Job Title and Responsibilities
Lecturer in Psychology.
After completing my undergraduate degree in Psychology at the University of Durham in 2005, I went on to complete an MSc in Health Psychology at Staffordshire University. I then began my doctoral research at Staffordshire University in 2007. Most recently, I have been involved in the evaluation of a community development project through a Knowledge Transfer Partnership with Staffordshire University and NHS Stoke-on-Trent. The My Health Matters project focused on addressing the underlying social and environmental determinants of health using a bottom-up, asset-based approach. My role involved investigating the use of community-led interventions to reduce health inequalities relating to physical activity and healthy eating in Stoke-on-Trent using community-based participatory research and a socio-ecological approach. Following this, I was employed as a Research Officer within the Centre for Sport Health and Exercise Research. This role involved investigating the links between exposure to natural outdoor environments and human health and well-being across Europe - PHENOTYPE. This project is intended to provide a better understanding of the potential mechanisms underlying the environment-health relationship, and better integration of human health needs into land use planning and green space management. I am also in the final year of a Professional Doctorate in Health Psychology at Staffordshire University with the aim of becoming a Health Psychologist.
Professional Doctorate Health Psychology, Staffordshire University, 2009-ongoing
PhD Behaviour Change and Physical Activity (Health Psychology), Staffordshire University, 2007-2013
PgC Higher Professional Education, Staffordshire University, 2007-2009
PgC Research Methods, Staffordshire University, 2007-2009
MSc (Hons) Health Psychology, Staffordshire University, 2005-2006
BSc (Hons) Psychology, University of Durham, 2002-2005
Professional Memberships and Activities
British Psychological Society – Division of Health Psychology
Higher Education Academy (Fellow)
My research background focuses on behaviour change, physical activity and public health. My research interests cover a number of areas including: the evaluation of health promotion programs using both quantitative and qualitative research methods; reducing health inequalities through community-led interventions and partnership working; the social and environmental determinants of health; and understanding the positive health effects of different environments.
Example Research Projects;
PHENOTYPE – Post-doctoral research officer on the European FP7 funded PHENOTYPE project investigating the positive health effects of the natural environment.
My Health Matters – Lead researcher on an NHS Stoke-on-Trent and Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) funded project evaluating the use of community-led interventions to reduce health inequalities relating to physical activity and healthy eating, 2009-2012.
Community Health Education in Stoke-on-Trent (CHEST) Project Evaluation – Lead Researcher on the Evaluation of the CHEST project funded by the Worker’s Education Association (WEA), 2010.
Lead researcher on the evaluation of an incentive-based intervention with school children to promote healthy behaviours in the Washwood Heath area of Birmingham, 2008.
Walk to Beijing Programme Evaluation – Lead researcher on the evaluation of a physical activity programme in Sandwell, West Midlands. Funded by the Neighbourhood Renewal Fund and Sandwell PCT, 2007-2009.
A complete research profile and full list of publications. (PDF, file size: 183.76KB)
I contribute to the following undergraduate modules:
Comparative Basis of Behaviour
Introduction to Research Methods for Psychology
Understanding the Social World
Cognitive and Biological Determinants of Behaviour
Foundations of Psychology
Contemporary Issues in Psychology
Perspectives in Psychology
People Behaving Badly
Research Project Supervision
I am also a level 4, 5 and 6 Personal Tutor.
ContactDr Gemma Hurst
School of Psychology, Sport and Exercise (U/G Awards in Psychology & BPS Accreditation)
Faculty of Health Sciences
t: +44 (0)1782 294280