Dr Helena Lewis-Smith

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  • Qualifications:PhD (Health Psychology), MSc Health Psychology, BSc Applied Psychology
  • Position:Senior Research Fellow - Centre for Appearance Research
  • Department:HAS - Health and Social Sciences
  • Telephone:+44 (0)117 32 81895
  • Email:Helena.Lewis-Smith@uwe.ac.uk

About me

I am a Senior Research Fellow based at the Centre for Appearance Research. My research interests involve examining the role of psychological and sociocultural influences, particularly the media and advertising, in shaping body image. My expertise lies in the rigorous development and evaluation of evidence-based interventions across school and community settings to promote positive body image and acceptance of diversity of appearance.  I develop and evaluate interventions for groups in the general public (e.g., adolescents), as well as groups with an appearance-altering condition (e.g., breast cancer). My work involves consulting and collaborating with different stakeholders, including businesses (e.g., Dove Self-Esteem Project), charities, and health professionals.

I am currently working across a number of different research projects:

  • Adapting and evaluating a body image intervention for adolescents in India
  • Identifying sociocultural and psychological influences which foster positive body image among women who have undergone treatment for breast cancer
  • Developing and evaluating a body image intervention for women who have undergone treatment for breast cancer
  • Exploring the prospective association between body image and disordered eating, and risky health behaviours among adolescents
  • Exploring psychosocial outcomes of undergoing invasive and non-invasive cosmetic procedures​

Area of expertise

body imageeating disorder prevention; sociocultural influences, intervention de​velopment and evaluation; breast cancermidlife; cross-cultural research


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