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.

Memberships, editorial boards

  • Editorial Board member, Body Image
  • Guest Editor, Special Research Topic ('Mindfulness, Interoception and the body') in Brain Science
  • Associate Fellow, the Higher Education Academy (HEA)
  • Ad hoc manuscript reviewer for journals including Biological Psychology, PLoS One, NeuroImage, International Journal of Obesity, Transcultural Psychiatry

Research grants, consultancy, knowledge exchange

The Urology Foundation Innovation and Research Award (2021) to Nikesh Thiruchelvam (PI), Jennifer Todd, Michael Lee, Jane Aspell, Kelly Leonard, Amanda Stranks (co-applicants). Value: £57,290

Awards

‘Best Doctoral Thesis’ award; FSE Inaugural Postgraduate Research Awards (2021)

Selected recent publications

For a full publication list view Jennifer's profile on ResearchGate.

Todd, J., Cardellicchio, P., Swami, V., Cardini, F., & Aspell, J. (2021). Weaker implicit interoception is associated with more negative body image: Evidence from gastric-alpha phase amplitude coupling and the heartbeat evoked potential. Cortex. Advance Online Publication. doi:10.1016/j.cortex.2021.07.006.

Eggart, M., Todd, J., & Valdés-Stauber, J. (2021). Validation of the Multidimensional Assessment of Interoceptive Awareness (MAIA-2) questionnaire in hospitalized patients with major depressive disorder. PLoS One, 16(6), e025391. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0253913.

Swami, V., Todd, J., Barron, D., Wong, K.Y., Zahari, H.S., & Tylka, T. (2021). The Body Acceptance By Others Scale-2 (BAOS-2): Psychometric properties of a Bahasa Malaysia (Malay) translation and assessment of invariance across Malaysia, the United Kingdom, and the United States. Body Image, 38, 346-357. doi:10.1016/j.bodyim.2021.05.009.

Todd, J., Aspell, J.E., Toh, E.K.L., Zahari, H.S., Mohd Khatib, N.A., & Swami, V. (2021). Examining relationships between interoceptive sensibility and body image in a non-Western context: A study with Malaysian adults. International Perspectives in Psychology: Research, Practice, Consultation. Accepted for publication.

Swami, V., Todd, J., & Barron, D. (2021). Translation and Validation of Body Image Instruments: An Addendum to Swami and Barron (2019) in the form of frequently asked questions. Body Image, 37, 214-224. doi: 10.1016/j.bodyim.2021.03.002.

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.

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, 36, 238-253. doi: 10.1016/j.bodyim.2020.11.007.

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, 77(3), 661-682. doi: 10.1002/jclp.23067.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Recent presentations and conferences

  • Versus Arthritis Pain Research in the UK Conference, 2021. Using smartphone technology to explore associations between interoception and fibromyalgia. Oral presentation.
  • Appearance Matters 9 Online Conference, 2021. Bodies from the inside out: Exploring relationships between interoception and body image in adults from the UK and Malaysia. Poster presentation.
  • Body Representation Network (BRNet) 3 Online Workshop, 2021. Weaker implicit interoception is associated with more negative body image. Poster presentation.
  • 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.