Over the past few years, I have been involved in research projects encompassing a range of issues relevant to both health and social psychology. Work on stress and coping has formed a significant part of my research activity. This has focused on two issues: firstly, the association between ways of coping and adjustment to illness, and secondly, how emotion-related appraisals are linked to choice of coping strategies. I also have an interest in process models and how these might be applied to understanding behaviour motivation. There are two strands to this work. The first is whether and how cognitive and evaluative processes might be related to health behaviour. As such, recent and on-going work has focused on associations between behaviour and attitudes (both conscious and automatic), visual attention, and memory. The second strand examines underlying mechanisms involved in the processing of socially-relevant information, and uses neural networks for modelling attitudes and allied constructs. Additionally, I have recently begun looking at perceptions of the self, leading to an on-going project examining computer gamers' on-line profiles.

Publications

  1. & Information processing in illness representation: Implications from an associative-learning framework.. Health Psychology 36(3), 280-290.
  2. & Milieu matters: Evidence that ongoing lifestyle activities influence health behaviors. PLOS ONE 12(6), e0179699
  3. & The Impact of Mindfulness and Perspective-Taking on Implicit Associations Toward the Elderly: a Relational Frame Theory Account. Mindfulness
  4. & Heterosexual Men’s Ratings of Sexual Attractiveness of Adolescent Girls: A Cross-Cultural Analysis. Archives of Sexual Behavior 44(8), 2201-2206.
  5. & Attitudinal Approaches to Health Behavior: Integrating Expectancy-Value and Automaticity Accounts. Social and Personality Psychology Compass 7(8), 572-584.

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Teaching

  • PS-M64 Coping with Chronic Disease

    The module addresses the psychology associated with vulnerability to and protection from chronic physical disease. The narrative across the module begins with consideration of motivational issues associated with health-related behaviors. It then considers issues of adaptation to illness such as stress and coping, and psychological interventions for reducing distress and promoting wellbeing. This module is particularly suited to students who want to pursue a career as a health professional.

  • PSA112 Social & Developmental Psychology

    This module introduces students to the major theories and empirical issue in social and developmental psychology. The social psychology component of the module covers core topics such as: attitudes; attributions; conformity and obedience; person perception; interpersonal attraction; stereotypes, prejudice, and discrimination. The developmental psychology component addresses issues such as: infancy and early social development, and theories of cognitive development in infancy and childhood.

  • PSY214 From Individuals to Society

    This module focuses on the study of individuals both in terms of how individuals differ from each other (such as personality traits and attributional style) as well as how environmental factors such as ethnocentrism, group performance and pro-social behaviour affect behaviour. Classical and contemporary theory and research relevant to a range of social psychological issues such as leadership and stress are covered. Social psychology content is structured under the broad thematic umbrellas of intra-personal (individual-level) and inter-personal (group-level) processes. The module also encompasses individual differences from the perspective of abnormal variation (e.g. psychological problems including autistic spectrum disorders) and normal variation (behavioural genetics, personality and intelligence). Key questions such as `What do we mean by normal behaviour?¿ and `What is the relative contribution of nature vs. nurture to individual differences?¿ are addressed.

  • PSY319 Final Year Independent Research Project

    Students conduct an independent research project under the supervision of a member of staff. The research topic is decided in conjunction with supervisors and Research topics. Students must obtain ethical approval, design, conduct, analyse and write up a piece of research in order to achieve Graduate Basis for Chartership with the British Psychological Society (BPS).

  • PSY320 Dissertation

    This optional module provides students with the opportunity to conduct an extended literature review to discover what is currently known about an interesting, but less well known, area of psychology that is not taught as part of the psychology curriculum in Level 5 or 6. Students work independently, guided by their dissertation supervisor, to research a topic of their choice. In recent years students have written dissertations about `political psychology¿, `positive psychology¿ `why people take part in extreme sports¿, `does cannabis use cause schizophrenia¿ and many other diverse lines of enquiry.

  • PSY324 From Individuals to Society

    This module focuses on the study of individuals both in terms of how individuals differ from each other (such as personality traits and attributional style) as well as how environmental factors such as ethnocentrism, group performance and pro-social behaviour affect behaviour. Classical and contemporary theory and research relevant to a range of social psychological issues such as leadership and stress are covered. Social psychology content is structured under the broad thematic umbrellas of intra-personal (individual-level) and inter-personal (group-level) processes. The module also encompasses individual differences from the perspective of abnormal variation (e.g. psychological problems including autistic spectrum disorders) and normal variation (behavioural genetics, personality and intelligence). Key questions such as `What do we mean by normal behaviour?¿ and `What is the relative contribution of nature vs. nurture to individual differences?¿ are addressed.

  • PSY325 Independent Research Project - Joint Honours

    Students conduct an independent research project under the supervision of a member of staff. Students must obtain ethical approval, design, conduct, analyse and write up a piece of research in order to achieve Graduate Basis for Chartership with the British Psychological Society.

Supervision

  • ''The predictive nature of Illness beliefs, Emotions and Action tendencies on coping and recovery in Cardiac Surgery patients: Why do people cope in the way that they do?'' (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Prof Paul Bennett
    Other supervisor: Dr Rob Lowe
  • 'The Impact of Attachment styles, Religious Beliefs and Coping Strategies in the Context of Emotional Responses to Exclusion: Cross-Cultural Study' (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Dr Rob Lowe
    Other supervisor: Prof Paul Bennett
  • Health Anxiety and Post Traumatic Stress: The Psychological Impact of Venous Thromboembolism (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Dr Rob Lowe
    Other supervisor: Prof Paul Bennett

Key Grants and Projects

  • Associations between physical activity, implicit attitude, and visual attention 2005 - 2006

    , with P. Bennett, F. F. Eves, £44,000

  • Patient education in rheumatoid arthritis: Measuring self-efficacy and predicting change 2001 - 2004

    , with S. Hewlett, Z. Cockshott, J. Kirwan , £54,000