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Looking to the future: Priorities for translating research to impact in the field of appearance and body image

Alleva, Jessica M.; Jankowski, Glen S.; Atkinson, Melissa; Stock, Nicola; Piran, Niva; Riley, Sarah; Calogero, Rachel; Clarke, Alex; Diedrichs, Phillippa; Rumsey, Nichola; Slater, Amy; Williamson, Heidi


Jessica M. Alleva

Glen S. Jankowski

Niva Piran

Sarah Riley

Rachel Calogero

Alex Clarke

Amy Slater
Associate Professor in Centre for Appearance Research

Heidi Williamson
Associate Professor in Applied Health Research


© 2019 Elsevier Ltd The field of body image and appearance research and practice is progressing; however, there is still work to be done to ensure broad societal impact. This article consolidates reflections from a range of established and early career experts in the field of appearance and body image, with a focus on stimulating and guiding future agenda setting and translation from research to impact. We conducted a thematic analysis of transcripts from nine recorded 5-minute presentations, delivered by researchers and clinicians as part of a special invited presentation session at a biennial international conference, ‘Appearance Matters,’ in the UK. Four themes were identified: Moving Beyond the Individual; Consolidation and Collaboration; Commitment to Implementation; and Positive and Protective Frameworks. These themes are discussed alongside recommendations for researchers and practitioners working in these fields to advance research, advocacy, and impact outside of academia.


Diedrichs, P. C., Jankowski, G. S., Alleva, J. M., Stock, N. M., Atkinson, M. J., Atkinson, M., …Williamson, H. (2020). Looking to the future: Priorities for translating research to impact in the field of appearance and body image. Body Image, 32, 53-61.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Oct 18, 2019
Online Publication Date Nov 29, 2019
Publication Date Mar 1, 2020
Deposit Date Nov 5, 2019
Publicly Available Date May 30, 2021
Journal Body Image
Print ISSN 1740-1445
Publisher Elsevier
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 32
Pages 53-61
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