Health

Health psychology relates broadly to questions about how people stay physically well, and how to optimise their experience and that of their families, when they become ill. Overall, Health Psychologists study the factors which promote and maintain good health and prevent illness, lead people to take up optimal screening to detect illness at an early stage (such as mammograms for the detection of breast cancer), and ensure early and accurate diagnosis, effective treatment, good psychological adjustment to acute and chronic illness, optimal quality of life and optimal end-of-life care. Health behaviours are key to good health, and are amendable to psychological interventions, so these are a key interest for health psychologists. Health psychologists are also interested in the analysis and improvement of the health care system and health policy formation.
Professor Phyllis Butow Professor Madeleine King
  • Quality of life outcomes of cancer patients
  • Measurement issues in health-related quality of life (HRQOL) and other self-reported health outcomes (PROs)
  • Optimising study design and data quality of HRQOL/PROs endpoints in clinical studies, including randomised trials and longitudinal studies
  • Patient preferences and utility estimation in health context, particularly cancer
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Professor Louise Sharpe Dr Rebekah Laidsaar-Powell
  • Psychological impact of disease
  • Development of interventions to facilitate adjustment to illness
  • Evaluation of interventions for preventing physical and psychological morbidity in patients with ill health
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  • Psycho-oncology
  • Medical decision-making
  • Health professional-patient communication
  • Family caregivers
  • Qualitative research
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Dr Margaret Charles Associate Professor Ilona Juraskova
  • Relationship between social capital and psychological wellbeing
  • Psychological aspects of palliative care
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  • Medical decision-making
  • Doctor-patient communication
  • Quality of life outcomes of cancer patients
  • HPV vaccination: psychological impact
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Associate Professor Ben Colagiuri Dr Ilan Dar-Nimrod
  • How are placebo and nocebo effects formed?
  • How long do placebo and nocebo effects last?
  • How do cues influence reward-seeking behaviour?
  • Do we need to be aware for learning to occur?
  • How does variability affect our learning?
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  • Genes by environment interactions and health
  • Cognitive decline and Alzheimer's disease
  • Health and risk communication and decision making
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Dr Rebecca Pinkus Dr Claudia Rutherford
  • Social cognition
  • Social comparison
  • Close relationships
  • Social control of health behaviours
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  • Patient-reported outcome (PRO) assessment
  • Develop and evaluate quality of life (QOL) measures
  • Develop and evaluate PRO symptom indices and cancer-specific modules
  • Develop decision-making resources for ductal carcinoma in situ
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Dr Joanne Shaw Associate Professor David Allsop
  • Psycho-oncology
  • Medical and health communication
  • Psychophysiology
  • Communicating bad news
  • Medical decision-making
  • Psychological intervention development and evaluation
  • Clinical trial consent
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