News archive: 2017

December 2017

  • Dr Chris Keyworth presented his research regarding why healthcare professionals do or do not give opportunistic behaviour change advice at the UKSBM conference in Liverpool.
  • Dr Tracy Epton and Professor Chris Armitage published a review on goal setting in Journal of Clinical and Consulting Psychology.
  • Dr Kim Dienes published research in Developmental and Psychopathology  looking at childhood adverstiy on the influence of stress and depressive symptoms in adolescents.

November 2017

  • Professor David French, Sarah Bellhouse, Dr Lorna McWilliams and colleagues published a review looking at community based health worker interventions and effectiveness of cancer. This was published in Psycho-oncology.
  • Dr Dawn Edge published a paper in Journal of Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing. The paper was an analysis of staff view of contemporary women's secrue psychiatric services in the UK.

October 2017

  • Prof Chris Armitage and colleagues published a review in Quality of Life Research about income inequality and subjective wellbeing.
  • Prof David French, Sarah Bellhouse, Dr Lorna Williams and colleagues published their review looking at community-based health worker interventions for eary diagnosis of cancer. This was published in Psycho-oncology.
  • Dr Elaine Cameron presented her research at the European and Americas Committees for Treatment and Tesearch in Multiple Sclerosis conference in Paris.
  • Currie Moore presented her research on patients undergoing dialysis and their carers at the Division of Psychology & Mental Health Seminar.
  • Welcome to Dr Joanna Brooks as a new Lecturer in Health Psychology.
  • Dr Fiona Ulph and colleagues have published a paper about newborn screening in Health Technology Assessment. See here for the press release .

September 2017

  • Prof Chris Armitage, Dr Tracy Epton and colleagues published a meta analysis of self-incentive interventions in Behavior Therapy.
  • We have made a new video about Careers in Health Psychology - visit our YouTube page
  • MCHP welcomes three new PhD students: Hannah Long, Jack Benton and Michael Loughran.
  • Welcome to Dr Tracy Epton as a new Lecturer in Health Psychology.
  • Dr Jo Hart became the new chair of the British Psychological Society's Division of Health Psychology.
  • Prof Chris Armitage, Dr Jo Hart & Dr Elaine Cameron presented their research at the British Psychological Society's Division of Health Psychology Conference in Cardiff.

August 2017

  • Prof David French, Prof Chris Armitage, Dr Rachael Powell and Dr Lucie-Bryne Davis all presented their research at the European Health Psychology Society Conference in Padova, Italy.
  • Dr Chris Keyworth, Dr Jo Hart and colleagues have published a paper regarding the feasibilty of using the MyPrescribe website to reduce prescribing errors. It is published in the Journal of Medical Internet Research Human Factors.
  • Dr Tracy Epton and Prof Chris Armitage have published a study, in Behavior Therapy, that tests an planning intervention to get office workers to be more active.
  • Dr Rachael Powell and colleagues have published a study about enhancing post graduate students learning experiences. The study is published in Journal of Perspectives in Applied Academic Practice.
  • Dr Dawn Edge and colleagues published a review of culturally adapted psychosocial interventions in schizophrenia in Psychological Medicine.
  • Dr Fiona Ulph and colleagues published a paper describing the development and validation of a pain perception questionnaire for young people. The paper was published in the British Journal of Health Psychology.
  • Prof Alison Wearden and colleagues published a study about family member perceptions of obsessive compulsive disorder in BMC Psychiatry.

July 2017

  • Dr Sue Speer, Dr Sarah Peters and colleagues published a study, in Social Science & Medicine, that explored the challenges of the psychosexual effects of prostate cancer treatment.
  • Prof David French, Dr Kiera Bartlett and Hannah Long invited 20 healthcare professionals and researchers to MCHP to take part in a day long expert workshop to generate text messages for improving medication adherence in type 2 diabetes.
  • Research Assistant, Jack Benton, has written a blog about his MSc project that he turned into a prize winning paper: https://manchesterbmhstudents.wordpress.com/2017/07/03/how-my-msc-thesis-led-to-a-prize-winning-paper-jacks-story/
  • MCHP is proud of Dr Emma Brown and Dr Mei Yee Tang who graduated after completing their PhDs.
  • Eleanor Bull and colleagues have a recent article published on developing and evaluating fun, theory based training for nurses in Mozambique. This was funded through the Change Exchange. See here for more information: http://globalizationandhealth.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/s12992-017-0265-1
  • Dr Elaine Cameron has joined Prof David French working on the DIPLOMA (Diabetes Prevention - Longterm Multimethod Assessment) programme of research, funded by the National Institute of Health Research.
  • Dr Laura Brown and colleagues published research about best practices for public involvement in research in Health Expectations.

