Christopher G Fairburn is a British psychiatrist and researcher. He is Emeritus Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Oxford. He is known for his research on the development, evaluation and dissemination of psychological treatments, especially for eating disorders.
Digital technology and the dissemination of psychological treatments
Fairburn is working on the conversion of therapist-delivered psychological treatments into scalable digital interventions, either delivered on their own or with remote support. Fairburn has also developed a digital method for training therapists. This is capable of simultaneously training large numbers of geographically dispersed therapists.
Fairburn is collaborating with Vikram Patel and colleagues in India who are developing psychological interventions for common mental disorders suitable for delivery by lay counsellors.
Measures of eating disorder features
Fairburn has developed several measures of eating disorder features and their effects. These include the Eating Disorder Examination (EDE), the Eating Disorder Examination Questionnaire (EDE-Q) and the Clinical Impairment Assessment (CIA). These are in widespread use and are available in multiple languages.
^NICE (2004). Eating Disorders: Core interventions in the treatment and management of anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa and related eating disorders. London: Royal College of Psychiatrists and British Psychological Society.
^Fairburn, Christopher (2013). Overcoming binge eating (2 ed.). New York: The Guilford Press.
^Fairburn, CG; Cooper, Z; Shafran, R (1 May 2003). "Cognitive behaviour therapy for eating disorders: a "transdiagnostic" theory and treatment". Behaviour Research and Therapy. 41 (5): 509–528. doi:10.1016/S0005-7967(02)00088-8. ISSN0005-7967.
^National Collaborating Centre for Mental Health (2015). Eating Disorders: Access and Waiting Time Standard for Children and Young People with an Eating Disorder. London: NHS England. p. 25.
^Annual Report of the Chief Medical Officer (2014). The Health of the 51%: Women. London: Department of Health. p. 11.