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Christopher G. Fairburn, DM, FMedSci, FRCPsych

        Professor Fairburn is the Wellcome Principal Research Fellow, University of Oxford, a Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Oxford, and an Honorary Consultant Psychiatrist in the Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Mental Healthcare Trust. He is also a Governor of The Wellcome Trust, the largest international biomedical research foundation. Professor Fairburn directs two centres at Oxford funded by the Wellcome Trust. The Centre for Research on Eating Disorders at Oxford (CREDO-1), is long-established and well known, whereas the Centre for Research on Dissemination at Oxford (CREDO-2) is a new centre devoted to research on optimizing ways of disseminating evidence-based psychological treatments.


Professor Fairburn trained in medicine at Oxford and in psychiatry at Edinburgh. He returned to Oxford in 1979, where he has held a Principal Research Fellowship since 1996. He has a well established international reputation in two fields, the nature and treatment of eating disorders, and the development and evaluation of psychological treatments. He is especially well known for his development of cognitive behavioural and interpersonal treatments for patients with eating disorders, all of which are supported by robust research evidence and are widely practiced nationally and internationally.

Professor Fairburn has held many research grants both in the UK and abroad, and he has published extensively. His latest book is Cognitive Behavior Therapy and Eating Disorders, NY: Guilford Press, 2008. Other books include Binge Eating: Nature, Assessment and Treatment (with GT Wilson, NY: Guilford Press, 1993); Eating Disorders and Obesity: A Comprehensive Handbook (with KD Brownell, NY: Guilford Press, 1st edition 1995; 2nd edition 2002); and The Science and Practice of Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (with DM Clark, Oxford University Press, 1997). He has also written a book for people with binge eating problems (Overcoming Binge Eating, NY: Guilford Press,1995) and a book on the treatment of obesity titled Cognitive Behavioral Treatment of Obesity: A Clinician’s Guide (with Z Cooper and DM Hawker, NY: Guilford Press, 2003). Professor Fairburn has twice been a Fellow at Stanford's Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences and he is a Fellow of the UK Academy of Medical Sciences. Professor Fairburn was awarded the “Outstanding Researcher Award” by the Academy for Eating Disorders in 2002.