Subject: Can a 1-week online writing intervention improve body image in adults living with a dermatological condition?

Contact: Dr Kate Adkins (Trainee Clinical Psychologist) Department of Psychology, University of Sheffield, Floor F, Cathedral Court, 1 Vicar Lane, Sheffield. S1 2LT. Email:

Details and requirements: Do you have a vulval skin condition that affects how you feel about your body? If so please consider taking part in my research.

I am running an online Randomised Controlled Trial to test whether or not a brief online writing intervention could improve body image in adults with a range of conditions that affect the skin, including conditions that affect the vulva. This approach has already shown positive outcomes in women with body image concerns, and women with rheumatoid arthritis. The study has been designed with the input of several experts by experience living with a range of dermatological conditions.

To participate in this study, you will need to be aged 18 or over and live with a skin condition (e.g. lichen planus, lichen sclerosus, vulval intraepithelial neoplasia (VIN), cysts, herpes or dermatitis/eczema) which negatively affects how you feel about your body. Participation will involve completing three 15-minute writing exercises over the course of a week, as well as completing questionnaires about your condition and body image (before the first writing exercise, after the last writing exercise and one month later). The focus of the writing tasks will depend on whether you are randomly allocated to the intervention or an alternative set of writing tasks. At the end of the study you will be told whether you were allocated to the intervention or control. All participants completing the study will be able to download the intervention and enter a prize draw for a £50 voucher. 

Your responses will be anonymous and the study has been granted ethical approval by the University of Sheffield.

Website: You can read more and take part via:

Please get in touch via email ( if you have any questions, are unsure of whether you meet the criteria, or want any further information.

(Correct as at 19 January 2021)