Miss Anya Heneghan

Research project: The Stigma Associated with Eating Disorders and the Impact They Have on Family Members.


In my PhD thesis I am investigating adolescents' knowledge of and attitudes towards eating disorders, as this cohort is particularly at risk of developing eating disorders it is important to investigate where more education is required in order to interrupt this cycle and prevent the occurrence of eating disorders. I am also looking to investigate the experiences of adolescents with a sibling with an eating disorder as siblings have largely been left out of the current research on the effects eating disorders.

I am hoping to raise awareness and highlight the need for greater education around eating disorders as well as more services for all those impacted by eating disorders.


I completed a BSc in Forensic Psychology at Kingston University before starting my PhD here. My main research area is eating disorders and I am passionate about bringing more awareness to this area. I am particularly interested in the experiences of adolescents with a sibling with an eating disorder.

Areas of research interest

  • Eating disorders
  • Mental Health
  • Stigma
  • The effect of eating disorders on siblings


  • BSc in Forensic Psychology