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) and in the Faculty of Health and Applied Sciences. She currently works on projects related to promoting acceptance of appearance and wellbeing within university contexts. 

Jade's completed her PhD in November 2021. The PhD, titled 'Promoting Acceptance of Appearance Diversity in Primary School-Aged Children' and was funded by the Vocational Training Charitable Trust (VTCT) Foundation. The VTCT Foundation 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's research relates to the impact of enviroments (e.g., education and social media) on people's body image and fostering ways to help reduce negative effects of body imange 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 evaluting 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 eduactors to access.

Jade is one of the hosts for the popular podcast 'Appearance Matters: the podcast!'

Twitter: @jadeparnell

Area of expertise

Children's attitudes and stigma towards appearances; weight stigma in children; interventions promoting acceptance of appearances in pre-adoolsences; vlogging and body image


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