Dr Ella Guest

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  • Qualifications:BSc Psychology; MSc Health Psychology; Professional Doctorate Health Psychology
  • Position:VTCTF Foundation Senior Research Fellow Centre for Appearance Research (CAR)
  • Department:Faculty of Health and Applied Sciences (HAS)
  • Telephone:+4411732 87045
  • Email:Ella.Guest@uwe.ac.uk

About me

Ella is a VTCT Foundation Senior Research Fellow based at the Centre for Appearance Research. She is also a Chartered Psychologist with the British Psychological Society (BPS) and a Registered Health Psychologist with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC).

She works within the VTCT Foundation Programme of Research, which aims to develop psychosocial support for individuals and families affected by appearance-altering conditions.

Ella's research relates to understanding the psychosocial impact of living with appearance-altering conditions, with a particular focus on positive adjustment and positive body image. Her work also includes developing and evaluating psychosocial interventions for individuals with appearance-altering conditions and exploring how social media can be used to increase acceptance of appearance diversity and reduce appearance-related stigma. She has a particular interest in the psychosocial impact of skin conditions including eczema, psoriasis, vitiligo, and congenital melanocytic nevi (CMN). Her doctoral thesis examined positive adjustment in young people with the birthmark mark condition CMN using photo-elicitation interviews.

Twitter: @EllaGuestCAR

Area of expertise

Health psychology, appearance research, visible difference, positive body image, social media, appearance-related stigma, skin conditions, visual research methods, psychosocial adjustment, pain


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