PhD, CPsychol, FHEA
- Email Address
- Telephone Number
- +44 (0)1224 438101
- Office Address
1st Floor, Health Sciences Building
Aberdeen, AB25 2ZD
- School of Medicine, Medical Sciences and Nutrition
I am a Lecturer in Health Psychology and the Programme Director for the MSc Health Psychology.
I joined the Aberdeen Health Psychology Group in 2014, having completed my PhD at the University of Southampton, and have been here ever since. I teach across a range of postgraduate courses, and became a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy in 2019.
My research typically uses intensive longitudinal methods (ecological momentary assessment) to investigate contextual and temporal influences on stress and fatigue, clinical symptoms, and self-regulation. I lead our Stress and Health Research Theme and organise and chair our Health Psychology Research workshops.
I currently supervise four PhD students: Mona Maier, Marina Maciver, Dr Leia Kane and Frank You.
I am a Chartered Member of the British Psychological Society (BPS), and full member of the BPS Division of Health Psychology (DHP) and European Health Psychology Society (EHPS).
- PhD Psychology2014 - University of Southampton
Fatigue and salivary cortisol in relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis: investigation in everyday life
- MSc Health Psychology2009 - University of Southampton
- BSc (Hons) Psychology2007 - University of the West of England
Memberships and Affiliations
- Internal Memberships
- Programme Lead MSc Health Psychology
- Chair of the Aberdeen Health Psychology Group Research & Practice Workshop
- Member of the IAHS Staff Development Group
- Member of the IAHS Postgraduate Teaching Committee
- Member of the School Ethics Review Board PGT Committee
- External Memberships
- Chartered Psychologist, British Psychological Society (BPS)
- Full Member of the Division of Health Psychology, BPS
- Full Member of the European Health Psychology Society
- Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
Prizes and Awards
- Stan Maes Early Career Award, European Health Psychology Society, 2019
- Rosemary Anne Price Student Award, MS Society, 2013
My primary expertise is in methods that facilitate research in everyday life, using real-time assessments (i.e. ecological momentary assessment; EMA) to study changing phenomena within individuals.
My research interests are broadly within Health Psychology, with a particular focus on
- Stress and psychoneuroendocrinology
- Self-regulatory fatigue and decision fatigue
- Work, effort, and reward
- Within-person processes in health and illness
I have extensive experience with interdisciplinary working and have ongoing collaborations with researchers in health services, health economics, labour economics, nutrition, primary care, emergency medicine, and epidemiology.
I am always keen to hear from potential collaborators, particularly in relation to using EMA methods, or the examination of fatigue or stress.
Applied Health Sciences
I am currently supervising four PhD Students on the following projects:
Mona Maier - Decision fatigue in healthcare professionals
Marina Maciver - Quality of life in young people with major limb amputations
Dr Leia Kane - Everyday stress in emergency medical doctors
Frank You - Changing behaviour to enable design and delivery of low carbon trials
- Postgraduate, 3 stage, September start
I lead the the professionally-accredited MSc Health Psychology programme as Programme Director.
I also coordinate the following:
- PU5053 - Stress, Personality & Health
and teach content for students in the following courses:
- PU5053 - Stress, Personality & Health
- PU5022 - Health Behaviour & Behaviour Change
- PU5029 - Health Psychology Research Review
- PU5041 - Public Health in Action (Online)
- PU5054 - Advanced Quantitative Methods and Analysis for Psychology
- PU5552 - Public Health in Action
- RN5503 - Clinical Nutrition for Disease Prevention (Online)
- RN5505 - Clinical Nutrition
I supervise postgraduate taught students in PU5909 - Health Psychology Research Projects. My PhD student supervision is detailed in the Research tab.
I'm open to supervising one Medical Humanities Project (ME33A2) each year - do contact me if interested.
Non-course Teaching Responsibilities
Dr Gertraud (Turu) Stadler and I established a Summer School in Intensive Longitudinal Methods in 2018, which is held annually. The 2023 Summer School will be held in Berlin, Germany in August.
I am also Personal Tutor to undergraduate students within the School, and to postgraduate students on our programme.
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Stress in performance-related pay: the effect of payment contracts and social-evaluative threatStress, vol. 26, no. 1, 2283435Contributions to Journals: Articles
Free-living Physical Activity and Executive Function: A Multi-Study Analysis of Age Groups and Times of DayJournal of the International Neuropsychological SocietyContributions to Journals: Articles
Quality of Life in Young People with Limb Loss: A Systematic ReviewDisability & RehabilitationContributions to Journals: Articles
Within-person associations between psychological and contextual factors and lapse incidence in smokers attempting to quit: A systematic review and meta-analysis of Ecological Momentary Assessment studiesAddiction, pp. 1216-1231Contributions to Journals: Articles
Performance-related pay, mental and physiological healthIndustrial RelationsContributions to Journals: Articles
“A Switch Went off in My Whole Body”:: Lived Experiences of Fatigue and Post-Exertional Malaise in Long CovidChapters in Books, Reports and Conference Proceedings: Conference Proceedings
Rotation work in the resources sector: a systematic review of the impact on workers’ familiesPsychology & HealthContributions to Journals: Articles
Application of Ecological Momentary Assessment in Studies with Rotation Workers in the Resources and Related Construction Sectors: A Systematic ReviewSafety and Health at Work, vol. 14, no. 1, pp. 10-16Contributions to Journals: Review articles
Health and related behaviours of fly-in fly-out workers in the mining industry in Australia: a cross-sectional studyInternational Archives of Occupational and Environmental Health , vol. 96, pp. 105-120Contributions to Journals: Articles
Salivary cortisol in university students after the COVID-19 pandemicComprehensive Psychoneuroendocrinology, vol. 12, 100160Contributions to Journals: Articles