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

* Study has now finished, we will have a update in due course.

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:

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 4:

Parent and Child Wellbeing in Childhood Psoriasis and Childhood Eczema

*Extracts taken from university research web page.

What is the purpose of the study?

This study is looking to find out more about psychological wellbeing in children with psoriasis/eczema and their parents. There is some scientific evidence to suggest that children with skin conditions, and their parents, can sometimes suffer from stress and anxiety. We would like to find out how stress and anxiety are related to a particular parenting style called Mindful Parenting. Parents vary in how mindful they are. Those parents who are more mindful are likely to play closer attention to their child in a non-reactive, non-judgemental way.

What does the study involve?

The study involves completing two questionnaires; one today and one in around six months time. Each questionnaire will take around 25 minutes to complete. We would also like your child to complete a brief questionnaire today (around 5 minutes long), and another in six months time. The questionnaire we would like your child to complete can either be completed directly after you have finished this questionnaire, or it can be sent to an e-mail address to be completed later. These questionnaires will be much easier to read and answer on a laptop/PC/tablet than a mobile phone. All of these questionnaires have been used before in other research studies.

This questionnaire will ask you about a range of different topics; including your thoughts, your mood and the way that you interact with your child. Your child’s questionnaire will ask a few questions about how psoriasis/eczema impacts on their life.

Link to study:



Eczema, diet and allergy beliefs from carers of children

Study 4:

Parents of children and adults with eczema often ask about allergy testing, in-case particular foodstuffs are a cause of the dry and inflamed skin. There is limited data on how strong beliefs about the the role of food allergy are, or how often parents-patients modify or restrict diets in a bid to improve eczema control.

This questionnaire hopes to find out how patients or carers of children with eczema may alter their diet related to the their eczema.

The questionnaire should take between 5 – 10 minutes.
Jonathan Chan

Link to study: