APS 2018 Round-Up (Pt.2)

Last week I posted the first of my two review posts for the American Psychosomatic Society Annual Meeting. Today I am rounding up (and reminiscing) on the last two days and teasing out the main themes I noticed and my main take home points. Whilst there are some upcoming posts based on some of the Read More

My experience at Spit Camp

I’ll be honest – this post is going to be a little niche, and it might not be up your street – which is totally fine. But in this post I’ll be sharing my experience of some recent training that I attended at the University of California Irvine. It might be useful for you if Read More

13 Ways to Recruit Study Participants Online 

Ask any PhD student who requires participants for their research and no doubt one of their main challenges will be recruitment. Over the years I’ve had a number of experiences with recruitment and I have faced multiple issues, particularly when recruiting from a population such as young carers. This post won’t go into all the Read More

When Anxiety comes knocking…

I know I’m not the only one that struggles with anxiety, in life in general and when it comes to doing a PhD. Though not many of us share the realities of going about daily life feeling worried, concerned or like our hearts might jump out of our chest. Sometimes knowing exactly why, other times Read More

Review: ‘The Science of Stress’ at The Royal Institution

A couple of weeks ago I attended an event at The Royal Institution in London called ‘The Science of Stress’. I probably wouldn’t have ventured to London mid-week if it hadn’t been for the fact that my supervisor Professor Julie Turner-Cobb was amongst the three experts presenting and then providing a question and answer panel Read More

Stress – friend or foe?

Those who know me will most likely know that my PhD research is focussed on studying a factor called stress. Something that we have probably all had a taste of. But when we talk about stress we are often referring to a psychological state and rarely are the physiological aspects of stress considered. Many people Read More

How do you cope?

“How are you coping?” we might ask a friend. What do we really mean when we ask this? Do we want to know how they are doing, or do we really want to know how they are coping? Perhaps in a friendship, it is the former. But in my research, I am asking the question Read More

What IS Health Psychology?

The golden question! Friend, family member, stranger or academic in another department – when you tell someone you study Health Psychology, you’ll often be met with: *blank stare* “What’s that then?” “Wait, are you reading my mind?” “I better be careful what I say now…” “Do you help people with Schizophrenia?” Most of those are Read More