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An acceptance and commitment therapy prototype mobile program for individuals with a visible difference: Mixed methods feasibility study (2022)
Journal Article
Zucchelli, F., Donnelly, O., Rush, E., White, P., Gwyther, H., Williamson, H., & The VTCT Foundation Research Team at the Centre for Appearance Research. (2022). An acceptance and commitment therapy prototype mobile program for individuals with a visible difference: Mixed methods feasibility study. JMIR Formative Research, 6(1), Article e33449. https://doi.org/10.2196/33449

Background: Mobile apps may offer a valuable platform for delivering evidence-based psychological interventions for individuals with atypical appearances, or visible differences, who experience psychosocial appearance concerns such as appearance-base... Read More about An acceptance and commitment therapy prototype mobile program for individuals with a visible difference: Mixed methods feasibility study.

Facilitators and barriers to delivering an optimal specialist service in the United Kingdom: An example from cleft lip and palate care (2021)
Journal Article
Stock, N., Zucchelli, F., Hammond, V., Hudson, N., & Sell, D. (in press). Facilitators and barriers to delivering an optimal specialist service in the United Kingdom: An example from cleft lip and palate care. British Journal of Healthcare Management,

Aim: Despite published standards of care, inequities and variations in specialist care delivery in the United Kingdom have been identified. Using cleft lip and palate (CL/P) care as an example, this study aimed to identify common barriers to deliver... Read More about Facilitators and barriers to delivering an optimal specialist service in the United Kingdom: An example from cleft lip and palate care.

Becoming known: Disclosure and exposure of (in)visible difference. (2020)
Journal Article
Sharratt, N. D., Williamson, H., Zucchelli, F., & Kiff, J. (2020). Becoming known: Disclosure and exposure of (in)visible difference. Stigma and Health, 5(4), 413-424. https://doi.org/10.1037/sah0000212

Bodily or physical differences constitute a class of potentially stigmatized characteristics. The existing literature confirms that those with appearance altering or disfiguring conditions (“visible differences”) may experience both felt and enacted... Read More about Becoming known: Disclosure and exposure of (in)visible difference..

Experiential avoidance and cognitive fusion mediate the relationship between body evaluation and unhelpful body image coping strategies in individuals with visible differences (2019)
Journal Article
Zucchelli, F., White, P., & Williamson, H. (2020). Experiential avoidance and cognitive fusion mediate the relationship between body evaluation and unhelpful body image coping strategies in individuals with visible differences. Body Image, 32, 121-127. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.bodyim.2019.12.002

Psychological flexibility, the capacity to be open to any internal stimuli and act in accordance with valued ends, has been identified as an explanatory variable in how people cope with body concerns. The role of psychological flexibility is unexplor... Read More about Experiential avoidance and cognitive fusion mediate the relationship between body evaluation and unhelpful body image coping strategies in individuals with visible differences.