Dr Richard Cooke

Professor Of Health Psychology

School of Health, Science and Wellbeing

I am the co-director of the Health Psychology Professional Doctorate. I am a Chartered Psychologist and a Health Psychologist registered with the Health and Care Professions Council. I began my academic journey in 2002 as a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Leeds - I worked on the UNIQoLL project, a longitudinal survey of student mental health and wellbeing at the University of Leeds. In 2003, I took up the position of Lecturer in Health Psychology at Sheffield Hallam University. One year later, I moved to Aston University to take up a Lectureship in Health Psychology as part of team who established the MSc Health Psychology programme. I was promoted to Senior Lecturer in Health Psychology in 2012. In 2018, I joined the University of Liverpool as Senior Lecturer in Psychology. I joined Staffordshire University in January 2022 as Professor of Health Psychology

Professional memberships and activities

  • Chartered Psychologist
  • Health Psychologist registered with the Health and Care Professions Council
  • Member of the Division of Health Psychology
  • Member of the British Psychological Society
  • Member of the UK Society for Behavioural Medicine
  • Member of the European Health Psychology Society
  • Chair of the Division of Health Psychology Conference Scientific Committee
  • Editorial Board member for peer-review publications “British Journal of Health Psychology” and “Psychology and Health”
  • Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
  • Previous
  • Chair of the Local Organising Committee for the 2018 UK Society for Behavioural Medicine Annual Scientific Meeting
  • Membership secretary for UK Society for Behavioural Medicine (2014-2017)

Academic qualifications

  • PhD, “Moderation of cognition-behaviour consistency by properties of cognition.” University of Sheffield.
  • MSc Research Methods in Psychology, University of Reading.
  • BSc (Hons) Psychology, University of Sheffield.

Expertise

My expertise lies in testing the utility of health psychology theories as predictors of health behaviours, such as alcohol consumption and physical activity. I also possess expertise in the design and development of health behaviour change interventions and systematic review and meta-analysis.

Research interests

My primary research interest is to better understand adults’ alcohol consumption, primarily by applying psychological theories to predict alcohol consumption collecting data using survey methods. I am also interested in adults’ knowledge, awareness and use of alcohol, dietary and physical activity guidelines published by health organisations. I also conduct research cross-culturally to compare patterns and prediction of alcohol consumption in different countries, for instance, working with the team who run the Global Drug Survey.

My secondary research interest is to use my knowledge of psychological theories to inform the design and development of interventions aiming to produce positive changes in health behaviour, as well as evaluating these interventions after they have been delivered to determine if they have worked as intended. I am currently working on an NIHR-funded trial to promote routine attendance at dental check-ups with the Dental School at the University of Liverpool. I have previously worked on interventions to promote eating a healthy diet in patient populations. One line of research involved working with Optometrists at Aston University to encourage patients with Age-related Macular Degeneration to consume micronutrients that help delay the progress of their condition. In addition, I am working with Nutritionists at the University of Manchester to promote healthy diet among patients recovering from Colorectal Cancer.

Teaching

Postgraduate

  • Module Leader for the Viva Examination (D Health Psy)
  • Deliver sessions on quantitative methods and systematic reviewing on the Advanced Research Methods Module (D Health Psy)

Publications

Book:

  • Cooke, R., Conroy, D., Davies, E. L., Hagger, M. S., & de Visser, R. (2021). The Palgrave Handbook of Psychological Perspectives on Alcohol Consumption. Palgrave MacMillan.

Book Chapters:

