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Interpersonal violence: a health outcome of interest to health psychology?

Violence between intimate partners (or domestic violence, or interpersonal violence – it’s hard to choose a label for this phenomenon that isn’t problematic) might not seem the most relevant topic for health psychologists. Yet  violent crime is one of the most prominent health concerns highlighted in the public health profile for Coventry recently published by Public Health England.

Interpersonal violence has clear implications for the physical health and emotional wellbeing of all concerned, yet it doesn’t feature prominently on the standard health psychology curriculum. Some of the theoretical models that are widely used in health psychology may well apply to explaining interpersonal violence, and some of the same principles of behaviour change intervention may be relevant. Some colleagues at Coventry (led by Forensic Psychologist Erica Bowen) have formed a special interest group to address research and practice in this field. Their next meeting is coming soon.

Violence and Interpersonal Aggression: Interest group meeting

The next meeting of the Violence and Interpersonal Aggression interest group will take place on November 13th at 10.00 – 13.00 in Coventry University James Starley Building room 207 (2nd floor). The seminar component will comprise three presentations:

Dr Kate Walker, Coventry University: ‘The process of desistance from intimate partner violence’
Mike Bedford, Splitz (Trowbridge): ‘A group based intervention for male Domestic Violence perpetrators’
Chris Dyer, Mentoring West Midlands: ‘Piloting a mentoring scheme for high risk Domestic Violence perpetrators’

All are welcome to attend and please distribute this notice throughout your networks.

If you have any questions please contact Dr Erica Bowen, Forensic Psychologist c/o Psychology & Behavioural Sciences at Coventry University.

Posted by Carol Percy (course director MSc health psychology)



Free Workshop: Helping Overcome Problems Effectively

hope flyer pic

Our friends at the HOPE programme are having a free interactive workshop on 6th November. This is a chance for any interested person (patient, carer, student, staff, researcher, commissioner, etc.) to meet members of the HOPE team and experience some of the behaviour change activities supported by the programme.

HOPE is a flexible self-management programme for patients with a range of long term conditions including, cancer, dementia, HIV, parents of children with Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and carers of people with long term conditions.

Apologies for the poor quality pic but I only had a hard copy of the flyer at the time of writing. Well worth visiting www.hopeprogramme.co.uk to find out more. The workshop is 12.15-1.45 pm in RC125 (First floor Richard Crossman Building, Coventry University CV1 5RW).

Guest speaker on stress health and illness: Thanks Dally

The MSc course team would like to say a big thank you to our speaker Daljinder Virk, who has delivered two guest sessions on our Stress, Health and Illness module. Dally has an MSc Health Psychology and an MPhil. Her thesis research was on “Sleep Disturbances and Psychological Functioning in Respiratory Diseases.” Dally has many years of experience in a range of industries. She currently  works as an Hourly Paid Lecturer at Coventry and is passionate about public health and health promotion. 

Job Opportunity: Compassion in health and care

Compassion in health and care – can we measure it? And if so, what would we do?

The Centre for Applied Research in Psychology at Coventry is offering an exciting opportunity to work on a Health Education England funded project that will develop a measure of compassion that can be used in the recruitment and development of health and social care students and professionals.

You will have a good (2:1 or above) undergraduate degree in psychology or a relevant social science that emphasises the use of quantitative and qualitative research methods. A Masters in a relevant discipline (e.g. Health Psychology) would be desirable. Experience in conducting both quantitative and qualitative research is essential, and the development of psychometric tests desirable. You will work under the supervision of Dr Sarah Brown and Dr Rosie Kneafsey.

For details of this Research Assistant vacancy click here.

V.V. Impressed at our adaptability: thanks Puja

Some of you may have seen news of (or been directly affected by) the train cancellations North of London today, due to a fatality on the line. Our guest speaker Puja Joshi was halted en route and showed great ingenuity in getting back home to deliver her planned teaching session by Skype. Thanks very much Puja from the class as a whole.

Guest speaker: Puja Joshi on Systematic Reviews

Pleased to be welcoming another guest speaker (and recent graduate of our health psych masters) today, in M145PY Introducing Professional Practice 3.30-5.30 in JA115.

Puja Joshi, now a Research Officer with The National Children’s Bureau, will be giving a guest session on systematic reviews.  This supports your coursework assignment on the first professional practice module.  Puja will also be telling you about an opportunity to collaborate with her.  This may well take the form of writing one or more reviews.

Looking forward to seeing you later today (after your Stress, health and Illness lecture 1-3 which is just up the corridor in JA153).

Love, learning disabilities and worrying about male breast cancer

Loving this drama on BBC radio four.


Worth listening.

Guest speaker from Public Health

The MSc health psych team is very pleased to be welcoming Public Health Practitioner Angela Hands to speak to students on M96PY Health Promotion and Behaviour Change today.  Students – we have a room change for today (sorry): we will be in RC251 for Angela’s talk.  That’s second floor Richard Crossman Building.

Sweet Sixteen just got bigger


sweet sixteen

No, not a reference to swelling waistlines…

We have an addition to our Sweet Sixteen Birthday Celebration/Course Reunion in May 2014.

Undergraduate students on 365PY Health Psychology will be preparing (for their coursework) a poster recommending behaviour change interventions to improve the health of the people of Coventry.  The best of these will be chosen to be professionally printed and displayed at our celebration event.

If you have any ideas for ways to celebrate do get in touch.

Photo credit: http://www.flickr.com/photos/nickharris1/6743063839/


New starters: your Thursday timetable at a glance

While we are all settling in with the university’s systems for providing such information … here are the rooms for MSc Health Psych and MSc Psychology of Health classes on Thursday 3rd October:

M98PY Biopsychosocial approaches to stress health and illness 1-3 pm in JA118

M145PY Introducing professional practice in health psychology 3.30-5.30 pm in JA118

JA118 is on the first floor of the Jaguar Building (just along the same corridor where we meet with Charlotte on Tuesday)

Looking forward to seeing you then.

Carol P