Dr Beth Bell

Senior Lecturer in Psychology

School of Psychological & Social Sciences

E: b.bell@yorksj.ac.uk

T: 01904 876119

My primary research and teaching interests are in developmental and social psychology. I joined York St. John University in 2013 as a Lecturer and became a Senior Lecturer in 2015. Prior to this, I worked as a researcher and teacher in several UK institutions, including University of Sussex, Bangor University and Northumbria University, working in the field of psychology, public health and human-computer interaction (HCI).

Qualifications

DPhil Psychology, University of Sussex (2012)

BSc(Hons) Psychology, University (2006)

Further Information

Teaching

My areas of teaching expertise are developmental psychology, social psychology and research methods. I am course leader for MSc Psychology of Child and Adolescent Development. In addition to supervising undergraduate and postgraduate research dissertations, I currently teach on the following modules:

Undergraduate

  • 1PY405 Foundations of Human Development
  • 2PY401 Infant & Child Development
  • 2PY402 Qualitative Research Methods
  • 3PY342 Adolescent Development & Behaviour (module leader)
  • 3PY340 Dissertation

Postgraduate

  • MPY103 The Psychology of Adolescent Development (module leader)
  • MPY101 Research Paper (module leader)

Research

Using a range of qualitative and quantitative approaches, my research examines the role of media, social media and technology in the lives of adolescents and young adults. More specifically, I examine how media and technology are involved in the transmission of dominant appearance and body-related messages and the impact of such messages on the self-perception, body image and health behaviour of individuals. Currently, I am co-investigator on two NIHR-ESPRC funded projects aimed at understanding the role of digital technologies in young people’s mental health.

A second strand of my research focuses on the design, development and evaluation of psychological interventions. As part of my postdoctoral research at Bangor University and Northumbria University, I have designed, developed and evaluated successful interventions for promoting fruit and vegetable consumption and energy-conservation for youths. Currently, I lead Body Image in the Digital Age, a teacher training initiative aimed at providing teachers with the knowledge and skills to promote positive technology use and positive body image in schools.

I supervise postgraduate students (MRes and PhD) in areas consistent with my research interests. Prospective students are encouraged to contact me by email to discuss your ideas.

Professional Activities

I have been a Chartered Member of the British Psychological Society since 2011 and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (since 2010). Other professional roles and activities include:

  • Invited Speaker (e.g. Reshape Beauty 2016 at DigitasLBi London; Social Futures Institute Seminar Series 2016 at Teeside University; Social Media and Feminism 2015 at Salford University).
  • External Examiner for Doctoral Theses (e.g. Curtin University, Bond University)
  • Editorial Board Member: Journal of Youth and Adolescence (since 2015)
  • Ad-hoc Reviewer: Sex Roles, Body Image, International Journal of Child-Computer Interaction.
  • Conference Chair: North East of England Branch of British Psychological Society (2015), British HCI Conference. Also BPS Standing Conference Committee Member (2017-Present).
  • Provision of Continued Professional Development (CPD) for health and social care professionals on topics of expertise (e.g. behaviour change).

Publications

Journal Articles and Book Chapters

Bell, B. T., Cassarly, J. A., & Dunbar, L. (2018). Selfie-objectification: Self-objectification and positive feedback (“likes”) are associated with frequency of posting sexually objectifying self-images on social media. Body Image, 26, 83-89.

Deighton-Smith, N., & Bell, B. T. (2017). Objectifying Fitness: A Content and Thematic Analysis of #Fitspiration Images on Social Media. Psychology of Popular Media Culture. Advanced online publication. doi:10.1037/ppm0000143 

Bell, B. T. (2016). Understanding Adolescents. In L. Little, D. B. Fitton, B. T. Bell, and N. Toth (Eds.). Perspectives on HCI Research with Teenagers. Springer International Publishing. doi: 10.1007/978-3-319-33450-9 

Little, L., Fitton, D. B., Bell, B. T. & Toth, N. (Eds.). (2016). Perspectives on HCI Research with Teenagers. Springer International Publishing. doi: 10.1007/978-3-319-33450-9

Bell, B. T., Toth, N., Little, L., & Smith, M. (2016). Planning to save the planet: Using an online intervention based on implementation intentions to change adolescent self-reported energy-saving behaviour. Environment & Behavior, 48, 1049-1072. doi: 10.1177/0013916515583550  

Fitton, D., Bell, B. T., Iverson, O., Read, J. C., Horton, M., & Little, L. (2014, April). Understanding Teen UX: Building a Bridge to the Future. In CHI'14 Extended Abstracts on Human Factors in Computing Systems (pp. 79-82). ACM.

