Following the Annual General Meeting on 28th February 2018, we’d like to introduce you to the new HPPHN (soon to be BSHPN) Committee for 2018-19.
Dr Angel Chater is a Chartered Psychologist, an Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society (BPS) and a Registered Health Psychologist and Sport and Exercise Psychologist with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). She is a Reader in Health Psychology and Behaviour Change at the University of Bedfordshire, situated within the Institute for Sport and Physical Activity Research (ISPAR) where she leads the Centre in Health, Wellbeing and Behaviour Change She is also an Honorary Senior Lecturer in Health Psychology and Behavioural Medicine at UCL School of Pharmacy and a Course tutor to UCL Centre for Behaviour Change’s Summer School In her roles, she integrates health psychology into non-psychology curriculum, CPD training and applied health research, with a focus on communication skills, behaviour change interventions and adolescent health. She is the UK National Delegate for the European Health Psychology Society (EHPS) She is passionate about the scientific application of health psychology to public health and its role in intervention design.
Jim McManus is a Chartered Psychologist and Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society and is Director of Public Health for Hertfordshire. He is Visiting Senior Clinical Fellow at the University of Hertfordshire and a Visiting Research Fellow at Heythrop College, University of London, working on the links between psychology, health and faith. He is a Membership Secretary of the Association of Directors of Public Health and co Chair of the British Psychological Society’s Cross Divisional Network on Applied Psychology in Public Health. Jim has worked on public health projects in the voluntary sector, NGOs, commercial sector, NHS and local government since 1990. He is committed to realising the benefits health psychology can bring to population health. Outside work his interests are Scots history, languages and powerlifting.
Michelle Constable is a Health Psychologist in Training based in the Public Health Service at Hertfordshire County Council and undertaking a Professional Doctorate in Health Psychology at University of the West of England. The focus of her work in public health has been in the field of smoking cessation and she is currently leading on a number of county wide initiatives mainly focusing on the self-management of long term conditions, which is also the focus of her research. A founder member of the Health Psychology in Public Health Network, she is currently Committee Secretary responsible for membership, reporting and supporting all aspects of Network development.
Neil Howlett is a Research Fellow in the Department of Psychology and Sport Sciences at the University of Hertfordshire. His research focus is behaviour change, with particular expertise in physical activity. Neil is currently finishing a PhD which has involved designing, implementing and evaluating the Active Herts programme using evidence-based behaviour change techniques and the COM-B model of behaviour. He is also Principal Investigator on both Department of Health and Lottery-funded evaluations of a programme aimed at parents of children who are at risk of obesity for the charity HENRY. Additionally, Neil supervises several undergraduates and postgraduates. Neil’s role as Treasurer (previously, Conference Organiser) involves processing invoices and guiding network strategy on the Executive Committee.
Publicity and Liaison Chair
Dr Stefanie Williams is a Chartered Psychologist and is Research Fellow at the Centre for Advances in Behavioural Science (CABS) at Coventry University. Stefanie completed her PhD in Health Psychology in 2015, investigating the role of self-efficacy in changing lifestyle physical activity behaviour. The focus of her research has been on the development and evaluation of theory-based interventions for changing physical activity and other weight-related behaviours. Stefanie has had over 10 years’ experience collaborating with public health departments across the West Midlands and Warwickshire on a range of projects. She is passionate about the translation of behavioural science into public health practice, and particularly its role in supporting the efficient design and delivery of new and existing public health services. Stefanie is delighted to have joined the network as a co-opted member, and looks forward to increasing awareness and further development of the network in her new role as Publicity and Liaison Chair.
Publicity & Liaison Officer – Universities
Sophie has recently completed an MSc Health Psychology degree at the University of Nottingham, whilst working as Clinical Product Executive for a digital health app company. She has a range of experience working in the healthcare industry across the public, private and third sectors. Sophie worked for nearly four years at the Stroke Association as Information, Advice & Support Co-ordinator for North Derbyshire. During this time, Sophie led on several successful projects, including the development of a new stroke support group for stroke survivors and carers and a series of mindfulness sessions. Sophie has recently started working as Local Lead for System Optimisation, Behaviour Change & Quality Improvement for a NHS National Innovation Programme. Within the HPPHN, Sophie’s role as Publicity & Liaison Officer – Universities is to promote the HPPHN to academics and students working in the fields of health psychology and public health at universities across the country. She is looking forward to meeting people from a range of disciplines and hopes to expand the network across the UK.
Katherine is Professor of Health Psychology Applied to Public Health and leads the Health Behaviour and Interventions Research team at the Centre for Advances in Behavioural Science at Coventry University. She is a Chartered Psychologist, a full member of the DHP and a Registered Health Psychologist (HCPC). Katherine has held a joint post with Public Health Warwickshire since 2011, works closely with a number of public health departments in the Midlands region and has an honorary contract with PHE. Katherine's work has focused around the development and evaluation of interventions targeted at preventive health behaviours. Her research began in the field of sexual health, and has since expanded to include the challenges of obesity, smoking cessation and low breastfeeding rates. She has published widely and contributed to a number of national strategies, including the female genital mutilation care pathway for the Department of Health. Katherine has recently assumed the role of Editor-in-Chief of this publication and is ambitious about mobilising the evidence base from health psychology into public health commissioning and practice.
