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I have been a PhD student at PenCLAHRC since Jan 2015. I graduated from Plymouth University in 2014 with a first class honours BSc (Hons) Psychology and also worked there as a research assistant for four months prior to starting my PhD project. My main area of interest is improving health for patients and their quality of life by applying cognitive psychology in novel health interventions.
In England, over half the adult population is overweight with obesity and physical inactivity costing a yearly estimate of £11.4 billion. Both are a danger to patients when chronic diseases such as heart disease and diabetes develop as a result. I am going to test and advance the effectiveness of a personalized e-health intervention for weight loss, called Functional Imagery Training (FIT), developed by David Kavanagh (Queensland University of Technology), Jackie Andrade and Jon May (Plymouth University). FIT is a novel treatment that applies theoretical and empirical advances on the nature of motivation and craving to the problem of weight management. I hope FIT will help patients lose weight long-term and motivate them to exercise more frequently.
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Areas of expertise
Cognitive psychology, Health psychology
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