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

Social media use throughout recovery from an eating disorder in individuals aged between 18-30 years old  

As part of my Master's research project, I am looking to explore social media use throughout recovery from an eating disorder in individuals aged between 18-30 years old through interviews. Due to covid-19, these interviews will either take place over the phone or through video chat means (Microsoft Teams/Skype) depending on your preference. 

In order to participate within this research individuals must:

  1. Be recovered from an eating disorder (type of eating disorder is not restricted)
  2. Be aged between 18 and 30 years old 
  3. Have at least one active profile on a minimum of one social media site (e.g. Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Snapchat etc.)

 If you are interested please email Emma on [email protected] for further information.   

 Participation in this research would be greatly appreciated!

Critical social incidents in anorexia nervosa: Patients’ perspective

 Advertisement for the recruitment of volunteers for study ref: HR-18/19-11193, approved by PNM Research Ethics Subcommittee.

What is the purpose of the research?

We would like to invite you to take part in an online survey that seeks to understand important social situations in the life of someone with anorexia nervosa. We believe that asking people with lived experience of anorexia nervosa about important social situations or events that took place while they were acutely ill will help improve our understanding of the illness. Patients’ perspective on these issues could also help us shed new light on any potential social-emotional difficulties that many theoretical models have postulated to play a crucial role in perpetuating anorexia nervosa.

 Who can take part?

We are looking for people who are over the age of 18 and have or have had anorexia nervosa.

What does the study involve?

The study involves completing an online survey which will take approximately 40 minutes. In this survey you will be asked to provide some basic information about yourself and your anorexia nervosa. You will also be asked to think about and recount some positive, surprising, and difficult significant situations or events that occurred while you were ill. 

After completing the survey you can enter a prize draw for a chance to win one of ten £10 Amazon gift vouchers.

How can you take part?

If you are interested please contact Jenni Leppanen ([email protected]).

Please click here for the information sheet

App-Based Training for Bulimia Nervosa and Binge Eating Disorder - Kings College London

This research aims to target binge-eating symptoms among individuals with bulimia nervosa and binge eating disorder by using a game in the form of a phone app.

What is the purpose of the research?
The purpose of the research is to explore the feasibility of a phone app in targeting binge-eating episodes, and to explore mechanisms that might be involved in this behavioural change. It will do so by exploring the added benefit of the app over treatment as usual.

Who can take part?
The inclusion criteria include:

What does the study involve?
Once you get in touch with Rayane Chami ([email protected]), you will receive an information sheet with the study details. If you are still interested in taking part, a researcher from the team will get in touch with you to ensure the study would be safe and suitable to you. After this, you will receive a consent form and a link to the first battery of questionnaire (~25 minutes to complete).

After completing the questionnaire, you will be randomised to either the treatment as usual condition or the treatment as usual + training condition.

If you are allocated to the treatment as usual group, the researcher will set up a quick phone call with you to let you know.
If you are allocated to the treatment as usual + training group, you may choose to meet the researcher via Skype or in person at King’s College London in Denmark Hill for 20-30 minutes to go through the training together and ask any questions relating to it. You will then be asked to complete a 3-min daily food diary and an 8-minute game on your computer ideally every day for 4 weeks.
After the 4 weeks, you will receive a second battery of questionnaires (regardless of the group you are randomly allocated to; ~20 minutes to complete). Once this is done, you will receive a 15-pound bank transfer. Eight weeks after the start of the study, you will receive a follow-up questionnaire (~20 minutes to complete). If you had been allocated to the treatment as usual group, you may choose to receive the training once you have completed the follow-up questionnaire.

One of the questionnaires that you would be asked to complete, would include a question about weight but this question would not be compulsory.

How can someone take part?
The first step is to get in touch with Rayane Chami on [email protected] to express interest. After this, Rayane will introduce herself and send the information sheet with more details. If the individual expresses interest in taking part, a 10-minute phone screening will be set up to assess safety and suitability.



Areej Elgaziari, University of Bath [email protected] 

Completed Research of Interest

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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