Miss Georgina Pegram

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  • Qualifications:BSc, MSc
  • Position:Research Associate: Centre for Appearance Research
  • Department:Faculty of Health and Applied Sciences (HAS) HAS - Health and Social Sciences
  • Telephone:+44117 965 6261
  • Email:Georgina.Pegram@uwe.ac.uk

About me

Georgina Pegram is a Research Associate in the Centre for Appearance Research, working alongside Dr Nicole Paraskeva to manage the day-to-day running of a large-scale research project investigating the effectiveness of a body acceptance intervention in the UK and India. This project is being conducted in partnership with the World Association for Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS), the largest youth organisation for girls in the world, and Unilever's Dove Self-Esteem Project, which has reached over 30 million young people with body image education.

Georgina joined the team in September 2019, after completing her MSc in Nutrition & Behaviour with Distinction from Bournemouth University. She was particularly interested in the Health Psychology modules, as well as in design and implementation of effective interventions.

During her Psychology BSc at Cardiff University, Georgina completed a 3-month social work placement in India that highlighted the importance of cross-cultural body image research, and conducted her dissertation project on cognitive risk factors for eating disorders.

Georgina has experience working in research across various sectors, as prior to completing her Master's degree, she worked for 2 years as a Research Executive at a consumer research agency, managing research projects for food, drink and personal care clients globally. 

Beyond her current project, Georgina's research interests include: 

  • Positive body image in adolescents and young children
  • Eating disorder prevention
  • Eating disorder treatment (Including CBT and third-wave behavioural therapies such as Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), and other Mindfulness-Based therapies)
  • The role of Body Image in chronic health conditions e.g. Diabetes, Cancer and Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD)
  • Cognitive, psychological, social, physiological and genetic determinants of eating behaviour
  • Non-diet (weight-neutral) approaches to nutrition e.g. Intuitive Eating 
  • Psychological, psychosocial and physical consequences of weight-related stigmatisation

Georgina is also a graduate member of the British Psychological Society (BPS).  

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