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Dr Mark Tarrant

Senior Lecturer in Psychology Applied to Health

Kath Maguire

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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Contact by phone
01392 725921

Employed by
University of Exeter

Areas of expertise
Social Identity, health interventions, behaviour change


Group Singing for Aphasia

PRO-GROUP- How can we best design and implement a group-based programme for Tier 3 obesity care?


Effects of self-categorization on orientation towards health

Social identity and perceptions of torture: It's moral when we do it

Social identity structures the effects of perspective taking

The Consequences of Meta-stereotyping for Members of Disadvantaged Groups

Creating psychological connections between intervention recipients: Development and focus group evaluation of a group singing session for people with aphasia

Effects of norm referent salience on young people’s dietary orientation

Patient experiences of a bariatric group programme for managing obesity: A qualitative interview study

Relationship between perceptions of ageing and frailty in English older adults

The association between children’s contact with people with disabilities and their attitudes towards disability: a systematic review

Older adults’ perceptions of ageing and their health and functioning: a systematic review of observational studies

Rasch analysis of the Chedoke-McMaster Attitudes towards Children with Handicaps scale

"Interventions utilising contact with people with disabilities to improve children's attitudes towards disability: A systematic review and meta-analysis"

Group-Based Diet and Physical Activity Weight-Loss Interventions: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis of Randomised Controlled Trials

Children's contact with people with disabilities and their attitudes towards disability: a cross-sectional study

A checklist to improve reporting of group-based behaviour-change interventions

Exploring residents’ experiences of mealtimes in care homes: A qualitative interview study

Attitudes, perceptions and experiences of mealtimes among residents and staff in care homes for older adults: A systematic review of the qualitative literature

“Thinking you’re old and frail”: A qualitative study of a frailty in older adults

Upcoming Events


LKD Seminar: Staging evidence: the...

Room 2.13, South Cloisters, St Luke's campus, Exeter

Learning, Knowing, Doing Series Seminar Speaker: Kate Beckett, University of the West of England, Bristol Kate’s background...
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Creating Communications Seminar - ‘Reaching...

Exeter South Cloisters 3.06, Plymouth JBB MR8, Truro KSpa F10.

Speakers: Kirsty Heber-Smith and Tara Lamont Locations:  Exeter South Cloisters 3.06, Plymouth JBB MR8, Truro KSpa F10. Tara Lamont is deputy director of the NIHR Dissemination Centre  which promotes...
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Plymouth researchers are recruiting local smokers to major national study looking at reducing cigarette consumption

05 March 2018

A £1.8m study funded by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) is looking for...
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Investigating the association between chronic heavy drinking and dementia

22 February 2018

PenCLAHRC researcher, Dr Iain Lang, has commented on a new study published in The Lancet Public...
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Partner In Focus - South West Academic Health Science Network

17 January 2018

As a partnership of NHS Trusts across Devon, Cornwall and Somerset, plus the Universities of...
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Research Projects

How can schools best support parents' engagement in their children's learning?

Theme: Evidence for Policy and Practice

This project aims to address how schools can best engage parents in their children’s learning....
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What are the effects of 'robopets' on the health and wellbeing of residents in care homes? A systematic review of qualitative and quantitative evidence

Theme: Mental Health & Dementia

A systematic review that aims to create a state-of-knowledge synthesis on the impact of robopet-human...
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Research Projects