On this page your will find requests from people engaged in research about eating disorders, who are looking for individuals to take part in their projects.

Please be aware that these research projects are independent and not connected to SWEDA. The inclusion of a research project on these pages does not represent an endorsement of the project by SWEDA and SWEDA in no way accepts responsibility for any aspect of the project or the data collected.

Be aware that in participating in a project you do so at your own risk and that it would be advisable to be familiar with the guidelines and policies under which a particular research project runs.

If you have any research that you would like us to link to, and are based in a UK college or university, please do get in touch.

Open Research Projects

'Researching how individuals with atypical anorexia experience the difficulties and challenges of help-seeking'

Participants wanted for research in Atypical Anorexia:

This research is interested in how individuals with atypical anorexia experience the difficulties and challenges of help-seeking

The researcher would like to interview individuals who meet the following criteria: 

* The help-seeking process is defined as any effort or action on your part to address your difficulties with atypical anorexia. This includes both:

a. The internal perception of the difficulties and challenges during the initial recognition of symptoms of AA

b. The external experience of the difficulties and challenges of seeking help from healthcare professionals/clinicians (healthcare professionals/clinicians can be any professional within the healthcare sector. For example, primary care practitioners such as GPs and nurses, private care clinicians, eating disorder specialist clinics, mental health practitioners, school/college nurses and so on)

If you are interested in participating or if you have any further questions and would like to know more about this research, please email Sing Wong at Regent's University London via email: [email protected]

The interview will take roughly 60 minutes and will be conducted remotely online via video conferencing platforms such as Zoom or Skype due to current Covid-19 restrictions.


'Examining the Roles of Self-Criticism, Shame, and Psychological Distress in Body-Image Related Distress'

Description: Research shows that, individuals that experience BIDR tend to experience high levels of psychological distress, specifically anxiety and depression. There is also evidence that being self-critical and feeling embarrassed can be an important barrier to psychological health and wellbeing. Therefore, this study aims to examine the effects of self-criticism and shame on the severity of BIDR experiences and psychological distress.

Eligibility: Individuals aged 18 and older can participate, although they must identify with body image related distress; a formal diagnosis is not necessary.

Duration: Up to 30 minutes.

Credits: 0.5 for 30 minutes to ARU students only

Researcher: Frances Duncan, [email protected]

Supervisor: Dr. Debora Vasconcelos e Sa, [email protected]

Study: Please click here for more information and to begin the study.

The study has received ethics approval by the School Research Ethics Panel (SREP) and ratified by the Faculty Research Ethics Panel under the terms of Anglia Ruskin University’s Research Ethics Policy and the Code of Practice for Applying for Ethical Approval at Anglia Ruskin University.


‘Eating Disorders and FGID's; their association with interoceptive awareness, stressors and psychological features’  

The aim of this project is to provide proof of concept for novel holistic intervention strategies for eating disorders and its commonly co-occurring conditions.  

The project focuses on the high rate of functional Gastrointestinal Disorders (FGID’s) in eating disorders. There is evidence that psychological factors influence both ED behaviours and the severity of GI symptoms. This supports the idea that the gut-brain axis is involved in underlying both ED and GI symptoms. A key component of the gut-brain axis is the peripheral nervous system. The peripheral nervous system can be modulated by stressors and stress. However, the impact of stressors can be mediated by interoceptive awareness. Hence, interoceptive awareness may serve as a tractable treatment target for both ED and GI symptoms. 

Therefore, we will be studying the relationship between stressors, interoceptive awareness and its impact on EDs and FGIDs. This data will help to provide vital proof-of-concept that will inform the developmental of novel treatment approaches.  

Participation will involve completing a battery of questionnaires relating to eating disorder behaviour, FGID’s symptoms, perceived stress, interoceptive awareness, anxiety & depression levels, neuroticism and somatization. The questionnaire battery will take approximately 30 minutes in total. Data is held anonymously, and identification of participants will not be possible.  

Completion of the study is done online at a time and place that is convenient to the participant.  

To access the study directly, please use this link:

For more information, please read the information sheet here, or contact India, at [email protected]


Have you had a Sibling who Experienced Anorexia?

Have you Restricted your Eating with a Desire to Change your Body?

I would like to invite you to take part in a research study investigating the experiences of siblings of people with Anorexia.

If you:

Please contact me and I will arrange a short telephone call to explain the research and answer questions. If you are eligible, you will be invited to complete a Skype interview about your experiences lasting up to an hour. I am accepting enquiries until November 2021.

All participants will be entered into a prize draw to win £50 worth of Amazon vouchers

This research is part of my Doctorate in Clinical Psychology

Contact Details: Ellie Scutt, Trainee Clinical Psychologist, email: [email protected] 


Completed Research of Interest

Critical social incidents in anorexia nervosa: Patients’ perspective (DOI:10.21203/ Jenni Leppanen ([email protected]).

The experience of being a mother with Anorexia Nervosa - 2/12/13

Gemma O'Leary - University Of Staffordshire

Feelings and Faces - 14/11/13

Angie Cucchi - City University

Thinking about the self - 22/10/13
Graham Thew- University Of Bath

Binge Eating Disorder in Men - 23.08.12
Spyroula Spyrou - London Metropolitan University

The experiences of black women with eating disorders - 03.06.12
Sarah Shillingford - Regent's College, School of Psychotherapy

Investigation into the factors underlying Eating Disorders - 14.04.12
Michael Connoly - University Of Strathclyde

Eating Disorders Research with Athletes - 16.03.12
Carolyn Plateau - Loughborough University

The Couple's Story - 18.02.12
Zoé Dixon - City University, London

Evaluation of a web-based multi media intervention for carers of people with anorexia nervosa - 23.09.2011
Danielle Hoyle - Flinders Univeristy, Australia

The role of online support groups in eating disorders - 16.07.2011
Kelly Clear - University College London

Mothers' perceptions of their role in the treatments of their child's eating disorder
Cathryn Hockridge - University of East London

Youth Health Talk website
Ulla Raisanen - University of Oxford

The experiences of males supporting a partner with anorexia nervosa
Louise Ewan - University of Glasgow

Longstanding Beliefs and Eating Disorders
Hannah Kelland - University of Oxford

Investigation into dietary restraint
Saira Khan - Kingston University

Parent carers: How does this role affect relationships with significant others?
Thema Peart - Brunel University

Eating Disorders: investigating the boundary between public and private space
Claire Murphy - University of Bristol

Online Communites supporting people suffering from eating disorders
Laura Holloway - Nottingham University

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