Vocational Training Charitable Trust Foundation project

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Current and completed PhD research related to our themes; Visible difference and Body image.

Visible difference research Researcher
Promoting positive psychological adjustment in parents and carers of children and young people with an appearance-altering condition or injury Maia Thornton
Peer support for parents of people affected by burn injuries Jen Heath
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 Matt Ridley
The Impact of Appearance Concerns On Intimacy In People With Disfigurement Nick Sharratt
Body Image research Researcher
The impact of social media on adolescent health and wellbeing Sabrina Meechem
Big business and body image Nadia Craddock
Research covering Visible difference and Body image Researcher
Developing an intervention for primary school-aged children to increase acceptance of diversity of appearance Jade Parnell
Body image and men with breast cancer Beth Herring
Body Image, Appearance and Physical Activity after Diagnosis of Prostate Cancer Caterina Gentili
Development and evaluation of a school-based body image intervention to change attitudes towards appearance and promote acceptance of appearance diversity Chantelle Bailey

Completed PhD research

Completed visible difference and body image PhD research and the staff involved.

Visible difference research Researcher
Paediatric and young people's psychosocial adjustment to burn injuries Laura Armstrong-James
Psychosocial interventions to support women affected by hair loss due to chemotherapy treatment Melissa Pilkington
Young people’s experiences of visible differences associated with genetic/inherited conditions Jenny Barke
Psychosocial and ethical issues around visible difference associated with genetic conditions Heather Brant
Adolescents, appearance and anti-bullying strategies Emily Lovegrove
An exploration of online peer support for young people with chronic skin conditions Fiona Fox
Cognitive information processing biases and appearance adjustment: The role of the appearance self-schema Ben Rosser
Facing up to visible difference: The design and evaluation of a new computer-based psychosocial intervention Alyson Bessell
Psychosocial aspects of Ductal Carcinoma in Situ (DCIS) Fiona Kennedy
Psychosocial impact of conditions altering appearance during adolescence Melissa Wallace
Psychosocial impact of Epidermylosis Bullosa (EB) Emma Dures
Psychosocial importance of eyes and the impact of strabismus on adults Sue Jackson
Body image research Researcher
An exploration of the sociocultural influences affecting lesbian and bisexual women’s body image Caroline Huxley
Adolescents, appearance and anti-bullying strategies Emily Lovegrove
A critical psychological investigation of obesity Irmgard Tischner
Exploring the role of cognitive, physical and social variables between body image and appearance concerns and physical activity participation Daisy Townsend
Development of negative body image and disordered eating in adolescents Jamie White
Research covering Visible difference and Body image Researcher
Body image in midlife: Developing a psychosocial intervention for women who have received treatment for breast cancer Helena Lewis-Smith