News

November 2019

October 2019

  • MCHP is sad to see Dr Elaine Cameron leave but wishes her luck in her new lectureship at the University of Stirling.
  • Dr Sarah Peters presented her research on participanting in suicide research at the 30th International Association of Suicide Prevention conference in Londonderry, Northern Ireland.
  • Prof David French gave keynote address to the German Psychological Society Congress of the Section of Health Psychology in Greifswald, Germany on Developing, evaluating and implementing complex interventions into healthcare settings: The contribution of health psychology

September 2019

  • MCHP staff members Dr Elaine Cameron and Dr Jo Goldthorpe travelled to Ghana this month for a volunteering project on behalf of The Change Exchange. The aim of this project was to provide training on antimicrobial stewardship to reduce antibiotic resistance for local healthcare staff in two hospitals in Ghana, the Ghana Police Hospital and Keta Municipal Hospital.
  • Welcome to Samantha Groves working with Dr Lorna Williams and Dr David French on lung screening and smoking cessation.
  • Welcome to Sophie Griffiths, a second year intern, who is joining MCHP for one year working on PGR wellbeing projects.
  • Dr Tracy Epton, Dr Elaine Cameron, Dr Joanna Brooks, Jack Benton, Dr Jo Hart, Dr Lucie Byrne Davis, Lauren Rockcliffe and Maha Al-Subhi attended the European Health Psychology conference in Croatia.
  • Dr Currie Moore, Prof Suzie Skevington, Prof Alison Wearden and colleagues had a paper published in Qualitative Health Research, about the impact of dialysis on patients and their partners.
  • Hannah Long and Dr Sarah Peters published their review of health coaching for COPD patients in British Journal of Health Psychology.

August 2019

  • Congratuations to Professor Dawn Edge, Professor Jo Hart, Dr Laura Brown and Dr Rachael Powell who all got promoted this month.

July 2019

  • A great turnout for MCHP at the British Health Psychology Division of Health Psychology Annual conference in Manchester. Prof Chris Armitage, Prof Alison Wearden, Prof David French, Dr Rachael Powell, Dr Lis Cordingley, Dr Rebecca Lee, Dr Kim Dienes, Dr Tracy Epton, Dr Lisa Miles, Dr Sarah Peters, Dr Jo Hart, Dr Lucie Byrne-Davis, Dr Joanna Goldthorpe, Dr Lorna McWilliams, Dr Chris Keyworth, Dr Joanna Brooks, Hannah Long, Rhiannon Hawkes, Nia Coupe, Vicky Woof, Carolina Silva, Stephanie Lyons and Lauren Rockliffe.
  • MCHP are sad to lose Dr Carine Meslot, Dr Afroditi Kalambouka, Bradley Walton, Georgia Christou and Carolina Silva. Good luck in your new ventures.
  • Hannah Long, Dr Jo Brooks, Prof David French and colleagues published in British Journal of Cancer. This was a review of experiences of false positives of breast screening.
  • Hannah Long presented presented on quality appraisal in qualitative research at the BPS Qualitative Methods in Psychology and History and Philosophy of Psychology  (Exploring the suitability of the CASP tool for appraising study quality in qualitative evidence synthesis).
  • Vicky Woof presented her research at the Division of Health Psychology conference in Manchester on Engagement barriers and service inequities in the NHS Breast Screening Programme. Views from British-Pakistani women.
     
     

June 2019

  • Dr Tracy Epton spoke on North Manchester FM about health promotion and behaviour change.
  • Dr Elaine Cameron, Dr Tracy Epton, Jess Leather and colleagues spoke to Manchester about Health Promotion Campaigns and health psychology in their What is on TV stall at the University of Manchester Community Festival.
  • Dr Sarah Peters and Dr Joanna Goldthorpe led sessions on using health psychology theory to create teachable opportunities in dentistry at the inaugural Behaviour Change in Dental Practice conference.
  • Dr Sarah Peters has published findings from a trial of a new psychological therapy for alcohol use and biplor disorder. This was published in Journal of Affective Disorders.
  • Dr Joanna Goldthorpe, Dr Tracy Epton, Dr Chris Keyworth and Professor Chris Armitage published a study on what children about who is responsible for health. This was published in BMJ Open.