  • Cooke, R., Conroy, D., Davies, E. L., Hagger, M. S., & de Visser, R. O. (2021). Psychological Perspectives on Alcohol Consumption. In R. Cooke, D. Conroy, E. L. Davies, M. S. Hagger, & R. O. de Visser (Eds.), The Palgrave Handbook of Psychological Perspectives on Alcohol Consumption (pp. 1-24). Palgrave MacMillan. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-66941-6_1
  • Cooke, R. (2021). Psychological theories of alcohol consumption. In R. Cooke, D. Conroy, E. L. Davies, M. S. Hagger, & R. O. de Visser (Eds.), The Palgrave Handbook of Psychological Perspectives on Alcohol Consumption (pp. 25-50). Palgrave MacMillan. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-66941-6_2
  • Cooke, R., & Crawford, J. (2021). Psychological predictors of alcohol consumption. In R. Cooke, D. Conroy, E. L. Davies, M. S. Hagger, & R. O. de Visser (Eds.), The Palgrave Handbook of Psychological Perspectives on Alcohol Consumption (pp. 77-104). Palgrave MacMillan. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-66941-6_4
  • Cooke, R., Conroy, D., & Hagger, M. S. (2021). Motivational and self-regulatory interventions to reduce alcohol consumption. In R. Cooke, D. Conroy, E. L. Davies, M. S. Hagger, & R. O. de Visser (Eds.), The Palgrave Handbook of Psychological Perspectives on Alcohol Consumption (pp. 499-526). Palgrave MacMillan. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-66941-6_21
  • Davies, E. L., Conroy, D., Hagger, M. S., de Visser, R. O. & Cooke, R. (2021). In R. Cooke, D. Conroy, E. L. Davies, M. S. Hagger, & R. O. de Visser (Eds.), The Palgrave Handbook of Psychological Perspectives on Alcohol Consumption (pp. 551-576). Palgrave MacMillan. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-66941-6_23
  • Schuez, B., Cooke, R., Schuez, N, & van Koningsbruggen., G. (2017). Self-affirmation interventions to change health behaviours. In L. Little, E. Sillence, & A. Joinson (Eds.), Behaviour Change Research and Theory (pp. 87-114). Academic Press.

Journal Articles:

