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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

If you’re looking for your Tuesday timetable in a hurry

Times and dates of all classes on the course are available in a previous post.

Detailed week by week schedules for each module will be available on moodle, but to save you time hunting around here are the MSc Health Psychology (and MSc Psychology of Health) classes for tomorrow (Tuesday)

Tuesdays 1.00 -2.50 pm M96PY Health promotion and behaviour change (led by Charlotte Hilton) JA142 (first floor Jaguar building)

Tuesdays 3.15- 6.00 pm M140PY Advanced quantitative research methods (led by John Williams) JS205 (second floor James Starley building)

Click here for a pdf campus map


Induction reminder

Quick reminder about induction for new students.

This is 09.30 until 13.00 Tuesday 24th September.

Charles Ward Building Second Floor CW215


You will be free from 13.00 to explore the campus, have lunch or do any university admin you need to sort out.

Looking forward to meeting you.

Save the day: The 6th of May!


After a bit of thinking about weather, day length and lots of significant events in the MSc health psych extended family … we’ve settled on Tuesday 6th May 2014 for our ‘Sweet Sixteen’ Course Reunion/Birthday celebration. This is the day before the BPS Annual Conference in Birmingham.

Please save this day in your diaries and keep in touch for further news of the event. 

Watch the eyes: Health psychology and machines that go ‘ping’


Think of psychological research and the image that comes to mind might be completing a questionnaire, looking at some inkblots or perhaps participating in a bizarre social experiment.  Psychological research methodologies encompass a much wider range of techniques and approaches. Some may seem deceptively low tech – such as focus groups and individual interviews, diaries and participant observations. However, health psychologists increasingly draw on information technology, social media and sophisticated electronic devices to conduct their research and put their theories into practice.

In the past year alone, students on the MSc health psychology did independent and collaborative research using interviews/focus groups to explore a range of topics including

  • The attitudes of healthcare staff to providing positive birth experiences
  • Academic midwifery perspectives on teaching about maternal obesity
  • The experience of early stage dementia sufferers and their partners
  • Barriers and facilitators to health promotion for South Asian people
  • Young women’s beliefs about long-acting reversible contraception
  • Service users and providers’ perspectives on stress management through vocational rehabilitation in schizophrenia
  • South Asian fathers’ perspectives on childhood obesity

Previous students have used online surveys and studies of internet discussion forums to explore the experiences of patients and their families, for example, what it is like to be an elderly person whose adult son or daughter becomes increasingly disabled by multiple sclerosis.

Some of our outgoing MSc health psych students also designed a smart phone app to improve self management for adolescent boys with type 1 diabetes. An important consideration was that the app should work on the latest and most desirable mobile handset.

We already have close links with staff in the University’s Applied Research Centre in Health & Lifestyle Interventions, where numerous projects have harnessed technology to address issues as diverse as breastfeeding and adolescent sexual health. For 2013/14 we are hoping to work more closely with the university’s Health Design & Technology Institute and Serious Games Institute, with a view to realising some of the products our MSc students have designed.

Meanwhile we’ve welcomed a new piece of kit to Psychology & Behavioural Sciences in the form of an advanced eye tracker. There is a lot of scope for staff and postgraduate research using this facility.  Being able to trace and record accurately where a person’s eyes are roaming is an excellent adjunct to more traditional research methods.  For example, we can ask research participants whether they attend to nutritional information that’s presented on food labels or restaurant menus. Now we’ll be able to check what they actually look at and for how long. We might also be able to find out how people really navigate through health information websites, interact with health behaviour change apps and so on. Just need to check if the machine that makes all of this possible really does go ‘ping’.

Small print: This isn’t our actual machine – it is too fresh out of the packaging to be cornered for a photograph. Pic courtesy of wiki commons at http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Eyetracker1.jpg

Registration open – Careers in health psychology

Registration is now open for this Midlands Health Psychology Network CPD event.


The event will take place on October 22nd 2013, 10am – 12.30pm at Coventry University. ‘Careers in Health Psychology’ will focus on the different career options that health psychologists can take, and examples of how they can get there. It is aimed at early career researchers, MSc and PhD students and Stage 2 trainees. There will also be an opportunity to ask questions in a friendly environment relating to such things as stage 2, publishing, writing, consultancy, conferences, working abroad, lecturing, working in the NHS and work experience.

Special 10 year anniversary bursary available! – The first 10 people to register will qualify for our early bird discount – £15 for members and £20 for non-members (usual rates £20 for members and £25 for non members).

To register your place please email Carey Harding (hardin20@uni.coventry.ac.uk) with your full name, occupation and affiliation, telephone number and preferred email address. Please pay via paypal (See “online payments“) and include your paypal reference number in your email. Please note that bookings are non-refundable.