Health & Lifespan Psychology

 Research carried out by the Health & Lifespan Psychology (HLP) Research Group encompasses a number of areas broadly classified as health and applied developmental psychology, including critical psychology approaches. The group uses a wide range of primary and secondary research methodologies - from experimental, survey and epidemiological techniques to innovative qualitative approaches, such as discursive and phenomenological methods and longitudinal interviewing. The group also conducts high quality systematic reviews, meta-analyses and meta-syntheses of qualitative evidence. Much of the group’s research is carried out in collaboration with the community - predominantly field-based research in clinical, healthcare and educational settings.

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Our key researchers and their interests are summarised below:

Dr Richard Cooke
  • Health behaviour
  • Binge-drinking
Dr Carol Holland
  • Psychology of ageing & cognition
  • Lifespan driving & pedestrian behaviour
  • Health & cognition impacts on active ageing
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Professor Helen Pattison
  • Parental health behaviour
  • Reproductive health, particularly psychology of pregnancy
  • Self testing/monitoring
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Dr Claire Farrow
  • Children's eating behaviour, including fussy eating and overeating
  • Childhood obesity and growth faltering
  • Social identity influences on health
Dr R Knibb
Dr Rebecca Knibb
  • Psychological impact of food allergy
  • Asthma control and management
  • Psychometric scale development
  • Behaviour change using cognitive behavioural and compassion focused techniques
Peter Reddy
  • Improving student learning
  • Undergraduate development
Dr Rachel Shaw
  • Voluntary childlessness
  • Media framing, health risk & health-related decision making
  • Phenomenological research methods