June 2017

  • Prof David French has received funding from MRC/NIHR to lead research on "problems of bias in trials of interventions to improve health due to measurement reactivity". This will results in an MRC guidance document in 2018.
  • Dr Debbie Smith has moved on to Leeds Trinity University to as a Senior Lecturer - everyone at MCHP will miss her.
  • Dr Joanna Goldthorpe presented her research at the Academy Health Conference in New Orleans, US.
  • Dr Debbie Smith and colleagues (from University of Manchester, UCLAN, University of Leeds and University of Liverpool) took part in engagment event at the University "Health Psychology and Manchester" to help people gain a better understanding of health behaviour and how to achieve it.
  • Dr Elaine Cameron, Dr Kiera Bartlett, Dr Tracy Epton and student helpers took part in the UoM Community Festival telling the public about health psychology research through a range of activities.
  • Steph Lyons, a PhD student in MCHP, presented her research at a conference on Nutrition and Nurture in Infancy and Childhood: Bio-Cultural Perspective.
  • MCHP is sad to lose student intern Katie Coppack as she goes back to completing her psychology degree. See blog: http://research.bmh.manchester.ac.uk/healthpsychology/blog/
  • Several members of the MCHP completed the Manchester 10k and half marathon. See blog: http://research.bmh.manchester.ac.uk/healthpsychology/blog/

May 2017

  • Congatulations to Dr Mei Yee Tang who succesfully defended her PhD thesis.
  • Dr Sarah Peters, Dr Susan Speer and colleagues have published a paper on the clinical communication and information challenges associated with the psychosexual aspects of prostate cancer treatment in the journal Social Science and Medicine.
  • Dr Debbie Smith and colleagues have published a chapter on maternal obesity in Public Health Nutrition 2nd Ed.
  • Dr Kiera Barlett and her colleagues at the University of Sheffield have published their research using technology to persaude people with COPD to be more physically active. This was published in the Journal of Medical Internet Research.

April 2017

  • Prof Chris Todd and colleagues published research looking at implementing monitoring technologies in care homes in the International Journal of Nursing Studies.
  • Prof Chris Armitage's research on an intervention to promote hearing aid use was accepted for publication in British Journal of Health Psychology.
  • Hannah Long has joined MCHP to work with Professor David French on the 'Support through Mobile Messaging and digital health Technologies for Diabetes' (SuMMiT-D) project, funded by the NIHR Programme Grants for Research Scheme. The project aims to develop and test a mobile phone-based system that delivers automated, tailored brief messages to support medication adherence in people with type 2 diabetes.
  • Jack Benton has joined MCHP to work with Professor David French on the 'Green Infrastructure and the Health and Wellbeing influences on an Ageing Population' (GHIA) project. The project aims to understand the benefits and values of green spaces for older people and how projects to develop green spaces can be used to support healthy ageing in urban areas. The project is funded by the Natural Environment Research Council, Arts & Humanities Research Council, and the Economic and Social Research Council under their Valuing Nature Programme.
  • Congratulations to Dr Emma Brown who successfully defended her PhD thesis.
  • Professor Gunn Grande was interviewed on BBC Breakfast and Radio 4 about her research on carers conducting end of life care.

March 2017

  • Donna Littlewood, Dr Sarah Peters and colleagues published a paper about psychological factors in sleep problems and suicide in Clinical Psychology Review.
  • Dr Elaine Cameron, Dr Kiera Bartlett, Dr Joanna Goldthorpe, Dr Chris Keyworth, Dr Debbie Smith, Olivia Dodding, Faye Johnson, Steph Lyons, Aliya Ismangil, Amy Findley, Victoria Gosling, Nia Coupe, Denisa Apriliawati and Eleanor Bull took part in a school science fayre for British Science Week at University of Manchester. The activities were to introduce children to health behaviour change techniques and psychology.
  • Dr Dawn Edge and colleagues have recieved funding from the Higher Education Council for England to improve outcome for students from low SES groups and Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic students that experience mental ill health.

February 2017

  • Professor David French, Dr Elaine Cameron and colleagues, conducted a review of reviews about communicating disease risk to promote behaviour change. This was published in the Annals of Behavioral Medicine.

January 2017

  • Laura McGowan, Angela Devereux-Fitzgerald and Professor David French published a review to discuss how acceptable older adults found the concept of physical activity. This was published in the International Review of Sport and Exercise Psychology.
  • Dr Joanna Goldthorpe joined Dr Tracy Epton, Dr Chris Keyworth, Professor Chris Armitage and Professor Rachel Callam to work on a project about Obesity prevention funded by TESCO.
  • Rachael Powell and colleagues published their reserach about how to enhance postgraduate psychology students' learning experience in Journal of Perspectives in Applied Academic Practice.