Lisa Cowap

Job Title and Responsibilities

Research Associate & Part-Time Lecturer

About Me

I completed my undergraduate degree at Staffordshire University in 2008 and then went on to complete the MSc in Health Psychology also at Staffordshire University in 2010. Since graduating I have been working at Staffordshire as a Research Associate in the Faculty of Health Sciences on various projects including an evaluation of a paediatric weight management programme and an evaluation of smoking services within Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent. I also teach part-time within the faculty on undergraduate awards. In 2012 I became a trainee Health Psychologist after beginning training on the Professional Doctorate in Health Psychology at Staffordshire University.


Professional Doctorate Health Psychology, ongoing.
MSc Health Psychology (Distinction), Staffordshire University, 2010
BSc (Hons) Psychology (2:1), Staffordshire University, 2008

Professional Memberships and Activities

  • British Psychological Society (BPS)

  • BPS Division of Health Psychology


My expertise is within Health Psychology and conducting research employing both quantitative and qualitative methodologies.

Enterprise and Commercial Activities

I have previously been involved in consultancy work for the following organisations: Knowsley Integrated Provider Service (KIPS) @ 5 Boroughs Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, Staffordshire County Council, Stoke City Council, Stoke-on-Trent Primary Care Trust (PCT) and North Staffordshire NHS/Lesniak Swann.

Research Interests

My research background is in Health Psychology and I have a number of research interests including health promotion, obesity (particularly paediatric obesity), smoking and sexual health in young adults.

Selected Publication


Buckley, E.J. & Cowap, L.J., (2013). Transformation in Assessment and Feedback: An evaluation of the piloted use of Turnitin for electronic submission, marking and as a formative feedback tool from an educator’s perspective, British Journal of Educational Technology, 44(4), 562-570.

Grogan, S., Williams, A., Kilgariff, S., Bunce, J., Heyland, S.J., Padilla, T, Woodhouse, C., Cowap, L. & Davies, W. (2013). Dance and body image: Young people’s experiences of a dance movement psychotherapy session. Qualitative Research in Sport, Exercise and Health, 1-17.

Conference Presentations

L. Cowap, R. Povey & D. Clark-Carter. (2014, September). Assessing the effectiveness of implementation intention, goal setting and action planning interventions at facilitating healthy eating behaviours in children: A narrative systematic review. Poster presented at the British Psychological Society Division of Health Psychology Conference, York, England.

L. Cowap, R. Povey & K. Flett. (2013, September). A qualitative evaluation regarding the experiences of service users attending a paediatric weight management programme. Paper presented at the British Psychological Society Division of Health Psychology Conference, Brighton, England.

R. Povey, L. Cowap & K. Flett. (2013, September). An evaluation to understand the reasons why some families fail to engage with a paediatric weight management programme despite having children classified as having an overweight or obese Body Mass Index. Paper presented at the British Psychological Society Division of Health Psychology Conference, Brighton, England.

Current Teaching

Level 4

  • Introduction to Research Methods

  • Foundations in Psychology

  • Perspectives in Psychology

Level 6

  • Health Psychology


Lisa Cowap
Business, Planning & Resources (Health Sciences Part-time Lecturers)
Faculty of Health Sciences
Staffordshire University
Science Centre
Leek Road
t: +44 (0)1782 294782