Student Develops Diabetes App Idea

Congratulations to our student Tin Lok Philo Man who was shortlisted this year for a university-wide App competition. In front of a Dragon’s Den style panel of judges, he pitched his idea for an app to help improve the quality of life of people with diabetes.

Developed with a focus on your future employability, our course places a practical emphasis on the teaching of health psychology as it is applied to real-world situations. These include, for example, development of public health campaigns, intervention development and case study examples. Your idea for an intervention or app might end up being developed and delivered to real people, making a big difference to their health and wellbeing.

Special guest speaker on our Professional Practice module

We are very grateful to Dr Claire Hallas from SCCH Consulting for coming to speak to students on Krishna’s professional practice module. Claire and students discussed consultancy, getting into healthcare practice and lots of issues relating to practitioner psychology.

Our course is designed to prepare you to pursue a career in health psychology, and we invite a range of experienced practitioners to share their insights and boost your employment prospects.

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 (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.


The journey to becoming a health psychologist: Midlands Health Psychology Network event

MHPN careers event nov 2017

The Midlands Health Psychology Network will be holding a careers event on Friday 17th November, in the new Science & Health Building at Coventry University. A range of speakers will talk about how they became health psychologists. As there are different career routes and roles we’d really recommend this event to our current students and recent graduates. You can find out more and book a place by visiting the MHPN site for the event.

Sex, lies and mediascape: sexuality and ageing research in the public eye

Hayley Wright MHN

The Midlands Health Psychology Network Coventry Local Interest Group will be hosting Dr. Hayley Wright on Wednesday December 6th (12 – 1 pm). Dr. Wright will be discussing her research into ageing and sexuality.

The MSc health psych course team would like to encourage all students to attend.

Light refreshments will be provided so please let the organisers know if you can make it. It is an informal meeting so do feel free to bring your lunch too!

If you would like to attend, please contact Nikki Holliday, Senior Research Assistant, CIRAL: Centre for Innovative Research Across the Life Course




‘A many doored mansion’: how one of our health psych students described the NHS

Once again PsychAssist have featured a blog post by one of our MSc Health Psych students: Gurkaran Dhanda. He makes some really important points which we’ll be sure to share with new students coming for induction next week.

Check out Gurkaran’s post at PsychAssist.

Check out this new blog post by a student just finishing his health psych masters


Over on the lovely blog at psychassist you can read a short post by Thomas Hadden, who has just finished his MSc Health Psychology at Coventry.

Good luck in your results Thomas!

You can read more students’ experiences of studying with us here.


MSc Health Psych graduate leads mindfulness at national patient conference


On 15th October, staff member Carol Percy and recent graduate Charys Orr contributed to the annual conference of Verity, the national charity for patients with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS). More than eighty women from across the UK took part.

Carol gave a presentation on the emotional impact of PCOS, and took part in an expert Q&A panel, alongside Dr Suman Rice of St George’s University Hospital, Dr Judith Ibson, GP and Senior Lecturer in Primary Care and Prof Stephen Franks, Imperial College and St Mary’s Hospital. This was followed by a practical self-management workshop, which gave tasters of different approaches and signposted places where patients could get more support. Charys, who interviewed patients with PCOS for her MSc dissertation, led a mindfulness meditation, while Carol gave some suggestions for using cognitive behaviour therapy and self-compassion.

Charys and Carol have been working on developing a new self management support programme for PCOS patients. Charys conducted patient interviews as part of her MSc health psychology dissertation project, and Carol is currently interviewing health professionals and charity stakeholders.  They are using a co-creation approach to designing the new intervention, which will be an adaptation of Coventry’s HOPE programme.

Charys said: “The Verity conference was a great opportunity for me to meet with patients, doctors and researchers to enhance my knowledge of PCOS and see how the self-management programme will benefit those who suffer with the condition. I also benefited from from being able to practically apply my knowledge and skills in mindfulness I had learnt over the course of  my masters, particularly during my dissertation research.”

More about PCOS from Verity’s website:


Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) is the most common female hormone condition and manifests differently in each woman. It can be incredibly devastating to a woman’s self esteem and quality of life.


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