Research areas

  • BF Psychology - Behavioural Medicine, Health Psychology

Biography

PhD Psychology: Birmingham
BSc (Hons) Psychology: Wales

Collaborators and affiliated staff

  • Prof. Chris Griffiths, Dermatology
  • Prof. Lesley Rhodes, Photobiology
  • Dr. Elise Kleyn, Dermatology
  • Dr. Rachel Watson, Dermatology
  • Dr. Richard Warren, Dermatology
  • Dr. Hector Chinoy, Rheumatology
  • Prof. Anne Barton, Rheumatology
  • Prof. Matthias Augustin, Hamburg

Memberships of committees and professional bodies

  • BPS Division of Health Psychology.
  • European Health Psychology Society.
  • BeSST

Methodological knowledge

  • Clinical Trials

  • Mixed method studies

  • Randomised control trials/experimental studies
  • Systematic reviews
  • Scale development

Overview

  • Reader in Behavioural Medicine
  • (Hon) Consultant Psychologist
  • President UK Society for Behavioural Medicine

Qualifications

  • PhD Psychology
  • AFBPS
  • CPsychol

Research interests

  • Self-management of long-term conditions (especially psoriasis and diabetes).
  • Staff training to manage psychological aspects of long-term conditions
  • The role of illness cognitions and mood on disease outcomes.
  • Evaluation of behaviour change intervention in long-term conditions.
  • Stress and inflammation

I am a member of the Institute of Health Sciences Diabetes and Obesity Research Network. My research interests in this area include:

  • Link between cognitions, mood, behavior and glycaemic control
  • Intervention strategies for enhancing self-care (inc. prevention and treatment of diabetes complications)

Keywords:

  • Behaviour change
  • Motivational Interviewing
  • Long-term conditions self-management
  • Stress and inflammation
  • Micro-vascular problems (eg nephropathy, retinopathy, neuropathy)

Teaching

  • Psychology teaching to MB ChB students
  • MB ChB project supervisor
  • Health Psychology teaching to PG Clinical & Health Psychology students

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