Senior Editor (co-opted)
Emma is a NHS Education for Scotland Trainee Health Psychologist, based in NHS Tayside Directorate of Public Health. The focus of Emma’s training is using behavioural science to improve smoking cessation/reduction rates in acute psychiatric settings and to healthy weight promotion in adults with learning disabilities. She is passionate about applying health psychology research and theory in meeting public health priorities and promoting the science as a necessary foundation to improving population health. In parallel, Emma remains fervent about the need to involve service users and frontline staff in all aspects of her research and intervention work.
Emma completed her MSc Health Psychology in 2016 at the University of Bath and has previously collaborated with academics, practitioners and local government in a number of research roles. Emma is delighted to have joined the committee as Assistant Journal Editor and looks forward to further promoting the Network where she lives in Scotland.
Dr Lou Atkinson has been conducting applied research in the fields of obesity and physical activity for over a decade. Having worked with individual and corporate clients in the health and fitness industry, she completed her MSc Health Psychology in 2007 and was employed as a researcher at Coventry University from 2008 to 2017, during which time she also completed a PhD in Health Psychology entitled “A multi-perspective examination of women’s engagement with weight management behaviours and services during pregnancy.” Alongside delivering research studies and consultancy projects for a variety of health-related organisations, Lou also completed a one year secondment as an embedded health psychologist in a public health team Lou joined Aston University as a Lecturer in Psychology in 2017 where she continues to develop her research into weight management, dietary and physical activity behaviours in pregnancy, and in childhood obesity, particularly around parental engagement with family weight management services and the National Child Measurement Programme. Lou is excited to join the committee as Conference Chair.
Meghan is a Health Psychologist in Training at Staffordshire University, currently working across Public Health and Planning within Stoke-on-Trent City Council. Meghan is excited to be working in Healthy Urban Planning, a new arena for Health Psychology. Her work is wide ranging and includes using behavioural science to influence the design of the build environment to enhance physical activity, active travel and the lives of individuals living with dementia. Meghan’s previous experiences include supporting Stroke Survivors with an app-based intervention, working within disadvantaged communities, managing experiences of health and social care services and supporting students experiencing eating disorders/difficulties. She would eventually like to move back to working 1:1, in long-term condition management. Meghan thoroughly enjoys events, both of a personal and professional nature and is very passionate about moving Health Psychology forward as a profession. Meghan is delighted to be a part of the Network.
Tiffany Palmer is a Health Psychologist in Training based in a Community Learning Setting delivering Health and Well-being sessions both within an adult college, and as outreach in various locations in Southend-on-Sea. Tiffany works as a consultant for agencies concerned with seafaring, and sits on an expert panel for the International Transport Federation. Her research focus is the impact of loneliness on the psychological general well-being of seafarers, and whether this is mediated by their self-efficacy. Tiffany is keen to develop and deliver CPD opportunities that bridge behavioural science and public health.
Scientific Sub-committee Chair
Mary Barker is a Professor of Psychology and Behavioural Science at the Medical Research Council Lifecourse Epidemiology Unit, Faculty of Medicine, University of Southampton She co-leads the Behavioral Science theme for the NIHR Southampton Biomedical Research Centre and directs the Centre for Public Collaboration and Participation in Health Research Her main research interest is in understanding and supporting behaviour change, primarily to improve nutritional status before conception and during pregnancy and so address the public health implications of the developmental origins of health and disease Mary runs a programme of work aiming to engage teenagers and young women in improving their diets physical activity habits, using a combination of one-to-one support from health and social care professionals and digital sources which include smartphone games Her role on the committee is to lead on the scientific input to the annual conference, including assessing abstracts and judging posters, and to BSPHN publications.
Scientific Sub-committee (co-opted)
Wendy Lawrence is Associate Professor of Health Psychology at the MRC Lifecourse Epidemiology Unit, University of Southampton, and the BPS Division of Health Psychology’s Practitioner sub-committee Lead Her research interests cover all aspects of health improvement, with a particular focus on translating research observations into activities to bring about behaviour change to improve population health.
Wendy has led the development and delivery of a training intervention, “Healthy Conversation Skills”, to front-line practitioners to enable them to better support people to make sustainable behaviour changes. The training has been commissioned by agencies in the UK and internationally to support workforce development and improvements in population health It is being used as one mechanism of delivery of Health Education England’s work to meet the UK government’s Making Every Contact Count agenda, with Wendy acting as consultant and advisor to HEE (Wessex) In addition, Wendy has led the delivery, roll-out and evaluation of the training overseas Her role on the committee is to provide scientific input to the annual conference, including assessing abstracts and judging posters, and to BSPHN publications.
Dora obtained her BSc in Psychology in 2015 and an MSc in Health Psychology in 2016. She is currently completing her Professional Doctorate in health psychology. Dora has worked on a variety of research projects as a research assistant since her undergraduate studies, these have included personality testing, exercise and obesity and adolescent drinking related projects. Currently she is employed as a research assistant in the Active Herts project, which is aimed at getting people suffering from obesity and/or mental health issues and comorbid diseases more active in the Hertfordshire area, in Hertsmere, Broxbourne, Watford and Stevenage in particular. As part of her doctoral training, she also teaches Public Health and Health Psychology as a Visiting Lecturer at the University of Bedfordshire.