Expert on body perception, Dr Nadia Maalin, has joined the Psychology department as an Assistant Lecturer. Nadia previously worked as a Graduate Teaching Assistant and Associate Lecturer while completing her PhD at the University of Lincoln.
In her role as a Graduate Teaching Assistant and Associate Lecturer, Nadia led statistics workshops and seminars in various areas of psychology. She was also actively involved in events to increase student participation in higher education and their interest in science.
Nadia's areas of expertise include body image, body perception, obesity, eating disorders and weight stigma. Body image refers to a person’s thoughts, feelings, and perceptions about their body. These thoughts and feelings can be positive, negative or neutral, and can affect a person's daily life, including mental health and wellbeing, and social interactions.
Her research has focused on the development and validation of new tools and techniques for body size perception research, using computer-generated imagery and 3D scanning technology. She uses these tools to investigate how accurate people are at judging body size and shape, body ideals and attractiveness, and for intervention development, taking into consideration psychological, socio-cultural and biological factors.
Commenting on her research, Nadia explains, “Negative body image has been associated with poorer psychological and physical health outcomes and lower quality of life. Our body image can be influenced by a variety of psychological, socio-cultural and biological factors, such as weight-related teasing/bullying, sociocultural pressures to meet a certain body ideal, personality and psychological traits, and actual body size. For these reasons, research to increase our understanding of body image and the best prevention/treatment methods is incredibly important.
“I am pleased and excited to join the innovative and supportive environment here at BCU, where I can continue to develop as a teacher and researcher, and hopefully help and inspire students in the development of their interests and future career aspirations along the way.”