Miss Kirsty Garbett

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Kirsty Garbett is an applied body image researcher with extensive experience in the development and evaluation of interventions aimed to improve body confidence among 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 six years, she has been involved in several randomised controlled trials evaluating the acceptability and effectiveness of online and school-based interventions to improve body confidence among adolescents, in the UK, India, and most recently, in Indonesia.

In her current role, Kirsty is collaborating on the development of a direct-to-girl, innovative online body confidence intervention, in partnership with Girl Effect, Percolate Galactic, the Dove Self-Esteem Project, and researchers at the University of Indonesia and the University of Hawaii. Once developed, Kirsty will lead a team of academics to evaluate the acceptability and effectiveness of the intervention among adolescent Indonesian girls.

Dedicated to ensuring that researchers utilise valid tools to assess key constructs in the field, Kirsty leads a number of projects translating and validating body image and related measures in new cultural contexts. She is currently conducting this work in Brazil, India, and Indonesia, in collaboration with academics from Kings College London, among others.

Kirsty graduate 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.

She is currently enrolled on a DPhil qualification in Health Psychology at UWE Bristol. Her thesis is titled, 'The development and evaluation of accessible, scalable body image interventions for adolescents across diverse cultural contexts'.


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