Dr Nick Sharratt

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  • Qualifications:PhD; MSc (Health Psychology); Dip Psych (Open); PG Dip (Legal Practice); LLB (Hons)
  • Position:Research Fellow - Centre for Appearance Research
  • Department:HAS - Health and Social Sciences
  • Telephone:+4411732 81891
  • Email:Nick.Sharratt@uwe.ac.uk

About me

I am a research fellow in the Centre for Appearance Research (CAR), a World leading research centre focussing on the role of appearance and body image in people's lives which conducts high quality, applied psychological research.

Having previously qualified and worked as a solicitor and a related role in higher education, I completed a post-graduate conversion Diploma in Psychology with the Open University. I then undertook an MSc in Health Psychology at the University of Bath before joining CAR to begin working on a PhD. 

My PhD explored the intersection of appearance altering or disfiguring conditions ('visible difference') and romantic relationships. In conducting this work I employed a mixed-methods design in order to first understand the perceived impact and then measure this via the development of the Centre for Appearance Research Romantic Relationships and Intimacy Scale (CARRIS).

In January 2018 I joined the Vocational Training Charitable Trust Foundation research programme at CAR and am working on projects linked to visible difference and romantic relationships and how interpersonal interactions connected to the disclosure and discussion of appearance altering conditions unfurl. I have also worked on a project exploring romantic relationships amongst injured military veterans and am currently engaged in research exploring men's experiences of alopecia, along with their support needs and preferences.

A common goal of these projects all is to further our understanding of the experience of living with visible difference and I am utilising this knowledge in developing an intervention to help alleviate romantic concerns amongst those that live with visible difference.  I am working with academic research and clinical collaborators as well those based in the third sector.

I am also a member of, and the Short Term Scientific Mission Officer for, the EU COST Action entitled 'European Cleft and Craniofacial Initiative for Equality in Care' and supervise MSc research dissertations.

Area of expertise

Psychosocial aspects of appearance, particularly visible difference and romantic relationships. Qualitative research methods.


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