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Elaine Tay

Senior Clinical Psychologist

Elaine is a Clinical Psychologist and Couple & Family Therapist with extensive experience working with children, adolescents and their families, individuals and couples. Elaine predominantly takes a systemic, relational and emotion-focused approach in her work, while maintaining integrity of evidence-based treatment.  

Elaine has previously provided clinical leadership for the Sydney Children’s Hospital Network Eating Disorder Intensive Program. In this role she has gained experience in the assessment and treatment of complex eating disorder presentations, specifically working with Maudsley Family Based Therapy. Her clinical work has been augmented with training and experience in Systemic Family Therapy, Dialectical Behaviour Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Mindfulness-based approaches and Attachment Theory  

Elaine also has experience in the assessment and treatment of a broad range of clinical presentations including anxiety, mood difficulties, behavioural problems, stress management, adjustment difficulties in children, adolescents and families, and adultsShe has worked in private practice facilitating symptom reduction and relational change in individuals, general family therapy, couple therapy and parenting support.  

She has previously held the position of Clinic Director for the Australian College of Applied Psychology Clinic, and is passionate about the training and development of Clinical Psychologists. She has extensive experience in the provision of clinical supervision and training for clinical psychologists and other allied health professionals. 

Presentations and Publications

Tay, E., Dawson, L., & Baudinet, J. (2019). Group therapy in the eating disorder intensive day program: Evaluation  and patient perspectives. Poster session at the International Conference on Eating Disorders, NY, USA. 

Tay, E. Wallis, A., Baudinet, J., & Dawson, L. (2017). Implementation and efficacy of Multi-Family Therapy for  Anorexia Nervosa. Oral presentation at the International Conference on Eating Disorders, Prague, Czech  Republic.   

Tay, E., Byrne, E., Allen, K., Wade, T., Hay, P., Touyz, S., Fairburn, C., McIntosh, V., Schmidt, U., & Treasure, J.  (2012, August). Therapist adherence in the Strong Without Anorexia Nervosa (SWAN) study. Oral  presentation at the 10th Annual Conference of The Australian and New Zealand Academy for Eating  Disorders, Adelaide, Australia. 

Steele, J., Williams, A., & Tay, E. (2011, March). Minority children’s implicit biases: A cross-cultural investigation.  In C. Spears Brown (Chair), Evaluating strategies to promote ethnic respect and inclusion among children  and adolescents. Symposium presented at the biennial meeting of the Society for Research in Child  Development, Montreal, QC, Canada. 

Williams, A., Steele, J., & Tay, E. (2010).  A cross-cultural investigation of minority children’s attitudes towards  racial outgroups: Examining the impact of group status and proximity. Poster session presented at the  annual meeting of the Society of Personality and Social Psychology, Las Vegas, NV, USA.

Dawson, L., Baudinet, J., Tay, E., & Wallis, A. (2018). Creating community: The Introduction of Multi-Family  Therapy for   Eating Disorders in Australia. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Family Therapy, 39(3),    283-293 

Steele, J.R., George, M., Williams, A., Tay, E. (2018). A cross-cultural investigation of children’s implicit attitudes  towards  White and Black racial outgroups. Developmental Science, 21 (6). 

Baudinet, J., Wallis, A., Dawson, L., Tay, E., Greenwood, D., McMaster, C., Kennedy, A., Madden, S., &  Miskovic-Wheatley, J. (2015). The Intensive Family & Adolescent Eating Disorder (IFAED) Day  Program: A collaboration     between Sydney Children’s Hospital Network Eating Disorders Service and  the Butterfly Foundation. Journal of Eating Disorders, 3(Suppl 1), O8.  

Andony, L, Tay, E., Allen, K.,Wade,T., Hay, P., Touyz, S., McIntosh., V., Treasure, J., Schmidt, U., Fairburn, C.,  Erceg Hurn, D, Fursland, A., Crosby, R., & Byrne., S. (2015).  Therapist adherence in the strong without  anorexia nervosa (SWAN) study: A randomized controlled trial of three treatments for adults with  anorexia   nervosa. International Journal of Eating Disorders, 48 (8), 1170-1175. 


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Senior Clinical Psychologist


DClinPsyc, BA (Psyc), GDip (Couple & Family Therapy) 

Interest Areas:

Anxiety, Depression, Grief, Trauma, Identity Issues, Workplace Stress, Parenting, Children and Adolescents


Maudsley Family Based Therapy, Systemic Family Therapy, Dialectical Behaviour Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Mindfulness-based approaches and Attachment Theory 

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