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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
Areas of expertise
Social Identity, health interventions, behaviour change
18 March 2019
A study of more than 800 patients diagnosed with cancer of the
larynx has found...
28 February 2019
New Exeter Medical School research, supported by PenCLAHRC and the
Wellcome Trust, has found a...
22 February 2019
As a partnership of NHS Trusts across Cornwall, Devon and Somerset,
plus the Universities of...
Theme: Healthy People, Healthy Environments
Evaluation work by a Researcher in Residence to assess
implementation, reach, scope and acceptability of...
Theme: Evidence for Policy and Practice
The research involves adapting aspects of Family Nurse Partnership,
an evidence-based programme for young mothers...