The ADHD Accountant.