Department of Psychology

Dr Melissa Atkinson

Lecturer in Psychology with special interests in body image and eating disorders

LecturerBSc(Hons), PhD

10 West 2.12
Tel: +44 (0) 1225 38 6197

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I was appointed at the University of Bath in 2017. I undertook my undergraduate and postgraduate studies at Flinders University (Adelaide, South Australia), completing a PhD in Clinical Psychology in 2014. The focus of my PhD research was developing and evaluating mindfulness-based approaches for reducing eating disorder risk factors. This won the Australian Psychological Society’s (APS) College of Clinical Psychologists Student Prize.

Since then, I relocated from Australia to take up a position as a Research Fellow in the Centre for Appearance Research (CAR) at the University of the West of England, Bristol. There I worked on a major collaboration with the Dove Self-Esteem Project, evaluating school and parent body image interventions that have now reached over 8 million young people globally.

I am currently working on a range of research projects that primarily concern the development, evaluation and dissemination of evidence-based interventions for improving body image and other risk factors for eating disorders. I am also interested in research that aims to better understand the development of eating disorders, and mechanisms of change underlying our intervention approaches. 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.

I currently teach on the MSc in Applied Clinical Psychology, and am a trained clinical psychologist (non-practicing registration) with particular expertise in diagnosis, assessment, and treatment of eating disorders.

Research interests

  • Eating disorders
  • Body image
  • Mindfulness and acceptance


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