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Dr Petya Eckler

Senior Lecturer

Journalism, Media and Communication

Personal statement

I am a senior lecturer in Journalism and Creative Writing. 

My primary area of research is health communication through social media My latest study with colleagues in the United States is on Facebook use and body image.  I have also examined health-related peer-to-peer communication through online platforms and how it influences health attitudes and outcomes. And how hospitals in the United States use social media to communicate with their patients. I have also conducted research in international communication and advertising.

I work with various colleagues and groups on campus across faculties and am a member of the Steering Group of the interdisciplinary Centre for Health Policy, which is part of the International Public Policy Institute (IPPI). 

My professional experience includes working as an assistant editor, managing editor, health writer, reporter, and copy editor for various publications in the United States and Bulgaria, and as a public relations coordinator at the American University in Bulgaria.


What motivates young adults to talk about physical activity on social network sites?
Zhang Ni, Campo Shelly, Yang Jingzhen, Eckler Petya, Snetselaar Linda, Janz Kathleen F., Leary Emily
Journal of Medical Internet Research Vol 19, (2017)
The female body on social media
Eckler Petya, Kalyango Jr. Yusuf
Social MediaContemporary World Issues, (2017)
Facebook use and negative body image among U.S. college women
Eckler Petya, Kalyango Jr. Yusuf, Paasch Ellen
Women & Health Vol 57, pp. 249-267, (2017)
Mediatizing the naked truth - a re-conceptualisation of the ideal beach body in contemporary media
Kleim A., Eckler P., Tonner A.
6th European Communication Conference, (2016)
Characteristics of community newspaper coverage of tobacco control and its relationship to the passage of tobacco ordinances
Eckler Petya, Rodgers Shelly, Everett Kevin
Journal of Community Health Vol 41, pp. 953-961, (2016)
Rhetorical discourse and news : exploring strategies for high school students to critically engage with media on public health issues in Europe
Eckler Petya
International Communication Association Regional Conference, pp. 60-61, (2015)

more publications


  • Journalism 1b (first year) 
  • Journalism 2 (second year) 
  • Journalism Portfolio (fourth year, honours) 
  • Producing Media (post-graduate) 

Professional activities

Body Image and Eating Disorders: Future Research Priorities
Advances in Digital and Connected Health and Wellness
Lecture 8 in the Centre for Health Policy's International Seminar Series
Interview with Sarah Harris, associate producer at Maverick TV, for a documentary on body image for BBC3
Social media and body image: A complicated relationship
International Communication Research Journal (Journal)
Peer reviewer

more professional activities


Body Image and Social Media: Research and Practice in a Changing Environment
Eckler, Petya (Principal Investigator) Tonner, Andrea (Co-investigator)
The grant provided seed money for intensifying the impact of knowledge exchange activities related to my research on body image. Awarded £3,510.
Period 01-Feb-2016 - 30-Jan-2019
Exploring access to mental health care services for linguistically and culturally diverse patients
Quinn, Neil (Co-investigator) Eckler, Petya (Co-investigator) Knifton, Keith Lee (Co-investigator)
Period 01-Oct-2014 - 30-Apr-2015

more projects


Journalism, Media and Communication
Lord Hope Building

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