Toth, N., Bell, B. T., Avramides, K., Rulton, K., & Little, L. (2014). Is the next generation prepared? Understanding barriers to teenage energy conservation. In Reiter, S., Energy Consumption: Impacts of Human Activity, Current and Future Challenges, Environmental and Socio-economic Effects. Nova Publishers: New York

Little, L., Bell, B. T., Defeyter, G., Read, J. C., Fitton, D., & Horton, M. (2013, June). Behaviour change interventions: teenagers, technology and design. In Proceedings of the 12th International Conference on Interaction Design and Children (pp. 610-612). ACM.

Bell, B. T., Toth, N., Read, J. C., Horton, M., Fitton, D., Little, L., Beale, R., & Guo, Y. (2013). Teenagers talking about technologies: Designing technology to reduce teen energy use. In CHI'13 Extended Abstracts on Human Factors in Computing Systems (pp. 1491-1496). ACM.

Bell, B. T., & Dittmar, H. (2011). Does media type matter? The role of identification in adolescent girls' media consumption and the impact of different thin-ideal media on body image. Sex Roles, 65, 478-490.

Bell, B. T., Toth, N., Read, J. C., Horton, M., Fitton, D., Little, L., Beale, R., & Guo, Y. (2013). Teenagers talking about technologies: Designing technology to reduce teen energy use. In CHI'13 Extended Abstracts on Human Factors in Computing Systems (pp. 1491-1496). ACM.

Bell, B. T., Lawton, R., & Dittmar H. (2007). The impact of thin models in music videos on adolescent girls' body dissatisfaction. Body Image, 4, 137-145.

Sample of Recent Conference Presentations

Bell, B.T., Hurst, M., Jankowski, G., & Deighton-Smith, N.L. (June, 2018). Is appearance-focused consumer culture bad for our health? Poster presented at Appearance Matters 8.

Bell, B. T., & Cassarly, J. (May, 2017). Selfie-objectification: Adolescent Girls’ Image-Sharing Practices on Social Media. Paper presented at BPS Annual Conference 2017.

Bell, B. T., Deighton-Smith, N., Jankowski, G., Hurst, M., & Fawkner, H. (June, 2016). Body image & eating disorders awareness week: A case study. Paper presented at Appearance Matters 7.

Deighton-Smith, N., & Bell, B. T. (June, 2016). Objectifying fitness: A thematic analysis of #fitspiration messages on social media. Poster presented at Appearance Matters 7.

Bell, B. T., Deighton-Smith, N., Jankowski, G., Hurst, M., & Fawkner, H. (April, 2016). Body image & eating disorders awareness week: A case study. Paper presented at BPS Annual Conference 2016.

Bell, B. T. (March, 2016). Changing behaviours in the fitness culture of web 2.0. Invited presentation at Teesside University as part of the Social Futures Institute Seminar Series.

Bell, B. T.  (December, 2015). Understanding the diet and exercise culture of social media. Invited presentation at Lincoln University as part of the Eating Disorders, Social Media and Digital Technology Workshop.

Hughes, A., Bowes, S., & Bell, B. T. (September, 2014). Trust Between Teenagers: A Study of Online Photo-sharing. Poster presented at North East of England Branch of BPS Annual Conference 2014, Newcastle, UK

Bell, B. T. (September, 2014). “It’s like a boy's version of make-up”: Understanding adolescents’ photo-sharing practices on social networking sites. Paper presented at BPS Developmental Section Annual Conference 2014, Amsterdam.

Deighton-Smith, N. L., & Bell, B. T. (June, 2014). Is the #fitspiration culture on social media inspirational, healthy, or harmful? A content analysis of Instagram images. Paper presented at Appearance Matters 6, Bristol.

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