My research focuses on social influences on young women's body image concerns, such as the impact of appearance comparisons. Young women spend large amounts of time on social media and I am interested in examining what impact that has on their emotional wellbeing.
I also conduct research on attitudes and stigma related to obesity and bariatric surgery. More broadly, I am interested in research that combines topics from both social and health psychology.
I spent six months conducting research at the Centre for Appearance Research at the University of the West of England in Bristol and completed my PhD at UNSW Australia. Currently, I am working as a Postdoctoral Researcher at Macquarie University's Centre for Emotional Health.
Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Macquarie University
PhD Candidate, UNSW Australia
UNSW Australia , PhD
UNSW Australia , B. Psychol (Hons)
The effect of exposure to parodies of thin ideal images on young women’s body image and mood, Body Image
#BoPo on Instagram: An experimental investigation of the effects of viewing body positive content on young women’s mood and body image, New Media and Society
The impact of no-makeup selfies on young women’s body image, Body Image
#malefitspo: Links between viewing fitspiration posts, muscular-ideal internalisation, appearance comparisons, body satisfaction, and exercise motivation in men, New Media and Society
Social media is not real life: The effect of attaching disclaimer-type labels to idealized social media images on women’s body image and mood, New Media and Society
Parental control of the time preadolescents spend on social media: Links with preadolescents’ social media appearance comparisons and mental health, Journal of Youth and Adolescence
The influence of maternal modelling on body image concerns and eating disturbances in preadolescent girls., Behaviour Research and Therapy
Instagram use and young women’s body image concerns and self-objectification: Testing mediational pathways., New Media & Society
The impact of appearance comparisons made through social media, traditional media, and in person in women’s everyday lives., Body Image
Social media and body image: Current research and future directions., Current Opinion in Psychology
Social comparisons on social media: The impact of Facebook on young women's body image concerns and mood., Body Image
Negative comparisons about one's appearance mediate the relationship between Facebook usage and body image concerns., Body Image
The mediating role of appearance comparisons in the relationship between media usage and self-objectification in young women, Psychology of Women Quarterly
Reducing the stigma of bariatric surgery: Benefits of providing information about necessary lifestyle changes., Obesity
The stigma of obesity surgery: Negative evaluations based on weight-loss history., Obesity Surgery
Changes in weight bias following weight loss: The impact of weight-loss method., International Journal of Obesity