Miss Jade Parnell

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Jade Parnell is a PhD student at the Centre for Appearance Research (CAR) exploring the promotion of acceptance of diversity of appearance in primary school-aged children. The PhD is 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. Jade also works collectively alongside a research team, funded by VTCTF.

You can find out more about the VTCTF team and related projects via the link: http://www1.uwe.ac.uk/hls/research/appearanceresearch/research/researchprojects/vocationaltrainingproject.aspx.

Involvement in other projects include evaluating whether social media can be used as a tool to promote positive body image. Jade also did her undergraduate and master's dissertations on the impact on vlogging via YouTube on women's body image.

Prior to starting her PhD, Jade worked as a research associate at CAR evaluating a series of secondary-school based body image interventions targeting boys and girls aged 13-14 years. The project was funded by the Higher Education Funding Council (HEFCE) and led by Dr Melissa Atkinson and Professor Phillippa Diedrichs. Jade also previously worked on the Dove Self-Esteem Project which was shortlisted for the Times Higher Education Award 'Most Innovative University-Business Collaboration' in 2016.

As well as her research, Jade co-hosts the popular podcast 'Appearance Matter: the podcast!' alongside fellow PhD candidate Nadia Craddock. The podcast is often featured in the top 100 podcasts on iTunes under the Education listing. The podcast has a listenership in over 130 countries worldwide and features experts speaking on all topics related to body image and appearance psychology research.

Twitter: @jadeparnell

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