Dr Lauren Godier-McBard

Research Fellow

Veterans and Families Institute for Military Social Research

Faculty:Faculty of Health, Education, Medicine and Social Care

School:Education and Social Care

Location: Chelmsford

Areas of Expertise: Psychology

Lauren is a Research Fellow at the Veterans & Families Institute for Military Social Research, with a background in psychology and psychiatric research.



Lauren has a BSc (Hons) in Psychology from Cardiff University, an MSc in Cognitive Neuropsychology from the University of Essex and a DPhil from the University of Oxford. 

In 2012 Lauren was awarded funding from the Medical Research Council for a three-year DPhil studentship at the University of Oxford. During this time her research focused on the evaluation of a transdiagnostic theory of compulsivity in Anorexia Nervosa. This began with a qualitative investigation of compulsive behaviour in Anorexia, which aided in the development and validation of a novel questionnaire measure of self-starvation behaviour. Subsequently, Lauren carried out investigations of the behavioural and neurobiological underpinnings of compulsive behaviour in Anorexia, using novel neuropsychological tasks and brain imaging techniques. 

During her time in Oxford, Lauren also assisted on the first clinical trial for Deep Brain Stimulation in Anorexia, and has an interest in the development and evaluation of complex interventions in mental health.

Research interests

  • Military veterans and families
  • Mental health and wellbeing 
  • Prevention and intervention strategies in mental health. 
  • Quantitative research methods
  • Compulsive mental health disorders


  • BSc (Hons) Psychology, Cardiff University (2006-2009)
  • MSc Cognitive Neuropsychology, University of Essex (2010-2011)
  • DPhil Psychiatry (recently awarded), University of Oxford (2012-2015)

Selected recent publications

Godier, L.R., Caddick, N., Kiernan, M.D. and Fossey, M., 2017. Transition Support for Vulnerable Service Leavers in the UK: Providing Care for Early Service Leavers. Military Behavioral Health, (just-accepted), pp.00-00.

Scaife, J.C., Godier, L.R., Filippini, N., Harmer, C.J. and Park, R.J., 2017. Reduced resting-state Functional connectivity in current and recovered restrictive anorexia nervosa. Frontiers in Psychiatry, 8, 30.

Scaife, J.C., Godier, L.R., Reinecke, A., Harmer, C.J. and Park, R.J., 2016. Differential activation of the frontal pole to high vs low calorie foods: The neural basis of food preference in Anorexia Nervosa?. Psychiatry Research: Neuroimaging, 258, pp.44-53.

Godier, L.R., de Wit, S., Pinto, A., Steinglass, J.E., Greene, A.L., Scaife, J., Gillan, C.M., Walsh, B.T., Simpson, H.B. and Park, R.J., 2016. An investigation of habit learning in Anorexia Nervosa. Psychiatry Research, 244, pp.214-222.

Godier, L.R., Scaife, J.C., Braeutigam, S. and Park, R.J., 2016. Enhanced Early Neuronal Processing of Food Pictures in Anorexia Nervosa: A Magnetoencephalography Study. Psychiatry Journal, 2016.

Cooper, L., Caddick, N., Godier, L., Cooper, A. and Fossey, M., 2016. Transition From the Military Into Civilian Life: An Exploration of Cultural Competence. Armed Forces & Society, p.0095327X16675965.

Godier, L. R., & Park, R. J. (2015). A novel measure of compulsive food restriction in anorexia nervosa: Validation of the Self-Starvation Scale (SS). Eating Behaviours, 17, 10-13.

Godier, L. R., & Park, R. J. (2015). Does compulsive behaviour in Anorexia Nervosa resemble an addiction? A qualitative investigation. Frontiers in Psychiatry, 6, 1608. 

Park, R. J., Godier, L. R., & Cowdrey, F. A. (2014). Hungry for reward: How can neuroscience inform the development of treatment for Anorexia Nervosa? Behaviour research and therapy, 62, 47-59.

Godier, L. R., & Park, R. J. (2014). Compulsivity in anorexia nervosa: a transdiagnostic concept. Frontiers in Psychology, 5, 778. 

Recent presentations and conferences

Godier, L. R. Can a healthcare passport for veterans help carers? The Veteran’s Universal Passport. The Covenant, The Commitment and The Care Act, How can we build support for Carers through developing partnerships cross the Armed Forces Community and the Public Sector? 1st December 2016, London UK.

Godier, L. R., Scaife, J. C., Braeutigam, S., & Park, R. J. Neural processing of high and low calorie food pictures in Anorexia Nervosa: An investigation using magnetoencephalography. International Conference for Eating Disorders 2015, Boston, MA.

Godier, L. R., Ayoub, K., & Park, R. J. No evidence of dysfunctional resting state neural networks in Anorexia Nervosa using Magnetoencephalography. Eating Disorder Research Society Conference 2015, Sicily, Italy. 

Godier, L. R., Gillan, C., De Wit, S. & Park, R. J. Habit formation in Anorexia Nervosa:  A pilot study. Eating Disorder Research Society Conference 2014, San Diego CA.  

Godier, L. R. & Park, R. J. Compulsivity in Anorexia Nervosa: A qualitative and quantitative Investigation. Eating Disorder Research Society Conference 2014, San Diego CA.