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Applied Health and Social Psychology Group

The Applied Health and Social Psychology Group is based in the Division of Psychology, in the Faculty of Social Sciences at the University of Bradford. It also includes links with a number of researchers from across and outside the University. Members of this group aim to draw upon psychological principles and theory to research how a range of issues impact upon health and wellbeing. Our work has an applied focus and explores the link between subjectivity and the social world in relation to health and well-being, as well as the relationship between biological and psychological processes.

Key areas of interest

  • Health advice to mothers
  • Eating behaviour and obesity
  • Women’s mental health
  • The role of community practice in addressing health inequalities
  • Health professionals responses to domestic violence
  • Memory and language processing in patients with Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s
  • Work-life balance
  • Body image and ageing
  • Normative beliefs and misconceptions about health behaviour
  • Social influences of environmental behaviours
  • Safeguarding children
  • Substance misuse

We draw on both qualitative and quantitative approaches including:

  • Narrative/ biographical approaches
  • Critical psychology
  • Feminist perspectives
  • Participatory evaluation research
  • Experimental methods
  • Questionnaire studies
  • Correlational methods
  • Biological and physiological measures

Publications and Conferences

Dr Sally Johnson

Journal articles

Books/ Book chapters

  • Horrocks, C. & Johnson, S. (2012) Advances in Health Psychology: Critical Approaches (external site). Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Johnson, S., Leeming, D., Lyttle, S. & Williamson, I. (2012) Empowerment or regulation? Exploring the implications of women's perspectives on expressing milk. In P. Hall Smith, B. L. Hausman, and M. Labbok Beyond Health, Beyond Choice: Breastfeeding Constraints and Realities. Piscataway, NJ: Rutgers University Press.

Conference presentations

  • Capdevila, R. & Johnson, S. (2012) ‘Mother knows best?’ Exploring mothers’ engagement with science-based advice on MMR immunisation. Paper presented at the British Psychological Society Psychology of Women Section Annual Conference, July, Windsor.
  • Johnson, S., Yoda, J., Capdevila, R., & Gavey, N. (2012) Publishing Challenges and the Strategies to Overcome Them Workshop presented at the British Psychological Society Psychology of Women Section Annual Conference, July, Windsor

Dr Valerie Lesk

  • N.Wan Shamsuddin, S.,Walters,E.R., Ugail,H. and Lesk, V.E.  Evaluation of Users Acceptance in a Virtual Environment for Early Diagnosis of Dementia, in Press. 2nd World Conference on Information Technology, Turkey, 2011, inprint.
  • Walters, E., Womble,S. and Lesk, V.E. The effect of white fish on cognitive performance in the over 60s : A pilot study and preliminary data  - Presented at the British Neuropsychological Society Autumn Meeting November 2011
  • Walters, E.R. Womble, S. and Lesk, V.E. White Fish Consumption and Cognitive Function in a group of over 60s. Presented as a poster at the ARUK
    Yorkshire Network Annual Meeting, University of Bradford
  • Lesk, V.E. and Walters, E.R.  the effect of prior caffeine consumption on neuropsychological testing in the over 60 s  - Presented as a poster at the ARUK Yorkshire Network Annual Meeting, University of Bradford
  • Nor Wan Shamsuddin, S., Ugail, H., Lesk, V.E. and Walters, E.R.  VREAD: A Virtual Simulation to Investigate Cognitive Function in the Elderly. Presented at Cyber Worlds International Conference Sept 2012 by Prof Hassan Ugail
  • Wan Shamsuddin, S. N., Walters, E., Ugail, H. & Lesk, V.E. 2011. Evaluation of Users Acceptance in Virtual Environment for Early Diagnosis of Dementia. 2nd World Conference on Information Technology. (WCIT), November 23-26. Antalya Turkey
  • Lesk, V.E., Nor Wan Shamsuddin, S., Walters,E,R. and Ugail, H (2012)  Using a virtual environment to assess cognition in the elderly. Under revision