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

Melissa Atkinson, Nicola Stock, Jessica Alleva, Glen Jankowski, Niva Piran, Sarah Riley, Rachel Calogero, Alex Clarke, Nichola Rumsey, Amy Slater, Phillippa C. Diedrichs, Heidi Williamson

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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 career experts in the field of appearance and body image, with a focus on stimulating and guiding future agenda setting and translation from research to impact. We conducted a thematic analysis of transcripts from nine recorded 5-minute presentations, delivered by researchers and clinicians as part of a special invited presentation session at a biennial international conference, ‘Appearance Matters’, in the UK. Four themes were identified: Moving Beyond the Individual; Consolidation and Collaboration; Commitment to Implementation; and Positive and Protective Frameworks. These themes are discussed alongside recommendations for researchers and practitioners working in these fields to advance research, advocacy, and impact outside of academia.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)53-61
Number of pages9
JournalBody Image
Early online date29 Nov 2019
Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 2020



  • Activism
  • Appearance
  • Body image
  • Collaboration
  • Impact
  • Research priorities

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology
  • Applied Psychology
  • Psychology(all)

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