I am a DPhil student in the Centre for Eudaimonia and Human Flourishing supervised by Professor Morten Kringelbach. My research focuses on the uses of creative arts therapies, namely music and dance, as alternative therapeutic methods for children and adolescents with symptoms of trauma and PTSD. I have a strong interest in ethnic minority populations, and my DPhil will focus specifically on Black racial minority groups and the uses of creative arts therapies as potentially viable and culturally competent solutions for individuals suffering from psychiatric disorders.
Prior to commencing my DPhil, I graduated with an MSc in Mental Health Studies from King’s College London with a thesis focusing on the uses of music for individuals with anorexia nervosa. In 2019, I completed a Fulbright Research award in Berlin, Germany assessing the uses of narrative therapy in Syrian refugees with PTSD. In 2017, I completed my BSc in Psychology from Howard University and joined a lab assessing the physiological responses to stress and trauma in African Americans in the Washington DC metropolitan area.
My research is funded by the NIHR ARC Oxford & Thames Valley.
A software-assisted qualitative study on the use of music in people with anorexia nervosa
Applewhite B. et al, (2023), Weight Management
The effect of a low-calorie diet on depressive symptoms in individuals with overweight or obesity: a systematic review and meta-analysis of interventional studies
Applewhite B. et al, (2023), PSYCHOLOGICAL MEDICINE
Investigating the impact of terrorist attacks on the mental health of emergency responders: systematic review
Wesemann U. et al, (2022), BJPsych Open, 8
Body dysmorphic disorder, muscle dysmorphia, weight and shape dissatisfaction and the use of appearance-enhancing drugs in the military: a systematic review
Applewhite B. et al, (2022), BMJ Military Health, e002135 - e002135
A Systematic Review of Scientific Studies on the Effects of Music in People with or at Risk for Autism Spectrum Disorder
Applewhite B. et al, (2022), International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 19, 5150 - 5150