Recruitment for this study is now closed. You will no longer be able to participate. We aim to share the results once they are available. 

Institution: University of Hertfordshire

Lead researcher: Ms Ashley McCarthy, Trainee Clinical Psychologist

Project title: A qualitative exploration of Alopecia: impact, coping, and interactions with professionals

Type of hair loss: alopecia areata, androgenetic alopecia, scarring alopecia

Aims: We need your help to better understand the impact of living with alopecia. We want to hear about what having alopecia feels like to you, anything that might have helped or has not helped your well-being. We also want to hear about your experiences with medical professionals you have seen about your alopecia to help us understand any challenges and what any positive experiences look like.

Who can participate

This study is looking for people who are: 

  • Diagnosed with a type of alopecia (e.g. alopecia areata - patchy, totalis or universalis, androgenetic alopecia, or scarring alopecia)
  • Aged 18 and over
  • Fluent in English
  • Living in the UK
  • All genders

What do I have to do to participate?

Volunteers will be invited to participate in an interview for up to 60 minutes online via Zoom with Ashley, a trainee clinical psychologist. 

About the researcher

Ashley is a trainee clinical psychologist completing this research as part of her doctorate in Clinical Psychology at the University of Hertfordshire. She is an insider researcher, meaning she has experienced alopecia herself. 

How do I sign up for this research project?

Please email [email protected] to express your interest in taking part in this research. We recommend you read the Participant Information Sheet before volunteering to take part.