Miss Harriet Smith

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  • Qualifications:BSc Psychology, MSc Health Psychology
  • Position:Research Associate - Centre for Appearance Research
  • Department:HAS - Health and Social Sciences
  • Telephone:+4411732 84197

About me

Harriet Smith is a Research Associate, working as part of the Dove Self-Esteem Project at the Centre for Appearance Research (CAR) with a background in applied health psychology research. She has experience working as both an Assistant Psychologist and a Research Associate, on projects related to neurology, cancer, body image, intervention design and development, cosmetic surgery and visible difference.

Harriet received her Master's in Health Psychology (with honours) from UWE in November 2018 and was recipient of the runner-up prize for best MSc Health Psychology Research Project, for her work entitled: 'Looking beyond the patient in brain injury fatigue – partner's experiences and support needs' awarded by British Psychological Society (BPS).

Harriet has experience working as an Assistant Psychologist for charitable, non-profit and government organisations. Prior to joining CAR, she worked as an outpatient Assistant Psychologist in the NHS, designing, implementing and evaluating an Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) based group intervention for those living with and beyond cancer.

At CAR, Harriet works alongside Dr Emily Matheson to evaluate the effectiveness of micro-interventions at improving young people's body image and self-esteem in the UK, US and Brazil. Her current projects include:

  • The assessment of a positive body image e-book on children's body image and self-esteem.
  • The development and assessment of a body image chatbot on adolescent's body image and self-esteem in Brazil.

Beyond her current projects, Harriet's research interests include:

  • Positive body image in adolescents and young children.
  • E-health intervention development.
  • The role of body image in chronic health such as paediatric diabetes.
  • Brain Injury fatigue.
  • The needs of partner's and the family in the context of chronic health conditions.

Harriet is also a graduate member of the Division of Health Psychology (BPS).


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