My research project
Weight bias revisited: A critical evaluation into its operationalisation, prevalence and impact
I am currently in my third year of my PhD in Health Psychology at the University of Surrey. My research uses both quantitative and qualitative research methods to:
- Evaluate how weight bias and weight bias internalisation (WBI) are conceptualised and operationalised
- Investigate the role of population and personal social exposure to weight in predicting weight bias and WBI using international data
- Explore how those with obesity make sense of their weight and public health messaging during the COVID-19 pandemic
- Investigate the effectiveness of media campaigns interventions in reducing weight bias
Alongside my PhD research, I am also working towards achieving the Stage 2 Qualification in Health Psychology.
Affiliations and memberships
I am a Graduate Teaching Assistant within the School of Psychology on several Undergraduate Modules in addition to my role as a first year Academic Tutor.
I am also a guest lecturer on the Health Psychology MSc programme.
Courses I teach on
Stewart, S. F. & Ogden, J. (2020). The impact of body diversity vs thin-idealistic media messaging on health outcomes: an experimental study. Psychology, Health & Medicine, 1-13. https://doi.org/10.1080/13548506.2020.1859565
Ogden, J., Cheung, B., & Stewart, S. J. F. (2020). A new measurement tool to assess the deliberate overfeeding of others: The Feeder questionnaire. Clinical Obesity, e12366.
Stewart, S. F. & Ogden, J. (2019). The role of BMI group on the impact of weight bias versus body positivity terminology on behavioural intentions and beliefs: an experimental study. Frontiers in Psychology, 10(634).
Stewart, S. F., Frost, D. M., & LeBlanc, A. J. (2019). Understanding how emerging same-sex couples make meaning of minority stress: A narrative approach. Journal of Family Psychology, 33(2), 183-193.
Beazley, P., Carter, A., Stewart, S. J., & Renton, J. (2017). Practicalities of HCR-20 implementation within secure psychiatric services. Journal of Psychiatric Intensive Care, 13(1), 47-56.
Stewart, S. & Van Even, S. (2018). Developing and implementing a psychology based triage tool for patients pre-bariatric surgery. Delivered at the Bariatric Surgery Department Update (St. Richard's Hospital, Chichester).