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Lecturer in Psychology, University of Essex

I have a PhD in Psychology from the University of Birmingham, UK. My research is focused on weight stigma, health, and wellbeing. I am currently a Lecturer in Psychology at the University of Essex in the UK. In 2018/2019, I was an ESRC postdoctoral fellow in Psychology at the University of Exeter, UK, andan SSHRC Banting Fellow in Psychology at Western University, Canada from 2019 to 2021. In 2013, I founded the Annual International Weight Stigma Conference to bring together researchers and practitioners from a range of health, social science, and policy backgrounds.


  • 2019–2021
    Postdoctoral fellow, Western University, Canada
  • 2018–2019
    Postdoctoral fellow, University of Exeter
  • 2010–2012
    Systematic Reviewer, Department of Public Health, Epidemiology & Biostatistics, University of Birmingham


  • 2018 
    University of Birmingham, PhD Psychology
  • 2012 
    University of Chester, MSc Weight Management
  • 2005 
    Birkbeck College, University of London, PG Dip Science Communication
  • 2002 
    University of Wollongong, NSW, Australia, BSc Adv Hons Biological Sciences

Professional Memberships

  • Society for Personality and Social Psychology
  • Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues
  • International Society for Self and Identity
  • Association for Size Diversity and Health