Professor Diana Harcourt

Director of the Centre for Appearance Research (CAR) at the University of the West of England, Bristol

Professor Diana Harcourt

Director of the Centre for Appearance Research (CAR) at the University of the West of England, Bristol
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Biography

Diana is Director of the Centre for Appearance Research (CAR) at the University of the West of England, Bristol (www.uwe.ac.uk/car), a group of 30 psychologists with a passion for research into psychosocial aspects of appearance and body image. Her own research interests focus on people’s experiences of an altered appearance, particularly those associated with cancer or burns. Her PhD at UWE, Bristol explored women’s decision making about breast reconstruction after mastectomy. She is interested in the psychosocial impact of an altered appearance or visible difference, support for those who are affected and interventions to help people who are making decisions about surgical treatment that will alter their appearance. In collaboration with Alex Clarke, Clinical Psychologist and Visiting Professor at CAR, she developed the PEGASUS intervention to elicit patients’ expectations and goals of appearance-altering surgery.

She is a chartered Health Psychologist (HCPC accredited) and sits on the Scar Free Foundation Research Council, the board of the National Institute of Aesthetic Research, the British Psychological Society Research Board, and the editorial boards of the journals Scars, Burns and Healing, and Body Image.