Physical Appearance Research Team (PART)

Research Overview

The Melbourne Physical Appearance Research Team (PART) is a highly active research group located in the Melbourne School of Psychological Sciences at the University of Melbourne, Australia.

Led by Drs Scott Griffiths and Isabel Krug, PART unites a team of academics, postdocs, research assistants and postgraduate and undergraduate students with a shared interest in the phenomena of human physical appearance. The ethos of PART is that rigorous and world-class research will deepen our understanding of the myriad ways that physical appearance impacts our everyday lives.

Members of PART are currently conducting research on eating disorders and disordered eating behaviours, muscle dysmorphia and anabolic-androgenic steroid dependence, height and genital dissatisfaction and their potential modification, sexualization and assertiveness, body ideals and adherence to masculine and feminine gender roles, body idealising social media content including thinspiration and fitspiration, measure and scale development for physical appearance constructs, weight stigma and weight discrimination, and the stigmatisation of psychological disorders for which physical appearance is central.


  • Scott Griffiths
    Dr Scott Griffiths Team Leader, University of Melbourne
  • Isabel Krug
    Dr Isabel Krug Team Leader, University of Melbourne
  • Khandis Blake
    Dr Khandis Blake Team Leader, University of Melbourne
  • Emma_Austen
    Emma Austen Research assistant, University of Melbourne
  • Sarah_Bonell
    Sarah Bonell PhD student, University of Melbourne
  • Haley_E._Brown
    Haley E. Brown University of Melbourne
  • Kimberly_Buck
    Kimberly Buck University of Melbourne
  • Marie_Camin
    Marie Camin Masters student, University of Melbourne
  • Mitchell_L._Cunningham
    Mitchell L. Cunningham PhD student, University of Sydney
  • Sarah_Giles
    Sarah Giles PhD student, University of Melbourne
  • Megan_Gittus
    Megan Gittus University of Melbourne
  • Sarah_Lipson
    Sarah Lipson Visiting researcher, Harvard University
  • Beth_O'Gorman
    Beth O'Gorman PhD student, University of Queensland
  • Poorna_Selvaraja
    Poorna Selvaraja Masters student, University of Melbourne
  • Ashleigh_Stefanovski
    Ashleigh Stefanovski Honours student, University of Melbourne
  • Stephanie_Stewart
    Stephanie Stewart PhD student, University of Melbourne
  • Daniel_Talbot
    Daniel Talbot PhD student, Western Sydney University
  • Weixi_Tan
    Weixi Tan Honours student, University of Melbourne
  • Madeleine_Toohey
    Madeleine Toohey Masters student, University of Melbourne
  • Eugenia_Yee
    Eugenia Yee Masters student, University of Melbourne

Research Publications

Griffiths, Scott & Jacka, Brendan & Degenhardt, Louisa & Murray, Stuart & Larance, Briony. (2018). Physical appearance concerns are uniquely associated with the severity of steroid dependence and depression in anabolic–androgenic steroid users. Drug and Alcohol Review. 37. 10.1111/dar.12688.

Griffiths, Scott & Murray, Stuart & Krug, Isabel & McLean, Si├ón. (2018). The Contribution of Social Media to Body Dissatisfaction, Eating Disorder Symptoms, and Anabolic Steroid Use Among Sexual Minority Men. CyberPsychology & Behavior. 21. 10.1089/cyber.2017.0375.

Griffiths, Scott & Murray, Stuart & Mitchison, Deborah & Castle, David & M. Mond, Jonathan. (2018). Relative Strength of the Associations of Body Fat, Muscularity, Height, and Penis Size Dissatisfaction With Psychological Quality of Life Impairment Among Sexual Minority Men. Psychology of Men & Masculinity. 10.1037/men0000149.

Research Projects

This Research Group doesn't currently have any projects

Faculty Research Themes


School Research Themes

Cognitive Psychology and Behavioural Neuroscience, Clinical Psychology and Clinical Neuropsychology, Social and Personality Psychology

Key Contact

For further information about this research, please contact Team leader Scott Griffiths

Department / Centre

Melbourne School of Psychological Sciences

Unit / Centre

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