Members of the CAR

Car members

Meet the members of the Centre for Appearance Research (CAR). Find out their research interests and contact details.


Name Key research interests
Professor Nichola Rumsey
  • Quality of life in people with appearance related concerns
  • Psychosocial needs of burn injured patients
  • Provision of care for patients with disfiguring conditions
Professor Diana Harcourt
  • Psychosocial impact of visible difference, in particular changes to appearance as a result of cancer treatment
  • Women’s experiences of breast reconstruction following mastectomy
  • Psychosocial impact of changes to appearance due to chemotherapy on breast cancer
  • Adolescent cancer patients’ experiences of changes to appearance


Name Key research interests
Dr Phillippa Diedrichs
Associate Professor in Appearance Research
  • Body image
  • Influence of the mass media and advertising on body image
  • School interventions to promote positive body image
  • Health psychology.
Dr Heidi Williamson
Senior Research Fellow
  • Health psychology
  • visible differences/disfigurement, particularly among young people with cancer and women with breast cancer
  • developing interventions to support young people distressed by altered appearance.
Dr Amy Slater
Senior Research Fellow
  • Young people’s body image and a particular interest in the role of the internet and social media.
Dr Nicola Stock
Research Fellow
  • The psychological impact of health conditions which affect appearance
  • the provision of care and support for people with cleft lip and/or palate
Dr Nicole Paraskeva
Research Fellow
  • Health psychology
  • plastic and reconstructive surgery
  • shared decision making
Dr Catrin Griffiths
Research Fellow
  • Health psychology
  • Visible Difference
  • Development of Patient Reported Outcome Measures (PROMs) for use in Burn Care
Dr Helena Lewis-Smith
Research Fellow in Appearance and Public Health
  • Body image; particularly among women with breast cancer and within the general population
  • the development of psychosocial interventions to improve body image
  • health psychology
Claire Hamlet
Research Associate
  • Health Psychology
  • ageing
  • psychological interventions for appearance concerns;  randomised controlled trials
Nadia Craddock
Research Associate
  • Body image
  • eating disorder prevention
Hannah Jarman
Research Associate
  • Body image;
  • school-based interventions to promote positive body image
  • sexualisation of children.
Ella Guest
Research Associate
  • Health psychology; visible difference
  • the psychosocial impact of living with a burn injury
  • breast reconstruction.
Fabio Zucchelli
Research Associate
  • Mindfulness-based interventions (including Acceptance Commitment Therapy)
  • visible difference
  • health psychology
Jade Parnell
Research Associate
  • Body image
  • the influence of social media on body image
  • interventions to promote positive body image
Kirsty Garbett
Research Associate
  • Body image
  • Eating disorder prevention
Bruna Oliveira Costa
Research Associate
  • Health psychology
  • Appearance and visible difference
Pippa Tollow
Research Associate
  • Patient experiences of treatment
  • Clinician-patient communication
  • Health psychology
Arabella Macrae
Placement student
  • Body image and social media
  • Interventions for promoting positive body image
Dr Tim Moss
Associate Professor of Health Psychology
  • Adjustment to disfigurement
  • Health behaviour change
  • Measurement of appearance adjustment
Dr Emma Halliwell
Associate Head of Department Health and Social Sciences: Research and Knowledge Exchange
  • Sociocultural influences on body image concerns

Dr Liz Jenkinson
Senior Lecturer in Psychology

  • Health psychology
  • appearance research and visible difference
  • the effectiveness of psychological interventions
Dr Victoria Clarke
Associate Professor in Qualitative and Critical Psychology
  • Lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and queer psychology
  • feminist psychology
  • heterosexual marriage
Dr Issy Bray
Senior Lecturer in Public Health
  • Mental health
  • happiness
  • suicide
Dr Nikki Hayfield
Senior Lecturer in Social Psychology
  • Critical feminist psychology
  • LGBTQ studies
Dr Nic Hooper
  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
  • Relational Frame Theory (RFT)
Christine Ramsey-Wade
Senior Lecturer: Counselling Psychology
  • Cognitive-behavioural therapies
  • Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction
  • creative and expressive therapies
Dr Helen Malson
Associate Professor in Social Psychology
  • Feminist post-structuralist approaches to 'eating disorders'
  • problematised experience of gendered embodiment
  • body-management practices

PhD Students


Title of PhD Supervisors
Caterina Gentili Body Image, Appearance and Physical Activity after Diagnosis of Prostate Cancer Diana Harcourt and Stuart McClean
Chantelle Bailey Development and evaluation of a school-based body image intervention to change attitudes towards appearance and promote acceptance of appearance diversity  
Nadia Craddock Big business and body image Phillippa Diedrichs, Emma Halliwell, Fiona Spotswood, Meaghan Ramsey

