Dr Bruna Costa

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  • Qualifications:Professional Doctorate in Health Psychology; MSc Health Psychology, BSc Psychology
  • Position:Research Fellow
  • Department:Faculty of Health and Applied Sciences (HAS)
  • Telephone:+4411732 83715
  • Email:Bruna.Oliveiracosta@uwe.ac.uk
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About me

I am a Research Fellow at the Centre for Appearance Research. My research focuses on the psychosocial impact of appearance-altering health conditions, namely, congenital craniofacial conditions including cleft lip and/or palate (CL/P), craniosynostosis, and craniofacial microsomia (CFM).

In my work, I enjoy collaborations with national and international researchers, academics, charitable organisations and health professionals, as well as experts by experience.

Currently, I am working on two high-profile projects (CARE and ACCORD), as well as a number of other smaller projects. CARE (Craniofacial microsomia: Accelerating Research and Education) is a large-scale international study (based at two primary sites – UWE and Seattle Children's Research Institute), which includes members from 20+ disciplines and 7+ countries. Our primary aim is to learn more about, and contribute to the improvement of, the experiences of the CFM community. ACCORD (Adults with Craniosynostosis: Creating Online Resources to reduce Distress) is a collaborative project with Headlines Craniofacial Support. Our aim is to co-produce (with experts by experience as well as specialist Clinical Psychologists) and evaluate psychosocial support resources for adults with craniosynostosis.

I am also a health psychologist, with a particular interest in disparities and inequalities in areas of health, (health) psychology, and visible difference.

I supervise and mentor Masters and Undergraduate (dissertation and placement) students at UWE, and assist the Faculty of Health and Applied Sciences in delivering seminars and lectures, as well as supporting with student assessment.

My research can be found in a range of leading academic journals. Please visit my Research Gate page to learn more about my works.


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