Postdoctoral research fellow, Macquarie University
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, such as Facebook, 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.
Last week Facebooks internal research revealed Instagrams toxic effects on some young peoples body image particularly girls. One study by Facebook of teen Instagram users in the US and UK found more than 40% of those...