Staff in the Centre for Appearance Research

CAR Staff

Name                          Key research interests
Dr Phillippa Diedrichs
Associate Professor in Appearance Research
Body image; the influence of the mass media and advertising on body image; school interventions to promote positive body image; the stigmatisation of overweight and obesity; 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 Martin Persson  Senior Research Fellow Body image in relation to psychosocial and public health aspects; provision of care for individuals who experience visible differences, with a particular focus upon long term outcomes; patient and public involvement and developing health and psychosocial training for professionals, patients and the public.
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 Melissa Atkinson Research Fellow

Body image and eating disorders, prevention and early intervention, mindfulness.

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; research design and methods; Patient and Public Involvement in research.
Dr Nicole Paraskeva
Research Fellow
Health psychology;  interventions;  plastic and reconstructive surgery; cancer; shared decision making.
Catrin Griffiths
Research Fellow
Health psychology; Visible Difference; Psychosocial impact of living with a burn Injury; Development of Patient Reported Outcome Measures (PROMs) for use in Burn Care; Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) for body image; Young People; Adults; Parents of children with a visible difference.
Helena Lewis-Smith
Research Fellow in Appearance & 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 ; body image; visible difference; 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; Patient Reported Outcome Measures (PROMs); online interventions; breast reconstruction; emotional resilience and post-traumatic growth.
Fabio Zucchelli
Research Associate
Mindfulness-based interventions (including Acceptance & Commitment Therapy); visible difference; health psychology; sport & exercise psychology.
Jade Parnell
Research Associate
Body image; the influence of social media on body image; interventions to promote positive body image; health psychology.
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; critical psychology.
Dr Issy Bray
Senior Lecturer in Public Health
Mental health; happiness; life satisfaction; suicide; active travel; physical and mental health.
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; Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy; Acceptance and Commitment Therapy; creative and expressive therapies; counselling psychology; positive psychology.
Dr Helen Malson
Associate Professor in Social Psychology
Feminist post-structuralist approaches to 'eating disorders' and problematised experience of gendered embodiment and body-management practices.

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