Centre for Health Psychology
The Centre for Health Psychology at Staffordshire University has been established to provide training for health psychologists and to promote psychological research into illness and health and into health care delivery. The Centre seeks to link researchers from a variety of fields and practitioners to facilitate research in the West Midlands and the North West.
The Centre draws upon the existing strength of the University in this area and enhances the University's capability to contribute to local, regional and national health and well being. It provides a focus for postgraduate students within psychology and acts as a resource for students enrolled on the MSc Health Psychology and the Professional Doctorate in Health Psychology.
The Centre provides a pool of expertise related to health research, teaching and consultancy and offers a growing resource centre for literature and test materials. The Centre for Health Psychology will respond to local needs and inform national developments.
The Centre for Health Psychology accommodates a wide range of research projects, utilizing a broad spectrum of methodologies, from laboratory-based studies employing strictly quantitative physiological measures to qualitative interview-based research. Research within the Centre is focused in:
Studies in this area of research seek to understand the determinants of motivation to initiate and maintain health-related behaviours. Much of the research in this area is concerned with developing and applying theoretical models.
The Impact and Experience of Long-term Conditions
This area focuses on the consequences of living with a long-term condition, with a particular focus on the psychological implications of experiencing long-term conditions.
Psychosocial Aspects of Healthcare Delivery
This area involves research that is concerned with patients' experiences of healthcare delivery and treatment, with a particular focus on psychological and emotional well-being.