PhD Students within the Centre for Appearance Research

PhD students


Title of PhD Supervisors
Laura Armstrong-James Paediatric and young people's psychosocial adjustment to burn injuries. Diana Harcourt, Nichola Rumsey, Heidi Williamson, Julia Cadogan
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
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
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 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
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
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


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