Beth Daniels, PhD

Beth Daniels

Beth Daniels, PhD

External Member, UWE Bristol
Professor, Centre for Appearance Research


Beth Daniels is an external member and currently a Professor and Director of the Centre for Appearance Research at UWE Bristol. Dr. Daniels' research examines how media affect girls' and young women's body image as well as protective factors such as physical activity and sport participation. More specifically, she studies how girls and young women are affected by sexual objectification and sexualization in a myriad of ways from body image and psychological well-being to school functioning. She is also interested in understanding how to cultivate embodiment and positive body image. Dr. Daniels' examines these issues from a sociocultural perspective and is especially interested in how social identities (e.g., gender, race) shape experience.

Featured Publications & Media

Daniels, E. A., & Kirby, J. (2023). Empowerment and disempowerment in women’s sport. In E. L. Zurbriggen & R. Capdevila (Eds.), The Palgrave Handbook of Power, Gender, & Psychology (pp. 377-396). Palgrave MacMillan.

Dieker, J. L., Renn, B. N., & Daniels, E. A. (2022). Self-objectification: Implications for physical activity in middle-aged women and men. Psychology, Health & Medicine, 28(3), 595-605.

Daniels, E. A., & Linder, J. R. (2021). Sex object vs. athlete: Boys’ and men’s responses toward sexualized male athletes. Sex Roles, 85(9-10), 528-541.   

Daniels, E. A., **Hood, A. J., LaVoi, N. M., & Cooky, C. (2021). Sexualized and athletic: The effects of viewing sexualized performance images of female athletes on viewers’ attitudes. Sex Roles, 84(1-2), 112-124.   

Daniels, E. A. (2022, February). Olympic athletes like Chloe Kim and Erin Jackson can change how girls see their bodies. NBC News.