Hannah Lewis is a London Interdisciplinary Social Science (LISS) funded PhD Student at the Centre for Psychiatry. Hannah had previously studied at the Centre where she completed an MSc in Cultural and Global Perspectives in Mental Health Care, where she undertook a systematic review of school-based body image interventions to assess their cultural inclusivity.
After working in mental health policy for a national charitable organisation, she returned to the Centre in 2019 to study an MRes in Psychological Therapies and conducted a second systematic review which explored the involvement of people with lived experience of eating disorders in prevention and treatment interventions.
For her PhD project, Hannah is building upon her previous research in eating disorder prevention, cultural inclusivity and involvement by co-producing a cultural adaptation of The Body Project – an eating disorder prevention programme based on cognitive dissonance which has the most robust evidence base in the field. By working closely with the diverse community of Tower Hamlets, Hannah intends to co-deliver and co-evaluate the culturally adapted intervention in local schools with educational mental health practitioners and experts-by experience.