Dr Pippa Tollow

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Dr Pippa Tollow is a Research Fellow and Health Psychologist based at the Centre for Appearance Research (CAR). Her research primarily focuses on the psychosocial impact of appearance altering conditions, such as cancer and burn injuries, and Pippa is particularly interested in the experiences of individuals with burn injuries or cancer. Recently, her research has been focused on the role and relevance of appearance for individuals with incurable cancer.

Pippa was awarded her PhD in Health Psychology from the University of Surrey in 2016. Her PhD thesis explored the psychological impact of chronic leg ulceration and experiences of treatment, with a particular focus on surgical management, and she completed this alongside her Stage 2 Health Psychology training. Prior to this, Pippa gained her MSc in Health Psychology (2013) and BSc in Applied Psychology and Sociology (2012) from the University of Surrey.

As a Research Fellow at CAR, Pippa has worked on many projects investigating the psychosocial impact of appearance altering conditions. These have included:

  • Investigating patient and health professionals' experiences of and decision making around Contralateral Prophylactic Mastectomy (CPM).
  • Evaluating the effectiveness of an intervention to promote shared decision making for women considering breast reconstruction (PEGASUS).
  • Investigating women's experiences of viewing their appearance for the first time after mastectomy or breast reconstruction surgery.
  • Exploring the role of appearance in incurable and secondary/metastatic cancer.
  • Testing the responsiveness of a suite of burn-specific Patient Reported Outcome Measures (PROMS) over time (CARe burn scales).
  • Evaluating an online alternative to a family event for children with burn injuries and their families, in collaboration with the Children's Burns Trust.
  • Development of a multi-centre burns cohort study: A feasibility study, in collaboration with researchers at the University of Bristol. 
  • Exploring the impact of the Coronavirus outbreak and lockdown on adults with a facial difference.

Pippa is a Chartered Psychologist and member of the British Psychological Society (BPS), as well as a HCPC registered Health Psychologist. She is also former Editor of Health Psychology Update, the member network publication of the BPS Division of Health Psychology.

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