About June

June is a highly recognised and regarded author in the field of eating disorders, having written nine books in the eleven years since her own recovery (or as she describes it her “reconnection to her true self”) in 2006. June’s contribution to the field was recognised at the 2016 Academy for Eating Disorders International Conference in San Francisco where she was awarded the Meehan/Hartley Award for Public Service and Advocacy. She is currently the co-chair of the NEDC Steering Committee Evidence of Experience Group, member of the AED Advisory Board and Carer and Consumer Committee, a foundation steering committee member of the inaugural World Eating Disorders Action Day in June 2016, and an Advisory Panel member for F.E.A.S.T.

Curriculum Vitae

Strengths and Skills

Writer/author/editor
In 2007 departed 30-plus year career in newspaper journalism to write non-fiction for mental health professionals and mainstream.

Writer of books and articles – disseminating evidence-based research outcomes for practitioners and consumers of mental health services.
Manuscript editing – for academics/professionals.
Mentoring – life writing as therapy – classes for groups/individuals.

Consumer advocate with pivotal role in translating empirical research to consumers of mental health services, through authorship, public speaking, and personal relationships.

Skills for Clients

Life writing as therapy – classes funded by mental health or grief organisations, government or other community funding sources.

Academic papers – dissemination of research outcomes for practitioners and consumers of mental health services in books and articles. Example. Case studies in lay terms for academic projects. Source and interview case studies to illustrate research outcomes, avoid bureaucratic/ethical obstacles.
Corporate biographies in medical field for mass audience.

Books – author and editor

  • Using Writing as a Therapy for Eating Disorders – The Diary Healer. Routledge 2016.
  • Getting Better Bite by Bite – A Survival Kit for Sufferers of Bulimia Nervosa and Binge Eating Disorder. Co-authors Ulrike Schmidt and Janet Treasure. 2nd Edition: Routledge 2016.
  • Grief Diaries: Through the Eyes of an Eating Disorder. Co-editors Lynda Cheldelin Fell, Deborah Pfiffner.  Alyblue Media (USA) 2016.
  • A Clinician’s Guide to Binge Eating Disorder. Co-editors Andrea Goldschmidt, Daniel Le Grange. Routledge 2013.
  • Anorexia Nervosa: A Recovery Guide for Sufferers, Families and Friends. Co-author Janet Treasure. 2nd edition: Routledge 2013.
  • Ed Says U Said – Eating Disorder Translator. Co-author Cate Sangster. Jessica Kingsley Publishers, UK, 2013.
  • A Collaborative Approach to Eating Disorders. Co-editor Prof. Janet Treasure, Routledge. 2012.
  • Memoir A Girl Called Tim, Escape from an Eating Disorder Hell, NH Publishers 2010.
  • My Kid is Back – Empowering Parents to Beat Anorexia Nervosa. Co-author Daniel Le Grange. Routledge. 2010.

Current work
Co-author of Multi-Family Therapy – Our Kids are Back, with Prof. Ivan Eisler, King’s College, London. Routledge (UK) 2013.

Member of

  • Australian Society of Authors (ASA)
  • Writers Victoria
  • Academy for Eating Disorders (AED)
  • Australian and New Zealand Academy for Eating Disorders (ANZAED)
  • Families Empowered and Supporting Treatment of Eating Disorders (F.E.A.S.T.)

Current positions include

  • National Eating Disorder Collaboration (Australia) – NEDC Steering Committee Evidence of Experience Reference Group co-chair (representing carers and consumers).
  • AED Carer and Consumer Committee – member.
  • F.E.A.S.T. – Advisory Panel member.
Position Institution
2016 ongoing

2015 ongoing

2014 ongoing

Digital Mental Health Gateway — member of Core Community Group

National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) ProviderPhD candidate, Creative Writing

Co-author new book on MFT

Australian Government Department of Health

 Life transition planning, including mentoring, peer support and individual skill development in the narrative

Central Queensland University Australia
With Prof. Ivan Eisler, King’s College, London

