Dr Amy Slater

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  • Qualifications:Ph.D (Clin. Psych)
  • Position:Associate Professor : Centre for Appearance Research
  • Department:HAS - Health and Social Sciences
  • Telephone:+4411732 83975
  • Email:Amy.Slater@uwe.ac.uk

About me

I am an Associate Professor in the Centre for Appearance Research.  My research interest lies in the area of body image, specifically body image in adolescents and children.  Within this I am interested in the role of sociocultural factors (such as the media) in the development of body image concerns.  My recent work has focused on the role of the Internet and in particular social networking sites (such as Facebook) in the body image of adolescent and pre-adolescent girls.  A further research area is exploring the issue of the premature sexualisation of girls.  I also have an interest in the role of parenting in sexualisation and body image concerns of young children. 
I ​am also a part of the team funded by the Vocational Training Charity Trust (VTCT) Foundation ​working on projects to develop psychological support, training and public education on visible difference in the UK.  
​I completed my PhD in Clinical Psychology at Flinders University (Adelaide, South Australia) in 2006.  My thesis focused on gender differences in sport participation in adolescents and the role of body image within this.  Specifically, I investigated why girls drop out of sports at a much higher rate than boys during early adolescence, and whether body image concerns play at role.
I am also a registered psychologist experienced with working with children and adolescents in both community and hospital settings.  I have worked with children and families with speech and language difficulties, developmental delay, attachment and relationship concerns, autism, post-traumatic stress disorder, sleep disorders and chronic illnesses such as diabetes and cancer. 


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