May 2019

  • Welcome to Stephanie Lyons, who has been employed as a research associate working with Dr Tracy Epton on her research exploring public acceptance of safer alternatives to indoor tanning.

April 2019

  • Dr Lucie Byrne-Davis and Dr Jo Hart have been awarded £68,000 to explore antibiotic resistance in low and middle income countries. The funder is The Tropical Health and Education Trust.
  • Dr Joanna Goldthorpe, Dr Sarah Peters, Dr Jo Hart, Dr Sarah Cotterill and colleagues from dentistry have been awarded £250k by the NIHR to improve training for dentists to help them improve their delivery of behaviour change interventions with children.
  • Dr Dawn Edge has been awarded £2.5m from NIHR to carry out an intervention for people of Caribbean origin with schizophrenia.
  • Congratulations to Dr Elly McGrath who passed her PhD thesis.
  • Dr Lorna McWilliams, Prof Chris Armitage and colleagues have had their meta-analysis published in Health Psychology. The review explored implementation intentions used in smoking cessation.

March 2019

  • Dr Chris Keywoth, Dr Tracy Epton, Dr Joanna Goldthorpe and Prof Chris Armitage published a paper about percieved barriers to health care professionals giving brief opportunistic lifestyle advice. This was published in British Journal of Health Psychology.
  • Dr Jo Hart got made a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences.
  • Prof Chris Armitage published in Journal of Consulting & Clinical Psychology. The study looked at the efffectiveness and cost effectiveness of an anti smoking message on adolescent smoking initiation

February 2019

  • Congratulations to Dr Tracy Epton was made a fellow of the Higher Education Academy
  • Vicky Woof and Hannah Long presented their work at the CRUK 10 years of early diagnosis conference in Birmingham.
  • Congratulations to Vicky Woof who won a poster prize at the CRUK 10 years of early diagnosis conference.
  • Prof David French published a paper about the development of an intervention for older adults with neurogenic claudication in Physiotherapy.
  • Hannah Long presented her research on "How do women experience a false positive test result from breast screening? A systematic review and thematic synthesis" at Cancer Research UK 5th Biennial Early Diagnosis Research Conference
  • Vicky Woof presented her research on Engagement barriers and service inequities in the NHS Breast Screening Programme. Views from British-Pakistani women at Cancer Research UK 5th Biennial Early Diagnosis Research Conference. She won the best poster prize!!!

January 2019

  • Dr Tracy Epton received a grant from the Christie Charity to look at public acceptance of safer alternatives to indoor tanning.
  • Prof Chris Armitage has a paper published in Journal of Public Mental Health. The paper explored the effect of an intervention that targeted weight loss, physical activity and reduced distress in overweight and obese women.
  • Prof Chris Armitage published an account of men's experiences of whole body scanning. It was published in Psychology & Health.
  • Dr Laura Brown, Mohd Faudzi, Prof Chris Armitage have published a reviews on the psychometric properties of self report measures of attitudes to aging in Research on Aging.
  • Prof Chris Armitage has published in the International Journal of Audiology. The study identified targets for increasing hearing aid use in adults.
  • Prof Chris Armitage conducted a review of what hearing healthcare professionals do to promote hearing aid use in adults. This was published in the International Journal of Audiology.
  • Prof David French published in the Journal of Medical Internet Research. The study explored engagement with financial incentives and physical activity outcomes.
  • Dr Elaine Cameron & Prof David French published a paper regarding factors influencing multiple sclerosis prescribing decisions in Multiple Sclerosis and Related Disorders.
  • Laura McGowan, Dr Rachael Powell and Prof David French published a paper about the acceptability of reducing sedentary behaviour in older adults. It was published in Journal of Aging and Physical Activity.
  • Hannah Long, Dr Kiera Bartlett, and Prof David French published in the Journal of Medical Internet Research. The study identified content for text messages to improve adherence in people with type 2 diabetes.
  • Prof David French, Prof Chris Todd and colleagues published a study about implementing theory and technqiues to increase physical activity and prevent decline in older adults. This was published in Cardiovascular Diseases.