  • Davies, E.L., Cooke, R., Maier, L.J., Winstock, A.R., & Ferris, J. A. (2021). Where and what you drink is linked to how much you drink: A survey of alcohol use in 17 countries. Substance Use & Misuse, 56, 1941-1950. https://doi.org/10.1080/10826084.2021.1958864
  • Irizar, P., Jones, A., Christiansen, P., Goodwin, L., Gage, S., Roberts, C., Knibb, G., Cooke, R., & Rose, A.K. (2021). Longitudinal changes in alcohol consumption during the COVID-19 pandemic associations with mood, drinking motives, context of drinking, and mental health. Drug & Alcohol Dependence, 226, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.drugalcdep.2021.108913
  • Cooke, R., Bailey, O., Jennings, J., Yuen, C., & Gardner, B. (2021). Do preparatory behaviours predict alcohol consumption among UK students? British Journal of Health Psychology, 26, 343-359. https://doi.org/10.111/bjhp.12489
  • Holland, C., Boukouvalas, A., Clarkesmith, D., & Cooke, R. (2021). Specific autobiographical recall mediates impact of cognition and depression on independence function and wellbeing in older adults. Frontiers in Psychology. https://doi.org/10.3389/fpsyg.2021.652600
  • de Visser, R. O., Conroy, D., Davies, E., Cooke, R. (2021). Understanding motivation to adhere to guidelines for alcohol intake, physical activity, and fruit and vegetable intake among UK university students. Health Education & Behavior, 48, 480-487. https://doi.org/10.1177/1090198120988251
  • Sremanakova, J., Sowerbutts, A.M., Todd, C., Cooke, R., & Burden, S. (2021). Systematic review of behaviour change theories implementation in dietary interventions for people who have survived cancer. Nutrients, 13, 612. https://doi.org/10.3390/nu13020612.
  • Humphreys, G., Evans, R., Makin, H., Cooke, R., & Jones, A.J. (2021). Identification of behaviour change techniques from successful online interventions targeting alcohol consumption, emotional eating and gambling. Journal of Medical Internet Research, 23, https://doi.org/10.2196/22694
  • Crawford, J., Jones, A., Rose, A., & Cooke, R. (2020) “You see the pictures the morning after and you’re like, I wish I was in them” – An Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis of university students’ alcohol consumption. Psychology & Health.https://doi.org/10.1080/08870446.2020.1867728
  • Sremanakova, J., Sowerbutts, A.M., Todd, C., Cooke, R., & Burden, S. (2020). Health Eating and Active Lifestyle After Bowel Cancer (HEAL ABC): feasibility and randomised controlled trial protocol. Pilot and Feasibility Studies, 6, 176. https://doi.org/10.1186/s40814-020-00721-y
  • Jones, A., Crawford, J., Rose, A., Christiansen, P., & Cooke, R. (2020). Regret me not: Examining the relationship between alcohol consumption and regrettable experiences. Substance Use and Misuse, 55, 2379-2388. https://doi.org/10.31234/osf.io/zg6v5
  • Davies, E.L., Cooke, R., Maier, L.J., Winstock, A.R., & Ferris, J. A. (2020). Drinking to excess and the tipping point: An international study of alcohol intoxication in 61,000 people. International Journal of Drug Policy, 83, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.drugpo.2020.102867
  • Newby, K., Teah, G., Cooke, R., Li, X., Brown, K., Salisbury-Finch, B., …Williams, S.L. (2020). Do automated digital health behaviour change interventions have a positive effect on self-efficacy? A systematic review and meta-analysis. Health Psychology Review, 15, 140-158. https://doi.org/1080/17437199.2019.1705873
  • Birdi, G., Cooke, R., & Knibb, R. (2020). Impact of atopic dermatitis on quality of life in adults: A systematic review and meta-analysis. International Journal of Dermatology, 59, e75-e91. https://doi.org/1111/ijd.14763
  • Sremanakova, J., Jones, D., Cooke, R., & Burden, S. (2019). Exploring views of healthcare professionals, researchers and people living beyond and with colorectal cancer on a healthy eating and lifestyle resource. Nutrients, 11, https://doi.org/10.3390/NU11102482
  • Cooke, R., Beccaria, F., Demant, J., Fernandes-Jesus, M., Fleig, L., Negreiros, J., Scholz, U., & de Visser, R. (2019). Patterns of alcohol consumption and alcohol-related harm among European university students. European Journal of Public Health, 29, 1125-1129. https://doi.org/1093/eurpub/ckz067
  • Burgess, M., Cooke, R., & Davies, E. (2019). My own personal hell: Approaching and exceeding thresholds of too much alcohol. Psychology & Health, 34,1451-1469. https://doi.org/10/1080/08870446.2019.1616087
  • Noreen, S., Cooke, R., & Ridout, N. (2019). Investigating the mediating effect of working memory on intentional forgetting in dysphoria. Psychological Research https://doi.org/10.1007/s00426-019-01225-y
  • Jones, N., Cooke, R., & Bartlett, H. (2019). The impact of visual impairment on nutritional status and quality of life. British Journal of Visual Impairment, 37, 50-63. https://doi.org/10.1177/0264619918814071
  • Gwyther, H., Cooke, R., Shaw, R., Marcucci, M., Cano, A., & Holland, C. (2018). Perceptions and experiences of frailty interventions. Quantitative and qualitative results from a survey of partners within the European Innovation Partnership for Active and Healthy Ageing (EIP-AHA). Ageing & Society,38, 1843-1867. https://doi.org/10.1017/So144686X17000265
  • Stevens, R.L., Cooke, R., & Bartlett, H. (2018). Testing the impact of an educational intervention designed to promote ocular health among people with age-related macular degeneration. British Journal of Visual Impairment, 36, 110-127. https://doi.org/10.1177/0264619617735144
  • Sawyer, A., Coleman, L., Cooke, R., Hodgson, L., Sheriff, N. (2018). Understanding conversations about alcohol between parents and their 15-17 year olds: A qualitative study BMC Public Health, 631. https://doi.org/10.1186/s12889-018-5525-3
  • Barratt, J.M., & Cooke, R. (2018). Do gender and year of study affect the ability of the theory of planned behaviour to predict binge drinking intentions and alcohol consumption? Drugs: Education, Prevention & Policy, 25, 181-188. https://doi.org/10.1080/09687637.2016.1257564
  • Apóstolo, J., Cooke, R., Bobrowicz-Campos, E., Santana, S., Marcucci, M., Cano, A., Vollenbroek-Hutten, M., Germini, F., D’Avanzo, B., Gwyther, H., & Holland, C. (2018). Effectiveness of interventions to prevent pre-frailty and frailty progression in older adults: a systematic review. JBI Database of Systematic Reviews and Implementation Reports, 16, 140-232. https://doi.org/10.11124/JBISRIR-2017-003382.
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