Professor Helen Pattison

Head of Psychology

Professor of Health Psychology

School of Life and Health Sciences
Aston University
Birmingham B4 7ET

telephone: +44 (0) 121 204 4073
fax: +44 (0) 121 204 4090
email: h.m.pattison@aston.ac.uk

Director of Research, Applied Health Sciences

Research Theme

Chronic and Communicable Conditions

Research Centre

 Aston Research centre in CHildren and Young people's health(ARCHY)

  • Parental health behaviour
  • Psychology of pregnancy
  • Innovative Health Technologies 
  • Self testing/monitoring for signs of serious illness
  • Risk perception and communication



Petts J., McAlpine S, Homan J, Sadhra, S, Pattison, H, MacRae, A. (2002) Development of a methodology to design and evaluate effective risk messages Norwich: HMSO. ISBN 0 7176 2245 2

Draper H, Pattison H.M. Becoming a father/refusing fatherhood: how parental responsibilities are generated. 5th Annual Swedish Symposium on Biomedicine, Ethics and Society, June 2003 http://www.bioethics.uu.se/symposium/2003/abstracts/Pattisson030603.pdf

Pattison, H.M., Pareek M, Moledina, S The applicability of Social Cognition Theories to Parental Behaviour and Children’s Health. Proceedings of the BPS 2003, 11, 38

Pattison H, Bhagrath J. Dietary change during pregnancy. Journal of Reproductive and Infant Psychology 2004; 22: 24

Cook E, Pattison H. The need for risk or variety? Relationships between sensation seeking, risk perception, high risk sports and behaviours. Psychology and Health 2005; 20 (Suppl): 50

Merryl Harvey Impact on fathers and fathering of witnessing neonatal emergency care (supported by BLISS fellowship)

Jonathan Ives Becoming a father / refusing fatherhood: how paternal responsibilities and rights are generated (Wellcome studentship, co-supervised by Heather Draper, Birmingham University) http://pcpoh.bham.ac.uk/primarycare/cbme/fatherhood.htm

Shugafta Javed A mixed methods study of the implications for pharmacy policy and practice of self-tests for signs of serious illness (ESRC PPRT CASE award, co-supervised by Prof John Marriott)

Christian Borg Xuereb Patients’ knowledge and beliefs about Atrial Fibrillation and anticoagulation therapy and their impact on INR control and Quality of Life (Bayer HealthCare, principal supervisor Dr Rachel Shaw, co-supervised by Dr Deirdre Lane, Birmingham University)

Danielle Clarkesmith Trial of and Educational intervention on patients’ knowledge of Atrial Fibrillation and anticoagulation therapy, INR control and outcome of Treatment with warfarin (TREAT) (Bayer HealthCare, co-supervised by Dr Deirdre Lane, Birmingham University)

Ying Zhang Effect of a Community-based Intervention on Breast Cancer Screening among Chinese Women in the UK (Breast Cancer Campaign and international student bursary)

Fozia Ikram Type2 Diabetes Risk-Perceptions Within the South Asian Community: A Protection-Motivation Approach

Adrienne Hudson. Preparing nurses to care for a child suffering an acute life threatening event. (West Midlands Nursing, Midwifery and Allied Health Professions Research Training Award.  Principal supervisor Rachel Shaw with Heather Duncan, Birmingham Children’s Hospital, External consultant).

Kirsty Killick (née Morton) Experiences of using the community pharmacy: hypertension/hyperlipidaemia patients’ perspective. (MRC/ESRC interdisciplinary studentship)

  • Methodology for designing and evaluating risk information in SMEs.  Health and Safety Executive
  • Designing and Evaluating Effective Risk Messages. HSE
  • Thyroid dysfunction in the elderly.  PPP Health Care Trust,
  • Social support and behaviour change in pregnancy. Birmingham Health Authority
  • RCT of the effectiveness of levonorgestrel containing coil in the treatment of menorrhagia (ECLIPSE Trial).  NIHR HTA programme http://www.eclipse.bham.ac.uk/
  • Accuracy and cost effectiveness of rapid diagnosis of Group-B streptococcus during labour.  NIHR HTA programme, http://www.gbs.bham.ac.uk/
  • Self-test kits for cancer,  CRUK
  • Accuracy and acceptability of rapid Pulse Oxiometry testing for congenital heart defects in neonates, NIHR HTA programme http://www.pulseox.bham.ac.uk/  
  • Home Testing for signs of serious illness RCUK Academic Fellowship
  • Breast Cancer Screening among Chinese Women in the UK, Breast Cancer Campaign
  • Evaluation of Paediatric Outreach Services Theme 2, Birmingham and Black Country CLAHRC (Lead Prof R Lilford) NIHR Collaborations for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care
  • Self testing for signs of serious illness ESRC/Pharmacy Practice Research Trust CASE studentship
  • Self testing for signs of serious illness  RCUK Academic Fellowship
  • TREAT Trial Educational and behavioural intervention for new warfarin users Bayer health - (Project short-listed for BMJ Prize 2014 and Commended in QiC innovation in anticoagulation award 2014)   

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"Understanding the psychology of physical symptoms": an Inaugural Lecture by Prof Helen Pattison

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