December 2018

  • Congratulations to Dr Angela Devereaux-Fitzgerald, Dr Donna Littlewood, Dr Roxanne Safavi and Dr Rebecca Pedley for graduating with their PhD.
  • Congratulations to Dr Angela Devereaux-Fitzgerald, Dr Donna Littlewood, and Dr Rebecca Pedley for recieving the President's doctoral scholar medals for their academic excellence and leadership potential.
  • Prof Chris Armitage published in World Psychiatry about how the internet is changing cognition.

November 2018

  • Congratulations to Dr Farah Nadia Binti Mohd Faudzi on passing her PhD on "A psychometric evaluation of attitudes to aging measures among younger people".
  • Dr Elaine Camerson, Prof David French and colleagues have published a paper looking at factors influencing prescribing decisions for multiple sclerosis. It ws published in Multiple Sclerosis and Related Disorders.
  • Dr Chris Keyworth, Dr Tracy Epton, Dr Joanna Goldthorpe and Professor Chris Armitage have published their paper in Implementation Science. This was a survey exploring the engagement of health care professionals with the making every contact count initiative.
  • Dr Lisa Miles, Prof David French and colleagues have published a protocol for their research looking at measurement reactivity bias. This was published in Trials.
  • Dr Dawn Edge is interviewed in The Psychologist about her research and diversity in psychological practice.
  • Congratulations to placement student, Mushammah Begum, for presenting her research at the Nuffield Research Placement celebration.

October 2018

  • Congratulations to Dr Rebecca Pedley for passing her PhD on "Illness perceptions in people with obsessive-compulsive disorder and their close significant others".
  • Congratulations to Dr Roxanne Safavi for passing her PhD on "Expressed emtoion in caregivers of person with dementia and the relationship with psychological outcomes in caregivers and persons with dementia".
  • Welcome to Bradley Walton and Georgia Christou who are working with Dr Tracy Epton and Professor Chris Armitage on a project exploring the effectiveness of different goal setting interventions.
  • Prof Alison Wearden, Prof Suzie Skevington and Prof Suzie Skevington disseminated their research at their CRUK event to researchers interested in cancer prevention and quality of life at the University of Manchester.
  • Prof David French and colleagues published their research looking at if loyalty card schemes encouraged physical activity. The research was published in Public Health Research.
  • Hannah Long, Prof David French and Dr Kiera Bartlett have published in the Journal of Medical Internet Research. There review identified content for medication adherence messages to be sent via text to people with Type 2 diabetes.
  • Prof David French published a review looking at if risk messages increase vaccination uptake. This was published in the British Journal of Health Psychology.

September 2018

  • Dr Chris Keyworth, Dr Jo Hart and Prof Chris Armitage published a review about the effectiveness of technology based interventions to support healthcare professional practice. It was published in BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making.
  • Prof Chris Armitage and colleagues published a review in the International Journal of Audiology. It was a review on what healthcare professionals do to promote hearing aid use.
  • Dr Sarah Peters and colleagues published a review in Clinical Rehabilitation about factors that affect clinical decision making in stroke rehabilitation.
  • Prof Chris Armitage and colleagues conducted a field study looking at witnessing workplace bullying and employee wellbeing. It was published in the Journal of Occupational Health Psychology.
  • Prof Chris Armitage and colleagues published in the International Journal of Audiology. The study identified targets for intervention to increase hearing aid use.
  • Prof Alison Wearden and colleagues reviewed interventions to increase physical activity in South Asian adults and published this in Public Health.
  • Dr Fiona Ulph and colleagues published in the British Journal of Health Psychology. This was a qualitative study of parent experience of communication with children about sickle cell disease.
  • Prof Alison Wearden and colleagues published in Public Health. The study looked at what was associated with intention to undertake physical activity in British South Asian adults.
  • Welcome to Dr Lorna McWilliams who has joined MCHP as a research associate.
  • Welcome to our new PhD students: Alexandros Voika, Jessica Leather, Khalood Alabri, Lauren Rockliffe, Kerry Ware, Holly Dale and Rachel Crone.
  • Dr Tracy Epton, Dr Elaine Cameron, Dr Afroditi Kalambouka, Jack Benton, Maha Al-Subhi and Vanessa McIntyre talked to the public about Urban greenspaces for wellbeing at Manchester Museum's Science Uncovered European Researchers night.
  • Dr Jo Hart, Dr Lucie-Bryne Davis, Dr Joanna Brooks, Dr Kiera Bartlett, Professor Chris Armitage, and Samantha Groves presented their research at the BPS Division of Health Psychology conference.
  • Amy Davies joined MCHP as a research assistant working with Professor David French on the Manchester Active Aging project.
  • Congratulations to Dr Angela Devereux-Fitzgerald on passing her PhD viva.
  • Congratulations to Dr Farah Mohd Fauzi for passing her PhD viva.

