Miss Ella Guest

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  • Qualifications:BSc Psychology; MSc Health Psychology
  • Position:Research Associate, Centre for Appearance Research
  • Department:Faculty of Health and Applied Sciences (HAS)
  • Telephone:+4411732 87045
  • Email:Ella.Guest@uwe.ac.uk

About me

I have been working as a Research Associate at the Centre for Appearance Research since January 2016. I am part of a research team, funded by the Vocational Training Charity Trust (VTCT) Foundation, which works alongside a number of charities, known as the Appearance Collective, to develop psychosocial support, training and public education on visible difference in the UK. As a member of the VTCTF team, I am also undertaking a Professional Doctorate in Health Psychology at UWE. I am currently working with Professor Diana Harcourt and Dr Emma Halliwell to evaluate the effectiveness of an online, functionality-based interventions for adults with a visible difference. I am also working with Dr Amy Slater on an eye-tracking experiment to examine whether social media is an effective way to increase acceptance of diversity of appearance.

Previously, I worked with Dr Amy Slater to evaluate an educational board game called 'Everybody's Different: The Appearance Game', which was developed by researchers at the Centre for Appearance Research (www.appearancegame.com). The game aims to promote positive body image, increase acceptance of diversity of appearance, and encourage group discussion about the role that appearance plays in the media.

You can find out more about the VTCTF Project here: http://www1.uwe.ac.uk/hls/research/appearanceresearch/research/researchprojects/vocationaltrainingproject.aspx.

My other research interests include positive body image interventions, the psychosocial impact of cleft lip and/or palate, and the psychosocial aspects of a woman's decision to undergo breast reconstruction following cancer. I am also interested in pain perception, the psychosocial factors which shape how we experience pain, and the placebo effect. I carried out my MSc Health Psychology dissertation on this topic.

Twitter: @EllaGuestCAR



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