Dr Claire Hamlet

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  • Qualifications:BA Hons Psychology with Sociology, MSc module Planning and Managing Clinical Trials; MSc Health Psychology: Professional Doctorate in Health Psychology
  • Position:Research Fellow
  • Department:Faculty of Health and Applied Sciences (HAS)
  • Telephone:+4411732 83513
  • Email:Claire.Hamlet@uwe.ac.uk

About me

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I am a research fellow in the Centre for Appearance Research (CAR), a world leading research centre focussing on the role of appearance and body image in people's lives.

With a background in planning and managing clinical trials I joined CAR in July 2014. I was the study coordinator on a two year feasibility trial of YP Face IT, an online psychosocial intervention for young people with appearance-altering conditions, funded by the NIHR Research for Patient Benefit programme.

I am currently the research coordinator for the Vocational Training Charitable Trust Foundation research programme at CAR. Working in partnership with members of the Appearance Collective (a group of charities providing support to those living with a visible difference), our aim is develop psychological support, training and public education on visible difference. You can find out more about the VTCTF Project here: http://www1.uwe.ac.uk/hls/research/appearanceresearch/research/researchprojects/vocationaltrainingproject.aspx.​

I am particularly invested in advancing research in fields of visible difference where little psychosocial research has been conducted. I am currently leading qualitative research into the psychosocial impact of Facial Palsy and Microtia and individuals experiences of care and treatment.

As part of my Professional Doctorate in Health Psychology at UWE, I specialised in the psychosocial aspects of bariatric surgery, in particular its impact on body image. My final research project explored the psychosocial variables influencing an acceptance of bariatric surgery as a treatment for obesity​​.

I have just received a UWE Vice Chancellor Early Career Research award to study the acceptability and feasibility of collecting longitudinal data on the impact bariatric surgery has on body image. This is in collaboration with North Bristol NHS Trust and will begin in August 2019.

Area of expertise

Visible difference research.

Clinical trial and project management

 Bariatric surgery, obesity and body image

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