August 2018

  • Dr Tracy Epton, Dr Elaine Cameron, Dr Christine Rowland, Dr Kiera Bartlett, Dr Rachael Powell, Dr Kimberly Dienes, Dr Lucie Bryne-Davis, Dr Jo Hart, Professor Alison Wearden, Professor David French, Nia Coupe, Hannah Long, Jack Benton, and Steph Long attended the European Health Psychology conference in Galway.

July 2018

  • Dr Dawn Edge and colleagues have published a review about sources of distress in first episode psychosis in Qualitative Health Research.
  • Prof Alison Wearden and colleagues have published a review about interventions to increase phsycial activity among South Asian adults in Public Health.
  • Prof Gunn Grande, Dr Christine Rowland and team published an article in Palliative Medicine about health among family caregivers during end of life cancer care.
  • Dr Jo Hart, Dr Sarah Peters and colleagues have published an article about an online intervention to increase student midwives' engagement with discussing weight management with pregnant women. It was published in Midwifery.
  • Vanessa McIntyre and colleagues have published a review about experiences of guilt and shame in anorexia and bulimia nervosa. It was published in Psychology & Psychotherapy.
  • Mushammah Begum joined Dr Tracy Epton in MCHP for 4 weeks as part of the Nuffield workplacement scheme.
  • Hannah Long wrote a blog for the Manchester Research Hive on imposter syndrome.
  • Prof Alison Wearden, Dr Dawn Edge, Dr Tracy Epton, Dr Laura Brown and Dr Kim Dienes join the graudation procession to watch the BSc Psychology graduation ceremony.

June 2018

  • Prof David Frensh was awarded a grant by Breast Cancer now to find out "How feasible and acceptable is it to recommend to women at low risk of breast cancer that they delay further screening?".
  • Members of MCHP held an event "Health Psychology apporoaches for working with people with long term conditions".
  • Dr Sarah Peters and colleagues published a paper about the feasibility and acceptability of integrated psychological therapy for peope who have bipolar disorder and use alcohol. This was publisehd in Contemporary Clinical Trials.
  • Dr Rachael Powell and colleagues published a paper in Journal of Clinical Epidemiology. This was a review to find out the most effective things to do to prepare adults for surgery.
  • Dr Joanna Goldthorpe and colleague published a paper in International Journal of Qualitative Studies on Health and Wellbeing. The paper was about providing healthy diets for young children living in a inner city in the UK.
  • Drs Tracy Epton, Elaine Cameron and Christine Rowland ran activities regarding behaviour change for families attending the UoM Community Festival.
  • Dr Dawn Edge and colleagues published a paper about barriers and facilitators experienced by people using the early intervention psychosis service. It is publisehd in Early Intervention in Psychiatry.
  • Dr Dawn Edge and colleagues have published a paper regarding the views of people with psychosis about digital technology in JMIR Mental Health.
  • Prof Chris Armitage and colleagues have published an RCT looking at the effect of self incentives for smoking cessation. This is published in Annals of Behavioural Medicine.
  • Dr Donna Littlewood was commended for being an outstanding PGR student representative at the UoM Doctoral Academy Awards.
  • Dr Donna Littlewood has passed her PhD viva. Congratulations, Donna!
  • Prof Chris Armitage took part in the Cheltenham Science Festival talking about how people can get new behaviours to stick.
  • Dr Carine Mesolot has joined MCHP working with Prof Chris Armitage and Dr Tracy Epton on the CUBiC project. This is a multidisciplinary project that will use experts to develop a template to conduct reviews to assess the effectiveness of individual behaviour change techniques.
  • Prof Susie Skevington and colleague have published a paper looking at quality life and subjective well being. This is published in Social Science and Medicine.

