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Diana is a health psychologist and Director of the Centre for Appearance Research (CAR) at the University of the West of England, Bristol. 

Diana was previously a member of an NIHR Research for Patient Benefit South West committee, Breast Cancer Now's Scientific Advisory Board, and The Scar Free Foundation's Research Council.

Research areas of interest/specialisms

Applied psychological research into appearance and body image.

Work/academic background

Diana completed her PhD at the University of the West of England in Bristol in 2001, after an MSc in Psychological Research Methods at Exeter University.  

Diana has more than 20 years' experience of psychosocial research into the experiences and support needs of people living with an altered or unusual appearance (i.e. visible difference).  Much of her research has been in the field of cancer and the impact of treatment-related changes to appearance on those affected, and their families. This has included research into experiences of hair loss due to chemotherapy, and her broader visible difference research has included people affected by alopecia. Diana’s work has included developing and evaluating supportive interventions including collaboration on the YP Face IT online intervention for young people with visible differences and the PEGASUS intervention to support shared decision making with people considering appearance-altering treatment.

Diana is currently leading a 5-year programme of research at CAR aiming to support organisations within the Appearance Collective, including Alopecia UK. Diana has published more than 120 peer reviewed journal papers and two books.

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Further information about Diana can be found at her website

Further information about the Centre for Appearance Research can be found here

Further information about the University of the West of England can be found here