Dr Jade Parnell

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  • Qualifications:BSc (First Class), MSc, PhD
  • Position:Research Fellow
  • Department:Faculty of Health and Applied Sciences (HAS)
  • Telephone:+4411732 84331
  • Email:Jade.Parnell@uwe.ac.uk
  • Social media: LinkedIn logo Twitter logo

About me

Jade Parnell is a Research Fellow based at the Centre for Appearance Research (CAR). She currently works on a high-profile project titled the CARE study (Craniofacial microsomnia: Accelerating Research and Education). This research project aims to improve psychological support for individuals and families affected by appearance altering conditions (visible differences), namely specific craniofacial conditions which fall under the umbrella of craniofacial microsomnia. 

Jade's main area of expertise includes promoting positive inclusion and diversity practices within educational settings, in order to reduce appearance-related stigma. Jade's PhD titled 'Promoting Acceptance of Appearance Diversity in Primary School-Aged Children' was completed in November 2021, and was funded by the Vocational Training Charitable Trust (VTCT) Foundation

Jade's research relates to the impact of environments (e.g., education and social media) on people's body image and fostering ways to help reduce negative effects of body image concerns. Her work includes understanding the impact on vlogging via YouTube on women's body image, as well as evaluating whether social media can be used as a tool to promote positive body image. Jade also worked on a number of projects developing and evaluating body image interventions in school contexts. She has a particular interest in promoting acceptance of all appearances in young children and has developed a free support guide for primary school educators to access.

Jade was co-host for the popular podcast 'Appearance Matters: the podcast!' for 5 years.

Twitter: @jadeparnell

Area of expertise

Diversity and inclusion; early education; children's attitudes and stigma towards appearances; weight stigma in children; interventions promoting acceptance of appearances in children; vlogging and body image


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