Dr Phillippa Diedrichs

About me

Dr Phillippa Diedrichs is a research psychologist with an international reputation for creating and using evidence-based strategies to improve body image in community, education, corporate, and policy settings on a local, national, and global scale.

​​With a PhD in Health Psychology from the University of Queensland (2011, ​Australia), she is passionate about working in partnership to create environments that accept diversity in appearance and support people, particularly girls and women, to live free from the constraint of appearance concerns. 

As an Associate Professor at the Centre for Appearance Research​, she leads a team of researchers investigating psychological and social influences on body image, and the development and evaluation of online and face-to-face body image interventions, advocacy efforts, and campaigns. ​

The evidence-based body image programmes that she has co-created and evaluated have been delivered in 136 countries to over 8.5 million young people through multi-stakeholder partnerships with global youth organisations and business. Her research has garnered international media attention and awards, and is published in esteemed, academic peer-reviewed journals. 

Dr Diedrichs regularly consults with businesses, agencies, and organisations on research, communications, campaigns, and advocacy. She has advised and worked on projects alongside the British Government Equalities Office, Unilever's Dove Self-Esteem Project, Transport for London, YMCA, the World Association for Girl Guides and Girl Scouts, Edelman, and Ogilvy. Dr Diedrichs regularly provides invited comment for media (e.g., Time Magazine, BBC, Vogue, ​Huffington Post, Men's Health, The Guardian) on issues relating to body image, disordered eating, and weight-based discrimination.​

Area of expertise

Research and Consultancy Interests:

Body image, eating disorder prevention, appearance-based prejudice and discri​mination, media and advertising, gender equality, intervention evaluation, dissemination and implementation research, corporate social responsibility​.

Funding:

£2.1 million in research and consultancy secured from businesses, governments, charities and the EU, with £1.1 million as Chief Investigator.

Teaching and Speaking Engagements:
  • Undegraduate and postgraduate research supervisor.​​
  • Guest lecturer in psychology, public health, evidence-based practice, and using research to influence policy and practice.
  • Regular​​ invited presentations and continuing professional development sessions (e.g., Harvard University School of Public Health, Royal Society of Psychiatrists, NHS, Unilever).

​Memberships and Service:

  • Member and Fellow of the Academy for Eating Disorders 
  • Steering group member for the Be Real Campaign
  • Member of the COST Action Appearance Matters
  • Transport for London Advertising Steering Committee 
  • Editorial board for the International Journal of Behavioural Health and Medicine
  • Reviewer for over 20 academic journals (e.g., Health Psychology, Behaviour Research and Therapy, International Journal of Eating Disorders, Body Image, Clinical Psychology Review, PLoS ONE, BMC Public Health, Psychology of Men and Masculinities).

Honours and Awards:

  • 2017 Fellow, Academy for Eating Disorders.
  • 2017 Finalist for DuRant Award for Statistical Rigor, Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine.
  • 2016 Shortlisted for the Times Higher Education Award 'Most Innovative University-Business Collaboration'.
  • 2016 Elsevier Award for Highly Cited Research in Body Image: An International Journal of Research.​​
  • 2011 Australian Psychological Society College of Health Psychologists Award for Excellent Higher Degree Thesis.
  • 2011 Seymour Fisher Outstanding Body Image Dissertation Award by Body Image: An international journal of research.
  • 2011 University of Queensland Graduate School Dean's Award for Research Higher Degree Excellence.​

My Publications