Health research at the University of Hertfordshire spans a wide range of interests and approaches. Some of these are clinical, working with hospitals, while others are more population-based.
Research includes both the understanding of psychological factors that influence health and health behaviours as well as the development of interventions that can address these issues. In particular, we are interested in both the cognitive and emotional factors that influence health, as these have major potential impacts on policy.
Research areas are
We have many collaborative partnerships both within the University of Hertfordshire and with outside organisations including:
Health Grants Include:
In contrast to having a positive body image, body compassion refers to self-kindness rather than critical self-judgment in relation to having a negative body image.
We have been developing and evaluating trait and state measures of body compassion and evaluating the role of body compassion in body shame, eating and physical activity. We have also begun exploring interventions using expressive writing and guided imagery to develop body compassion. In these involved undergraduate and postgraduate students in research and placement activities both at UH and other universities
We have carried out many studies exploring the effect of stress, emotions and emotion regulation on eating behaviour.
These have included work by Dr Nick Troop on eating disorders and disordered eating, (studies on aetiology as well as evaluating interventions) and food choice and dieting, as well as that by Professor Ben Fletcher on approaches to stimulating weight loss.
In this we collaborate with colleagues at the Institute of Psychiatry and UCL as well as in the Weight and Obesity Research Group at Herts.
Specific projects include:
There are several ongoing projects on psychological factors in haemophilia, including: