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Social Health and Environmental Psychology

We undertake basic and applied research on issues of social and public health significance, with a particular emphasis on self-regulation – i.e. the processes through which people direct their thoughts, feelings, and actions in order to achieve goals.

Our current work focuses on developing interventions to promote more positive attitudes and behaviour relating to health (smoking prevention, teenage pregnancy, improved diet and exercise participation), the environment (renewable forms of energy; sustainable consumption; resource dilemmas), and intergroup relations (prejudice, stereotyping, diversity and multiculturalism).

Dr Nicola Buckland

Dr Nicola Buckland

  • The psychology of appetite and weight management
  • Perceptions about foods
  • Environmentally sustainable diets
  • Individual differences in eating behaviours
Dr Agata Debowska

Dr Agata Debowska

  • Risk factors for and consequences of violence victimisation
  • The assessment of psychopathy
  • The development of criminal social identity
Dr Aarti Iyer

Dr Aarti Iyer

  • Antecedents of individuals’ political attitudes and political behaviour
  • Evaluating organisations’ efforts to reduce inequality (e.g., affirmative action, diversity management programs).
  • Role of social identity processes in shaping experiences of life transitions
Dr Jilly Martin

Dr Jilly Martin

  • The prediction and self-regulation of behaviour
  • Designing and delivering behaviour change interventions in field settings
  • Risk behaviour associated with obesity, sexual health and alcohol use
Dr Abigail Millings

Dr Abigail Millings

  • Adult attachment orientation and its impact on mental health and wellbeing
  • The use of technology, including online interventions and apps, to promote mental health and wellbeing
Professor Paul Norman

Professor Paul Norman

  • The application of social cognition models to the prediction of health behaviour
  • Developing and evaluating theory-based interventions to change health behaviour.
  • Adaptation to serious illness
Dr Giulia Poerio

Dr Giulia Poerio

  • Mind-wandering and daydreaming, particularly in relation to well-being
  • Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response (ASMR) - also known as 'brain tingles'
  • Sleep and well-being including 'anomalous' sleep experiences of lucid dreaming and sleep paralysis
Dr Fuschia Sirois

Dr Fuschia Sirois

  • Procrastination and perfectionism as risk factors for health and well-being
  • Self-compassion and gratitude as resilience factors
  • Role of time perspective and temporal self-perceptions in health and well-being
  • Psychological factors in Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) use
Professor Peter Totterdell

Professor Peter Totterdell

  • The role of imagination in daily life
  • How people regulate their own and other people's emotions
  • Temporal aspects of well-being
Dr Thomas Webb

Dr Thomas Webb

  • Self-regulation - defined as how people direct their thoughts, feelings, and actions in order to achieve goals.
  • This includes the role of motivation, self-monitoring, and planning in shaping behaviour and whether and how such perspectives can be used to also understand how people regulate their emotions.
Dr Chantelle Wood

Dr Chantelle Wood

  • Behaviour change techniques to promote positive health and social behaviours
  • Stereotyping and interventions to reduce prejudice