Nadia Maalin

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Teaching Interests

Topics related to health (mental health, stress, body image, and eating disorders and behaviours)

Quantitative Research Methods and Statistics (using SPSS and R)

Supervision of research projects.


Modules I currently teach on at Birmingham City University:

  • PSY4045 Psychology of Individual Differences and Personality (Level 4 Core, Module Leader)
  • PSY5071 Stress and Health (Level 5 Optional, Module Leader)
  • PSY6097 Integrative Psychology Project (Level 6 Core, Dissertation Supervisor)

Modules I have previously taught on:

  • PSY4032 Introduction to Research Methods and Statistics (Core Level 4)

Research and Innovation interests

My PhD research focused on developing tools to assesss perceptions of female body size/shape.  I have developed novel computer-generated tools to assess perceptions of weight and body composition and a body size perception intervention for women with high body concerns. I am interested in perceptions of body size and shape (i.e. accuracy, weight, ideals, attractiveness) mostly using computer-generated imagery and 3D scanning technology - this could be perceptions related to oneself or judgments about other bodies. I also look at how perceptions are related to psychological, sociocultural, and biological factors. 

My technical skills include advanced data analysis (using both 'SPSS' and 'R'), and the use of 3D body scanning technology, 3D modelling software, and virtual reality. I have worked with a variety of samples including toddlers and adults up to the age of 74 years old.


Current research interests: 

  • Trait ratings (e.g. attractiveness, health, athleticism etc.) of computer-generated bodies varying in body mass index or body composition (fat and muscle) and their association with psychological, biological, and socio-cultural variables. 
  • Investigation of the relationships between muscularity preferences and weight stigma. 
  • Aging and body image/perceptions
  • Sexuality and body image/perceptions
  • Development and validation of novel tools and techniques for body size perception research
  • Stress and eating behaviours or body image

Education/Academic qualification

PhD , The development and validation of new tools and techniques to assess perceptions of female body size/shape, University of Lincoln

Award Date: 5 Mar 2021

MSc, Psychological Research Methods, Lancaster University

Award Date: 1 Sept 2017

BA (Hons) , Psychology and Management , Lancaster University

Award Date: 1 Jul 2016


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