Health Psych Tam
Hey there, I’m Tamsyn and welcome to HealthPsychTam, my little corner of the world wide web where I write about the ups and downs of PhD study and share any wisdom I pick up along the way. Thank you so much for stopping by!
I started this blog a few years ago when I wanted to spread the word about what Health Psychology is. I kept getting asked what I’m studying, and upon replying ‘Health Psychology’ I would be met with a number of responses (and blank stares). From “Is that working with people with Schizophrenia then?” to “so can you read my mind?” The answers to those questions are no, and maybe. I’ll let you figure out which way around they are!
I did manage to share a bit about what Health Psychology is, however this blog soon turned into more than that and with my own passion for positive mental health combined with my own challenges to maintain a positive and healthy work-life balance, it’s become a project that I hold very dear to my heart.
I’ve shared some positives, some not so positives and as much wisdom as I possibly can with this blog so far. I’ve been honest, I’ve put myself in a vulnerable position at times, I’ve shared my goals and I’ve counted my successes. I want to continue to do so. Thanks for joining me here.
More about Me
As of January 2018 I am currently in the final year of my PhD in Health Psychology at the University of Bath. I completed my Undergraduate (Psychology) and my Masters (MSc Health Psychology) at the University and it’s safe to say this city is a special place for me. Coming from Cornwall – the only thing missing is the sea! I am really looking forward to what (and where) the future may hold post-PhD!
My research focuses on Stress, Resilience and Coping in children and is specifically exploring young carers. Additional academic interests of mine include Autism Spectrum Disorder, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Earthquake Survivors, Military Trauma, Patient Adherence and the benefits of exercise.
When I’m not studying or working I try to spend my time doing things that make me feel good – because, why not? So in my spare time there is a fair chance you’ll find me snuggling up with a good book, winding down with some yoga, receiving a complementary therapy, sitting in circle with lovely women or enjoying some good food with friends. I also adore being outdoors, nature is a huge tonic for me – I’m a very happy human when I’m in water, whether that be the sea, a river or my bath! I love wild swimming, exploring, walking and horse riding.
Before my PhD I ventured to Indonesia on a solo trip for six weeks which re-awakened a desire to travel that I had long forgotten. I returned to Bali a year later for a month and have since done my very best to make travel a priority over the last couple of years. Travelling for conferences and events helps!