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Acceptance and commitment therapy for people experiencing appearance - related distress associated with a visible difference: A rationale and review of relevant research (2018)
Journal Article
Zucchelli, F., Donnelly, O., Williamson, H., & Hooper, N. (2018). Acceptance and commitment therapy for people experiencing appearance - related distress associated with a visible difference: A rationale and review of relevant research. Journal of Cognitive Psychotherapy, 32(3), 171-183. https://doi.org/10.1891/0889-8391.32.3.171

© 2018 Springer Publishing Company. People may have a visibly different appearance due to various causes, such as congenital conditions, injury, disease, or medical treatment. Some individuals with a visible difference experience social anxiety and i... Read More about Acceptance and commitment therapy for people experiencing appearance - related distress associated with a visible difference: A rationale and review of relevant research.

Examination of the association of sex and race/ethnicity with appearance concerns: A Scleroderma Patient-centered Intervention Network (SPIN) cohort study (2016)
Journal Article
Jewett, L. R., Kwakkenbos, L., Carrier, M., Malcarne, V. L., Bartlett, S. J., Furst, D. E., …Thombs, B. D. (2016). Examination of the association of sex and race/ethnicity with appearance concerns: A Scleroderma Patient-centered Intervention Network (SPIN) cohort study. Clinical and Experimental Rheumatology, 34(S100),

Objective: Appearance concerns are common in systemic sclerosis (SSc) and have been linked to younger age and more severe disease. No study has examined their association with sex or race/ethnicity. Methods: SSc patients were sampled from the Scl... Read More about Examination of the association of sex and race/ethnicity with appearance concerns: A Scleroderma Patient-centered Intervention Network (SPIN) cohort study.

The effect of psychosocial versus surgical weight loss interventions on body image: A systematic review (2016)
Presentation / Conference
Hamlet, C., Williamson, H., Moss, T., & Meyrick, J. (2016, June). The effect of psychosocial versus surgical weight loss interventions on body image: A systematic review. Poster presented at Appearance Matters 7 Conference

Bariatric surgery is the most effective medical treatment for short and long term weight loss1 but should only be carried out once psychosocial interventions* in combination with diet and exercise changes are attempted 2. Body image (BI) dissatisfact... Read More about The effect of psychosocial versus surgical weight loss interventions on body image: A systematic review.

Developing young person’s Face IT: Online psychosocial support for adolescents struggling with conditions or injuries affecting their appearance (2015)
Journal Article
Williamson, H., Griffiths, C., & Harcourt, D. (2015). Developing young person’s Face IT: Online psychosocial support for adolescents struggling with conditions or injuries affecting their appearance. Health Psychology Open, 2(2), https://doi.org/10.1177/2055102915619092

© The Author(s) 2015. A participatory action approach with potential users and clinical experts was employed to design and evaluate the acceptability of young person’s Face IT (YP Face IT), an online intervention incorporating cognitive behavioural t... Read More about Developing young person’s Face IT: Online psychosocial support for adolescents struggling with conditions or injuries affecting their appearance.

A photographic exploration of family burn camp (2014)
Presentation / Conference
Armstrong-James, L., Harcourt, D., Rumsey, N., Williamson, H., & Cadogan, J. (2014, July). A photographic exploration of family burn camp. Poster presented at Appearance Matters 6

Background: The psychosocial impact of a burn may include adjusting to changes in appearance as a result of the injury such as scarring, or in some cases, amputation. There are a number of interventions to help young people manage the challenges of... Read More about A photographic exploration of family burn camp.

The emerging adult: Facilitating transition from child to adult services (2013)
Book Chapter
Williamson, H., & Barke, J. (2013). The emerging adult: Facilitating transition from child to adult services. In A. R. Thompson, E. Jenkinson, N. Rumsey, R. J. Newell, & A. Clarke (Eds.), CBT for Appearance Anxiety: Psychosocial Interventions for Anxiety due to Visible Difference, 166-175. Wiley Blackwell

The romantic experiences of adolescents with a visible difference: Exploring concerns, protective factors and support needs (2012)
Journal Article
Griffiths, C., Williamson, H., & Rumsey, N. (2012). The romantic experiences of adolescents with a visible difference: Exploring concerns, protective factors and support needs. Journal of Health Psychology, 17(7), 1053-1064. https://doi.org/10.1177/1359105311433909

Injuries or conditions that affect appearance can increase adolescents' risk of psychosocial and interpersonal difficulties and may also impact on romantic relationships-an important aspect of adolescent development.A mixed method online approach exp... Read More about The romantic experiences of adolescents with a visible difference: Exploring concerns, protective factors and support needs.

South Asian community views about individuals with a disfigurement (2009)
Journal Article
Hughes, J., Naqvi, H., Saul, K., Williamson, H., Johnson, M., Rumsey, N., & Charlton, R. (2009). South Asian community views about individuals with a disfigurement. Diversity in Health and Care, 6(4), 241-253

There is a paucity of research exploring the views of different cultural and ethnic groups about individuals with a visible difference. This research is a priority area given that issues of disfigurement, stigma and shame may be particularly bound... Read More about South Asian community views about individuals with a disfigurement.

Facilitating cancer patients’ decision making about breast reconstruction: The feasibility of BRECONDA, an interactive, computer-based intervention (2009)
Presentation / Conference
Harcourt, D., Williamson, H., Sherman, K., Boyages, J., Lam, T., & Cawthorn, S. (2009, December). Facilitating cancer patients’ decision making about breast reconstruction: The feasibility of BRECONDA, an interactive, computer-based intervention. Paper presented at British Psycho-Social Oncology Society Annual Conference