Research Requests

Submitting a research request

To submit a research request, please contact Bodywhys Communications Officer, Ellen Jennings,

Please send details of your research, in particular:

  • Background, aims and title of the study
  • Recruitment process and what’s expected of participants
  • Format – interview, online survey, questionnaire
  • Confidentiality
  • Evidence of ethics approval from your university – confirmation your project has received clearance. We do not require your actual ethics application
  • Contact information for the researcher and supervisor
  • A poster or advertisement material that can be used to promote your study. Please note, A4 posters are OK for Twitter and Facebook, but are not the correct dimensions for Instagram.

Access to participants

Interview venues – Please note: Bodywhys is not in a position to provide office space for research interviews, nor can recordings take place in our office.

Although we can post research requests on our website and social media accounts, Bodywhys cannot provide researchers with direct access to a range or sample of participants, nor can we guarantee any level of interest, participation or response. Researchers cannot sit in to observe our support groups, online support groups or any of our support services.

Taking part in research – Advisory note

Some people who have had personal experience of an eating disorder can find participating in research to be a triggering experience. If you feel this applies to you, please ensure that you read the study and participant information sheets carefully before participating. Contacting the researcher with questions you have can be useful if you are unsure about taking part. You could also, if you wish, discuss your participation with someone you trust before deciding whether to take part.

Research Panel

Bodywhys receives 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 the Bodywhys Communications Officer or by phone on 01 – 2834963 if you have any further enquiries.

Research Panel Application Form

– Research Panel Application Form

Current Research Requests

The Involvement of Carers in Eating Disorders


Researcher Jenny Zinser from the University of Surrey is completing a research project to better understand patterns of family responses to eating disorders. You can get in touch with Jenny on: or via Facebook.…

Family Recovery from Eating Disorders

May 2021

Researcher Jade Streete from Nottingham Trent University wants to hear from family members of adults who are living with and/or in recovery from an eating disorder. Click here to access the research survey.

Exploring professional perspectives on the impact of Covid-19 on individuals with eating disorders

May 2021

To contact Sarah Doherty, please email

Factors that facilitate or prevent fathers from engaging in the treatment process of a child or adolescent with a clinically diagnosed eating disorder

March 2021

Information sheet - PDF Consent form document Aim: This study aims to explore the experiences of fathers who have engaged or are currently engaged in the treatment process of a child or adolescent with a…

Lived Experience of Diagnostic Shifts in Adult Mental Health

February 2021

This study has received ethics clearance from UCD.  

An Exploration of Psychotherapists’ Experience in the Treatment of Men with Eating Disorders

February 2021

Do you work with male clients who have an Eating Disorder? If you have experience in this area, you are being invited to take part in a research study which will explore your unique opinion…

Adjusting to COVID-19: Predictive and protective factors (Phase 2)

February 2021

Can you help? Researchers from Dublin City University are working on a project called "Adjusting to COVID-19: Predictive and protective factors (Phase 2)". This study has received ethics approval from Dublin City University Research Ethics…

ENTWINE Survey on Family caregiving

January 2021

Background, aims and title of the study ENTWINE iCohort is an intensive longitudinal cohort study designed to collect data on the various determinants and outcomes of willingness and motivations to provide care in nine countries…

Exploring How Social Groups Shape Eating Disorder Recovery

December 2020

  My name is Skye and I’m a third year Psychology student at Nottingham Trent University and my supervisor for this research project is Dr Niamh McNamara. For my project I would really like to…

Your Youth Health Project – Exploring the wellbeing of young people during the COVID-19 outbreak

October 2020

Researchers in UCD need your help. The University College Dublin School of Psychology is collaborating with the Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown Children’s and Young Peoples’ Services Committee (CYPSC) and Healthy Ireland. We are running an online anonymous…

An Exploration of the Eating Disorder Voice in Bulimia Nervosa

May 2020

18/05/20 - Now closed - Researcher Terri Coffey is grateful for all responses to this project.

Impact of COVID-19 Restrictions on People with Eating Disorders

April 28th 2020

*June 2020 - Now closed* Thank you for your assistance with this study.  

