Members of the Centre for Appearance Research (CAR)

Research interests and contact details of our members.

Centre Director

Name Key research interests
Professor Beth Daniels
Body image, media effects, positive body image, sport and physical activity.


Name Key research interests

Dr Latika Ahuja
Research Fellow

  • Women's mental health globally
  • Prevention and early intervention of common mental health problems and eating disorders
  • Mental health in low and middle-income countries

Dr Issy Bray
Senior Lecturer in Public Health

  • Mental health
  • Happiness
  • Suicide

Mahira Budhraja
Research Associate

  • Women’s health and wellbeing
  • Women and minority sexual and reproductive health

Dr Alex Clarke
Visiting Professor

  • Visible difference
  • Cosmetic procedures
  • Health professional training
  • Psychological care of people with appearance concerns

Dr Bruna Oliveira Costa
Research Associate

  • Health psychology
  • Appearance and visible difference

Dr Nadia Craddock
Senior Research Fellow

  • Big business and body image
  • Colourism and skin tone ideals

Professor Phillippa Diedrichs
Professor of Psychology and CAR Management Group member

  • Body image
  • Influence of the mass media and advertising on body image
  • School interventions to promote positive body image
  • Health psychology

Dr Kirsty Garbett
Research Fellow

  • Body image interventions
  • Cosmetic procedures
  • Health psychology

Dr Ella Guest
Senior Research Fellow

  • Health psychology; visible difference
  • The psychosocial impact of living with a burn injury
  • Breast reconstruction

Dr Emma Halliwell
Associate Professor of Psychology

  • Sociocultural influences on body image concerns

Professor Diana Harcourt
Professor of Appearance Psychology and CAR Management Group member

  • 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

Sharon Haywood
Research Associate

  • Body image
  • Body image interventions
  • Weight stigma

Dr Liz Jenkinson
Senior Lecturer of Psychology

  • Health psychology
  • Appearance research and visible difference
  • The effectiveness of psychological interventions

Dr Helena Lewis-Smith
Associate Professor of Appearance Psychology

  • Body image; particularly among women with breast cancer and within the general population
  • Development of psychosocial interventions to improve body image
  • Health psychology

Dr Tim Moss
Associate Professor of Health Psychology

  • Adjustment to disfigurement
  • Health behaviour change
  • Measurement of appearance adjustment

Dr Nicole Paraskeva
Senior Research Fellow

  • Body image interventions
  • Plastic, aesthetic and reconstructive surgery
  • Health psychology

Christine Ramsey-Wade
Associate Professor of Counselling Psychology

  • Cognitive-behavioural therapies
  • Mindfulness-based stress reduction
  • Creative and expressive therapies

Professor Emerita Nichola Rumsey

  • Psychological aspects of cosmetic procedures
  • Development of training in the psychological care of people with appearance concerns
  • Social reintegration of people following appearance-altering trauma

Dr Kat Schneider
Research Fellow

  • Body image
  • Exercise psychology
  • Psychological well-being

Dr Amy Slater
Associate Professor

  • Young people’s body image and a particular interest in the role of the internet and social media

Harriet Smith
Research Associate

  • Positive body image
  • Intervention development
  • Health psychology and the role of body image in chronic health conditions.

Dr Nicola Stock
Associate Professor and CAR Management Group member

  • The psychological and social impact of appearance-altering conditions
  • Psychological support for individuals born with craniofacial conditions and their families.

Aline Tinoco
Research Associate

  • Women's health particularly nutrition
  • Health at every size, non-diet approaches
  • Weight stigma, body image and disordered eating

Rosie Thomas
Research Administrator


Dr Maia Thornton
Research Fellow

  • Visible difference
  • Support for families
  • Intervention development

Dr Pippa Tollow
Senior Research Fellow

  • Patient experiences of treatment
  • Clinician-patient communication
  • Health psychology

Dr Heidi Williamson
Associate Professor and CAR Management Group member

  • 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 Fabio Zucchelli
Senior Lecturer

  • Mindfulness-based interventions (including Acceptance Commitment Therapy)
  • Visible difference
  • Male body image
  • Social psychology

Current PhD students

Name Title of PhD

Clare Clement

Developing a support signposting tool for people affected by visible differences.

Jessie Hodges

Investigating body image and appearance perceptions in people who use a stoma bag.

Christia Huntington

Online support for people affected by burns injuries.

Abbi Matthews

Using social media to reduce visible difference stigma and increase acceptance of appearance diversity.

Kieran Moulton

Exploring the psychosocial motivations and experiences of individuals who undergo decorative tattooing as a method of scar camouflage and/or decoration in the UK.

Morgan Zolkwer

Investigating parent and paediatric patient adjustment to Congenital Melanocytic Nevi and Arteriovenous Malformations.

Completed PhD students

 Name Title of PhD Supervisors

Dr Laura Armstrong-James

Paediatric and young people's psychosocial adjustment to burn injuries

Professor Diana Harcourt, Professor Nichola Rumsey, Dr Heidi Williamson, Dr Julia Cadogan

Dr Jenny Barke

Young people’s experiences of visible differences associated with genetic/inherited conditions

Professor Diana Harcourt

Dr Alyson Bessell

Facing up to visible difference: The design and evaluation of a new computer-based psychosocial intervention

Dr Tim Moss, Professor Nichola Rumsey, Professor Diana Harcourt

Dr Heather Brant

Psychosocial and ethical issues around visible difference associated with genetic conditions

Professor Diana Harcourt

Dr Nadia Craddock

Big business and body image

Professor Phillippa Diedrichs, Dr Emma Halliwell, Dr Fiona Spotswood, Meaghan Ramsey

Dr Emma Dures

Psychosocial impact of Epidermylosis Bullosa (EB)

Professor Nichola Rumsey, Marianna Morris, Dr Kate Gleeson

Dr Fiona Fox

An exploration of online peer support for young people with chronic skin conditions

Marianne Morris, Professor Nichola Rumsey

Dr Caterina Gentili

Body image, appearance and physical activity after diagnosis of prostate cancer

Professor Diana Harcourt, Dr Stuart McLean, Dr Lucy McGeagh, Professor Amit Bahl, Professor Raj Persad

Dr Nikki Hayfield

Bisexual women’s visual identities: A feminist mixed-methods exploration

Dr Victoria Clarke, Dr Emma Halliwell, Professor Nichola Rumsey, Dr Helen Malson

Dr Jennifer Heath

Peer support for parents of people affected by burn injuries

Professor Diana Harcourt, Dr Heidi Williamson, Lisa Williams

Dr Beth Herring Body image and men with breast cancer.
Professor Diana Harcourt, Dr Nicole Paraskeva, Dr Helena Lewis-Smith and Associate Professor Emma Halliwell

Dr Caroline Huxley

An exploration of the sociocultural influences affecting lesbian and bisexual women’s body image

Dr Emma Halliwell, Dr Victoria Clarke, Professor Nichola Rumsey

Dr Sue Jackson

The psychosocial importance of eyes and the impact of strabismus on adults

Professor Nichola Rumsey, Marianne Morris, Richard Harrad

Dr Fiona Kennedy

The psychosocial impact and perception of Ductal Carcinoma in Situ

Professor Diana Harcourt, Professor Nichola Rumsey

Dr Helena Lewis-Smith

Psychosocial support for appearance-related concerns amongst people living with a visible difference: exploring the

Professor Diana Harcourt, Professor Nichola Rumsey, Professor Phillippa Diedrichs

Dr Emily Lovegrove

Adolescents, appearance and anti-bullying strategies

Professor Nichola Rumsey, Keith Postlethwaite

Sabrina Meechem The impact of social media on adolescent health and wellbeing
Dr Amy Slater, Dr Emma Halliwell, Dr Issy Bray, Dr Yvette Morey
Dr Jade Parnell Promoting acceptance of appearance diversity in primary school-age children Dr Amy Slater, Dr Heidi Williamson, Dr Fay Lewis

Dr Geeta Patel

Black Minority Ethnic (BME) women's experiences following breast cancer diagnosis

Professor Diana Harcourt, Professor Nichola Rumsey, Habib Naqvi

Dr Melissa Pilkington

Psychosocial interventions to support women affected by hair loss due to chemotherapy treatment

Professor Diana Harcourt, Professor Nichola Rumsey

Dr 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

Professor Nichola Rumsey, Dr Amy Slater

Dr Ben Rosser

Cognitive information processing biases and appearance adjustment: The role of the appearance self-schema

Dr Tim Moss, Professor Nichola Rumsey

Dr Nick Sharratt

The impact of appearance concerns on intimacy in people with disfigurement

Professor Nichola Rumsey, Dr Tim Moss, Dr Elizabeth Jenkinson

Dr Irmgard Tischner

A critical psychological investigation of obesity

Dr Helen Malson, Dr Emma Halliwell, Professor Nichola Rumsey

Dr Maia Thornton

Promoting positive psychological adjustment in parents and carers of children and young people with an appearance-altering condition or injury

Dr Heidi Williamson, Prof Diana Harcourt, Dr Toity Deave, Dr James Kiff

Dr Daisy Townsend

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

Dr James Byron Daniel, Dr Emma Halliwell, Professor Diana Harcourt

Dr Melissa Wallace

The psychosocial impact of conditions altering appearance during adolescence

Professor Diana Harcourt, Professor Nichola Rumsey

Visiting staff (previous)

 Name Year From

Dr Jessia Alleva

September 2016–October 2017

University of Masstricht, Netherlands

Dr Kristin Billaud-Feragen

September 2012–September 2013

Statped, Norway

Tara De Paoli (PhD student)

October 2016-January 2017

University of Melbourne, Australia

Jasmine Fardouly

February 2013- July 2013

Professor Susan Paxton

September-November 2013

LaTrobe University, Melbourne

Dr Lina Ricciardelli

October 2011–November 2011

Deakin University, Melbourne

Professor David Sánchez-Carracedo

May–June 2018

Univeristat Autonoma de Barcelona

Dr Zali Yager

November 2011-November 2012

LaTrobe University, Melbourne

Honorary members

 Name Honorary Award

Dr Jessica Alleva 
Maastricht University, the Netherlands

CAR Honorary Research Fellow

Dr Julia Cadogan 
University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust

CAR Honorary Research Fellow

Dr Alex Clarke

UWE Bristol Doctor of Science

Dr James Partridge

UWE Bristol Doctor of Science

Professor Martin Persson 
Kristianstad University, Sweden

CAR Honorary Research Fellow

Dr Rosanna Preston

UWE Bristol Doctor of Science

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