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System addict?

Terrible pun – apologies – we are all very tired after an intensive session on M152PY Introducing Research Informed Practice in Health Psychology.

Today we looked at systematic review papers, searching and downloading some examples from the online database scopus.com (other databases are available).

We were identifying the key features of systematic review papers to get students started on their own systematic review assignment. Prisma flow diagrams and tabulated findings were our main focus. Looking at published examples of systematic reviews will really help students understand what a systematic review looks like and (hopefully) help them make a start on their own.

We also looked very briefly at RefWorks  – there are some great videos on YouTube that aim to get new users started in 20 minutes.

So quite a busy and packed session but lots of new skills being acquired. Looking forward to reading the finished reviews in December.

The Professionals

Our first week of term saw new and returning students start classes in modules including:

  • Health Promotion and Behaviour Change
  • Advanced Quantitative Research Methods in Psychology
  • Biopsychosocial Aspects of Stress, Health & Illness
  • Research Informed Practice in Health Psychology

In the last of these modules we explored what it means to be a trainee in health psychology, and ways to develop each student’s personal professional profile. Students taking the dissertation module this year have started setting up and sharing online progress journals.

It’s going to be an intensive year ahead but things are looking good!


appiness pic for twitterThis is mainly aimed at alumni and friends of the MSc health psych course (as current students have classes that day):

The Health Psychology in Public Health Network are holding an event at Coventry University, on apps to improve the public’s health and wellbeing.

14th November 2017, Coventry University

Aimed at public health staff, researchers, health professionals & app developers
Come along to this insightful mhealth event with speakers from industry, public health and academia showcasing their use of behavioural science in today’s apps! Hosted by Dr Kristina Curtis, Coventry University, & Jolel Miah, Health Psychology Public Health Network.

Booking can be made at the HPPHN website.