Young Person Face IT

Online support for young people with conditions or injuries affecting their appearance

The Team


Dr Claire Hamlet, Researcher, Centre for Appearance Research

Hi I'm Claire,

I will be helping with the research of YP Face IT to see how well it helps young people.


  • Professional Doctorate in Health Psychology, University of the West of England, Bristol
  • MSc Health Psychology, University of the West of England.
  • BA (Hons) Psychology with Sociology, University of Liverpool.

Dr Heidi Williamson, Researcher, Centre for Appearance Research

Hi I’m Heidi,

I’m in charge of the design and testing of YP Face IT and I have a particular interest in working with young people with a visible difference to find out what support they would like.


  • Professional Doctorate in Health Psychology, University of the West of England, Bristol.
  • MSc Health Psychology (Distinction), University of the West of England, Bristol.
  • BSc (1st Class Hons) Psychology & Health Sciences, University of the West of England, Bristol.
  • Registered Nurse, Dorset School of Nursing.
  • Member of the British Psychological Society.

Dr Julia Cadogan, University Hospitals Bristol, NHS Foundation Trust

Hi I’m Julia Cadogan,

my role as a clinical psychologist at Frenchay Hospital includes supporting children, young people and their families who are affected by appearance changing conditions, particularly burns and cleft lip and/or palate. I am very involved in looking at ways of helping people to feel more confident when dealing with social situations and to feel prepared for any treatment they may have to undergo. I have many years experience and aim to continue my work as a clinician and researcher. I have been helping the team at the Centre of Appearance Research with the YP Face IT programme which I think will be of great help to many young people.


  • Doctorate in Clinical Psychology, Exeter University.
  • Chartered Clinical Psychologist (BPS).
  • M.Phil. University of Edinburgh.
  • B.Sc. University of Newcastle.

Dr Alyson Bessell, Researcher, University of Plymouth

Hi I'm Aly,

I'm the main author of Face IT - the adult version of YP Face IT.

I currently work as a researcher in the fields of cleft lip and palate and head & neck cancer.


  • PhD (Facing up to a visible difference: The design and evaluation of a new computer-based psychosocial intervention), UWE, Bristol.
  • MSc Psychological Research Methods, Exeter University.
  • Diploma in Counselling, Institute for Natural Healing.
  • Member, British Psychological Society.
  • BSc (Hons) Psychology (First Class Honours), University of Southampton.

Dr Alex Clarke, Consultant Clinical Psychologist, Royal Free Hospital, London

Hi I’m Alex,

I work in a hospital and have many years experience of helping people with visible differences and disfiguring injuries, particularly those affecting the face. I have used my experience with real people to help the team design YP Face IT.


  • Doctorate in Psychology, City University, London.
  • MSc in Clinical Psychology (Distinction), University of Surrey.
  • BSc in Psychology (1st Class Honours), University College London.
  • State Registered Nurse (SRN), St. Bartholomew’s Hospital, London.

Professor Diana Harcourt, Co-Director of Centre For Appearance Research, University of the West of England, Bristol.

Hi I’m Di,

My role is to make sure the team has everything they need to help you. My research focuses on the psychological affect of having a visible difference, and in particular the effects of cancer and treatment on appearance.


  • Registered Health Psychologist, Health Professions Council
  • PG Certificate Teaching & Learning in Higher Education, UWE, Bristol
  • Chartered Psychologist, British Psychological Society
  • PhD: The Psychosocial Implications of Recent Changes to the Provision of Care for Women with Breast Cancer, UWE, Bristol
  • MSc Psychological Research Methods, Exeter University
  • BSc (1st class Hons) Psychology & Health Science, UWE, Bristol
  • BSc (1st Class Hons) Psychology - University of Plymouth

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