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

'The Impact of Calorie Labelling on Menus on Eating Disorders'

King's College is seeking 18-40 year olds to respond to a survey about the impact calorie labelling on food menus has on people with eating disorders. 

Participants must have been living in the UK for at least a year. 

Visit for more information and to participate.

A flyer with key information about the King's College survey


Short Psychological Intervention for Children and adolescents with Eating disorders (SPICE) study

'Are you a young person, or a parent/carer of a young person, with lived experience of an eating disorder? We would love to hear your views on guided self-help treatments!'

The demand for eating disorder services among children and young people has increased substantially over recent years. One way of meeting a large demand for psychological support is through the use of guided self-help interventions.
We want to develop a brief, guided self-help intervention to support children and young people with eating disorders, and their families. We would like to better understand young people and their parents’ views on various aspects of guided self-help interventions to ensure that we develop a treatment programme that families want and need. 

Who can take part in the research project?

a) Children and young people (aged 11-17 years) with a current, or previous, eating disorder diagnosis

b) Living in the UK


c) Parents/carers of young people (aged up to 17 years) with a current, or previous, eating disorder diagnosis (including ARFID)

a) Living in the UK

What does the study involve?

The study involves filling in a short screening questionnaire to check whether you are eligible to take part in a focus group. This questionnaire takes approximately 5-10 minutes to complete.

If you are eligible to take part, you will then be invited to take part in a focus group. In the focus group, you will be asked to talk about any experience you may have had using self-help, who you think the self-help should be for, what you think the self-help should include and who should be involved in delivering the self-help. Participants will not be specifically asked to talk about their own lived experience of eating disorders.

The focus group will take place online and will last approximately 1.5 hours. You will receive a £40 Amazon or Love2Shop voucher for taking part in a focus group.

How can someone take part?

If you have any questions or would like to take part, please contact the lead researcher, Emily Davey (PhD Student) at [email protected].

Title: Short Psychological Intervention for Children and adolescents with Eating disorders (SPICE) study

PI: Professor Roz Shafran

UCL REC Reference number: 22129/001


'How does the Externalisation of Anorexia Nervosa help and hinder recovery from an Eating Disorder?'

Anorexia Nervosa (AN) is a complex illness and we need to know more about what helps and hinders people’s recovery. This research aims to explore how people experience a strategy called “externalisation” which is sometimes used in psychological therapy for AN.

Who can take part?

Please click here for more details on the study and how to take part. 

If you are interested in participating or if you have any further questions and would like to know more about this research, please email Sophie Cripps via [email protected] at University College London.


'Research into the relationship between everyday situations, emotions and eating behaviour'

It is hoped that this research will help to refine our understanding of how certain eating behaviours may develop and/or be maintained, which may, in turn, inform more effective interventions.

Who can take part?

What does this study involve?

Completion of online questionnaires, which can be accessed through this link:

The questionnaires may take around 15 to 20 minutes to complete, and not more than 30 minutes.

If you are interested in participating or if you have any further questions and would like to know more about this research, please email Stuart Rae via [email protected] at Newcastle University.


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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