Mind & Skin are pleased to announce our new research service. We understand that the daily mental-wellbeing of dermatology patients is poorly understood and recognised in academia. By further engaging with more communities and developing new collaborations we believe that this service will help the paradigm of reaffirming academic results, solve new or existing problems and develop new theories.

Our research aims: 

  • Assist in recruiting for research or study participants.
  • Present new research proposals for the paradigm.
  • Engage in community development.
  • Increase networking opportunities for all heath care practitioners in psychodermatology care.

Why use our research service? 

  • We are the only dedicated psychodermatology charity in the UK.
  • Direct capacity to work with patients who have skin conditions.
  • Concise, fast and effective service.
  • Recruit people for study sample.
  • Network with fellow professionals such as dermatologists, psychologists, psychiatrists and nurses.

What we need from you?

  • Research proposal outlining study rationale and methodology.
  • Ethics approval from your ethical supervisor and board.
  • Character reference and full contact details from research supervisor.
  • Contact details for each potential researcher (if collaborative).
  • University logo to accompany proposal.
  • All copies must be sent via both electronic and paper copy.


  • We do not hold any liability for people participating in the research studies.
  • All research must adhere to Mind & Skin research policies.
  • We aim to have each study assessed, approved and online (adhering to all policies) in a one month period.
  • We are open to international research opportunities, however more consideration will be sought on each individual study.


For more information please contact us via email:



Current Research


Study 1:

“Visible difference” and intimate relationships


Nicholas Sharratt

PhD Researcher

Centre for Appearance Research, Department of Psychology

University of the West of England

Mr Sharratt from the Centre for Appearance Research (part of the University of the West of England) is conducting research looking at altered appearance, disfiguring conditions “visible difference” and intimate relationships. Nick is studying this area as he works towards a PhD and is currently hoping to recruit participants for an on-line survey focussing on the thoughts, feelings and intimate lives of those living with a visible difference. The aims of the study are to learn more about how looking different may impact upon intimate relationships and to develop a measurement scale that can be used to identify those that find their intimate lives challenging because of how they look. If you have a visible difference, are at least 18 years old, are based in the UK and would like to find out more then you can contact Nick by email on

Link to study:

Link to UWE:





Study 2:

Young people and Eczema


Hannah Lichwa

Trainee Educational & Child Psychologist

Educational Psychology Group

University College London (UCL)

It has been reported that few teachers recognise the educational difficulties that can occur as a result of the impact of eczema, and this limits opportunities for additional support with learning. At present, educational, social & emotional support for young people (YP) with eczema is limited, particularly at school, and the associated social and emotional difficulties are seemingly under identified. In relation to the role of Educational Psychologists (EPs), there appears to be a number of instances in which EP advice and support is not sought for YP with eczema when needed. EPs can play a key role in exploring possible difficulties that YP could be experiencing as a result of their condition, and provide recommendations on how the child can be best supported in relation to these needs.

The aim of this research and distinct contribution it intends to provide is two-fold. Firstly, this research aims to raise awareness of the link between physical health, namely a particular chronic condition and how this impacts psychological wellbeing for young people at school. Secondly, it is anticipated that this can support school staff to consider the impact that eczema could have on pupil’s mental-wellbeing, their learning and ultimately their school experience during the particularly pertinent stage of development and adolescence.

If you would like to find out more about this study please contact Hannah by email on:

What is the study about?

We would like to learn more about how eczema affects young people at school. We understand that having eczema can be difficult and want to know how this might affect your experiences at school.

Who is being invited to take part?

We are asking young people aged 11-16 years who have eczema to take part.

What will I be asked to do?

We will ask you to complete 3 short questionnaires online.

Link to study:

Link to UCL:




Study 3: 

“Skin Support” Evaluation

Kerry Montgomery

Postgraduate Researcher

University of Sheffield

Department of Psychology

We would like to invite you to visit the Skin Support website and give your feedback by completing this survey. The survey can be completed by people aged 16 and over and living with a skin condition or on behalf of someone with a skin condition (e.g. parents, partners, friends or family of someone living with a skin condition).

As a thank you for completing this survey there is an opportunity to be entered into a prize draw to win one of six £25 amazon vouchers. To be entered into the prize draw you will be asked for your email address when you have completed the survey. This will be kept separate from your survey responses.

Please complete the survey here:

If you would like to find out more about this study please contact Kerry Montgomery by email on:



Study 4:

Patients’ experience of melanoma


Rebecca Healey

BSc Psychology; MSc Health Psychology

PhD Student

Teesside University

This research project is examining patients’ experiences of melanoma from the point of diagnosis through to post treatment follow-up’s. The focus is upon the psychosocial impact melanoma can have on an individual and their lives at different stages of the pathway. This research can translate into practice and if necessary the current services for melanoma patients can be improved and psychosocial elements across the melanoma journey can be fully addressed.

Who is invited to take part?

Individuals that have received a clinical diagnosis of melanoma in the past ten years, are over the age of 18 and have no other skin conditions.

If you would like to find out more about this study please contact Rebecca Healey by email on:





Study 5: 


Social confidence self-help for people with visible difference


Luke Powell

Trainee Clinical Psychologist

University of Sheffield

Individuals with visible difference commonly experience appearance-related social worry. There are limited resources to help people with appearance-related distress, so internet-provided self-help interventions may be beneficial. An online self-help intervention based upon Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) has been developed.

What is the study about?

This study examines whether a self-help booklet based upon ACT is effective in improving social confidence in adults with a visible difference who experience appearance-related social worry.

Who is being invited to take part?

We are asking adults with a visible difference who experience appearance-related social worry to take part. To take part, you need to be fluent in the English language and not currently receiving psychological therapy.

What will I be asked to do?

We will ask you to complete some questionnaires on two occasions, four weeks apart. You will be randomly assigned to one of two groups. One group will receive the self-help booklet straight away and the other group will receive it in four weeks’ time. If you receive the intervention straight away, we ask that you work through it in the four-week period.

If you would like to find out more about this study please contact Luke Powell by email on:

Link to study and more information: