Dr Emily Matheson

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  • Qualifications:PhD (Clinical Psychology), BPSc (Psychology, First Class Honours)
  • Position:Senior Research Fellow - Centre for Appearance Research
  • Department:HAS - Health and Social Sciences
  • Telephone:+4411732 84398
  • Email:Emily.Matheson@uwe.ac.uk

About me

Emily is a Senior Research Fellow at the Centre for Appearance Research. After completing her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology at Flinders University, she travelled from Australia to England to pursue her passion for body image research alongside Professor Phillippa Diedrichs.

As part of her Clinical Ph.D., Emily gained registration as a General Psychologist with the Australian Health Practitioner Registration Agency (AHPRA). She has experience administering evidence-based therapies to young people and adults with anxiety, depression and eating disorders.

In her current role, Emily leads a team of researchers on large-scale, international projects that develop and evaluate body image interventions for young people. One stream of research investigates the development and evaluation of digital approaches that provide accessible, scalable and cost-effective support to children and adolescents with body image concerns. The second stream investigates the development and evaluation of body image and sports-based interventions for girls and coaches.

Emily is passionate about fostering international, multi-disciplinary partnerships with other researchers and, industry and non-profit organisations. These partnerships are imperative in ensuring that our research has greater reach and impact in the lives of young people. She has worked closely with the Dove Self-Esteem Project, Cartoon Network, Playmob, Talk2U, UNICEF and Women in Sport.

Emily currently volunteers as a Trustee to the Somerset and Wessex Eating Disorders Association (SWEDA) and engages in consultancy and public speaking on the topics of body image and eating disorders. She has worked with BBC1, CNN Sports, The Guardian and Women in Sport, UK.

Emily is an active member of the Academy for Eating Disorders (AED), and the Australian & New Zealand Academy of Eating Disorders (ANZAED). 


  • Vice Chancellor Early Career Researcher Development Award 2020/21(£14,995). 

  • Australian & New Zealand Academy for Eating Disorders (ANZAED) Early Career Travel Award 2020

Area of expertise

Body image (BI), disordered eating (DE), eating disorders (ED), the role of exercise and sports in BI, DE & EDs, development and evaluation of body image interventions.


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