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My research interests are in social identity and self-categorization processes and their impact on health and well-being. My research examines the idea that the way in which people make sense of and engage with health (broadly defined) is shaped by, and impacts upon, their social identities. I have previously conducted studies into the effects of self-categorization on health, examining the way in which social identity draws people towards certain lifestyles. With colleagues and students at the University of Exeter Medical School, I am extending on these ideas in clinical contexts, where there is frequently a need for interventions to promote better health (e.g., weight-management; rehabilitation). Within PenCLAHRC, I am involved in the Group Singing for Aphasia project and teach on the Making Sense of Evidence workshops
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University of Exeter
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Social Identity, health interventions, behaviour change
18 September 2019
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effect on a child’s academic...
28 August 2019
Dr Barbara Vann has been appointed chair of the NIHR Applied
Research Collaboration (ARC) South...
15 August 2019
We have an exciting opportunity for an experienced Senior Research
Fellow with expertise in qualitative...
Theme: CLAHRC - Person-Centred Care
We have been awarded funding from the National Institute for Health
Research (NIHR) to develop...
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