Dr Beth Daniels

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About me

I am Professor and Director of the Centre for Appearance Research at UWE Bristol. Before joining UWE, I held academic posts at the University of Colorado (Colorado Springs), Oregon State University (Cascades), and the University of Oregon (Central Oregon Programs). I earned my doctorate in developmental psychology from the University of California Santa Cruz and completed a postdoctoral fellowship in sport psychology at the University of California Los Angeles.

My research examines how media affect girls' and young women's body image as well as protective factors such as physical activity and sport participation. More specifically, I study how girls and young women are affected by sexual objectification and sexualization in a myriad of ways from body image and psychological well-being to school functioning. I am also interested in understanding how to cultivate embodiment and positive body image. I examine these issues from a sociocultural perspective and am especially interested in how social identities (e.g., gender, race) shape experience.

I am committed to sharing psychological science with the public and, therefore, regularly provide media interviews, write articles for lay audiences, and give talks and presentations to the public. I also serve on the editorial board for the journals Body Image and Emerging Adulthood. In addition, I am past Associate editor for Sex Roles and past Consulting Editor for Psychology of Women Quarterly.

For information about my scholarly publications, see http://scholar.google.com/citations?user=4OCHmCYAAAAJ&hl=en&oi=ao

A sample of my publications before joining UWE include:

Ward, L. M., Daniels, E. A., & Zurbriggen, E. (2023). The nature, sources, and consequences of sexual objectification. Nature Reviews Psychology. https://doi.org/10.1038/s44159-023-00192-x

Daniels, E. A., Zurbriggen, E. L., & Ward, L. M. (2020). Becoming an object: A review of self-objectification in girls. Body Image, 33, 278-299. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.bodyim.2020.02.016

Daniels, E. A., Gillen, M. M., & Markey, C. H. (Eds.). (2018). Body positive: Understanding and improving body image in science and practice. Cambridge University Press.

Area of expertise

Body image, media effects, sport and physical activity, positive body image, girls' development, gender issues, sociocultural perspective


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