Job Title and Responsibilities
Associate Professor in Health Psychology
Co-Director of Professional Doctorate in Health Psychology
I was awarded my PhD from the University of Leeds (supervised by Professor Mark Conner) in 1997 which examined psychological perspectives on health-related dietary change. After that I worked as a research assistant with a multi-disciplinary team at the Manchester Diabetes Centre on a project investigating the psychological implications of diabetes. In 1999 I gained a post as a Research Fellow in the Centre for Health Psychology, Staffordshire University, where I worked with Dr. Claire Hallas and Professor David White on a project examining the psychological needs of children with diabetes. This involved carrying out interviews with children registered at Queen's Hospital, Burton-upon-Trent to examine the implications of diabetes from a child's perspective. In September, 2000 I was appointed Lecturer in Psychology, and in 2002 became Senior Lecturer in Psychology at the Centre for Health Psychology. I took over as Director of the Professional Doctorate in Health Psychology in 2004, and now share it as Co-Director with Professor Karen Rodham.
BSc (Hons) Psychology
Professional Memberships and Activities
Health Psychologist registered with the Health and Care Professions Council
Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society (BPS)
Member of the Division of Health Psychology
Accredited Teacher in Higher Education
External Examiner for the BPS Health Psychology Qualifications Board (Stage 2 Qualification)
Member of European Association for the Study of Diabetes’ Psychosocial Aspects of Diabetes Study Group
Committee member, BPS Division of Health Psychology Training Committee (2004 - 2011)
Committee member and website manager, BPS Division of Health Psychology (2000 – 2005)
My areas of expertise are healthy eating, dietary change and psychological aspects of diabetes.
My main research interests centres around the influences on, and determinants of motivation to follow a healthy diet. My PhD thesis and subsequent publications have been involved with people's perceptions of the concept of 'healthy eating', and I have examined the application of the Theory of Planned Behaviour and the Transtheoretical Model of Change to health-related dietary change. Recent work has included the development of attitude-based interventions to promote health-related dietary change in children and the experiences and understanding of obesity in children and their families. Other work has involved the experiences of living with diabetes, and the development of a resource pack for practice nurses to promote uptake and maintenance of dietary self-care behaviours. This resource pack is now being used as the basis of a training programme for practice nurses working with people with diabetes.
Povey, R., Hallas, C. & Povey, R. (2006) Living with a Heart Bypass. London: Sheldon Press.
Povey, R., Morrell, J. & Povey, R. (January, 2005) Eating for a Healthy Heart. London: Sheldon Press.
Povey, R., Cowap, L. & Gratton, L. (2016). Children’s beliefs about fruit and vegetables. British Food Journal, 118, 12, 2949-2962. DOI: 10.1108/BFJ-03-2016-0131
Semper, H., Povey, R. & Clark-Carter, D. (2016) A systematic review of the effectiveness of smartphone applications that encourage dietary self-regulatory strategies for weight loss in overweight and obese adults. Obesity Reviews., 17, 9, 895-906.
Dean, S.E., Povey, R.C. & Reeves, J. (2015) Assessing interventions to increase compliance to patching treatment in children with amblyopia: a systematic review and meta-analysis. British Journal of Ophthalmology, DOI:10.1136/bjophthalmol-2015-307340.
Newson, L., Povey, R., Casson, A. & Grogan, S. (2013) The Experiences and understandings of obesity: Families’ perspectives on attending a childhood obesity intervention. Psychology and Health, 28, 11, 1287-1305. DOI:10.1080/08870446.2013.803106
Elwell L., Povey, R., Grogan, S., Prestwich, A. & Allen, C. (2013) Patients’ and Practitioners’ Views on Health Behaviour Change: A Qualitative Study. Psychology and Health. DOI:10.1080/08870446.2012.744008
Sherwood, S. A. (née Pullen), Povey, R. C. (2011) Influences on women’s completion of a Cardiac Rehabilitation Programme. International Journal of Therapy and Rehabilitation, 18, 5, 266-277.
Pullen, S., Povey, R. and Grogan, S. (2009). Deciding to attend cardiac rehabilitation: A female perspective. International Journal of Therapy and Rehabilitation, 16, 4, 207-217.
Adams, C., Povey, R. and White, D. G. (2008). Predicting women’s intentions to use pain relief medication using the Theory of Planned Behaviour and Self-Efficacy Theory. Journal of Reproductive and Infant Psychology, 26, 3, 168-179.
Povey, R. and Clark-Carter, D. (2007). Diabetes and Healthy Eating: A systematic review of the literature. The Diabetes Educator, 33, 931-959.
Crabtree, L., Povey, R. and Clark-Carter D. (2007). Promoting children’s fruit and vegetable consumption: Interventions using the Theory of Planned Behaviour as a framework. British Journal of Health Psychology, 12, 639-650.
Newson, L. & Povey, R. (2007). The development of a training programme for nurses working in cardiac rehabilitation: Understanding and applying psychological techniques. Health Psychology Update, 16, 1 & 2, 26-33.
Gallagher, S. & Povey, R. (2006). Determinants of older adults’ intentions to vaccinate against influenza: A theoretical application. Journal of Public Health, 28, 2, 139-144.
Povey, R.C., Hallas, C.N., White, D.G., Clarke, T. and Samuel, T.J. (2005). Children’s beliefs about the impact of their type 1 diabetes on their family and peers: An exploratory study. Practical Diabetes International, 22, 9, 333-338.
Morris, J., Povey, R., & Street, C. (2005). The experiences of people with type 2 diabetes mellitus who have changed from oral medication to self-administered insulin injections: A qualitative study. Practical Diabetes International, 22, 7, 229 – 274.
Armitage, C.J., Povey, R. and Arden, M. A. (2003). Evidence for discontinuity patterns across stages of change: A role for attitudinal ambivalence. Psychology and Health, 18, 3, 373-386.
Conner, M., Povey, R., Sparks, P., James, R., & Shepherd, R. (2003). Moderating role of attitudinal ambivalence within the Theory of Planned Behaviour. British Journal of Social Psychology, 42, 75-94.
Conner, M., Sparks, P., Povey, R., James, R., Shepherd, R. and Armitage, C. J. (2002). Moderator effects of attitudinal ambivalence on attitude-behaviour relationships. European Journal of Social Psychology, 32, 705-718.
Povey, R., Wellens, B. & Conner, M. (2001). Attitudes towards following meat, vegetarian and vegan diets: An examination of the role of ambivalence. Appetite, 37, 1 pp. 15-26.
Sparks, P., James, R., Conner, M., Povey, R., & Shepherd, R. (2001). Ambivalence about health-related behaviours: An exploration in the domain of food choice. British Journal of Health Psychology, 6, pp. 53-68
Povey, R., Conner, M., Sparks, P., James, R., & Shepherd, R. (2000). Application of the Theory of Planned Behaviour to two eating behaviours: Roles of perceived control and self-efficacy. British Journal of Health Psychology, 121-139.
Povey, R. Cowap., L. & Flett, K. (2013) An evaluation to understand the reason 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 Annual Conference, 11-13 September, Brighton.
Cowap, L., Povey, R., & Flett, K. (2013) 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 Annual Conference, 11-13 September, Brighton.
Elwell, L., Povey, R., Grogan, S., Allen, C. & Prestwich, A. (2012) Patients’ and Practitioners’ Views on Health Behaviour Change: A Qualitative Study. Poster presented at the UK Society for Behavioural Medicine Annual Conference, 10-11 December, Manchester.
Flett, K., Povey, R. & Forshaw, M. (2012) Health Psychology in Action: Evaluation of Impact and Effectiveness of a Paediatric Specialist Weight Management Service for Children. Poster Presented at the British Psychological Society Division of Health Psychology Conference, 5-7 September, Liverpool.
Bourne, C. & Povey, R. (2011) Empowerment interventions and self-care in diabetes: A systematic review with meta-analysis. Paper Presented at the British Psychological Society Division of Health Psychology Conference, 14-16 September, Southampton.
Newson, L., Povey, R., & Tierney, J. (2008) Developing an NHS childhood obesity service using qualitative methods: What works? Paper presented at the Joint European Health Psychology Society and Division of Health Psychology Conference, 9-12 September, Bath.
Povey, R. (2005) The development of a resource pack to assist practice nurses in promoting uptake and maintenance of dietary self-care behaviours. Paper presented at the European Health Psychology Society Conference, 31st August – 3rd September, Galway.
Povey, R., Hale, P. & White, D. (2004) Dietary care among people with type 2 diabetes: An examination of beliefs. Paper presented at the 9th PSAD Scientific Meeting, 23-25th April, Amsterdam.
Povey, R., Wellens, B. & Conner, M. (2001) The moderating role of ambivalence on attitudes towards eating meat, vegetarian and vegan diets. Paper presented at The Joint Conference of the European Health Psychology Society and the BPS Division of Health Psychology, St. Andrews, Scotland, 5-9th September, 2001.
Povey, R., Davies, R., Bundy, C., Kincey, J. & Morley, M. (2000) ‘The influence of satisfaction at diagnosis on current emotional problems of people with diabetes’. Paper presented at The 14th Conference of the European Health Psychology Society, Leiden, The Netherlands, 16-19 August, 2000.
Povey, R., Kincey, J., Morley, M., Bundy, C. & Davies, R. (2000) ‘Influences and implications of satisfaction at diagnosis for people with diabetes mellitus’. Paper presented at The British Psychological Society Division of Health Psychology Annual Conference, Kent, 6-8th September.
Module Leader for Impact and Experience of Long Term Conditions (MSc Health Psychology)
Module Leader for Professional Competence in Health Psychology (D Health Psy)
Module leader for Consultancy Skills in Health Psychology (D Health Psy)
Tutor on Core Issues (MSc Health Psychology), Applications in Health Psychology (MSc Health Psychology) and Psychological Interventions (D Health Psy)
Supervisor for trainees on the Professional Doctorate in Health Psychology
ContactDr Rachel Povey
Department of Psychology
School of Life Science and Education (P/G, Partnerships & Distance Learning in Psychology)
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