Dr Jennifer Todd

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Faculty:Faculty of Science and Engineering

School:Psychology and Sport Science

Location: Cambridge

Jenny is currently working on a project that will use virtual reality body illusions to investigate the interactions between the body, brain and pain in fibromyalgia, funded by Versus Arthritis. She is also adjunct Fellow at the Centre for Psychological Medicine at Perdana University in Malaysia.

jennifer.todd@aru.ac.uk

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Background

Jenny is a member of our Body and Self Group which forms part of our ARU Centre for Mind and Behaviour.

Jenny’s PhD project was entitled 'An investigation of the link between body image and interoception' and examined the nature and strength of relationships between interoception (the sense of the physiological state of the body) and body image. Funded by and working in partnership with the Centre for Psychological Medicine at Perdana University in Malaysia, she was investigating the cross-cultural reliability of established relationships between interoceptive processing and body image. She is utilising this research to develop interventions which reduce negative body image, and promote positive body image.

Selected recent publications

Swami, V., Todd, J., Steiger, S., Furnham, A., Horne, G., Tylka, T., 2020. Body acceptance by others: refinement of the construct, and development and psychometric evaluation of a revised measure – the Body Acceptance by Others Scale-2. Body Image. Accepted for Publication.

Jones, A., Silas, J., Todd, J., Stewart, A., Acree, M., Coulson, M., Mehling, W., 2020. Exploring the Multidimensional Assessment of Interoceptive Awareness in youth aged 7-17 years. Journal of Clinical Psychology. Advanced online publication. doi: 10.1002/jclp.23067

Vintilâ, M., Todd, J., Goian, C., Tudorel, O., Barbat, C. A., Swami, V., 2020. The Romanian version of the Intuitive Eating Scale-2: Assessment of its psychometric properties and gender invariance in Romanian adults. Body Image, 35, pp. 225-236. doi: 10.1016/j.bodyim.2020.09.009

Swami, V., Todd, J., Steiger, S., Tylka, T., 2020. The Body Acceptance by Others Scale: An Assessment of its factorial validity in adults from the United Kingdom. Body Image, 35, pp. 71-74. doi: 10.1016/j.bodyim.2020.08.00

Swami, V., Barron, D., Todd, J., Horne, G., Furnham, A., 2020. Nature Exposure and Positive Body Image: (Re-)Examining the Mediating Roles of Connectedness to Nature and Trait Mindfulness. Body Image, 34, pp. 201-208. doi: 10.1016/j.bodyim.2020.06.004.

Todd, J., Aspell, J. E., Barron, D., Toh, E. K. L., Zahari, H. S., Mohd. Khatib, N. A., Laughton, R., Swami, V., 2020. Greater gastric interoception is associated with more positive body image: Evidence from adults in Malaysia and the United Kingdom. Body Image, 34, pp. 101-111. doi: 10.1016/j.bodyim.2020.05.011.

Todd, J., Swami, V., 2020. Assessing the Measurement Invariance of Two Positive Body Image Instruments in Adults from Malaysia and the United Kingdom. Body Image, 34, pp. 112-116. doi: 10.1016/j.bodyim.2020.05.009.

Geller, S., Handelzalts, J. E., Levy, S., Boxer, N., Todd, J., Swami, V., 2020. An Examination of the Factor Structure and Preliminary Assessment of the Psychometric Properties of a Hebrew Translation of the Body Appreciation Scale-2 (BAS-2). Body Image. In press.

Todd, J., Barron, D., Aspell, J. E., Toh, E. K. L., Zahari, H. S., Mohd. Khatib, N. A., Swami, V., 2020. Translation and validation of a Bahasa Malaysia (Malay) version of the Multidimensional Assessment of Interoceptive Awareness (MAIA). PLoS One, 15(4), e0231048. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0231048.

Todd, J., Hina, F., Aspell, J. E., 2020. Reduction of auditory input improves performance on the heartbeat tracking task, but does not necessarily enhance interoception. Experimental Brain Research, 238, pp. 621–629. doi: 10.1007/s00221-020-05740-y.

Swami, V., Todd, J., Zahari, H. S., Mohd Khatib, N. A., Toh, E. K. L., Barron, D., 2020. Dimensional Structure, Psychometric Properties, and Sex and Ethnic Invariance of a Bahasa Malaysia (Malay) Translation of the Intuitive Eating Scale-2 (IES-2). Body Image, 32, pp. 167-179. doi: 10.1016/j.bodyim.2020.01.003.

Todd, J., Aspell, J. E., Barron, D., Swami, V., 2019. An exploration of the associations between facets of interoceptive awareness and body image in adolescents. Body Image, 31, pp. 171-180. doi: 10.1016/j.bodyim.2019.10.004.

Junqueira, A. C. P., Laus, M. F., Almeida, S. S., Costa, T. M. B., Todd, J., Swami, V., 2019. Translation and validation of a Brazilian Portuguese version of the Body Appreciation Scale-2 in Brazilian adults. Body Image, 31, pp. 160-170. doi: 10.1016/j.bodyim.2019.10.002.

Swami, V., Todd, J., Aspell, J. E., Khatib, N. A. M., Toh, E. K. L., Zahari, H. S., Barron, D., 2019. Translation and validation of a Bahasa Malaysia (Malay) version of the Functionality Appreciation Scale. Body Image, 30, pp. 114-120. doi: 10.1016/j.bodyim.2019.06.001.

Todd, J., Aspell, J. E., Barron, D., Swami, V., 2019. Multiple dimensions of interoceptive awareness are associated with facets of body image in British adults. Body Image, 29, pp. 6-16. doi: 10.1016/j.bodyim.2019.02.003.

Swami, V., Khatib, N. A. M., Toh, E., Zahari, H. S., Todd, J., Barron, D., 2019. Factor structure and psychometric properties of a Bahasa Malaysia (Malay) translation of the Body Appreciation Scale-2 (BAS-2). Body image, 28, pp. 66-75. doi: 10.1016/j.bodyim.2018.12.006.

Swami, V., Todd, J., Khatib, N. A. M., Toh, E. K. L., Zahari, H. S., Barron, D., 2019. Dimensional structure, psychometric properties, and sex invariance of a Bahasa Malaysia (Malay) translation of the Multidimensional Body-Self Relations Questionnaire–Appearance Scales (MBSRQ–AS) in Malaysian Malay adults. Body image, 28, pp. 81-92. doi: 10.1016/j.bodyim.2018.12.007.

Todd, J., Hina, F., Aspell, J. E., 2018. Disturbed interoceptive processing in nicotine addiction. [submitted].

Recent presentations and conferences

BPS Psychobiology Section ASM, Windermere, 2018. Multiple Dimensions of Interceptive Awareness Predict Facets of Body Image. Poster presentation.

BPS East of England 2nd Annual Conference, Norwich, 2018. Multiple Dimensions of Interceptive Awareness Predict Facets of Body Image. Poster presentation.

Cambridge Neuroscience Seminar - Mental Plasticity & Development, Cambridge University, 2018. Disturbed interoceptive processing in nicotine addiction. Poster presentation.

ARU Body and Self Research Group Seminar, Cambridge, 2017. Relations between interoceptive processing and nicotine addiction. Oral Presentation.

BPS Psychobiology Section ASM, Windermere, 2016. Relations between interoceptive processing and nicotine addiction. Oral Presentation.