Psychology and Health Research Group
Conducting psychological research into illness, health and the delivery of healthcare
A group of academics, research staff and postgraduate students whose research covers a wide variety of health related research, affecting individuals, communities and populations.
We conduct psychological research into illness, health and the delivery of healthcare. The common thread that brings our research together is the application of psychological theories to health. We’re interested in preventative health and behavioural medicine, investigating questions such as:
- What motivates people to be healthy?
- How does the way people think, feel and behave in relation to health and other factors influence this?
- What maintains health?
- How do people adapt to illness or manage long-term conditions such as diabetes and chronic pain?
We have expertise in the development and validation of Patient Reported Outcome Measures (PROMs), design and evaluation of complex interventions to improve health behaviours, psychosocial aspects of healthcare delivery and long-term condition management, social cognitive models and their application to behaviour, facet theory and analysis of archived/historical health behaviour population datasets. Example topics include: screening behaviour; pain management; obesity prevention and management; appetitive behaviour; mindfulness, cardiac rehabilitation, diabetes management, alternative medicine and health and well-being in astronauts.
Research within this group contributes to the activities of the European Space Agency concerning the identification of the key factors needed to maintain operational skill in astronauts and reduce accident likelihood during long-duration space missions.
Read the case study: Going to Mars
We work together with health researchers across LJMU from pharmacy, nursing, computing, education, sports science and public health on multidisciplinary projects with an applied focus. In addition, we have active collaborations with other universities, NHS Trusts, primary care, local and national authorities and charities including:
- University of Liverpool
- University of Manchester
- University of Lancaster
- Walton Centre NHS Foundation Trust
- Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine
- Clatterbridge Cancer Centre
- St Helens and Knowsley NHS Trust
- Liverpool Community Health Trust
- The Royal Liverpool Hospitals NHS Trust
- Liverpool Heart and Chest Foundation Hospital Trust
- Liverpool City Council
- Knowsley Council
- Sefton Council
- Cheshire West and Chester Council
- UK Data Service/Office of National Statistics
- Hospital Nacional de Parapléjicos
- King Juan Carlos University
Our research and consultancy work has been funded by NHS Trusts, pharmaceutical companies, Kellogg’s, Pain Relief Foundation, Cheshire West and Chester Council, Imperial College of Science Technology and Medicine, The British Academy, Youth Justice Trust, Youth Offending Team of Trafford Metropolitan Borough Council, European Regional Development Fund and Liverpool City Council.
Teaching and learning
All staff in the group contribute to teaching modules on the undergraduate BSc (Hons) Psychology programme (appetitive behaviour, social cognition, health psychology and substance use modules) and the Health Psychology (MSc) programme. In addition, our research group includes three practitioner health psychologists (Dr Forshaw, Dr Newson, Dr Poole) who all contribute to the Professional Doctorate in Health Psychology.
Meet the researchers within this group:
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Dr Robin BaileyRead more
Dr Kathryn BouldRead more
Dr Caroline BrettRead more
Dr Simon CooperRead more
Dr Catrin EamesRead more
Dr Mark ForshawRead more
Dr Paul LattimoreRead more
Dr Lisa NewsonRead more
Prof Helen PooleRead more
Dr Kaye RichardsRead more
Dr Benjamin RosserRead more
Dr Kayleigh SheenRead more
Dr Rachel TarlingRead more
Prof Andy TattersallRead more
Dr Kanayo UmehRead more
Meet the PhD students within this research area.
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5 papers found
Determinants of wellbeing in university students: The role of residential status, stress, loneliness, resilience, and sense of coherence
Brett C and Mathieson ML and Rowley AM
A mixed‐studies systematic review of the experiences of body image, disordered eating, and eating disorders during the COVID‐19 pandemic
Schneider J, Pegram G, Gibson B, Talamonti D, Tinoco A, Craddock N and Matheson E and Forshaw MJ
“The tonic’s not always in a bottle”: a qualitative study investigating a heart rate variability biofeedback coherence intervention for individuals with gastrointestinal disorders
Field L, Forshaw MJ, Poole H, Paine P and Fairclough G and Walton C
An Exploration of the Experiences of South Asian Patients as they Navigate the Cardiac Rehabilitation Journey.
Lotto RR and Jones ID and Newson LM
The James’ Place model: Application of a novel clinical, community-based intervention for the prevention of suicide among men
Hanlon C, Chopra J, Boland JE, McIlroy D and Poole H and Saini P