Dr Alison Owen

Job Title and Responsibilities

Lecturer in Psychology

About Me

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.

Qualifications

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

Expertise

My expertise is in health psychology and body image related research. I have expertise in both qualitative and quantitative methods.

Research Interests

I am interested in health promotion, and particularly the use of appearance-focussed interventions designed to encourage people to take up healthier lifestyle choices.

Selected Publications

Papers:

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.

Current Teaching

Undergraduate:
Psychological Interventions (Module Leader)
Psychopathology and Health
Social Psychology: Theory and Method
Perspectives in Psychology
Understanding Relationships
Health Psychology
Introduction to Research Methods

Postgraduate:
MSc Health Psychology – Core Issues

Contact

Dr Alison Owen
School of Psychology, Sport and Exercise (P/G, Partnerships & Distance Learning in Psychology)
Faculty of Health Sciences
Staffordshire University
Science Centre
Leek Road
Stoke-on-Trent
ST4 2DF
t: +44 (0)1782 292781
e: alison.owen@staffs.ac.uk