Research Requests

Research

Bodywhys receives a high volume of requests from professional researchers and third level students who are undertaking research on eating disorders. We are inviting people to become part of a research panel. This panel is open to people who have experience of an eating disorder as a family member, as someone who has an eating disorder or as someone who is recovered or feels they are in recovery.Your details will be kept confidentially within Bodywhys and as research opportunities arise, you will be sent (most likely emailed) a copy of the research proposal and contact details for the researcher. It will then be entirely up to you whether you want to participate in that particular project.

Most projects are done on a voluntary basis but you may receive money to cover any expenses. Most projects take the form of a questionnaire. In some cases, you may be invited to be part of a focus group with other people who have similar experiences as you.

As there is currently a significant lack of research into eating disorders in Ireland, you would be making a valuable contribution. If you would like to participate in this research panel, please complete the application form below. You can contact Bodywhys Central Office at info@bodywhys.ie or by phone on 01 – 2834963 if you have any further enquiries.

Current Research Requests

Study: The role of social media in self-harm behaviours among Irish adolescents and young adults

June 2017

Study: The role of social media in self-harm behaviours among Irish adolescents and young adults Michelle Teo is a student in the Doctorate in Counselling Psychology at Trinity College Dublin conducting a qualitative study for…

Closing the treatment gap: A longitudinal study of treatment attitudes, media, and stigma among individuals with diagnosed or suspected eating disorders

March 2017

Do you currently have an eating disorder? Do you think you might have an eating disorder? Complete this three-part online survey and we will donate $10 AUD to an eating disorder charity on your behalf…

Ecological Momentary Assessment of Eating Disorder Behaviours

August 2016

This study will examine whether abrupt shifts of scheme modes can be linked to eating disorder behaviors, by using an "in the moment" real-time reporting system known as "ecological momentary assessment" (EMA). Who can take…

The Experience of Orthorexia from the Perspective of Recovered Orthorexics

April 2016

Orthorexia is a newly proposed eating disorder that involves obsession with a “clean” or “pure” diet. Currently, orthorexia is not listed as an official eating disorder, but many clinicians are seeing it in their offices.…

Exploring Personal Experiences of Being Diagnosed with an Eating Disorder

March 2016

Jennifer Barry, MSc Applied Psychology student in Trinity College Dublin, is conducting a qualitative study to explore the impact of an eating disorder diagnosis on one's sense of self. Are you aged 18 or over?…

Mothers’ experiences of parenting an adolescent with anorexia nervosa

February 2016

Róisín O’Dwyer is an MSc in Applied Psychology student completing a dissertation on eating disorders. The aim of this research is to explore the individual experience of mothers taking care of a teenager with anorexia…

Consumer Perspectives Research Study

February 2016

Update March 2016: Study Closed Do you work in an Inpatient Paediatric Eating Disorder Program? Have you previously spent time as an inpatient in a Paediatric Eating Disorder unit? Are you the carer of a…

An Investigation into the Relationship Between Intolerance of Uncertainty and Threat in Everyday Life

February 2016

*Now Closed* Trainee Clinical Psychologist Sara Milne is conducting research into the concept of Intolerance of Uncertainty (IU). IU is basically a feeling of discomfort when faced with situations in which the outcome is unknown.…

Understanding the stigma of eating disorders

January 2016

Stephanie McAlinden, a PhD student in Queen’s University Belfast, is conducting a research project looking at the type of stigma and discrimination that people with eating disorders face as a result of their illness. This…

How should we talk about eating disorders in the community? An expert consensus study.

November 2015

Do you have expertise (including as an advocate with lived experience) in the field of eating disorders? Are you aged 18 or over? If you fit these criteria, you may be eligible to participate in…

Psychological Factors Associated with Eating

November 2015

Call for participants Sarah-Jane Elliffe, Doctoral Student in Clinical Psychology, TCD is conducting a research study into the psychological factors associated with eating behaviours and attitudes in men and women aged 18+. The aim of…

Heart Rate Variability, Mood and Eating Behaviours; A Multi Case Study Approach

March 2015

Are you female, between the ages of 18 and 30 and living in Cork City? Would you like to learn about your eating behaviours? We are looking for women who engage in different eating behaviours…

Call for participants: The media and body image

February 2015

Grace Black is a student researcher studying Social Care Institute of Technology Blanchardstown. Her research project examines the issue of the media and body image. To learn more and to access the study, please click…

Call for Participants: Mental Health and Wellbeing in Families

February 2015

Third year psychology students from Trinity College Dublin are conducting a study titled: Mental Health and Wellbeing in Families: Experiences, Needs and Support Interviews with Support Service The purpose of this study is to investigate…

Call for Participants: Personal Experiences and Raising Awareness

December 2014

Film student, Jon Barton, is hoping to raise awareness of eating disorders. Having had personal experience of an eating disorder, Jon understands the fear of speaking out and the need for confidentiality. There is no…

Research: Mindful Eating

August 2014

This study is interested in seeing if there is a link between our mood, relationships, how we see our body, and eating habits. I would really appreciate if you would complete this survey which will…

Research Survey: Emotions and Eating Behaviours

April 2014

Survey; Emotions and Eating Behaviours Would you like to take part in a survey which aims to explore relationships between emotions and eating behaviours? The purpose of the study is to gain information that might…

Research: Post-traumatic stress Disorder and Eating Disorders

April 2014

Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) following inpatient admission for eating disorders (ED). Researcher: Melissa Snaith, Doctoral Student in Clinical Psychology. Email: melissa.snaith@hmc.ox.ac.uk Purpose of the study This study will investigate post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in women…

Research: Investigating disordered eating

March 2014

Una Foye from the University of Ulster is exploring the risk factors associated with the development of disordered eating and dieting behaviours. As part of a PhD study in the School of Communication, she is currently…

Research: Living with an eating disorder in Ireland

January 2014

Establishing a holistic account of what life is like for adolescents affected by eating disorders in Ireland. We are a team of researchers from Saint John of God Hospitaller Services and University College Dublin. We…

Research study: Are you a parent?

June 2013

Are you a parent? Have you had experience with support services for the treatment of your child’s eating disorder? Researchers from DCU's School of Health and Human Performance are conducting a study to explore people’s…

Call for volunteers for an online program for bulimia and binge eating disorder

April 2013

Dublin City University (Ireland) and The Turning Institute are seeking volunteers with Bulimia or Binge Eating Disorder to participate in a study commencing in April 2013. Participants (male or female) are invited to enrol free…

Research on the helpful aspects of therapy for those experiencing eating disorders

March 2013

Background: Tríona McInerney is a final year counselling psychology trainee at the University of Strathclyde/Glasgow Caledonian University. She is conducting doctoral research on what clients who sought psychological therapy to help with their experiences of…

Research Opportunity: The experience of living with and supporting a person with an eating disorder

March 2012

An exploration of the experience of living with and supporting a person with an eating disorder: A partner’s perspective My name is Patricia O’Connor. I am a PhD student at the School of Nursing and…

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