Jennifer Todd

PhD Researcher

Faculty:Faculty of Science and Engineering

School:Psychology and Sport Science

Location: Cambridge

jenny.todd@pgr.anglia.ac.uk

Research interests

Thesis title:

An investigation of the link between body image and interoception.

Supervisory Team

Professor Viren Swami (Anglia Ruskin University and Perdana University)
Dr Jane Aspell (Anglia Ruskin University)
Dr David Barron (Perdana University)

Research Group

Jenny is a member of our Body and Self Research Area which forms part of our Brain and Cognition Research Group. She also belongs to our Applied, Social, and Health Psychology Research Group.

Summary of Research

Jenny’s PhD project examines the nature and strength of relationships between interoception (the sense of the physiological state of the body) and body image. Funded by and working in partnership with the Centre for Psychological Medicine at Perdana University in Malaysia, she is investigating the cross-cultural reliability of established relationships between interoceptive processing and body image. She is utilising this research to develop interventions which reduce negative body image, and promote positive body image.

Selected recent publications

Todd, J., Aspell, J.E., Barron, D. and Swami, V., 2019. Multiple dimensions of interoceptive awareness are associated with facets of body image in British adults. Body Image, 29, pp.6-16. doi:10.1016/j.bodyim.2019.02.003.

Swami, V., Khatib, N.A.M., Toh, E., Zahari, H.S., Todd, J. and Barron, D., 2019. Factor structure and psychometric properties of a Bahasa Malaysia (Malay) translation of the Body Appreciation Scale-2 (BAS-2). Body image, 28, pp.66-75. doi:10.1016/j.bodyim.2018.12.006.

Swami, V., Todd, J., Khatib, N.A.M., Toh, E.K.L., Zahari, H.S. and Barron, D., 2019. Dimensional structure, psychometric properties, and sex invariance of a Bahasa Malaysia (Malay) translation of the Multidimensional Body-Self Relations Questionnaire–Appearance Scales (MBSRQ–AS) in Malaysian Malay adults. Body image, 28, pp.81-92. doi:10.1016/j.bodyim.2018.12.007.

Todd, J., Hina, F. and Aspell, J.E., 2018. Disturbed interoceptive processing in nicotine addiction. [submitted].

Recent presentations and conferences

BPS Psychobiology Section ASM, Windermere, 2018. Multiple Dimensions of Interceptive Awareness Predict Facets of Body Image. Poster presentation.

BPS East of England 2nd Annual Conference, Norwich, 2018. Multiple Dimensions of Interceptive Awareness Predict Facets of Body Image. Poster presentation.

Cambridge Neuroscience Seminar - Mental Plasticity & Development, Cambridge University, 2018. Disturbed interoceptive processing in nicotine addiction. Poster presentation.

ARU Body and Self Research Group Seminar, Cambridge, 2017. Relations between interoceptive processing and nicotine addiction. Oral Presentation.

BPS Psychobiology Section ASM, Windermere, 2016. Relations between interoceptive processing and nicotine addiction. Oral Presentation.