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I am a cyberpsychologist specialising in social media and its intersection with health and wellbeing. My research investigates the digital experiences of vulnerable and stigmatised groups. I have conducted research with a range of groups, including people with dementia, carers, people with eating disorders, and LGBTQ+ individuals. My current research focuses on young-onset dementia and the role of social media in facilitating social connection, self-expression, and a sense of identity.
I am a qualitative methodologist, with expertise conducting interviews with people with cognitive disabilities and vulnerable groups. In my research, I often apply qualitative methods of analysis to social media data such as blogs, tweets, and Instagram posts to understand lived experience. I am also interested in feminist psychology, particularly in improving psychological science and amplifying marginalized voices.
I am passionate about science communication and often write blogs, take part in public engagement events (e.g... Soapbox Science), and speak to the media about my research. I am also interested in creative communication, having worked with an artist to produce an art exhibition (Truth & Beauty) based on my research on eating disorders and social media. For this work, I was shortlisted for Elsevier's Researchers' Choice Communication Award.
I am committee member of the British Psychological Society (BPS) Cyberpsychology Section and the Early Career Researcher rep for the BPS Research Board.more
- Talbot, C.V. and Pownall, M., 2022. “If your institution refuses to provide what you need, create it yourself”: Feminist praxis on #AcademicTwitter. Feminism and Psychology, 32 (1), 101-118.
- Pownall, M., Talbot, C.V., Henschel, A., Lautarescu, A., Lloyd, K.E., Hartmann, H., Darda, K.M., Tang, K.T.Y., Carmichael-Murphy, P. and Siegel, J.A., 2021. Navigating Open Science as Early Career Feminist Researchers. Psychology of Women Quarterly, 45 (4), 526-539.
- Branley-Bell, D. and Talbot, C.V., 2021. “It is the only constant in what feels like a completely upside down and scary world”: Living with an eating disorder during COVID-19 and the importance of perceived control for recovery and relapse. Appetite, 167.
- Pownall, M., Vasilev, M., Talbot, C. et al., 2021. Embedding open and reproducible science into teaching: A bank of lesson plans and resources. Scholarship of Teaching and Learning in Psychology.
- Thomas, L., Talbot, C.V. and Briggs, P., 2021. The Digital Lives of Student Mothers: A Consideration of Technologies That Support or Erode the Student/Parent Boundary. International Journal of Human Computer Studies, 154.
- Talbot, C.V., O’Dwyer, S.T., Clare, L. and Heaton, J., 2021. The use of Twitter by people with young-onset dementia: A qualitative analysis of narratives and identity formation in the age of social media. Dementia, 20 (7), 2542-2557.
- Talbot, C.V. and Briggs, P., 2021. "Getting back to normality seems as big of a step as going into lockdown": The Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on People with Early to Middle Stage Dementia. Age Ageing, 50 (3), 657-663.
- Talbot, C.V. and Branley-Bell, D., 2021. #BetterHealth: A qualitative analysis of reactions to the UK government’s better health campaign. Journal of Health Psychology.
- Branley-Bell, D. and Talbot, C.V., 2020. Exploring the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and UK lockdown on individuals with experience of eating disorders. Journal of Eating Disorders, 8 (1).
- Talbot, C., O’Dwyer, S., Clare, L., Heaton, J. and Anderson, J., 2020. Identifying people with dementia on Twitter. Dementia, 19 (4), 965-974.
- Talbot, C.V., O'Dwyer, S.T., Clare, L., Heaton, J. and Anderson, J., 2020. How people with dementia use twitter: A qualitative analysis. Computers in Human Behavior, 102, 112-119.
- Talbot, C.V., Talbot, A., Roe, D.J. and Briggs, P., 2020. The management of LGBTQ+ identities on social media: A student perspective. New Media and Society.
- Talbot, C.V., Gavin, J., van Steen, T. and Morey, Y., 2017. A content analysis of thinspiration, fitspiration, and bonespiration imagery on social media. Journal of Eating Disorders, 5 (1).
- Talbot, C., 2021. Lockdown and dementia: for some, COVID-19 has created an isolated, confusing but calmer world. The Conversation. Available from: https://theconversation.com/lockdown-and-dementia-for-some-covid-19-has-created-an-isolated-confusing-but-calmer-world-153065.
- Dawn, B.-B. and Talbot, C., 2020. People with eating disorders saw their symptoms worsen during the pandemic – new study. The Conversation. Available from: https://theconversation.com/people-with-eating-disorders-saw-their-symptoms-worsen-during-the-pandemic-new-study-140487.
Profile of Teaching PG
- Advanced Research Methods
- Research Project Supervisor
Profile of Teaching UG
- Applied Clinical Psychology
- Social Psychology and Individual Differences
- Human Computer Interaction
- Psychology of Social Media and Videogames
- Research Methods and Analysis
- Work-life balance through the eyes of women in academia with caring responsibilities (Women's Academic Network, 13 Sep 2021). In Progress
- British Psychological Society, Early Career Researcher Representative (2020-)
- British Psychological Society Cyberpsychology Committee, Committee Member
Public Engagement & Outreach Activities
- Liverpool Dementia and Ageing Research Forum, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bl2-q0EUvd8&t=878s
- York Festival of Ideas, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QkmNNJ8tULQ&t=1372s
- DPhil in Medical Studies (University of Exeter, 2020)
- Winner (I'm a Scientist Get Me Out Of Here, Community Zone, 2020)
- Rising Researcher (PsyPAG, 2019)
- Researchers' Choice Communication Award (Shortlisted) (Elsevier, 2018)
- Helen Haste Award for Creativity and Innovative Writing in Psychology (University of Bath, 2016)
Social Media Links
- Twitter, @CatherineTalb