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Staff Profile

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

Projects

Group Singing for Aphasia

Healthy Parent Carers

Publications

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

Nov
16

Making Sense of Health Research...

Buckfast Abbey Conference Centre, TQ11 0EG

Please note that the conference is now fully booked. If you would like to be...
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Nov
22

Searching and Review Clinic

ITTC Building, Plymouth (Cafe area: please go to Reception on arrival where a member of the team will meet you)

These clinics have been set up to help the PenCLAHRC Evidence Synthesis Team to manage and respond...
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News

£2.7m study to focus on dementia support workers in primary care

25 October 2018

A new study is investigating how to introduce dementia support workers into GP surgeries, with...
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‘Floundering without support’ – a dementia carer’s story on why new research is vital

25 October 2018

Dorothy Tudor has cared for her partner Bob since he was diagnosed with dementia seven...
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What is the recipe for a successful relationship and how should we teach school children?

22 October 2018

The Personal, Social, Health and Economic (PSHE) Education Association recommend that school children are taught about sex and relationships during their schooling years. Despite...
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News

Research Projects

D-PACT: Dementia - Person Aligned Care Team

Theme: Mental Health & Dementia

The Dementia – PACT (D-PACT) programme is a five-year project, funded by a National Institute...
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PenCHORD - Optimising the location of urgent care sites in Cornwall

Theme: PenCHORD

This project aimed to assess the optimal number and location of sites for patients to...
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Research Projects