Miss Kirsty Garbett

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Kirsty Garbett is an applied cross-cultural body image researcher with extensive experience in the evaluation of interventions aimed to improve body confidence among adolescents.

Kirsty obtained her MSc in Health Psychology from Nottingham University, where she led a research project exploring post-traumatic growth among burn survivors. Prior to this, Kirsty received a 1st class BA (Hons) degree in Psychology from the University of Strathclyde.

Since graduating in 2013, Kirsty has primarily worked on multiple projects under UWE Bristol's academic partnership with the Dove Self-Esteem Project. Notably, she has been involved in a number of randomised controlled trials evaluating the effectiveness of online and school-based interventions to improve body confidence among UK adolescents.

Invested in the promotion of body confidence on a global scale, in 2016 Kirsty led a qualitative research study to explore the unique appearance pressures faced by women in low-income regions of Accra, Ghana. Her time is currently spent working on projects in India and Indonesia, in collaboration with the Dove Self-Esteem Project, UNICEF and Girl Effect. Specifically, she is involved in the evaluation of a school-based body image programme in India and is leading the evaluation of an online direct-to-girl body confidence tool for Indonesian adolescents.

Kirsty is dedicated to ensuring that researchers utilise valid tools to assess body image and related outcomes across cultural settings. She is experienced and skilled in psychometric scale validation in diverse cultural settings.

She is a member of the British Psychological Society and is currently working towards a DPhil qualification in Health Psychology.

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