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Dr Dawn Branley-Bell

Associate Professor

Department: Psychology

Dr Dawn Branley-Bell is an Associate Professor of Cyberpsychology & Director of the Psychology and Communication Technology Lab (PaCT Lab) at Northumbria University. She is a Medical Research Foundation Fellow, Chartered Psychologist (cPsychol.) and Chair of the British Psychological Society (BPS) Cyberpsychology Section.

You can find her on Twitter @TheCyberPsyche

Dawn Branley-Bell

Dr Branley-Bell specialises in cyberpsychology, health and wellbeing, and online behaviour. She has a keen interest in online communication around eating disorders, and self-harm, and the use of tech for health-related interventions. Other interests include exploring the positive side of internet usage, cybersecurity, and behaviour change.

She is the Principal Investigator for the RHED-C project (Remote Healthcare for Eating Disorders throughout COVID-19): https://research.northumbria.ac.uk/rhedc/

  • Please visit the Pure Research Information Portal for further information
  • ‘Chugging along, plugging in and out of it’:: Understanding a place-based approach for community-based support of mental health recovery, Claisse, C., Durrant, A., Branley-Bell, D., Sillence, E., Glascott, A., Cameron, A. 1 May 2024, In: Social Science & Medicine
  • Ethical Implications of AI-Powered Chatbots: Considerations for the AI Act: A Case Study of Tessa, Branley-Bell, D., Feiner, J., Prossnegg, S. 15 Feb 2024, In: Jusletter IT
  • “In the Only House in the Whole World but Everyone Doing the Same” Co-designed Animation as a Method of Critical Enquiry to Explore HCI Considerations for Remote Eating Disorder Support, Murphy-Morgan, C., Collingham, H., Shaddock, H., Branley-Bell, D. 11 May 2024, Extended Abstracts of the 2024 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI EA '24), New York, US, ACM
  • “"Some distance between us": A UK mixed methods study exploring experiences of remote care for eating disorders during COVID-19”, Murphy-Morgan, C., Brown, R., Love, C., Branley-Bell, D. 20 May 2024, In: Frontiers in Psychiatry
  • Chatbots for embarrassing and stigmatizing conditions: could chatbots encourage users to seek medical advice?, Branley-Bell, D., Brown, R., Coventry, L., Sillence, E. 27 Sep 2023, In: Frontiers in Communication
  • Designing remote care services for eating disorders: HCI considerations and provocations based upon service user experience and requirements, Branley-Bell, D., Murphy-Morgan, C. 23 Feb 2023
  • Effects of childhood trauma on sleep quality and stress-related variables in adulthood: evidence from two multilevel studies, O’Connor, D., Branley-Bell, D., Green, J., Ferguson, E., O’Carroll, R., O’Connor, R. 17 Nov 2023, In: Psychology & Health
  • Health Stigma on Twitter: Investigating the Prevalence and Type of Stigma Communication in Tweets about Different Conditions and Disorders, Brown, R., Sillence, E., Coventry, L., Branley-Bell, D., Murphy-Morgan, C., Durrant, A. 13 Oct 2023, In: Frontiers in Communication
  • It’s not all about control: Challenging mainstream framing of eating disorders, Branley-Bell, D., Talbot, C., Downs , J., Figueras, C., Green, J., McGilley, B., Murphy-Morgan, C. 19 Feb 2023, In: Journal of Eating Disorders
  • Using Qualitative and Mixed-Methods Approaches to Investigate Online Communication About Eating Disorders: A Reflective Account, Branley-Bell, D. 24 Jan 2023, Eating Disorders in Public Discourse, Exeter, UK, University of Exeter Press

  • Please visit the Pure Research Information Portal for further information
  • Examination: PhD Viva Examination 2023
  • Membership of committee: The British Psychological Society (External organisation) 2021
  • Editorial work: Frontiers in Psychology (Journal) 2020
  • Editorial work: The British Psychological Society (Publisher) 2020
  • Editorial work: BPS Cyberpsychology Bulletin (Journal) 2019
  • Membership of committee: The British Psychological Society (External organisation) 2019

  • Psychology PhD
  • Psychology MRes
  • Psychology BSc (Hons)


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