Job Title and Responsibilities
Lecturer in Psychology
After carrying out my undergraduate psychology degree here at Staffordshire University, I completed the MSc in Health Psychology at Staffordshire in 2010. I carried out my PhD alongside part time teaching at the university, as well as working on other research projects such as a body image dance intervention and a smoking . I finished my PhD in June 2013.
PhD Psychology, “An appearance-based intervention examining the effect of electronically aged photographs of the face on sun exposure attitudes and sun protection intentions”, Staffordshire University, 2013
MSc Health Psychology (Merit), Staffordshire University, 2010
BSc (Hons) Psychology (2:1), Staffordshire University, 2008
Professional Memberships and Activities
Graduate Member: British Psychological Society (BPS)
BPS Division of Health Psychology
My expertise is in health psychology and body image related research. I have expertise in both qualitative and quantitative methods.
I am interested in health promotion, and particularly the use of appearance-focussed interventions designed to encourage people to take up healthier lifestyle choices.
Owen, A. L. & Griffiths, E. (2018). Body image: an exploration of a group of Girlguides' thoughts and feeling about their experience. British Journal of School Nursing, 13(6), 282-287.
Persson, S., Benn, Y., Dhingra, K., Clark-Carter, D., Owen, A. L., & Grogan, S. (2017). Appearance-based interventions to reduce UV exposure: A systematic review. British Journal of Health Psychology, 18, 182-217.
Owen, A. L., Grogan, S., Clark-Carter, D., & Buckley, E. (2016). Effects of an Appearance-Focussed Versus a Health-Focussed Intervention on Men’s Attitudes Towards UV Exposure. International Journal of Men’s Health, 15(1), 34-51. DOI: 10.3149/jmh.1501.34
Blashill, A. J., Williams, A., Grogan, S., & Clark-Carter, D. (2015). Negative appearance evaluation is associated with skin cancer risk behaviors among American men and women. Health Psychology, 34(1), 93-96. DOI: 10.1037/hea0000100
Grogan, S., Williams, A., Kilgariff, S., Bunce, J., Heyland, J.S., Padilla, T., Woodhouse, C., Cowap, L. & Davies, W. (2014). Dance and Body Image: Young People’s Experiences of a Dance Movement Therapy Session. Qualitative Research in Sport, Exercise and Health, 6, 261-277. DOI: 10.1080/2159676X.2013.796492
Williams, A.L. (2014). The psychology of sun protection: a variety of methods to change health behaviours. Journal of Aesthetic Nursing, 3, 238-239. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.12968/joan.2014.3.6.292
Williams, A.L., Grogan, S., Buckley, E. & Clark-Carter, D. (2013). Men’s experiences of an appearance-focussed facial-ageing sun protection intervention: A qualitative study. Body Image, 10, 263-266. DOI: 10.1016/j.bodyim.2013.01.003.
Williams, A.L., Grogan, S., Clark-Carter, D. & Buckley, E. (2013). Appearance-based interventions to reduce ultraviolet exposure and/or increase sun protection intentions and behaviours: A systematic review and meta-analyses. British Journal of Health Psychology, 18, 182-217. DOI: 10.1111/j.2044-8287.2012.02089.x
Williams, A.L., Grogan, S., Clark-Carter, D. & Buckley, E. (2013). Impact of a facial-ageing intervention versus a health literature intervention on women's sun protection attitudes and behavioural intentions. Psychology and Health, 28, 993-1008. DOI: 10.1080/08870446.2013.777965
Williams, A.L., Grogan, S., Buckley, E. & Clark-Carter, D. (2013). British adolescents’ experiences of an appearance-focussed facial-ageing sun protection intervention: a qualitative study. Education and Health, 31, 97-101.
Williams, A.L., Grogan, S., Clark-Carter, D. & Buckley, E. (2013). British adolescents’ sun protection and UV exposure awareness. British Journal of School Nursing, 8, 2-7.
Williams, A.L., Grogan, S., Buckley, E. & Clark-Carter, D. (2012). A qualitative study examining women’s experiences of an appearance-focussed facial-ageing sun protection intervention. Body Image, 9, 417-420. DOI: 10.1016/j.bodyim.2012.04.008.
Psychological Interventions (Module Leader)
Health Psychology (Module Leader)
Psychology Research Assistantship (Module Leader)
Understanding the Social World
Foundations of Psychology
Perspectives in Psychology
MSc Health Psychology
MSc Applied Research
ContactDr Alison Owen
Lecturer in Psychology
School of Life Sciences and Education
R246, Science Centre
t: +44 (0)1782 292781