Remote Healthcare for Eating Disorders During Covid-19, RHED-C, is a research project designed to learn from lockdown, to help create inclusive futures for people with eating distress to access remote healthcare.
Led by Claire Murphy-Morgan, this Psychology research involves listening to people with eating distress, or disordered eating, to identify challenges and opportunities encountered during lockdown.
My role in the project was to produce a co-designed animation to help participants articulate, reflect, and extract learning from their experiences of lockdown.
Working with artist Helen Shaddock, we conducted arts-workshops which included mark-making, using image and colour to scaffold conversations with participants around the challenges of lockdown. These workshops were seen as therapeutic in themselves, bringing together communities around shared experience, and making a platform for ideas exchange and peer-support.
The workshops resulted in a wealth of rich visual imagery generated by participants. I led the development of the animation, below, as a way of capturing and reflecting upon this rich, mixed data.
Reserach Team: Claire Murphy Morgan, Dawn Brannely Bell, Henry Colingham, Helen Shaddock
‘In The only house in the whole world but everyone doing the same.’ An exploration of video and animation as a method of critical enquiry in exploring lived experiences of remote support for eating disorders and eating distress during the COVID-19 pandemic. Murphy-Morgan, C., Collingham, H,. Shaddock, H., & Branley-Bell, D. 2024. In Proceedings of the 2024 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI 2024). ACM. [Postprint available on request]
‘Stepping outside the red line.’ An exploration of two co-design methodologies exploring lived experiences of remote support for eating disorders throughout COVID-19 and beyond. Murphy-Morgan, C., Branley-Bell, D.,  Collingham, H., Shaddock, H., & Malowaniec, P. 2024, June.  In Proceedings of the 8th International Conference on Design4Health. Taylor & Francis. [Postprint available on request]

This reserach was funded by Medical Research Foundation as part of RHED-C [MRF-058-0016-F-BRAN-C0868] and EPRSC as part of Centre for Digital Citizens [EPSRC, EP/T022582/1]
Thank you to Eating Distress North East (EDNE) and to all the participants who gave their valuable time and knowledge in the making of this work.