Professor Diana Harcourt

About me

I am co-director (with Professor Nichola Rumsey) of the Centre for Appearance Research (CAR) at UWE, Bristol.  My research interests focus on the psychosocial aspects of appearance including those associated with cancer (particularly breast reconstruction and hair loss), burns and genetic conditions. I am interested in the psychosocial impact of an altered appearance or visible difference, interventions to support those who are affected and those facing decisions about treatment that will alter appearance, and patient reported outcome measures (PROMS) in these areas. In collaboration with Alex Clarke, clinical psychologist at the Royal Free Hospital, London, I have developed the PEGASUS intervention to elicit patients' expectations and goals of appearance-altering surgery.  

I am a chartered Health Psychologist (HCPC accredited) and sit on the Healing Foundation Research Council, the British Psychological Society Research Board, and the editorial board of the journal Body Image.

Area of expertise

Psychology of Appearance: visible difference, cancer, burns,

My Publications