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MSc Health Psychology International Visits



All our MSc students are eligible to join Coventry University Global Leaders Programme.  As well as many networking and personal/professional development activities, this may also involve trips overseas, organised, supported and subsidised by the university.

Two of our current students are active participants in Global Leaders.  One has travelled to Hong Kong and the other will soon be visiting India.  Further details of their adventures to follow.

Find out more about Global Leaders by clicking on the link above, or follow them on Facebook.

If you would like to suggest a site for students to visit, please do get in touch.

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Midlands Health Psychology Network Conference February 2015

MHPN - 2015 first poster

Our good friends in the Midlands Health Psychology Network (MHPN) recently announced the date for their annual conference. This will be Thursday 19th February 2015 at the University of Derby.

The MHPN conference is a great opportunity for researchers (early stage and more established) to present their work, and for MSc and PhD students to present their dissertations or placement work, while engaging with respected and experienced academics within the field.  At Coventry we encourage all our health psych students to attend the conference, and give credit for attendance as part of the professional practice module. You can read about our students’ experience of attending here.

Please see attached the call for abstracts and don’t forget to take a look at the MHPN website for further information.

For specific queries please email the MHPN direct mail@mhpn.co.uk

Health psych masters: Times and rooms of first classes

Full-time students attend both Tuesday and Thursday classes.

Part-time students attend classes on Tuesdays only in their first year and on Thursdays only in their second year.

Tuesday classes for Semester one Autumn/Winter 2014

M96PY Health Promotion & Behaviour Change

Richard Crossman Building RC143 1-3 pm

M140PY Advanced Quantitative Research Methods

Richard Crossman Building RC123 3-6 pm

Thursday classes for Semester one Autumn/Winter 2014

M98PY Biopsychosocial Approaches to Stress, Health and Illness

Richard Crossman Building RC250 1-3 pm

M145PY Introducing Professional Practice in Health Psychology

James Starley Building JS218 3.30-5.30 pm

The rooms indicated are for the first week only (week beginning 29th September 2014).  Please see your module guides for details of week by week schedule and rooms. Module guides are available on cu online once you have enrolled.

More details on MSc health psych induction 23 September

Please come to room JA143 in the Jaguar Building for 09.45 prompt.

9.45 – 10.00 Arrival and Registration
10.00 – 10.10 Welcome from the Faculty Dean’s Representative
10.10 – 10.30 An Introduction to the Student Rep System
10.30 – 10.45 Getting to know you…
10.45 – 11.30 Studying at Coventry University
11.30 – 11.45 Coffee break
11.45 – 12.30 Studying at Postgraduate Level
12.30 – 1.00 Moodle Briefing
1.00 – 2.00 Lunch & Meet the Course Teams
2.00 – 2.30 Library Induction Session
2.30 – 3.30 YOUR Health Psychology Masters
3.30 – 4.30 Students to Collect Student Cards




Increasing physical activity and healthy eating behaviours in South Asian communities

The health psych team is sending our best wishes to colleague Krishna Bhatti who will be presenting her research at next week’s BPS Division of Health Psychology Annual Conference.  Krishna’s poster will present findings from her pilot of a culturally adapted theoretically based intervention to increase physical activity and healthy eating behaviours in South Asian communities.  Krishna did this work as part of her Professional Doctorate in Health Psychology.


If you check out the academic programme for the conference you’ll get a sense of the wide range of topics covered by health psychology.

Devices to monitor personal health: an opportunity for student research

fitbit ice cream beach me 2

Taunting my Fitbit

Inspired by David Sedaris’ tale in The New Yorker (he cheerfully combines healthy exercise with compulsive litter picking) I decided to invest in a Fitbit. This neat little wrist band has the facility to record the number of steps you take in any given day, as well as monitoring some aspects of sleep duration and quality.

Many people now use Fitbits to monitor their health, and use the companion website (and various apps and add-ons) to record dietary, drinking and other health behaviours. An Apple device that promises to record the same data and more is due out in spring 2015.

Health psychology trainees starting this autumn are well placed to design studies exploring the impact of Fitbit and other personal health monitoring devices. US users can already sign up to earn material rewards for their physical activity. If the same incentives were introduced in the UK, how effective might they be in motivating behaviour change? 

The Fitbit can only record a limited range of data at present, and users have to enter honestly any deviations from their planned dietary schedule.  If the Fitbit doesn’t know, do the calories still count 😉 ?

Carol P