News archive: 2015




  • Dr Christine Rowland published her PhD rserach about the relationship between smoking and quality of life in advancced lung cancer patients. It was published in Supportive Care in Cancer.


  • Professor Chris Armitage, with colleagues from the Universities of Glasgow and Sheffield, has had a paper accepted for publication by the prestigious British Journal of Psychiatry.  The paper describes a study showing that a very brief intervention based on a prominent health psychology theory was able to reduce suicidal ideation and behaviour significantly among patients admitted to hospital after an episode of self harm.  Chris will be presenting these findings at the forthcoming Division of Health Psychology conference in London. 
  • Since 2013, Professor Alison Wearden and Professor David French have been editors of the British Journal of Health Psychology, an official journal of the British Psychological Society.  The new impact factor for this journal rose to a record high of 2.776 this year, from 2.045 a year ago.  This means that the journal has risen in the ranks from 44th of 111 journals in its category last year to 24th of 119 journals this year.  Profs French and Wearden have agreed to continue with a second three-year term as editors, until the end of 2018.


  • Congratulations to Chris Keyworth who successfully defended his PhD Thesis yesterday. After his undergraduate degree from Lancaster, Chris came to Manchester for his Masters in Clinical and Health Psychology in the School of Psychological Sciences.  He Joined the IMPACT team in the Institute for Inflammation and Repair in 2012 where he was supervised by Lis Cordingley, Chris Bundy and Pauline Nelson.  His PhD entitled “Risk Communication and Lifestyle Behaviour Change in People with Psoriasis”   was funded as part of the NIHR funded IMPACT Programme into Identification and Management of Psoriasis Associated Comorbidities.



  • Professor David French is Co-I on recent £2M grant led by University of Oxford.  The study is entitled 'Better outcomes for older people with spinal trouble' (BOOST).  NIHR Programme Grant for Applied Research (Apr 2015-March 2020) 

  • Professor Suzie Skevington will give a plenary talk at the University of Plymouth on April 20th to the 'Women in STEM' conference entitled 'What do women want from a good quality of life?'

  • Ryc (Maria) Aquino won the 2015 PsyPAG Master Teaching Award for her MSc Clinical and Health Psychology dissertation (supervised by Dr Debbie Smith and Dr Dawn Edge).  Ryc will present her findings at the 30th Annual PSYPAG conference in Glasgow in the Summer.


  • Excellent news that Audrey Bowen has been awarded a five year Readership Award by the Stroke Association, a fantastic development which recognises Audrey's very strong research profile and contribution to the development of stroke services nationally.

  • What Do Psychological Scientists Do?  was an event attended by more than 200 secondary school pupils from Greater Manchester got hands-on with psychological sciences at The University of Manchester on 11 March in a series of lectures and demonstrations by psychology researchers.  The event was run by Dr Sinead Currie and Jade Hodson from the Manchester Centre for Health Psychology, which included health and social psychology talks as well as clinical psychology, linguistics and neuroscience.

  • Professor Belinda Borelli attended the Annual Meeting of the International Assocation for Dental Research (IADR) in Boston, USA, where she presented a paper on 'Motivational Interviewing with an Urban and Ethnically Diverse population'.

  • Professor Belinda Borelli has been invited to be a TEDMED Research Scholar.


  • Professor Alison Wearden went on a week’s research visit (23-29 Feb) to the lab of Dr Kim Deines at Roosevelt University Chicago to set up a pilot study for a new project about interpersonal moderators of stress responses in people with CFS.

  • Congratulations to Professor Chris Armitage, named by the Editors in Chief of Psychology of Sport and Exercise in the exercise psychology section, the 2014 Reviewer of the Year in recognition for his outstanding work as reviewer from Elsevier

  • Professor Belinda Borelli attended the 2015 annual meeting of the Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco in Philadelpia, USA.  There she gave 2 poster presentations entitled 'Characteristics of Cigarette Smoking in Individuals in Smoking Concordant and Smoking Discordant Couples' and 'Autoregressive latent trajectory analysis of pediatric secondhand smoke exposure and asthma functional morbidity following an asthma exacerbation: The role of parental social support' and also presented a paper entitled 'Three month effects of a tobacco treatment advocate led smoking cessation intervention in public housing' 

  • During her Winston Churchill Trust Fellowship  Dr Dawn Edge was interviewed about her research on Barbados Breakfast TV.


  • Professor David French is a NIHR Public Health Research programme funding panel member, from 2015, and is also a MRC Methodology Research Programme panel member.
  • Professor Alison Wearden gave a talk at Roosevelt University Chicago on Weds 28th Jan in the Sparling Lecture Series entitled “Chronic Fatigue Syndrome in an Interpersonal Context”.
  • Professor Belinda Borelli is invited Editor, Special issue on eHealth and mHealth, Health Psychology. 2015