An interdisciplinary research group looking at individual and population health across the lifespan and across different contexts and cultures.

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Health Psychology at Winchester

Based in the Department of Psychology, we are a group of researchers interested in individual and population health across the lifespan and across different contexts and cultures. Much of the research undertaken by the group is focussed on 'behaviour', whether in terms of typical health behaviours, such as physical activity, or in relation to aspects such as patient decision-making, organisations’ working practices or engaging with support services. Specialists within the group undertake the design, implementation and evaluation of behaviour change interventions across a range of health behaviours and applications.

Health Psychology research collaborations

Much of the group's research would fit under the umbrella of Health Psychology, and we work closely with colleagues in the Faculty of Health and Wellbeing. Health Psychology aims to study the physical and psychological processes underlying health, illness and healthcare systems, and to apply those findings to optimise health outcomes for individuals and groups. The group does however adopt a broad, holistic approach to its research, looking at optimising health and wellbeing in relation to the wide range of aspects of living such as organisations, environments, social and political systems, working practices etc.

Working with Winchester Health Psychologists

The Healthy Lives Research Group welcomes the opportunity to work with specialist groups and external collaborators. For any enquiries regarding collaboration, contact the Healthy Lives Research group lead, Dr Margaret Husted.

Current Health Psychology research projects

INTEGRAL: Dr Margaret Husted & Dr Debra Gray in collaboration with Prof. Richard Hindley, Urology Surgeon (Hampshire Hospitals Foundation Trust)

This externally funded study is looking at men’s decision-making over treatment options for non-cancerous urinary problems. This is a qualitative research study that involves interviewing male patients to understand the key factors and influences for men when trying to decide between the various treatment options. This first stage research study will then feed in to a much larger programme of research which will look to design, test and evaluate a decision-making aid to be used in practice.

PACT: Dr Margaret Husted & Dr Lynn McKeague in collaboration with Dr Tamara Everington, Clinical Psychologist at Basingstoke Hospital (HHFT)

This funded study is looking at patient experience and adherence to two types of medication currently offered to individuals with haemophilia. The patient interviews are providing us with data on the different treatment groups clinical experience as well as their perceptions of the broader impacts of both the treatment they are receiving and their clinical pathway to this point. The hope is that the findings from this research can potentially inform future clinical practice and patient treatment choice.

Postgraduate research

The Healthy Lives group welcomes enquiries from prospective research students. Our research students Shokraneh Oftadeh Moghadam and Becky Petley are respectively working on interventions to help adolescents with sleep problems and to improve the wellbeing of student nurses, while Ellie Gennings is looking at whether connecting people with natural environments can improve their mental health and wellbeing (find out more and how to take part).

Group members

For more information and enquiries, contact Dr Margaret Husted.