May 2018

  • Dr Afroditi Kalambouka has joined MCHP working with Prof Chris Armitage and Dr Tracy Epton on the CUBiC project. This is a multidisciplinary project that will use experts to develop a template to conduct reviews to assess the effectiveness of individual behaviour change techniques.
  • Dr Dawn Edge published a study looking at the development of a psychosis questionnaire for African Carribean people in the UK. It was published in Psychiatry Research.
  • Drs Lucie Byrne-Davis, Jo Hart and colleagues published a paper regarding practice change in Ugandan Clinical Officers published in African Journal of Health Professions Education.
  • Prof Chris Armitage and colleagues published a study about women's experiences of a diet to reduce breast cancer risk. This was published in Journal of Human Nutrition and Dietetics.
  • Prof Alison Wearden and colleagues published a review of physical activity interventions for South Asians. The team also published an study looking at what predicted intentions to be active in South Asians. These were published in Public Health.
  • Dr Susan Speers and colleagues published a paper in British Journal of Health Psychology. This was about discussing weight in clinical settings.
  • Drs Sarah Peters, Jo Hart and colleagues have published a paper about the UK 'Making every contact count' initiative. It was published in the Journal of Public Health.
  • MCHP PhD student Maha Al-Subhi attended a conference and exhibition by the Saudi Arabian Cultural Bureau in Britain. She was honoured for her volunteer work.
  • Prof Chris Armitage and colleagues have made an animation about their study on using if then plans to increase children's tooth brushing.
  • Health psychologist Eleanor Bull is sadly leaving MCHP to take up a senior lecturing post at Manchester Metropolitan University. Good luck in your new job Eleanor.
  • Eleanor Bull, Dr Lucie Byrne-Davis, Dr Jo Hart and Dr Jo Brooks talked at the British Psychological Society conference in Nottingham.

April 2018

  • Eleanor Bull and Teams Together have made a podcast about there work related to Devo Manchester.
  • Eleanor Bull has made a one minute video about the best ways to make sure people don't miss their medical appointments.
  • Donna Littlewood had her research on depression, suicide and sleep mentioned in the Metro.
  • The multi talented Dr Lucie Byrne-Davis wins the prize for best European Health Psychology Society conference tweet for her video. Good information on potential travel arrangements as well as fun!
  • Stephanie Lyons, Dr Sarah Peters and colleagues published their research in Obesity Reviews, on psychological factors related to breastfeeding in women with a BMI >=30.
  • Prof Alison Wearden and colleagues published their paper about acceptability of individualised interventions for people with first episode psychosis. This was published in BMC Psychiatry.
  • Dr Sarah Peters published a paper in Schizophrenia Bulletin regarding the experiences of suicidal thoughts and behaviour of people on the schizophrenia spectrum.

March 2018

  • Rhiannon Hawkes joined the MCHP as a Research Assistant working with Professor David French and Dr Elaine Cameron on the NIHR-funded DIPLOMA project, evaluating the fidelity and delivery of the 'Healthier You: NHS Diabetes Prevention Programme'.
  • Eleanor Bull talked about the "Teams together programe: how health psychologists can help health professionals adopt new models of care" at the Practitioner Applied Health Psychology Conference in London.
  • Dr Sarah Peters, Prof Audrey Bowen and colleagues published a paper about what influences decisions in ongoing stroke rehabilitation. It was published in Clinical Rehabilitation.
  • Dr Donna Littlewood and Dr Sarah Peters published an article in Psychological Medicine regarding sleep and suicidal ideation.

