Members of the Centre for Appearance Research (CAR)

Research interests and contact details of our members.

We welcome diverse disciplines, methodologies, experiences and backgrounds in our Centre membership.


Name Key research interests

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

Dr Amy Slater

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


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

Radhika Bhatia
Research Associate

  • Health psychology
  • Visible differences and physical disabilities
  • Utilising network statistical approaches to investigate psychosocial issues

Grace Biddulph
Research Administrator

  • Globalisation and the effects on gender inequalities
  • Decolonial approaches
  • Inclusive research methods

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

Bruna Oliveira Costa
Research Associate

  • Health psychology
  • Appearance and visible difference


Nadia Craddock
Research Fellow

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

Professor Phillippa Diedrichs
Professor of Psychology

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

Dr Catrin Griffiths
Senior Research Fellow

  • Health psychology
  • Visible Difference
  • Development of Patient Reported Outcome Measures (PROMs) for use in Burn Care

Kirsty Garbett
Research Fellow

  • Body image interventions
  • Cosmetic procedures
  • Health psychology

Dr Caterina Gentili
Research Fellow in Applied Statistics

  • Psychology research methods
  • Research on the interaction of body image issues and other psychological, behavioural, and physical factors
  • Leading data analyses across the DSEP projects

Ella Guest
Research Associate

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

Zoe Haime
Research Associate

  • Disordered eating behaviour and evidence-based interventions
  • Psychopharmacology in eating disorder conditions
  • Social cognitive approaches to body image and body image in populations with serious mental health issues

Dr Emma Halliwell
Associate Professor of Psychology

  • Sociocultural influences on body image concerns

Dr Claire Hamlet
Research Fellow

  • Health Psychology
  • Ageing
  • Psychological interventions for appearance concerns
  • Randomised controlled trials

Farheen Hasan
Research Associate

  • Body image
  • Cross-cultural factors
  • Health behaviours (e.g. smoking, alcohol use).

Sharon Haywood
Research Associate

  • Body image
  • Body image interventions
  • Weight stigma

Dr Nic Hooper

  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
  • Relational Frame Theory (RFT)

Dr Liz Jenkinson
Senior Lecturer of Psychology

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

Dr Mary Keeling
Senior Research Fellow

  • Psychosocial impact of conflict-related appearance altering injuries
  • Wellbeing of military populations
  • Military to civilian transition

Danielle Keohane
Research Associate

  • Adolescent and young adult health Psychology
  • Psychosocial impact of craniofacial conditions
  • Health/procedure-related trauma

Dr Helena Lewis-Smith
Senior Research Fellow

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

Dr Emily Matheson
Research Fellow

  • Body image
  • Eating disorder prevention
  • Cognitive bias modification

Abbi Mathews
Research Associate

  • Visible difference and body image among children and young people
  • Online/digital mental health interventions
  • Promoting acceptance of appearance diversity

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

Georgina Pegram
Research Associate

  • Body image interventions
  • Eating disorder prevention
  • Weight stigma

Christine Ramsey-Wade
Senior Lecturer: 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

Harriet Smith
Research Associate

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

Dr Nicola Stock
Senior Research Fellow

  • 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

Dr Pippa Tollow
Research Fellow

  • Patient experiences of treatment
  • Clinician-patient communication
  • 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

Fabio Zucchelli
Research Associate

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

Current PhD students

 Name Title of PhD
Chantelle Bailey Development and evaluation of a school-based body image intervention to change attitudes towards appearance and promote acceptance of appearance diversity
Caterina Gentili Body image, appearance and physical activity after diagnosis of prostate cancer
Beth Herring Body image and men with breast cancer
Christia Huntington Online support for people affected by burns injuries
Sabrina Meechem The impact of social media on adolescent health and wellbeing
Jade Parnell Developing an intervention for primary school-aged children to increase acceptance of diversity of appearance
 Maia Thornton Promoting positive psychological adjustment in parents and carers of children and young people with an appearance-altering condition or injury

Completed PhD students

 Name Title of PhD Supervisors
Nadia Craddock Big business and body image Phillippa Diedrichs, Emma Halliwell, Fiona Spotswood, Meaghan Ramsey
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
Dr Nick Sharratt The impact of appearance concerns on intimacy in people with disfigurement Nichola Rumsey, Tim Moss, Elizabeth Jenkinson
Dr Jennifer Heath Peer support for parents of people affected by burn injuries Diana Harcourt, Heidi Williamson, Lisa Williams
Dr Laura Armstrong-James Paediatric and young people's psychosocial adjustment to burn injuries Diana Harcourt, Nichola Rumsey, Heidi Williamson, Julia Cadogan
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 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 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 Rumsey, Habib Naqvi
Dr Melissa Pilkington Psychosocial interventions to support women affected by hair loss due to chemotherapy treatment Diana Harcourt, Nichola Rumsey
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 (previous)

 Name Year From
Professor David Sánchez-Carracedo May–June 2018 Univeristat Autonoma de Barcelona
Dr Jessia Alleva September 2016–October 2017 University of Masstricht, Netherlands
Tara De Paoli ( PhD student) October 2016 - January 2017 University of Melbourne, Australia
Professor Susan Paxton September-November 2013 LaTrobe University, Melbourne
Jasmine Fardouly February 2013- July 2013
Dr Kristin Billaud-Feragen September 2012–September 2013 Statped, Norway
Dr Zali Yager November 2011 -November 2012 LaTrobe University, Melbourne
Dr Lina Ricciardelli October 2011–November 2011 Deakin University, Melbourne

Honorary members

 Name Honorary Award
Dr Rosanna Preston  UWE Bristol Doctor of Science
 Dr Julia Cadogan, University Hospitals Bristol NHS Fdn 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 Jessica Alleva, Maastricht University, the Netherlands  CAR Honorary Research Fellow