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. My PhD explored women's decision making about breast reconstruction after mastectomy.  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.  This is currently being evaluated in a multi-centred study of women considering breast reconstruction.  I work with Catrin Griffiths on the development of a portfolio of burn-specific patient reported outcome measures (PROMs), The CAR​Burns Scales.

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

Area of expertise

Psychosocial aspects of appearance, particularly visible difference including the impact of an altered appeareance as a consequence of burn injury or cancer diagnosis and treatment. 

My Publications