 

February 2018

  • Vanessa McIntyre joined MCHP as a Research Assistant on the Prof David French's GHIA project investigating changes in wellbeing and physical activity in older people after changes in green infrastructure across Greater Manchester.
  • Vicky Woof joined MCHP as a Research Assistant working on the PROCAS 2 project (Predicting risk of breast cancer at screening) with Professor David French and Dr Fiona Ulph.
  • Eleanor Bull presented her work on using behaviour change techniques to improve health professional practice in the UK and overseas at the Division of Health Psychology Scotland Scientific meeting.
  • Farah Mohd Fauzi, Prof Chris Armitage, Dr Laura Brown and colleagues published a paper regarding the Malay reactions to aging questionnaire. This was published in Assessment.
  • Dr Dawn Edge published a proof of concept paper in Schizophrenia Bulletin regarding a theory driven digital intervention for psychosis.
  • Dr Lorna McWilliams, Sarah Bellhouse, Prof David French and colleagues published a ppaer in Psycho-Oncology regarding the acceptability and feasibility of lay health led interventions.
  • Dr Joanna Goldthorpe published a paper in Health Services Delivery and Research. It was an evaluation of a referral management and triage system for oral surgery referrals from primary care dentists.
  • Dr Rachael Powell published a network meta-analysis in Journal of Clinical Epidemiology regarding psychological preparatin for adults undergoing surgery under general anaesthesia.
  • Prof Alison Wearden published a paper regarding symptoms of gastrointestinal dysmotility in  Neurogastroenterology and Motility.
  • Currie Moore, Prof Alison Wearden, Prof Suzie Skevington and colleagues published in British Journal of Health Psychology. The paper was about self cannulation in male home haemodialysis patients.

January 2018

  • Dr Lisa Miles joined MCHP as a Research Associate working with Prof David French on a MRC / NIHR funded project about how measuring people affects tehir behavour, emotions and the data they provide about themselves.
  • Maha Al-Subhi joined MCHP to undertake a PhD looking at nutrition in Refugees.
  • Carolina Silva joined the Manchester Healthy Lifestyles Research Group as a Research Assistant.
  • Dr Sarah Peters and colleagues published a paper in Obesity Reviews that reviewed the association between psychological factors and breast feeding in women with a BMI >30.
  • Dr Sarah Peters and colleagues published a paper looking at the perspective of GPs on the behaviour change opportunities at mother and baby health checks. This paper is published in the British Journal of General Practice.
  • Dr Chris Keyworth and colleagues published a paper in Psychology, Health & Medicine reporting a study looking at how message framing affects intentions in people with psoriasis.
  • Professor Suzie Skevington and Dr Tracy Epton published a paper in BMJ Global Health regarding the sensitivity of a questionnaire measuring quality of life (WHOQOL-BREF) to detect changes after interventions and major events.
  • Professor Gunn Grande and colleagues published a paper in Palliative Medicine.  The paper looked at who cares for carers at hospital discharge at end of life.
  • Dr Fiona Ulph and colleagues published a paper looking a improving the quality of prison research. The paper was published in Health Expectations.
  • Dr Dawn Edge and colleagues published a paper in Health Services and Delivery Research. The trial tested the effectiveness of the older prisoner health and social care assessment plan.
  • Professor Alison Wearden published a study interviewing patients with well controlled type 1 diabetes. The paper was published in Psychology and Health.
  • Dr Tracy Epton and Professor Chris Armitage and colleagues published their review of interventions to change self incentives in Behavior Therapy.
  • Professor Chris Armitage published a review of studies that explored the influence of emotional cues on prospective memory in Cognition and Emotion.
  • Dr Joanna Brooks published two chapters regarding qualitative research methods.
  • Dr Laura Brown and colleagues published a study to determine if you could detect dementia from emails. It was published in the International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry.