Thesis title: Eating behaviours and Health Awareness: Disentangling the Clinical Picture of Orthorexia Nervosa
After a BSc in Psychology at the Ruprecht-Karls Universität in Heidelberg and graduating from the Goethe-Universität in Frankfurt with a MSc in Clinical and Educational Psychology, I came to Edinburgh to gain a new perspective on human experiences with a MSc in Social Anthropology. Striving to combine socio-cultural approaches with clinical research and practice, I began a PhD in Clinical Psychology at the University of Edinburgh in September 2018.
Associate Fellow for teaching and learning support in higher education (AFHEA)
Responsibilities & affiliations
Postgraduate Researcher Representative at the School of Health in Social Science 2019/2020
Co-Organiser of 'ConveRACEions' - an initiative which aims to discuss and dismantle barriers to racial equality, as well as ways of moving forward
Co-Editor of 'Research Bow' - A postgraduate research blog from and for the PGRs of the School of Health in Social Science
Tutor for the MA course "Identity and Experience in Health and Society" 2020
Tutor for the MSc course "Developmental Psychology" 2021/2022
Tutor for the MSc course "Conceptual and Theoretical Psychology" 2021 and 2022
Tutor for the MSc courses "Psychology of Mental Health - Psychological Therapies, Cognitive Psychology and Study Skills" 2020/2021
Tutor for the MSc course "Research Methods in Applied Psychology" 2019/2020
With my PhD-project, I aspire to investigate eating behaviours within the current health discourse. Coming from a background of both Clinical Psychology and Social Anthropology, my main research interests focus on the links between socio-cultural constructs and psychological concerns: healthy eating can be associated with negative social and emotional consequences when the preoccupation with a healthy diet leads to the pressure of maintaining and embodying “perfect” health. The previous thin ideal thereby expands towards an ideal that encompasses fitness and health. This shift might be reflected in the emergence of “Orthorexia Nervosa” which describes obsessive health behaviours that have negative psychological consequences for the individual. My research goal is to explore Orthorexia as both a potential new psychological disorder and a socio-cultural force by looking into how health awareness can become maladaptive.
Current research interestsEating Behaviours; Body Image; Socio-Cultural Research; Health Psychology
Author of the 'Research Bow' Blog Post - "Research Reflection Inspired by World Vegan Day"
Author of the 'Research Bow' Blog Post Series- "Demystifying the Viva Process"
Affiliated research centres
ConveRACEions: Inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement, this group aims to create a space for all of us to learn, discuss, reflect, and actively work towards equality, diversity, and social justice within academia. ConveRACEions involves a series of monthly events, where guest speakers are invited to give one-hour-long talks on their research and/or experiences with racial and equality issues within (and outside) academia.
Research Bow - A postgraduate research blog from and for the PGRs of the School of Health in Social Science.:
Research Bow was launched in March 2019 with the vision to create a platform to share advice, experiences and news with the community of postgraduate research (PGR) students in the School of Health in Social Science at the University of Edinburgh. Through regular blog posts, Research Bow wants to inspire the PGR community, remind them to celebrate their small wins and reflect on unavoidable obstacles by sharing experiences, initiatives, insights, and tips related to PGR life.
Current project grants
ConveRACEions team: Student Experience Grant
Past project grants
Research Bow editorial team: Student Experience Grant
ConveRACEions team: Social Responsibility and Sustainability Student Project Grant
Poster presentation at the International Conference on Eating Disorders (ICED) June 2022: "Healthy Eating in the Context of Disordered Eating – UK Mental Health Professionals’ Conceptualizations of Orthorexia Nervosa"
Paper presentation at the International Conference on Eating Disorders (ICED) June 2021: "A qualitative exploration of the impact of COVID-19 on individuals with eating disorders in the UK"
Poster presentation at the Eating Disorders International Conferece (EDIC) January 2021: "The psychometric properties of Orthorexia Nervosa-assessment-scales: a systematic review"
Poster presentation at the Annual Scientific Meeting of the NRS Mental Health Network November 2020: "Understanding Characteristics and Perceived Causes of Orthorexia – A Reddit Analysis"
Oral presentation at the Edinburgh University PGR HSS Conference September 2020: "Understanding Characteristics and Perceived Causes of Orthorexia – A Reddit Analysis"
Poster presentation at the Annual Scientific Meeting of the NRS Mental Health Network October 2019: "The Psychometric Properties of Orthorexia Nervosa Assessment Scales: A Systematic Review"
Oral presentation at the Edinburgh University PGR HSS Conference May 2019: "Orthorexic Society or Orthorexia Nervosa? Looking into the phenomenon of obsessive healthy eating"
Co-organiser of the Edinburgh University - School of Health in Social Science - Postgraduate Research Conference September 2020
An 8-month longitudinal exploration of body image and disordered eating in the UK during the COVID-19 pandemic
1 Aug 2022 In: Eating Behaviors
A qualitative exploration of the impact of COVID-19 on individuals with eating disorders in the UK
1 Jan 2021 In: Appetite
1 Dec 2020 In: Appetite