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Dr Rachel Povey

  • Job title: Associate Professor
  • Department: School of Life Sciences and Education


I am a Chartered Psychologist and a Health Psychologist registered with the Health and Care Professions Council. I was appointed as a Research Fellow at Staffordshire University in 1999 after working as a Research Assistant within a multi-disciplinary team at the Manchester Diabetes Centre on a project investigating the psychological implications of diabetes. In 2000 I was appointed Lecturer in Health Psychology, and in 2002 became Senior Lecturer in Health Psychology. I took over as Director of the Professional Doctorate in Health Psychology in 2004 which I now co-direct with Professor Karen Rodham. In 2016, I was appointed Associate Professor in Health Psychology.



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.

Journal Articles

Povey, R., Cowap, L., Scholtens, K & Forshaw, M. (2019) “She’s not obese, she’s a normal five year old and she keeps up with the other kids”. Families’ reasons for not attending a family-based childhood weight management program. Perspectives in Public Health

Calvert, S., Dempsey, R. & Povey, R. (2019) Delivering in-school interventions to improve dietary behaviours amongst 11- to 16 year olds: A systematic review. Obesity Reviews, 20, 4, 543-553.

Dugdale, S., Semper, H., Povey, R., Elison-Davies, S., Davies, G. & Ward, J. (2019) Offenders’ perceptions of the UK prison smoking ban. International Journal of Prisoner Health, 15, 2, 114-125.

Vas, S., Povey, R. and Clark-Carter (2018) “I would describe myself as a deformed troll”: Using interpretative phenomenological analysis to explore body image struggles among palliative care patients. Palliative Medicine, 33, 2, 232-240 doi: DOI: 10.1177/0269216318811723

Clancy, L., Povey, R. and Rodham, K. (2018). “Living in a Foreign Country”: Experiences of staff-patient communication in inpatient stroke settings for people with post stroke apahsia and those supporting them. Disability and Rehabilitation, Sep 27, 1-11 DOI: 10.1080/09638288.2018.1497716

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.