Research at Leeds Beckett
Dr Nova Deighton-Smith
About Dr Nova Deighton-Smith
Dr Nova Deighton-Smith is a Senior Lecturer in Psychology and also Admissions Tutor for the BSc (Hons) Psychology degree. Her teaching reflects research interests in both health and social psychology with a specific focus on the psychology of appearance. Her doctoral research involved a composite analysis of body image, health behaviours and physical activity in first-time pregnant women; the aim of which was to build an understanding of factors that have an influence on body image attitudes and coping strategies in pregnant women. The findings from Nova's PhD studies have been presented at the prestigious international Appearance Matters Conference in Bristol and can be found in the Body Image Online Journal.
- Module leader for Psychology of Appearance (level 5)
- Person and the Social World (level 5)
- Intermediate Research Methods (level 4)
- Health Psychology (level 6)
Nova is currently working on a case study for the REF investigating body image, social media use and exercise motivations among University students. She is particularly interested in the types of content that young people create and share on social media (e.g., use of hashtags such as #fitspiration) and their motivations for doing so. This case study will focus on the annual Body Image and Eating Disorders Awareness Week which Nova organises in conjunction with National Eating Disorders Awareness Week in February. The aim of this week is to raise awareness of body image and disordered eating issues and begin to challenge the toxic cultural conditions that contribute to these problems.