Appearance Matters 8 workshops

Our workshops will give delegates the opportunity to learn from experts in the field in an interactive and small group setting. 

Spaces are limited for each workshop, so please register early. Workshops are charged in addition to conference registration fees at a rate of £35 per workshop.

Workshop 1
'How to get published: An insider's guide'Tracy Tylka Headshot

By Professor Tracy Tylka (Professor of Psychology, Ohio State University, USA)

You conducted a research project and your findings are interesting. You believe they would be of value to others in your field, and you decide to try to get your research published. You hear of high rejection rates, and you aren’t sure how to increase your chances of your article being successfully published.

This workshop will facilitate your chances of your work being published. As an Associate Editor for Body Image since 2009, I have decided whether several hundred articles should be published or rejected. Over the years, I have collected several strategies that may improve your ability to publish in social science journals—these strategies will be covered in this workshop. I have been surprised about how many authors do not follow these strategies.

These strategies include: choosing the right journal (and convincing the journal editors that it would be a good fit), selling the study (forming a rationale, emphasizing the incremental value), displaying writing clarity (parsimonious, concise, unambiguous) and accuracy (appropriate to study design), ensuring methodological rigor, acknowledging the study’s applied value and limitations, and formatting (appropriate to journal, error-free). Looking forward to seeing you there!

Workshop 2
'Leadership: Is it for me and how to do it best? An interactive workshop'

Dianne NSBy Professor Dianne Neumark-Sztainer (Professor and Division Head, Division of Epidemiology and Community Health, University of Minnesota, USA) (photo - right) and Professor Debra Franko (Professor and Senior Vice Provost for Academic Affairs, Northeastern University, USA) (photo - below)

At some point in our careers, many of us will take on leadership positions. These positions offer an opportunity for personal growth and development and for us to have an impact in a manner that is different to the impact we have through our research, teaching, and/or clinical work.Debra Franko headshot

This workshop will begin with a description of the presenters’ journey to leadership positions as the head of a large academic department and a senior vice provost at a large private university, including reasons for taking on the position in spite of its challenges. The unique challenges of being a woman in a role that has previously been occupied by men will also be discussed.

The workshop will involve interactive activities aimed at helping participants think about their own leadership strengths and their personal values. This type of information can help us decide if we are interested in leadership roles, which roles might be most suitable, and how to engage in leadership in a manner that builds on our strengths and fulfills our values. Time will be allotted for questions and answers.

Workshop 3
'Suspense in charting embodied journeys of girls and women; methods, findings, and implications of the developmental theory of embodiment'Niva Piran headshot

By Professor Niva Piran (Professor in the Department of Adult Education and Counselling Psychology, University of Toronto, Canada)

The program of research leading to the emergence of the Developmental Theory of Embodiment weaved a number of journeys: a research journey involving varied methodologies, researchers’ own journeys in relation to emergent findings, participants’ journeys, and the unfolding of the theory. The workshop will address methodological considerations that guided the use of varied qualitative (participatory action research, retrospective life history interviews, and prospective interviews), and quantitative (regression, structural equation modelling, scale construction) methods in this mixed-method research program. Concurrently, the workshop will familiarize workshop participants with key constructs of the theory and their expressions during early childhood, tweens, early and late adolescence, and younger and older women. The workshop will conclude with a discussion of theoretical, research, and clinical implications for health promotion and therapy. The workshop will include an experiential exercise and ongoing discussions with participants. Participants will be able to assess opportunities and caveats in a range of research methodologies and in a mixed-method research program, as well as become familiar with the constructs of embodiment, body journey, and other constructs of the Developmental Theory of Embodiment. Further, participants will examine ways to bridge research and clinical practice and the importance of staying open to own reflexivity.

Workshop 4
'Beyond a critical stance: Bolder models for activism and advocacy in the reduction of body image issues'Michael Levine headshot

By Professor Michael P. Levine (Emeritus Professor of Psychology, Kenyon College, USA)

This workshop advocates (actively) for application of Irving and Levine’s Bolder Model of Prevention to the reduction of the array of problems emanating from body image issues. It is intended primarily for those within the body image field(s) who are focusing on disordered eating, gender, appearance-based stigma, social and cultural influences, health promotion, and social policy.

The workshop consists of two principal parts. The first is an explanation of the model and a description of the work of some of its leading exemplars - some of Levine’s role models who embody the Bolder Model. The second part is an extended discussion of what people attending the workshop are already doing and being—on the personal, professional, and political levels, as activists and advocates—to prevent and otherwise reduce cultural and personal body image problems.

It is hoped that this presentation will strengthen the participants’ position in relation to the seven Cs that constitute one of the pillars of the Bolder Model: a Critical Social Perspective Competencies; Connections; Choices about ways to Change negative sociocultural influences; the Confidence necessary to make health-promoting changes in themselves, their relationships, and their cultures; and the Courage to pursue positive goals, despite ongoing anxiety and doubt, and in the face of inevitable criticism.

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