Dr Kirsty Garbett

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  • Qualifications:DPhil, MSc, BSc (Hons)
  • Position:Research Fellow - Centre for Appearance Research
  • Department:HAS - Allied Health Professions
  • Telephone:+4411732 82911
  • Email:Kirsty.Garbett@uwe.ac.uk

About me

Kirsty Garbett is an applied body image researcher with extensive experience in the development and evaluation of interventions aimed to improve body confidence among children and adolescents.

Kirsty works as a Research Fellow across on multiple projects under UWE Bristol's academic partnership with the Dove Self-Esteem Project. Over the past ten years, she has led and supported on multiple randomised controlled trials evaluating the acceptability and effectiveness of online and school-based interventions to improve body confidence among children and adolescents, in the UK, India, and Indonesia. To conduct this work, Kirsty works collaboratively with fellow academics from around the world, creative media experts, translators, and industry leaders.

Dedicated to ensuring researchers utilise valid tools to assess key constructs in the field, Kirsty has led projects translating and validating a number of widely-used body image (and related constructs) measures in new cultural contexts. She has conducted this research in Brazil, India, and Indonesia, in collaboration with statisticians  from Kings College London, among others. 

Beyond this, Kirsty has a keen interest in psychosocial outcomes following cosmetic surgery and cosmetic procedures. She is currently leading a systematic review of the evidence to date in this area, with the view that this review forms the backdrop for future research in this area. Further, she is providing supervision on a project in Argentina examining the impact clothing size availability has on young people's body image concerns.

Kirsty graduated with an MSc in Health Psychology from the University of Nottingham in 2013. Prior to this, Kirsty obtained a BA (Hons) degree in Psychology from the University of Strathclyde. In 2022, Kirsty completed her DPhil qualification in Health Psychology at UWE Bristol. Her thesis is titled, 'Scaling up evidence-based body-image interventions for adolescents: Studies from the UK, India, and Indonesia'. 

Area of expertise

body image; body image interventions; cultural adaptations of interventions; measures validation; cosmetic surgery; cosmetic procedures.


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