The patterns, motives and effects of social media on body image in youths

October 2019

Study link This research study, entitled "The patterns, motives and effects of social media on body image in youths" aims to investigate the effects of social media use on body image perceptions. What is the…

The experience of living with an Anorexic Voice – An Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis study

August 2019

Researcher and trainee counselling psychologist Angela Mullins is looking for participants with experience of anorexia and the eating disorder voice. The format is a 60-90 minute interview. This study has ethical approval from London…

Reflection on Eating Disorder Experience in Ireland: Stage 2 *Now Closed*

July 2019

As of 31/10/19, this study is now closed. Thank you to all those who participated. Call for Participants What is the research about? Reflections study stage 2 poster PDF Researchers at Nottingham Trent University are…

Exploring the experiences of those living with longstanding anorexia nervosa *Now closed*

July 2019

As of 18/11/19 this study is now closed - thanks to those who took part. What is the research about? Bríd Blackburn is studying a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology in the School of Psychology,…

Fathers’ experiences of their sons’ eating disorder

May 2019

Synopsis This study aims to explore fathers’ experiences of their sons’ eating disorders. What is the purpose of the research? This research forms the basis of a counselling psychology doctorate thesis.  There is currently a…

Understanding healthy eating behaviours that become maladaptive in physically active females with a review of orthorexia and its current diagnostic criteria.

May 2019

Jade Brady is a student completing a Masters in Counselling and Psychotherapy with the Irish College of Humanities and Applied Sciences. Her dissertation focuses on orthorexia. Contact details Email: Phone: 0858229802 Research supervisor: Michelle Stone…

Relationship between compassion and predictors of depression in parents of people with an eating disorder

March 2019

Who is carrying out this research? Pam Fox, Trainee clinical psychologist, Canterbury Christ Church University. What is the purpose of this research? The purpose of this research is to explore the well being of parents of…

Reflection on Eating Disorder Experience: Stage 1 (now closed)

November 2018

Edit: Update 21/01/2019 - This study is now winding down. Another part will be launched in the Spring. We'll keep you posted. Call for Participants What is the research about? Researchers at Nottingham Trent University…

Survey on Patient and Caregivers Perceptions of Healthcare Encounters

September 2018

Researchers are recruiting participants for a research project that will examine the experience of medical care from the perspectives of individuals with eating disorders and their caregivers. This study has ethical approval from the University…

An exploration of the utilisation of online mental health self-help programmes

August 2018

‘Online mental health self-help programmes’ are website and app-based self-help programmes offered as a way to improve mental well-being and cope with mental health problems. This research explores how online mental health self-help programmes are…

Social group memberships throughout recovery from disordered eating.

July 2018

Are you concerned about your eating behaviours and thoughts? Are you aged 18 or above? Would you like to take part in research? If the answer to these questions is yes, then please take the…

The meaning of recovery, remission and relapse definitions and their use in therapy for eating disorder patients and therapists

June 2018

Update: July 30th - **Study now closed** Recovery, relapse and remission do not have fixed or recognised definitions, which limits their use in research but can also cause confusion or distress for individuals accessing or…

The Phenomenological Inquiry of Underlying Feelings in Eating Disorders

April 2018

This research aims to understand the past painful, underlying emotional experiences of shame and pride in individuals recovered from an eating disorder (restricting type), from when they were experiencing their eating disorder. The study aims…

A Survey of Online Help-Seeking in Young Adults

January 2018

This research is being conducted by Claudette Pretorius, a doctoral candidate in School of Computer Science at the University College of Dublin under the supervision of Dr. David Coyle. This research is part of the…

Men’s Experiences of Seeking Help for Disordered Eating

January 2018

The purpose of this study is to explore men’s experiences of seeking help for eating disorders. The specific aims and objectives of the study are; to look at the experience of men when seeking help for an…

The Role of Online Group Identity in Eating Disorder Recovery

January 2018

**Update March 14th 2018 - Study now closed** What is this study about? This research project is looking into how people use different online eating disorder related support groups and their thoughts and feelings towards…

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: 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…