Julia Buckroyd is Emeritus Professor of Counselling at the University of Hertfordshire, having retired from her role as Professor of Counselling in 2008.
She was Director of the Obesity and Eating Disorders Research Unit from 2004-2008, and has been working in the field of eating disorders since 1984 when she took up a position as a counsellor at the London Contemporary Dance School. Her first book on eating disorders Eating Your Heart Out (2nd ed, Vega, 1996) derives mostly from this experience.
Julia has spent the past ten years involved in a range of research and writing on disordered eating. This includes work on the effectiveness of group work for obese women and a pilot obese study for a Primary Care Trust. She has written a number of books on eating for a lay audience and developed a programme for emotional eaters available to the general public and marketed under the title Understanding your Eating.
In addition she has published works on the psychological aspects of all forms of disordered eating, such as Psychological Aspects of Eating Disorders and Obesity, (Wiley, 2008) co-edited with Sharon Rother. For four years (2004-2007) she was editor of Counselling and Psychotherapy Research, the research journal for the BACP.