Professor Karen Rodham

Professor Of Health Psychology

School of Life Sciences and Education

I joined Staffordshire University in May 2014. My research focuses on understanding how people cope with difficult health-related situations. I have more than twenty years' experience of working as an academic. In addition, from 2006-2013 alongside my academic job, I worked as a practising health psychologist and led the Complex Regional Pain Syndrome psychology service for adults at the Royal National Hospital for Rheumatic Diseases. In my spare time I enjoy walking in the mountains and from time to time, I use my mountain leader qualification to teach young people about walking and camping safely in the hills. You can find out more about me by visiting my website.

Professional memberships and activities

Chartered Psychologist
Health Psychologist registered with the Health and Care Professions Council
Fellow of the British Psychological Society (FBPS)
Member of the Division of Health Psychology

Academic qualifications

BSc (Hons) Psychology


Qualitative Methods

The experience of living with a complex/chronic condition

Understanding coping strategies employed by those living with a complex/condition

Research interests

My research expertise lies in conducting qualitative research that develops our understanding of how people cope with difficult health-related situations. Interviews, discussions and observations help me learn what helps or hinders peoples’ ability to cope. As a researcher, I make sure that my research has application in the real world for practising health psychologists as well as policy-makers. As a teacher, I share my learning from academia and practice to ensure that tomorrow’s health psychologists whom I am co-training are informed about evidence-based practice.

Enterprise and commercial interests

In 2014 I set up Stoke Psychology in the Pub. It continues to grow in popularity. You can find out more about it here.


I co-Direct the Professional Doctorate in Health Psychology.
I run the Psychological Interventions Module for the Professional Doctorate.
I guest lecture on the MSc Health Psychology and on the undergraduate programme


Top 250 Young University

Times Higher Education Young University Rankings 2020

Top 15 for Teaching Quality

The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2021

Top 15 for Social Inclusion

The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2021

Midlands University of the Year

Midlands Business Awards 2020