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Dr Tess McPherson

Dr Tess McPherson is a Consultant Dermatologist and Senior Clinical Lecturer (Oxford University Hospitals). Her particular areas of clinical and research interests include paediatric dermatology, teenage and young adult dermatology, psoriasis, acne and eczema.

  • Background

    Dr Tess McPherson is a Consultant Dermatologist, Senior Clinical Senior Lecturer at the University of Oxford and member of the British Society of Paediatric Dermatology.

  • Professor Celia Moss

    Professor Celia Moss is a Consultant Dermatologist (Birmingham Children's Hospital). Her particular areas of clinical and research interests include paediatric dermatology and genetic skin disorders.

  • Background

    Professor Celia Moss is a Consultant Dermatologist, Honorary Professor of Paediatric Dermatology and member of the British Society of Paediatric Dermatology. She was awarded an OBE in 2016 for her...

  • Sex/Gender Female
  • Emma

    Emma had a small bald patch at age 14 which regrew with steroid ointment. However, more of her hair fell out whilst at university. She has tried various treatments but Emma says she feels quite comfortable and has accepted that her hair might not grow back.

  • Background

    Emma is 23 years old and a physiotherapist. She is engaged to her partner who she lives with. Her ethnicity is White British.

  • Age at interview 23
  • Sex/Gender Female
  • Elizabeth

    Elizabeth first had a bald patch at age 2. She has had some hair loss constantly since she was 10. She has tried many steroid creams but hasn't found these helpful. Elizabeth says she continues to struggle with the impact of alopecia on her appearance.

  • Background

    Elizabeth is 20 years old and an intern in youth work. Her ethnicity is White English.

  • Age at interview 20
  • Sex/Gender Female
  • Krista

    Krista had very rapid hair loss from her scalp, arms and eyebrows which lasted for about 4 months. She wore a wig and worried that her young daughter wouldn't recognise her. Krista's hair has now regrown and her confidence is slowly increasing.

  • Background

    Krista is 23 years old and works in a pub. She lives with her partner and 2 year old daughter. Her ethnicity is White and Asian.

  • Age at interview 23
  • Sex/Gender Female
  • Michael

    Michael has had alopecia since age 13. Since then, his hair loss has occurred in cycles and particularly when he is stressed about exams. Michael says he is now much more comfortable with alopecia and that he has become a more accepting person.

  • Background

    Michael is 19 years old and an undergraduate university student.

  • Age at interview 19
  • Sex/Gender Male
  • Becky

    (Text only clips) Becky has had alopecia areata since age 14, with three periods of time when she had multiple bald patches. She uses a topical steroid solution, although thinks that being emotionally settled helps her hair regrow too. The impact on hair styling, including for horse riding, is a key concern for Becky.

  • Background

    Becky is 23 and works as a paralegal. Her ethnic background is White English.

  • Age at interview 23
  • Sex/Gender Female
  • Beth

    Beth has had different kinds of alopecia areata for most of her life. She found it most difficult to lose all her hair, including eyelashes, at the age of 20. Beth describes her feelings about having alopecia as involving both peaks and troughs.

  • Background

    Beth is 24 years old and she works at a charity. Her ethnicity is White English.

  • Age at interview 24
  • Sex/Gender Female
  • Ben

    Ben has alopecia universalis which began as a bald patch at age 14. Ben enjoys some of the attention he receives and says that he is more confident now than when he had hair. He is involved in supporting others with alopecia through social media.

  • Background

    Ben is 18 years old and an undergraduate university student. His ethnicity is White English.

  • Age at interview 18
  • Sex/Gender Male
  • Imogen

    (Text only clips) Imogen has had alopecia since she was 7. Her mum found some bald patches on her scalp and the rest of her hair fell out within two weeks. Imogen was offered steroids by doctors but decided against them, choosing instead to try aloe vera products.

  • Background

    Imogen is 17 years old and an A-level student. Her ethnicity is White British.

  • Age at interview 17
  • Sex/Gender Female