Professor Julia Buckroyd

Professor Julia Buckroyd

Julia Buckroyd is Emeritus Professor of Counselling at the University of Hertfordshire. From 2002 -2008 she was Professor of Counselling and from 2004-2008, Director of the Obesity and Eating Disorders Research Unit. She has been working in the field of eating disorders since 1984. Her original training was as an academic historian but she re-trained first as a counsellor at Birkbeck College, University of London and then as a psychotherapist with the Guild of Psychotherapists. Her first post as a student counsellor in 1984 was at London Contemporary Dance School where she became interested in eating disorders. Her first book on eating disorders, Eating Your Heart Out, (2nd edition, Vega, 1996) derives mostly from this experience. From 1994 – 2008 she worked at the University of Hertfordshire while continuing her clinical work as a therapist. Her work with dancers, including work relating to eating disorders was published in The Student Dancer (Dance Books, 2000)

In the past ten years she has applied the insights of therapeutic work with eating disorders to obesity, as well as continuing her work on eating disorders, and has been carrying out a research programme to explore whether psychotherapeutic groups for obese women are effective in creating sustained weight loss. This work is ongoing with a programme of research in this area. Her account of this research and the group programme that she developed was published in 2007 (Julia Buckroyd and Sharon Rother, Therapeutic Groups for Obese Women; a group leader’s handbook, Wiley). She has also sought to support work on psychological aspects of all forms of disordered eating via conferences and publications. She and Sharon Rother completed an edited book in this area (‘Psychological Aspects of Eating Disorders and Obesity’, Wiley) published in 2008.

For four years, from January 2004 to December 2007, she was editor of Counselling and Psychotherapy Research, the research journal for BACP. In this role she continued the journal’s mission to make research accessible to practitioners and to support the development of counselling and psychotherapy research in the UK.

Since her retirement from the University of Hertfordshire she has been applying her research to clinical work including a pilot obesity service in a PCT. She has also developed a programme for emotional eaters available to the general public, Understanding your Eating, which is being developed as a commercial project In addition, Professor Buckroyd offers supervision, workshops and consultancy to a wide range of organisations on psychological approaches to all forms of disordered eating.

Contact Details Tel: 07751 884748


Past and Current Confer Events


Filling the Void
Psychotherapeutic skills for working with obesity

Can I Really do This? What are rules of psychotherapy and are they negotiable?
Saturday 25 March 2017


Danielle Knafo and Rocco Lo Bosco (2020) Confer


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