Dr Jennifer Heath

Peer support for parents of people affected by burn injuries Diana Harcourt,
Heidi Williamson,
Lisa Williams
Matthew Ridley Redefining resilience in the context of cleft lip and/or palate: Using adult data to inform the development of an intervention to promote positive outcomes Nichola Rumsey,
Amy Slater

Nick Sharratt

The Impact of Appearance Concerns On Intimacy In People With Disfigurement Nichola Rumsey, Tim Moss, Elizabeth Jenkinson

Completed PhD Students


Title of PhD Supervisors
Dr Laura Armstrong-James Paediatric and young people's psychosocial adjustment to burn injuries Diana Harcourt, Nichola Rumsey, Heidi Williamson, Julia Cadogan
Dr Helena Lewis-Smith Psychosocial support for appearance-related concerns amongst people living with a visible difference: exploring the use of body image interventions in women with breast cancer Diana Harcourt, Nichola Rumsey, Phillippa Diedrichs
Dr Jenny Barke Young people’s experiences of visible differences associated with genetic/inherited conditions Diana Harcourt
Dr Alyson Bessell Facing up to visible difference: The design and evaluation of a new computer-based psychosocial intervention Tim Moss, Nichola Rumsey, Diana Harcourt
Dr Heather Brant Psychosocial and ethical issues around visible difference associated with genetic conditions Diana Harcourt
Dr Emma Dures Psychosocial impact of Epidermylosis Bullosa(EB) Nichola Rumsey, Marianna Morris, Kate Gleeson
Dr Fiona Fox An exploration of online peer support for young people with chronic skin conditions Marianne Morris, Nichola Rumsey
Dr Nikki Hayfield Bisexual women’s visual identities: A feminist mixed-methods exploration Victoria Clarke, Emma Halliwell, Nichola Rumsey, Helen Malson
Dr Caroline Huxley An exploration of the sociocultural influences affecting lesbian and bisexual women’s body image Emma Halliwell, Victoria Clarke, Nichola Rumsey
Dr Sue Jackson The psychosocial importance of eyes and the impact of strabismus on adults Nichola Rumsey, Marianne Morris, Richard Harrad
Dr Fiona Kennedy The psychosocial impact and perception of Ductal Carcinoma in Situ Diana Harcourt, Nichola Rumsey
Dr Emily Lovegrove Adolescents, appearance and anti-bullying strategies

Nichola Rumsey, Keith Postlethwaite

Dr Geeta Patel Black Minority Ethnic (BME) women's experiences following breast cancer diagnosis Diana Harcourt, Nichola Rumse, Habib Naqvi
Dr Melissa Pilkington Psychosocial interventions to support women affected by hair loss due to chemotherapy treatment  
Dr Ben Rosser Cognitive information processing biases and appearance adjustment: The role of the appearance self-schema Tim Moss, Nichola Rumsey
Dr Irmgard Tischner A critical psychological investigation of obesity Helen Malson, Emma Halliwell, Nichola Rumsey
Dr Daisy Townsend

Exploring the role of cognitive, physical and social variables between body image and appearance concerns and physical activity participation

James Byron Daniel, Emma Halliwell, Diana Harcourt
Dr Melissa Wallace The psychosocial impact of conditions altering appearance during adolescence Diana Harcourt, Nichola Rumsey
Dr Jamie White Development of negative body image and disordered eating in adolescents Emma Halliwell, Tim Moss, Nichola Rumsey

Visiting Staff - current

Name Year Research projects

Dr Jessia Alleva
University of Masstricht,

Sep 2016
-Oct 2017
Developing an intervention to improve body image in people with Rheumatoid Arthritis.

Visiting Staff - previous

Name Year From
Tara De Paoli (PhD student) Oct 2016 - Jan 2017 University of Melbourne, Australia
Professor Susan Paxton Sep 2013 - Nov 2013 LaTrobe University, Melbourne
Jasmine Fardouly Feb 2013 - July 2012  
Dr Kristin Billaud-Feragen Sep 2012-Sep2013 Statped, Norway
Dr Zali Yager Nov 2011-Nov 2012 LaTrobe University, Melbourne
Dr Lina Ricciardelli Oct-Nov 2011 Deakin University, Melbourne

Honorary Research Fellows

Name Key research interests
Dr Julia Cadogan Clinical Psychologist
Professor Alex Clarke Visiting Professor
Richard Harrad Consultant Surgeon at the Bristol Eye Hospital
Dr James Partridge Chief Executive, Changing Faces

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