2014-2015 Consumer consultant, life writing mentor, workshop presenter
Writer of books, book chapters, and articles, on eating disorders
The Geelong Clinic Eating Disorder Unit
Home-based
2011 Communications and PR consultant Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences, University of Melbourne
2007-2016 Self-Employed writer/co-author/editor of eight books on eating disorders Co-Authors – King’s College, London
University of Chicago
2005-2007 Editor The Great Southern Star newspaper, Leongatha
1984-2004 Journalist/sub-editor/columnist/editor The Herald and Weekly Times Newspaper Ltd, Melbourne
1969-1984 Journalist The Bairnsdale Advertiser

Grants/scholarships awarded and ongoing

  • 2010 Recipient international scholarship, Academy of Eating Disorders Conference, Salzburg, Austria; recognition of writing to raise eating disorder awareness.
  • 2015 AED Patient Carer Committee travel award recipient, for attendance at ICED, Boston.
  • 2015-ongoing: APA Scholarship Award to help meet living costs while undertaking PhD.

Esteem factors

  • 2016 Invited participant in Federal Department of Health initiative (Australia), to represent ‘patient voice’ in eating disorder field, in three workshops to assist in co-design process of National Digital Mental Health Gateway
  • 2016 Presented with Meehan/Hartley Award by Prof. Daniel Le Grange, for Public Service and Advocacy in the Eating Disorder Field, at AED ICED, San Francisco
  • 2016 Appointed to global steering committee organising inaugural World Eating Disorder Action Day, June 2
  • 2014 Nominated to serve on Academy of Eating Disorders Advisory Board (3 year term)
  • 2013 Appointed to Advisory Panel of F.E.A.S.T. Board and AED Patient Carer Committee (ongoing)
  • 2009 Appointed Consumer-Carer representative on National Eating Disorders Collaboration (NEDC) Reference Committee (ongoing)

Engagement

International

  • 2013: Invited to represent Consumers at International launch of ANGI in Brisbane Professor Cynthia Bulik, at the UNC, is lead investigator. Australian investigators include Professor Nick Martin from the Queensland Institute of Medical Research (QIMR) at Royal Brisbane Hospital and Professor Tracey Wade, Flinders University (South Australia). https://angi.qimr.edu.au#sthash.8XWVVyvD.dpuf
  • 2013 Two months research in UK, USA, Canada, interviewing researchers at Maudsley Hospital London, UCSD in San Diego, and Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto. Also 17 families, including children with eating disorders, as research for book on multi-family-based therapy (co-author, Prof. Ivan Eisler). Funding for trip provided by The Butterfly Foundation.
  • 2011 Presenter on Hope at Every Age – National Eating Disorders Association annual conf., Hollywood with co-presenter Renee Rienecke Hoste, Ph.D., (formerly University Chicago Eating Disorder Program, now assistant professor and Director of Clinical Services and Research of the U-M Comprehensive Eating Disorders Program).
  • 2010 Address to National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA) conference, NYC, and eating disorder research teams at University of Chicago and University of California (San Diego).

National Committees

  • 2012-2013 At Home with Eating Disorders – On main committee and co-chair of program committee for Australia’s inaugural national conference for families/carers and sufferers of eating disorders, Brisbane, May 23-25, 2013.

Other Activities

  • Life-writing mentor for Gippsland residents affected by Black Saturday bush fires, producing two social history books ‘I Remember When’ – at Yarram and Gormandale.
  • 2010: Life-writing mentor for Gippsland residents affected by Black Saturday bushfires, producing Down Memory Lane in Yarram.
  • 2006: Editor of Tucker ‘n’ Tales, social history of women who settled in the Latrobe Valley region of Victoria.
  • 2002: Author of Australian Yarn Art, Knitting Stories and Designs, published by Crown Content, Melbourne. Launched at Bendigo Sheep Show.
  • 2001 Author of Heartbeat of the Country a social history of rural Australia, 1931 to 2001. HWT publication.

