Professor Nichola Rumsey

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About me

In collaboration with James Partridge (Founder of the charity Changing Faces), I established The Centre for Appearance Research (CAR) at the University of the West of England, Bristol, in 1990.  Since then, CAR has become a world leading centre in appearance research.  I worked as a British Psychological Society's Consultant with the UK Government's Department of Health from 2004-2010. I have led several EU funded collaborations since 2012, including the high profile COST Action Appearance Matters  - a network of 160 researchers and practitioners from 35 European countries.  I am an honorary life member of the British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (BAAPS), the Craniofacial Society of Great Britain & Ireland (CSFGBI) and the South African Burns Society.  I was appointed OBE in 2016 for services to people with disfigurement.  I retired from my full time post at UWE in December 2017, but continue to contribute to European projects, international collaborations and externally funded UWE workstreams.

Area of expertise

Psychology of appearance; the development & evaluation of interventions for people with visible differences; the assessment and selection of people seeking cosmetic surgery


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