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Research interests

I am a social and health psychologist with interests in health and well-being and how identity processes are related to these. My research focuses, firstly, on health behaviour change and, secondly, on reducing inequality in educational settings through interventions known to reduce stereotype threat.

My research interests include:

  • Applying self-affirmation theory as an intervention in health
  • Narrative health information
  • Identity-related process in understanding stereotype threat
  • Applying self-affirmation theory to buffer against stereotype threat
  • Community-led research
  • Health and educational inequality

Approach to teaching

I am module coordinator for Introduction to Applied Psychology, a core module for students on psychology courses at in their first year. I also teach on Introduction to Research Methods, Psychological Research Methods, Contemporary Social Inequalities and the Drinking Cultures option for Critical Analysis. I also supervise final year dissertation students, usually investigating projects exploring health behaviours.

My teaching, therefore, includes the following areas in psychology:

  • Psychological research methodology and analysis
  • Psychology and health
  • Applied psychology
  • Critical analysis

Teaching Awards:

In 2018, I won a University of Brighton Excellence in Facilitating and Empowering Learning (EFEL) Award.

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, University of Sussex

Award Date: 28 Apr 2017

Master, University of Sussex

Award Date: 31 Aug 2010

Bachelor, University of Sussex

Award Date: 21 Jul 2010

Keywords

  • BF Psychology
  • Health Information
  • Health promotion
  • Self-identity
  • Stereotype threat
  • Education
  • Community

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