Publications (Books)

  • Using Writing as a Therapy for Eating Disorders—The Diary Healer June Alexander, Routledge (London) 2016.
  • Grief Diaries: Through the Eyes of an Eating Disorder Co-editors Lynda Cheldelin Fell, Deborah Pfiffner, June Alexander, Alyblue Media (USA) 2016.
  • Getting Better Bite by Bite, A Survival Kit for Sufferers of Bulimia Nervosa and Binge Eating Disorders, 2nd Edition. 2015. Ulrike Schmidt, Janet Treasure, June Alexander
  • A Clinician’s Guide to Binge Eating Disorder. Co-editors Andrea Goldschmidt, Daniel Le Grange. Routledge 2013.
  • Anorexia Nervosa: A Recovery Guide for Sufferers, Families and Friends. Co-author Janet Treasure. 2nd edition: Routledge (London) 2013.
  • Ed Says U Said – Eating Disorder Translator. Co-author Cate Sangster. Jessica Kingsley Publishers, UK, 2013.
  • A Collaborative Approach to Eating Disorders. Co-editor Prof. Janet Treasure, Routledge. 2012.
  • Memoir A Girl Called Tim, Escape from an Eating Disorder Hell, NH Publishers 2010.
  • My Kid is Back – Empowering Parents to Beat Anorexia Nervosa. Co-author Prof. Daniel Le Grange. Routledge. 2010.
  • Current work: Multi-Family Therapy for Eating Disorders – My Family is Back, co-author Prof. Ivan Eisler, King’s College, London. Routledge (UK) due for publication 2016. (Two months research 2013 in UK, USA, Canada).

Publications (Book chapters)

  • Managing Severe and Enduring Anorexia Nervosa – A Clinician’s Guide Edited by Stephen Touyz, Daniel Le Grange, Hubert Lacey, Phillipa Hay (chapter by June Alexander: A Life Wasted: a Patient’s Perspective) Routledge (New York) 2016.
  • Coming Out Proud to Erase the Stigma of Mental Illness: Stories and Essays of Solidarity Edited by Patrick Corrigan, John Larsen, Patrick Michaels (chapter by June Alexander: The cost of hiding an eating disorder: pretending you are okay) InstantPublisher (USA) 2015.

Publications (Papers)

  • Alexander. J., McAllister, M., Brien, D.L. (2015-2016). Can diary writing facilitate recovery: an auto-ethnography analysis. Journal of Eating Disorders 11/2015; 3(Suppl 1):O29. DOI:10.1186/2050-2974-3-S1-O29
  • Alexander. J., McAllister, M., Brien, D.L. (2015). Exploring the diary as a recovery-oriented therapeutic tool (November 2015 online: DOI: 10.1111/inm.12179) International Journal of Mental Health Nursing (In Press).
  • Alexander. J., Brien, D.L., McAllister, M. (2015). Diaries are ‘better than novels, more accurate than histories, and even at times more dramatic than plays’: Revisiting the diary for creative writers TEXT (19-1). http://www.textjournal.com.au/april15/alexander_brien_mcallister.htm
  • McAllister, M., Brien, D. L., Alexander, J., & Flynn, T. (2014). Exploring the educative potential of eating disorder memoirs. Journal of Mental Health Training, Education & Practice, 9(2), 69-78. http://www.emeraldinsight.com/journals.htm?articleid=17111679&ini=aob
  • McAllister, M., Brien, D. L., Flynn, T., & Alexander, J. (2014). Things you can learn from books: Exploring the therapeutic potential of eating disorder memoirs. International Journal of Mental Health Nursing.

Workshops 2016

  1. Full-day workshop for health practitioners on Using Writing as a Therapy for Eating Disorders at the Centre for Integrative Health, Brisbane, Queensland.
  2. Workshop presentation with Timothy Brewerton and Jenni Schaefer at Academy for Eating Disorders (AED) ICED, San Francisco, May 4-7. Workshop title: Trauma, PTSD and Eating Disorders: Integrating Personal and Professional Perspectives.

Conferences 2016

  1. Australian and New Zealand Academy for Eating Disorders (ANZAED), Christchurch, NZ. An Enduring Relationship: The Patient and The Clinical Psychologist Who Does Not Give Up accepted for 15 minute oral presentation at Conference, August, Christchurch: http://conference.2016.anzaed.org.au/. Co-presenter, Prof. Stephen Touyz, University of Sydney.

