Participate in Research

Research represents knowledge and understanding so we know how important it is to achieve our vision: to beat eating disorders. You can help us continue to learn more about eating disorders by taking part in research projects.

If you have personal experience of an eating disorder as a sufferer, carer, or professional, you could receive email updates about research opportunities by joining our research database. A Research contact registration form will soon be available to download on this page to enable you to join this database.

Please use the drop down menu below to filter the research projects which are currently recruiting participants.

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    Exploring women’s conversations about their appearance

    Stephanie Lewis
    University of the West of England, Bristol

    This survey is looking at how women of different ages talk about their bodies with others. It also looks to investigate if there are differences between females of different ages in terms of how they view their body and how they feel about their body.

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    The use of Goal Based Outcomes in the treatment of eating disorders

    Stephen O'Sullivan
    Anna Freud Centre – University College London

    This research aims to investigate how goals/aims are set and tracked during the therapeutic process from the perspectives of both young people and clinicians.

  • The experience of having a sibling with Anorexia Nervosa

    Alice Gibson
    Leeds Beckett University

    Currently very little research has been conducted on sibling's experiences of having a brother or sister with Anorexia Nervosa (AN). This study will further explore how siblings' daily roles and activities can be impacted.

  • Coping strategies in British Asians

    Poonam Kunti
    De Montfort University, Leicester

    The purpose of this study is to look at how British Asian males and females suffering from eating disorders or symptoms of eating disorders, can be affected through acculturation stress, social support, anxiety and coping strategies.

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    Carers experiences and the access to support in South Wales

    Emily Thomas
    Cardiff Metropolitan University

    The purpose of this study is to explore the experiences of carers (in South Wales) of living and caring for someone who has an eating disorder and to see if there is a consistent pattern of themes from their experiences.

  • The influence of oxytocin on anxiety and social processes in EDs

    Jenni Leppanen, Dr Valentina Cardi, Prof Janet Treasure
    Institute of Psychiatry, Kings College London

    Would you like to help us investigate the effects of oxytocin on social and food related anxiety in eating disorders?

  • Computerised training to improve eating disorder symptoms

    Robert Turton
    King's College London, Section of Eating Disorders (PhD student)

    The purpose of this research project is to examine whether short training programmes on computers can help improve core eating disorder symptoms such as social functioning. The researchers also seek feedback on the training as part of the study.

  • Anorexia Nervosa and improving the perception of body size

    Katri Cornelissen
    University of Northumbria

    One core feature of AN is that individuals with AN often see themselves as fatter than they actually are. To treat this feature we have designed a training program to recalibrate the concept of what constitutes a normal body size.

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    Expressed Emotion in Carers

    Dr Gemma Cherry
    University of Liverpool

    Dr Gemma Cherry from the University of Liverpool is currently recruiting carers of people with long-term mental health difficulties to take part in a study looking at factors influencing expressed emotion (a measure of family environment).

  • Early parental relationships, emotions and eating in adulthood

    Alexandra Stanbury
    University of Birmingham

    We are conducting a study that investigates a person’s relationships with their parents/ caregivers during childhood, how they manage their emotions when they become an adult and the kinds of eating difficulties they may experience.