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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 perspectives of health professionals on the psychosocial impact of an altered appearance among adolescents treated for cancer and how to improve appearance-related care (2016)
Journal Article
Williamson, H., & Rumsey, N. (2017). The perspectives of health professionals on the psychosocial impact of an altered appearance among adolescents treated for cancer and how to improve appearance-related care. Journal of Psychosocial Oncology, 35(1), 47-60. https://doi.org/10.1080/07347332.2016.1247407

An altered appearance can impact on the psychosocial well-being of adolescent cancer patients, yet patient reports imply a dearth of appearance-related support. Using a two-phase qualitatively driven mixed methods design, 62 health professionals fro... Read More about The perspectives of health professionals on the psychosocial impact of an altered appearance among adolescents treated for cancer and how to improve appearance-related care.

Study protocol of the YP Face IT feasibility study: Comparing an online psychosocial intervention versus treatment as usual for adolescents distressed by appearance-altering conditions/injuries (2016)
Journal Article
Marques, E. M., Williamson, H., Hamlet, C., White, P., Marques, E., Cadogan, J., …Harcourt, D. (2016). Study protocol of the YP Face IT feasibility study: Comparing an online psychosocial intervention versus treatment as usual for adolescents distressed by appearance-altering conditions/injuries. BMJ Open, 6(10), https://doi.org/10.1136/bmjopen-2016-012423

© Published by the BMJ Publishing Group Limited. Introduction A significant number of adolescents suffer extensive and enduring difficulties such as social anxiety, body image dissatisfaction, low self-esteem and bullying as a result of conditions or... Read More about Study protocol of the YP Face IT feasibility study: Comparing an online psychosocial intervention versus treatment as usual for adolescents distressed by appearance-altering conditions/injuries.

Randomized controlled trial of an online mother-daughter body image and well-being intervention (2016)
Journal Article
Diedrichs, . P. C., Atkinson, M. J., Garbett, K. M., Williamson, H., Halliwell, E., Rumsey, N., …Barlow, F. K. (2016). Randomized controlled trial of an online mother-daughter body image and well-being intervention. Health Psychology, 35(9), 996-1006. https://doi.org/10.1037/hea0000361

© 2016 American Psychological Association. Objective: Poor body image is a public health issue. Mothers are a key influence on adolescent girls' body image. This study evaluated an accessible, scalable, low-intensity internet-based intervention deliv... Read More about Randomized controlled trial of an online mother-daughter body image and well-being intervention.

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.

Current practices in the provision of one-to-one psychosocial support for young people with burn injuries and their families (2016)
Presentation / Conference
Armstrong-James, L., Cadogan, J., Williamson, H., Rumsey, N., & Harcourt, D. (2016, May). Current practices in the provision of one-to-one psychosocial support for young people with burn injuries and their families. Presented at British Burn Association Annual Meeting 2016,

Introduction Very little published research has evaluated psychosocial interventions for young people with burn injuries. A recent systematic review of psychosocial interventions for those with a range of appearance-altering conditions and injuries... Read More about Current practices in the provision of one-to-one psychosocial support for young people with burn injuries and their families.

Looking age-appropriate while growing old gracefully: A qualitative study of ageing and body image among older adults (2016)
Journal Article
Diedrichs, P. C., Jankowski, G. S., Jankowski, G., Diedrichs, P. C., Williamson, H., Harcourt, D., & Christopher, G. (2016). Looking age-appropriate while growing old gracefully: A qualitative study of ageing and body image among older adults. Journal of Health Psychology, 21(4), 550-561. https://doi.org/10.1177/1359105314531468

© SAGE Publications. Body dissatisfaction can be significantly detrimental to wellbeing. Little is known about older adults' body image, despite the fact that ageing causes unique bodily changes and that sociocultural pressures to resist these change... Read More about Looking age-appropriate while growing old gracefully: A qualitative study of ageing and body image among older adults.

Systematic review: Psychosocial interventions for children and young people with visible differences resulting from appearance altering conditions, injury, or treatment effects (2015)
Journal Article
Jenkinson, E., Williamson, H., Byron-Daniel, J., & Moss, T. (2015). Systematic review: Psychosocial interventions for children and young people with visible differences resulting from appearance altering conditions, injury, or treatment effects. Journal of Pediatric Psychology, 40(10), 1017-1033. https://doi.org/10.1093/jpepsy/jsv048

© 2015 The Author 2015. Published by Oxford University Press on behalf of the Society of Pediatric Psychology. All rights reserved. Objective Evaluate critically the evidence of the effectiveness of psychosocial interventions for children/young peop... Read More about Systematic review: Psychosocial interventions for children and young people with visible differences resulting from appearance altering conditions, injury, or treatment effects.

Designing and evaluating the acceptability of Realshare: An online support community for teenagers and young adults with cancer (2015)
Journal Article
Williamson, H. E., Marder, B. E., Panteli, N. I., Griffiths, C., Panteli, N., Brunton, D., …Williamson, H. (2015). Designing and evaluating the acceptability of Realshare: An online support community for teenagers and young adults with cancer. Journal of Health Psychology, 20(12), 1589-1601. https://doi.org/10.1177/1359105313519154

© 2014 SAGE Publications. A participatory action approach was used to design and evaluate the acceptability of the Realshare online community. Pre and post-intervention focus groups were conducted and participants were asked to test out Realshare dur... Read More about Designing and evaluating the acceptability of Realshare: An online support community for teenagers and young adults with cancer.

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 psychosocial impact of being a young person with an unusual appearance (2014)
Journal Article
Williamson, H. (2014). The psychosocial impact of being a young person with an unusual appearance. Journal of Aesthetic Nursing, 3(4), 186-188. https://doi.org/10.12968/joan.2014.3.4.186

Living with an unusual or different appearance as a result of a disfigurement from birth, an accident or illness can be particularly challenging for young people in today's appearance-obsessed society. Heidi Williamson explores the psychological and... Read More about The psychosocial impact of being a young person with an unusual appearance.

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.

The development and acceptability of YP Face IT (2012)
Presentation / Conference
Griffiths, C., & Williamson, H. (2012, September). The development and acceptability of YP Face IT. Presented at Division of Health Psychology Annual Conference 2012, Liverpool

The development of YP Face It: An online support programme for young people aged 13–17 with a visible difference (2012)
Presentation / Conference
Griffiths, C., & Williamson, H. (2012, June). The development of YP Face It: An online support programme for young people aged 13–17 with a visible difference. Presented at Eurpoean Conference in Paediatric Psychology: Joint conference of PPN-UK and PPN-NI

There is a lack of evidence-based psychological interventions and limited support resources to address the psychosocial difficulties experienced by young people with disfigurement (visible difference) resulting from traumatic injury, congenital or... Read More about The development of YP Face It: An online support programme for young people aged 13–17 with a visible difference.

When treatment affects appearance (2012)
Book Chapter
Williamson, H., & Wallace, M. (2012). When treatment affects appearance. In N. Rumsey, & D. Harcourt (Eds.), The Oxford Handbook of the Psychology of Appearance, 414-438. Oxford University Press