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Heidi Williamson

Associate Professor in Applied Health Research


An Acceptance and Commitment Therapy prototype mobile program for individuals with a visible difference: Mixed methods feasibility study (Preprint) (2022)
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Zucchelli, F., Donnelly, O., Rush, E., White, P., Gwyther, H., Williamson, H., & The VTCT Foundation Research Team at the Centre for Appearance Research, . (in press). An Acceptance and Commitment Therapy prototype mobile program for individuals with a visible difference: Mixed methods feasibility study (Preprint). JMIR Formative Research, https://doi.org/10.2196/33449

A novel, scalable social media-based intervention warna-warni waktu to reduce body dissatisfaction among young Indonesian women: Protocol for a parallel randomized controlled trial (preprint) (2021)
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Garbett, K. M., Craddock, N., Haywood, S., Nasution, K., White, P., Saraswati, L. A., …Williamson, H. (in press). A novel, scalable social media-based intervention warna-warni waktu to reduce body dissatisfaction among young Indonesian women: Protocol for a parallel randomized controlled trial (preprint). JMIR Research Protocols, https://doi.org/10.2196/33596

Background: Despite the prevalence of body dissatisfaction among young Indonesian women and its consequential negative impacts, there are currently no evidence-based, culturally appropriate interventions to tackle this issue. Therefore, there is a n... Read More about A novel, scalable social media-based intervention warna-warni waktu to reduce body dissatisfaction among young Indonesian women: Protocol for a parallel randomized controlled trial (preprint).

Recruiting hard-to-engage groups to online psychosocial interventions: Experiences from an RCT study targeting adolescents with a visible difference (2021)
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Kling, J., Nordgreen, T., Kvalem, I. L., Williamson, H., & Feragen, K. B. (2021). Recruiting hard-to-engage groups to online psychosocial interventions: Experiences from an RCT study targeting adolescents with a visible difference. Contemporary Clinical Trials Communications, 24, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.conctc.2021.100869

Online interventions have the potential to reach individuals who are otherwise difficult to engage due to stigma and sensitive topics. However, these individuals also tend to be hard to recruit in clinical trials, a crucial step in order to provide e... Read More about Recruiting hard-to-engage groups to online psychosocial interventions: Experiences from an RCT study targeting adolescents with a visible difference.

“It's tough because I see that it's upsetting her…”: A qualitative exploration of parents’ perceptions of talking with their adolescents about having a visible difference (2021)
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Zelihić, D., Williamson, H., Kling, J., & Feragen, K. B. (2021). “It's tough because I see that it's upsetting her…”: A qualitative exploration of parents’ perceptions of talking with their adolescents about having a visible difference. Body Image, 38, 306-316. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.bodyim.2021.05.006

Many adolescents live with a visible difference that affects their lives in profound ways, but studies investigating parents’ perceptions of raising appearance issues during conversations with their adolescent are lacking. As part of a larger study e... Read More about “It's tough because I see that it's upsetting her…”: A qualitative exploration of parents’ perceptions of talking with their adolescents about having a visible difference.

"Have we done enough?" A cross-condition exploration of the experiences of parents caring for a child with an appearance-affecting condition or injury (2021)
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Thornton, M., Harcourt, D., Deave, T., Kiff, J., & Williamson, H. (2021). "Have we done enough?" A cross-condition exploration of the experiences of parents caring for a child with an appearance-affecting condition or injury. Developmental Neurorehabilitation, 24(6), 418-428. https://doi.org/10.1080/17518423.2021.1901150

Children and young people (CYP) with appearance-affecting conditions/injuries report common pervasive psychosocial difficulties, regardless of cause, nature or extent of their visible differences. Parents or carers can also experience psychosocial di... Read More about "Have we done enough?" A cross-condition exploration of the experiences of parents caring for a child with an appearance-affecting condition or injury.

Designing an mHealth intervention for people with visible differences based on acceptance and commitment therapy: Participatory study gaining stakeholders’ input (2021)
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Zucchelli, F., Donnelly, O., Rush, E., Smith, H., Williamson, H., & The VTCT Foundation Research Team, . (2021). Designing an mHealth intervention for people with visible differences based on acceptance and commitment therapy: Participatory study gaining stakeholders’ input. JMIR Formative Research, 5(3), https://doi.org/10.2196/26355

Background: Given their growing popularity, mobile health (mHealth) apps may offer a viable method of delivering psychological interventions for people with an atypical appearance (ie, visible difference) who struggle with appearance-related distress... Read More about Designing an mHealth intervention for people with visible differences based on acceptance and commitment therapy: Participatory study gaining stakeholders’ input.

‘Your face freezes and so does your life’: A qualitative exploration of adults’ psychosocial experiences of living with acquired facial palsy (2021)
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Hamlets, C., Williamson, H., Hotton, M., & Rumsey, N. (2021). ‘Your face freezes and so does your life’: A qualitative exploration of adults’ psychosocial experiences of living with acquired facial palsy. British Journal of Health Psychology, 26(3), 977-994. https://doi.org/10.1111/bjhp.12515

Objectives: Facial palsy (FP) is a highly visible appearance-affecting condition and can have a significant impact on facial function. Qualitative research focussing on adults’ experiences of living with acquired FP is limited. This study aimed to ex... Read More about ‘Your face freezes and so does your life’: A qualitative exploration of adults’ psychosocial experiences of living with acquired facial palsy.

Investigating online psychological treatment for adolescents with a visible difference in the Dutch YP Face IT study: Protocol of a randomised controlled trial (2021)
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van Dalen, M., Pasmans, S. G. M. A., Aendekerk, M., Mathijssen, I., Koudstaal, M., Timman, R., …Okkerse, J. (2021). Investigating online psychological treatment for adolescents with a visible difference in the Dutch YP Face IT study: Protocol of a randomised controlled trial. BMJ Open, 11(1), https://doi.org/10.1136/bmjopen-2020-041449

Introduction This paper outlines the study protocol for the Dutch Young People (YP) Face IT Study. Adolescents with a visible difference (ie, disfigurement) often experience challenging social situations such as being stared at, receiving unwanted qu... Read More about Investigating online psychological treatment for adolescents with a visible difference in the Dutch YP Face IT study: Protocol of a randomised controlled trial.

A qualitative investigation of the acceptability and feasibility of a urinary tract infection patient information leaflet for older adults and their carers (2021)
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Jones, L. F., Williamson, H., Downing, P., Lecky, D. M., Harcourt, D., & McNulty, C. (2021). A qualitative investigation of the acceptability and feasibility of a urinary tract infection patient information leaflet for older adults and their carers. Antibiotics, 10(1), https://doi.org/10.3390/antibiotics10010083

Urinary tract infections (UTIs) can be life threatening in older adults. The aim of this study was to primarily understand the acceptability and feasibility of using a UTI leaflet for older adults in care homes and the community. Qualitative intervie... Read More about A qualitative investigation of the acceptability and feasibility of a urinary tract infection patient information leaflet for older adults and their carers.

Children’s attitudes and friendship behaviours towards socially stigmatised appearances: Do attitudes vary according to type of difference? (2021)
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Parnell, J., Williamson, H., Lewis, F., & Slater, A. (2021). Children’s attitudes and friendship behaviours towards socially stigmatised appearances: Do attitudes vary according to type of difference?. Stigma and Health, 6(3), 344-353. https://doi.org/10.1037/sah0000287

Appearance-based stereotyping and stigma emerge in early childhood and can exist by the age of 4 years. Children from stigmatized groups (e.g., higher weight and visible difference) are at increased risk of experiencing judgment and unwanted behavior... Read More about Children’s attitudes and friendship behaviours towards socially stigmatised appearances: Do attitudes vary according to type of difference?.