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Professor Nichola Rumsey

Nichola is VTCT Professor of Appearance Research at UWE and is Co-Director of the Centre for Appearance Research (CAR). She was one of two British Psychological Society’s Consultants to the Dept of Health 2003-2010.

Following the completion of her PhD “Psychological Problems Associated with Facial Disfigurement” in 1983, Nichola has built an international reputation for her research in this field and has attracted funding from a variety of bodies to support research on appearance, including The Healing Foundation, Changing Faces & VTCT.

Nichola was awarded a personal Chair by UWE in 2002. She was elected President of the Craniofacial Society of Great Britain & Ireland in 2003-4 (the first psychologist to be elected to this position), and Chair of the British Psychological Society’s Division of Health Psychology from 2005-6. She was awarded honorary membership of the British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons in 2009. Her research interests include establishing the psychosocial needs of people with disfigurements and developing interventions to meet these needs; interventions to promote positive societal attitudes towards diversity in appearance; screening and audit of patients seeking cosmetic surgery.