Conferences 2015

  1. Presentation of half-day This is Your Story workshop on diary writing benefits for carers, at Australia’s second national carer conference for parents and partners of loved ones with eating disorders. May 2015, Melbourne.
  2. 15 minute oral presentation at the ANZAED 2015 Conference: Gold Coast. August 2015. Presentation topic: Can diary writing facilitate recovery: an auto-ethnography. Alexander et al. Journal of Eating Disorders 2015, 3(Suppl 1):O29 http://www.jeatdisord.com/content/3/S1/O29

Conferences 2014

  1. Attended Academy of Eating Disorders annual conference (ICED) in New York, March 26-30th. Attended 19 meetings/conducted interviews relating to book research.

Conferences 2013

  1. Co-presenter with Prof. Janet Treasure (King’s College, Maudsley Hospital) on Working with Carers with a Brain-based Approach to Eating Disorders. At Home with Eating Disorders Conference, Brisbane. May 25th.
  2. Co-presenter with Prof. Cynthia Bulik (University North Carolina) on Midlife Eating Disorders: The Recovery Journey for Adults and their Partners. At Home with Eating Disorder Conference, Brisbane, May 24th.
  3. Alexander, J., Paxton S (2013, April) Co-presenters, address on ‘Reflux and related diseases’ at Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre, 35th Australian Dental Congress, theme ‘Facts, Fiction and Fantasy’. Melbourne.

Media and Reviews

  1. Podcast: Learn how diary writing has helped June to heal from an eating disorder here, as she speaks to Ruth Nelson on the Creating Space Project podcast series, produced in February 2017.
  2. Book review: AED Forum Newsletter January 2016 Peter Doyle, AED Book Reviewer
    Getting Better Bite by Bite: A Survival Kit for Sufferers of Bulimia Nervosa and Binge Eating Disorders (Second Edition)
by Ulrike Schmidt, Janet Treasure, and June Alexander (Routledge, 2016, 168 pages). https://www.facebook.com/AcademyforEatingDisorders/posts/10153084953456653
  3. Book review: PhD student co-publishes with top scholars in field of eating disorders, re Getting Better Bite by Bite: A Survival Kit for Sufferers of Bulimia Nervosa and Binge Eating Disorders (Second Edition)
by Ulrike Schmidt, Janet Treasure, and June Alexander (Routledge, 2016, 168 pages). CQUniversity Australia, CQUniNEWS
    http://bit.ly/1ntOqgj
  4. Book interview: Gürze/Salucore Eating Disorders Resource Catalogue, January e-newsletter on Getting Better Bite by Bite: A Survival Kit for Sufferers of Bulimia Nervosa and Binge Eating Disorders (Second Edition)
by Ulrike Schmidt, Janet Treasure, and June Alexander http://www.edcatalogue.com/getting-better-bite-by-bite-interview/
  5. Book review: A Collaborative Approach to Eating Disorders, edited by June Alexander and Janet Treasure. London: Routledge, 2011, 344 pages.
    Eating Disorders: The Journal of Treatment and Prevention
    (Feb. 2012)
  6. Book review: A Clinician’s Guide to Binge Eating Disorder – edited by June Alexander, Andrea B. Goldschmidt & Daniel Le Grange
    International Journal of Eating Disorders 2013, 1:24
    http://www.jeatdisord.com/content/1/1/24

About Diana

Diana Beaudet

Diana Beaudet is a senior marketing professional, mental health awareness advocate, and the proud mother of two daughters. At age 40, Diana learned that her increasing health concerns were due to an underlying, decades-long, eating disorder. She immersed herself in recovery and quickly found her way towards advocacy, participating in the first World Eating Disorders Action Day in 2016, a global movement to create greater awareness of eating disorders. Through this movement and its incredible community, Diana met her friend and mentor, June Alexander. Diana is collaborating with June to create and manage www.thediaryhealer.com to help others find a safe, supportive and healing environment to stay actively and creatively engaged in recovery. Diana can be reached at dbeaudet@gmail.com and found on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn.