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Research interests

My research is in the area of eating disorders and body image, with particular emphasis on prevention. My interests include understanding the development of eating disorders, and investigating evidence-based interventions for improving body image and other risk factors. My work has particularly focussed on approaches based on mindfulness and cognitive dissonance, and across school, university, community and online settings. I consistently seek to conduct research that is theoretically driven and evidence-based and that has the capacity to make a real impact on the lives of individuals and society.

Teaching interests

I primarily teach on the MSc in Applied Clinical Psychology.

Willing to supervise PhD

I am accepting PhD students wishing to pursue research in areas related to eating disorders and/or body image.

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Projects 2017 2019

Research Output 2009 2020

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

Atkinson, M., Stock, N., Alleva, J., Jankowski, G., Piran, N., Riley, S., Calogero, R., Clarke, A., Rumsey, N., Slater, A., Diedrichs, P. C. & Williamson, H., 29 Nov 2019, In : Body Image. 32, p. 53-61 9 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Body Image
Research Personnel

Mindfulness Training

Atkinson, M. & Wade, T. D., 16 May 2019, Handbook of Positive Body Image and Embodiment: Constructs, Protective Factors, and Interventions. Tylka, T. & Piran, N. (eds.). Oxford, U. K.: Oxford University Press, p. 312-325 13 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Body Image
12 Citations (Scopus)
94 Downloads (Pure)

A pilot controlled trial of a cognitive dissonance-based body dissatisfaction intervention with young British men

Jankowski, G., Diedrichs, P. C., Atkinson, M. J., Fawkner, H., Gough, B. & Halliwell, E., 1 Dec 2017, In : Body Image. 23, p. 93-102 10 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Cognitive Dissonance
Body Image
Intention to Treat Analysis
Adipose Tissue
21 Citations (Scopus)
Young Adult
Body Image
Self Report
Randomized Controlled Trials
5 Citations (Scopus)

Randomized controlled trial of an online mother-daughter body image and well-being intervention

Diedrichs, P. C., Atkinson, M. J., Garbett, K. M., Williamson, H., Halliwell, E., Rumsey, N., Leckie, G., Sibley, C. G. & Barlow, F. K., 1 Sep 2016, In : Health Psychology. 35, 9, p. 996-1006 11 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Body Image
Nuclear Family
Randomized Controlled Trials
Self Concept