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

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

Body image concerns and psychological wellbeing among injured combat veterans with scars and limb loss: A review of the literature (2020)
Journal Article
Keeling, M., Williamson, H., Williams, V., Kiff, J., & Harcourt, D. (in press). Body image concerns and psychological wellbeing among injured combat veterans with scars and limb loss: A review of the literature. Military Behavioral Health, https://doi.org/10.1080/21635781.2020.1792013

A narrative literature review aimed to determine the nature and prevalence of body image and psychosocial concerns and associated support needs among veterans with combat-related appearance-altering injuries. A systematic approach to a narrative revi... Read More about Body image concerns and psychological wellbeing among injured combat veterans with scars and limb loss: A review of the literature.

Appearance concerns, psychosocial outcomes, and the feasibility of implementing an online intervention for adolescents receiving outpatient burn care. (2020)
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Riobueno-Naylor, A., Williamson, H., Canenguez, K., Kogosov, A., Drexler, A., Sadeq, F., …Sheridan, R. L. (in press). Appearance concerns, psychosocial outcomes, and the feasibility of implementing an online intervention for adolescents receiving outpatient burn care. Journal of Burn Care and Research, https://doi.org/10.1093/jbcr/iraa108

The current study assessed the prevalence of appearance concerns, psychosocial difficulty, and use of an appearance-focused social and psychological support resource (Young Person’s Face IT; YPF) within a population of teens (12-17 year-olds) receivi... Read More about Appearance concerns, psychosocial outcomes, and the feasibility of implementing an online intervention for adolescents receiving outpatient burn care..

Therapeutic writing for disordered eating: A systematic review (2020)
Journal Article
Ramsey-Wade, C. E., Ramsey-Wade, C., Williamson, H., & Meyrick, J. (in press). Therapeutic writing for disordered eating: A systematic review. Journal of Creativity in Mental Health, https://doi.org/10.1080/15401383.2020.1760988

A systematic review of the literature was carried out to assess whether therapeutic writing could improve outcomes for clients with disordered eating. Twelve studies were identified that met the review’s inclusion criteria. Each study was criticall... Read More about Therapeutic writing for disordered eating: A systematic review.

The effectiveness of psychosocial interventions to support psychological well- being in post-operative bariatric patients: A systematic review of evidence (2020)
Journal Article
Van Zyl, N., Andrews, L., Williamson, H., & Meyrick, J. (in press). The effectiveness of psychosocial interventions to support psychological well- being in post-operative bariatric patients: A systematic review of evidence. Diabetic Medicine,

Background: Bariatric surgery is considered an effective obesity management intervention for individuals with a BMI greater than 40, or 35 with co-morbidities. However, research documents that psychological difficulties prevalent amongst individuals... Read More about The effectiveness of psychosocial interventions to support psychological well- being in post-operative bariatric patients: A systematic review of evidence.

Anxiety and depression in adolescents with a visible difference: A systematic review and meta-analysis (2020)
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van Dalen, M., Dierckx, B., Parsmans, S., Aendekerk, E. W. C., Mathijssen, I., Koudstaal, M. J., …Okkerse, J. (2020). Anxiety and depression in adolescents with a visible difference: A systematic review and meta-analysis. Body Image, 33, 38-46. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.bodyim.2020.02.006

Living with a visible difference can entail challenging social situations, associated with psychosocial symptoms. However, it is not clear whether adolescents with a visible difference experience more anxiety and depression than unaffected peers. We... Read More about Anxiety and depression in adolescents with a visible difference: A systematic review and meta-analysis.

Australian health professionals’ perspectives of psychosocial adjustment to visible differences: A qualitative analysis of pediatric populations (2020)
Journal Article
Gee, C., Maskell, J., Newcombe, P., Kimble, R., & Williamson, H. (2020). Australian health professionals’ perspectives of psychosocial adjustment to visible differences: A qualitative analysis of pediatric populations. Body Image, 33, 13-26. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.bodyim.2020.02.004

Living with a visible difference (e.g., disfigurement) can compromise a child’s psychological wellbeing. Although some children can adjust well, others can develop a range of appearance-related issues such as social anxiety, low self-esteem, and body... Read More about Australian health professionals’ perspectives of psychosocial adjustment to visible differences: A qualitative analysis of pediatric populations.

Experiential avoidance and cognitive fusion mediate the relationship between body evaluation and unhelpful body image coping strategies in individuals with visible differences (2019)
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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.

Looking to the future: Priorities for translating research to impact in the field of appearance and body image (2019)
Journal Article
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. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.bodyim.2019.10.006

© 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 care... Read More about Looking to the future: Priorities for translating research to impact in the field of appearance and body image.

A web-based self-help psychosocial intervention for adolescents distressed by appearance-affecting conditions and injuries (Young Persons’ Face IT): Feasibility study for a parallel randomized controlled trial (2019)
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Williamson, H., Harcourt, D., White, P., Hamlet, C., Rumsey, N., Marques, E., …Cadogan, J. (2019). A web-based self-help psychosocial intervention for adolescents distressed by appearance-affecting conditions and injuries (Young Persons’ Face IT): Feasibility study for a parallel randomized controlled trial. JMIR Mental Health, 6(11), https://doi.org/10.2196/14776

Background: Disfigurement (visible difference) from wide-ranging congenital or acquired conditions, injuries, or treatments can negatively impact adolescents’ psychological well-being, education and health behaviours. Alongside medical interventions,... Read More about A web-based self-help psychosocial intervention for adolescents distressed by appearance-affecting conditions and injuries (Young Persons’ Face IT): Feasibility study for a parallel randomized controlled trial.

Opening a Pandora's Box that can't be salvaged: Health professionals’ perceptions of appearance-related care in an Australian pediatric specialist hospital (2019)
Journal Article
Newcombe, P., Gee, C., Maskell, J., Newcombe, P., Kimble, R., & Williamson, H. (2019). Opening a Pandora's Box that can't be salvaged: Health professionals’ perceptions of appearance-related care in an Australian pediatric specialist hospital. Body Image, 31, 1-12. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.bodyim.2019.07.004

© 2019 Elsevier Ltd Many children and young people struggle adjusting to the psychosocial consequences (e.g., body dissatisfaction, social anxiety, and stigmatisation) of visible differences (or disfigurement). As appearance-affecting conditions ofte... Read More about Opening a Pandora's Box that can't be salvaged: Health professionals’ perceptions of appearance-related care in an Australian pediatric specialist hospital.

Mindful Eating - Conscious Living: An acceptability study (2019)
Presentation / Conference
Ramsey-Wade, C., Halliwell, E., Williamson, H., & Atkinson, M. (2019, June). Mindful Eating - Conscious Living: An acceptability study. Poster presented at ACBS Annual World Conference 17

Mindful Eating – Conscious Living™ (ME-CL) is a mindfulness-based programme originating in the US which aims to reduce anxiety around food and eating. While the programme is being delivered widely, it has never been tested under research conditions.... Read More about Mindful Eating - Conscious Living: An acceptability study.

The effectiveness of interventions aiming to promote positive body image in adults: A systematic review (2019)
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Guest, E., Costa, B., Williamson, H., Meyrick, J., Halliwell, E., & Harcourt, D. (2019). The effectiveness of interventions aiming to promote positive body image in adults: A systematic review. Body Image, 30, 10-25. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.bodyim.2019.04.002

© 2019 Elsevier Ltd Theory suggests promoting positive body image (PBI)through interventions would have a significant impact on health and well-being. However, little is known about the effectiveness of existing interventions. This review aimed to id... Read More about The effectiveness of interventions aiming to promote positive body image in adults: A systematic review.

Supporting children with burns: Developing a UK parent-focused peer-informed website to support families of burn-injured children (2019)
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Heath, J., Williamson, H., Williams, L., & Harcourt, D. (2019). Supporting children with burns: Developing a UK parent-focused peer-informed website to support families of burn-injured children. Patient Education and Counseling, 102(9), 1730-1735. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.pec.2019.04.003

© 2019 Elsevier B.V. Background: Children's burn injuries can have a significant psychosocial impact on parents. However, the stress involved in caring for a child following a burn can often go unrecognized and does not necessarily prompt help seekin... Read More about Supporting children with burns: Developing a UK parent-focused peer-informed website to support families of burn-injured children.

Using Photo-Elicitation to Explore Families’ Experiences of Burn Camp (2018)
Journal Article
Armstrong-James, L., Cadogan, J., Williamson, H., Rumsey, N., & Harcourt, D. (2019). Using Photo-Elicitation to Explore Families’ Experiences of Burn Camp. Journal of Family Nursing, 25(1), 81-108. https://doi.org/10.1177/1074840718817630

© The Author(s) 2018. A qualitative study using photo-elicitation was conducted to investigate the experiences of family members attending a residential burn camp. Six families were provided with cameras and asked to take photographs of their time at... Read More about Using Photo-Elicitation to Explore Families’ Experiences of Burn Camp.

Commentary – consensus research priorities for facial palsy: A delphi survey of patients, carers, clinicians and researchers (2018)
Journal Article
Hamlet, C., Rumsey, N., Williamson, H., Johnson, K., & Nduka, C. (2018). Commentary – consensus research priorities for facial palsy: A delphi survey of patients, carers, clinicians and researchers. Journal of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgery, 71(12), 1785. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.bjps.2018.08.001

Despite the potential negative impact of facial palsy, major gaps in understanding persist surrounding the treatment and care of those affected. This collaborative three-round Delphi process aimed to identify priorities for future facial palsy resear... Read More about Commentary – consensus research priorities for facial palsy: A delphi survey of patients, carers, clinicians and researchers.

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.

“It's just more personal”: Using multiple methods of qualitative data collection to facilitate participation in research focusing on sensitive subjects (2018)
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Heath, J., Williamson, H., Williams, L., & Harcourt, D. (2018). “It's just more personal”: Using multiple methods of qualitative data collection to facilitate participation in research focusing on sensitive subjects. Applied Nursing Research, 43, 30-35. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.apnr.2018.06.015

© 2018 Elsevier Inc. Background: Often researchers use only one interview method within a single study. However, it is increasingly common for a variety of interview methods to be employed within a project. Providing choice to participants may facili... Read More about “It's just more personal”: Using multiple methods of qualitative data collection to facilitate participation in research focusing on sensitive subjects.

Therapeutic writing for eating disorders: A systematic review (2018)
Presentation / Conference
Ramsey-Wade, C., Williamson, H., & Meyrick, J. (2018, June). Therapeutic writing for eating disorders: A systematic review. Poster presented at Appearance Matters 8

There is a need for new and creative psychological therapies for anorexia in particular, as it has the highest bed cost and the highest mortality rate of any psychiatric condition, and few NICE recommended clinical treatments. Interventions which ca... Read More about Therapeutic writing for eating disorders: A systematic review.


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