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I am a Chartered Health Psychologist and lecturer in Biopsychology at Glasgow Caledonian University. My work in the area of weight-related psychology in men began with my PhD, which was entitled Psychological correlates of overweight in a group of Scottish men. I am particularly interested in the development of body image (dis)satisfaction in men and the relationship this shares with other weight-related psychological phenomena, including cognitive/dietary restraint. Much of my work has used the theories of evolutionary psychology to explore and explain men’s body image. I am the co-ordinating editor of Health Psychology Update.
Gillon, E. & McPherson, K.E. (2007). Using body image to help men manage weight problems. In White, A. & Pettifer, M. (eds). Hazardous Waist: Tackling male weight problems. Radcliffe Publishing:Oxford.
McPherson, K.E. & Turnbull, J.D. (2005). Body image satisfaction in men and its implications for promoting healthy behaviours. International Journal of Men’s Health, 4 (1), 3-12.
McPherson, K.E. & Turnbull, J.D. (2004). Scottish men’s nutritional knowledge and the Scottish Executive’s current dietary targets: They don’t match up. Nutrition Bulletin, 29(3), 183-187.
Turnbull, J.D., McPherson, K.E., Macleod, H.A. & Barnfather, V. (2003). Weight and exercise in young men. Men’s Health Journal, 2(4), 122-124.
McPherson, K.E. & Turnbull, J.D. (2002). Scottish men’s knowledge of their body weight and height. Men’s Health Journal, 1(5), 156-159.
McPherson, K.E. & Turnbull, J.D. (2000). An exploration of nutritional knowledge in a sample of Scottish men of low socio-economic status. Nutrition Bulletin, 25 (4), 323-327.
McPherson, K.E. (in preparation). Snacking, disinhibition and body weight in Scottish men. British Journal of Nutrition.
McPherson, K.E. & Field, E. (in preparation). Partner preferences: a comparison of heterosexual and homosexual women. Evolutionary Psychology.
Published Abstracts and Conference Presentations
Hughes, J., McPherson, K.E. & Zullo, F. (2005). ‘I’m a lesbian, get me out of here’: A preliminary investigation of barriers to cervical screen in Scottish lesbians. Proceedings of The British Psychological Society.
McPherson, K.E. (2005). Men’s Body Image. Invited speaker at Hazardous Waist conference of the Men’s Health Forum and Dept. of Health. London, June 2005.
McPherson, K.E. & Weir, C. (2005). Health graffiti: the efficacy of providing breast self examination information in public toilet cubicles. Proceedings of The British Psychological Society, 13 (1), 84.
McPherson, K.E., Hughes, J. & Stewart, L. (2004). The ideal (wo)man: Similarities and differences in opposite sex attraction. Human Behavior and Evolution Society Conference, Berlin, Germany, 21-25 July 2004.
McPherson, K.E., Hughes, J. & Stewart, L. (2004). (S)he looks nice!: measuring opposite sex attraction. Human Behavior and Evolution Society Conference, Berlin, Germany, 21-25 July 2004.
McPherson, K.E. & Turnbull, J.D. (2004). Body image satisfaction in men and its implications for promoting healthy behaviours. 1st National Men's Health Conference, Arlington, Virginia, 20-22 May 2004.
McPherson, K.E. & Turnbull, J.D. (2001). Is there a difference between an aesthetic-ideal and a healthy-ideal body image? Proceedings of The British Psychological Society, 9 (2), 224.
McPherson, K.E. (1998). An examination of the relationships that exist between ways of coping, levels of perceived social support and general health perceptions in insulin-dependent and non-insulin-dependent diabetics. Proceedings of The British Psychological Society, 6 (2), 120.
Nutritional knowledge and its effects on the eating behaviour of Scottish men. SET for Britain 2000 (House of Commons).