Research and expertise Completed research and outcomes Research students Participation Participating in our research is a chance to have your voice heard which might help influence how support is offered to others in the future. Research requiring you to focus on personal experience can be emotionally provoking. If you have any concerns about participating in a research study make sure you read all the information provided and contact the researcher if you need to ask further questions. It may be important to discuss what support you can access if you find any of the experience triggering. The research projects listed below are all currently recruiting participants: Research student: Jade Streete is a student currently working on her PhD at Nottingham Trent. Research aims to explore: Her research intends to explore what recovery means to those recovering from an Eating Disorder. The study aims to explore life with an eating disorder and recovery. Within the study there will be a focus on the social relationships throughout an individual’s journey. Contact details: If you would like to find out more or get involved please contact Jade Streete at: [email protected] Research student: Katie Woods is currently studying her Masters in Psychology at Nottingham Trent. Research aims to explore: The study aims to explore experiences of the early stages of therapy from the view point of young people (under 21 years) with eating disorders. This includes first impressions, how the relationship with the therapist is perceived, and what young people find helpful or not in the initial stages. Contact details: If you would like to find out more or get involved please contact Katie Woods at: [email protected] Research student: Lucy Hart is currently working a research project at Nottingham Trent. Research aims to explore: The psychometric properties of a newly developed questionnaire to identify the concerns of females who are in the pursuit of an athletic, toned and muscular physique. If you are female aged 18+ and engage in one or more of the following: Moderate to vigorous-intensity aerobic activities (i.e. running, gymnastics, skipping rope or riding a bike) Muscle-strengthening activities (i.e. working major muscle groups for 2 or more days a week) Sedentary (i.e. do not engage in exercise) We would like to invite you to participate in an online questionnaire. The survey will take 15 - 20 minutes and you can be entered into a prize draw of up to £50.00 Love2Shop Vouchers (can be used in Superdrug, Topshop, Debenhams). Online link: https://ntupsychology.onlinesurveys.ac.uk/fmddi Contact details: If you would like to find out more please contact Lucy Hart at: [email protected] Research student: Larisa Dinu, studying at the University of Northampton. Research aims to explore: The study aims to explore possible changes in autobiographical memory in individuals diagnosed with Anorexia Nervosa, as well as in individuals who have already recovered from it. If you would like to take part in this study, please be aware that you will be asked to state your current weight. However, you are absolutely free to omit this question, as well as any other question that you do not wish to answer. Also, this study is addressed only for individuals aged 18 and above. If you decide to take part, your participation, as well as your data, will be completely anonymous and confidential. The completion of the research project would involve filling in an online form which should not take more than 45 minutes from your time. The following link will guide you through every step of the process: https://goo.gl/RWgYSV Contact details: If you would like to find out more please contact Larisa Dinu at: [email protected] Research student: Sarah Lawlor, student at Nottingham Trent University. Research aims to explore: The study aims to explore what barriers prevent men from seeking help for eating disorders. The specific aims and objectives of the study are; to look at the experience of men when seeking help for an eating disorder, to explore the barriers preventing men from seeking help for an eating disorder and to look at what social factors influence men’s help seeking. This study will be conducted via semi-structured email interviews. Contact details: If you would like to find out more please contact Sarah Lawlor at [email protected] Research Supervisor: Niamh McNamara, [email protected] Research student: Erika Clark a student from Nottingham Trent University. Research aims to explore: The study aims to explore how people use different online eating disorder related support groups and their thoughts and feelings towards these groups. Participants will be asked to complete a questionnaire. Contact details: If you would like to find out more please contact Erika Clark at: [email protected] If you would like more information about other research regarding eating disorders outside of First Steps, please visit BEAT and Kings College, London.