Miss Maia Thornton

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About me

Maia Thornton is a PhD candidate at the Centre for Appearance Research. Her PhD is specifically focussed on the development of suport for parents and carers of children and young people with appearance affecting conditions and injuries.


In her previous work, Maia has conducted research at the Bristol Royal Hospital for Children with families of children born with disorders of sex development. Maia has also conducted research with women who have undergone treatment for breast cancer and their experiences of body image. 

Prior to starting her PhD, Maia worked in a number of psychological health settings including, outpatient eating disorders services, adolescent and young people's mental health and adult mental health. 

Maia enjoys working closely and collaborating with charities and other external organisation on her research projects. 

Area of expertise

Visible difference, Body Image, families, qualitative research 

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