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Division of Health Psychology Scotland Annual General Meeting and Annual Scientific Meeting

26 February 2020 1:00 pm - 6:00 pm
This event is open to BPS members and the general public. Registration is required. See Pricing Tab for more information.
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Registration deadline: 18 February

Join the Division of Health Psychology Scotland for their Annual Scientific Meeting (and AGM for members).

This afternoon of Health Psychology talks and networking that will be relevant to academics, practitioners, trainees and students of Health Psychology and to anyone interested in the application of psychology in the context of health.

AK Bell Library
5 York Place

Event Location: 

13:15-14:00 Annual General Meeting -Soutar Theatre (DHP members only)
14:15-15:00 Prof Anna Whittaker, University of Stirling. “Stress, Physical Activity and Healthy Ageing”. This talk will focus on the impact of stress and related psychological characteristics on our health via immune system effects, which are particularly relevant in ageing.  It will also briefly discuss the potential positive impact of physical activity for all round physical and mental wellbeing across the lifespan.
15:00 Refreshment break
15:30-16:15 Prof Bernie Carter, Edgehill University. “The call of the wild: the allure and perils of using arts-based approaches in qualitative research”. Although the allure of arts-based or creative methods (such as drawing, mark-making, collage, photography, poetry and performance) in health research can be strong, you need to think about why you want to use them, what they can add and whether you know what to do with the data that these methods generate. Using arts-based approaches can take you, your research and your participants to places that more conventional qualitative methods may not reach; but some of these places may not be places you want to visit!
16:15 Comfort break
16:30-17:00 Interactive session
17:00-17:45 Prof Gerald Humphris, University of St Andrews. “Investigating and intervening psychologically with patients recovering from cancer focusing on their greatest concern: fear of recurrence”. In this presentation Gerry will argue that the psychological construct of fear of recurrence in patients treated for cancer underlies virtually all new bodily sensations experienced post-diagnosis.  He will give examples of how this focus has given rise to applying intensive longitudinal assessments and analytical approaches to assist with intervention development.  Examples  will be given from the Mini-AFTERc and KEW interventions currently being developed.
18:00 Networking – location TBC
All welcome – an opportunity to buy yourself a drink / dinner and meet Health Psychology researchers, practitioners, students and trainees from across Scotland

Prof Anna Whittaker is a Professor in Behavioural Medicine and Health Psychologist working at the University of Stirling in the areas of Psychoneuroimmunology, Cardiovascular Psychophysiology, and Behavioural Medicine.

She is particularly interested in the impact of stress and other behavioural factors, such as physical activity on health via interactions between the cardiovascular, neuroendocrine and immune systems.

Her main areas of research are: 1) Cardiovascular stress reactivity, where she is developing a new theory of the negative health and behavioural correlates of blunted physiological reactivity to stress; and 2) Ageing, stress, physical activity, nutrition and effects on health and wellbeing, particularly immunity and psychological health.

She is currently lead of a European Commission Horizon 2020 Marie Curie Innovative Training Network on Physical Activity and Nutrition INfluences In ageing (PANINI) and the SPARKLE research group at Stirling.



Prof Bernie Carter is Professor of Children’s Nursing at Edge Hill University whose research focuses on children and young people whose lives are disrupted by pain, illness, disability, complex health care needs and disadvantage, and the ways in which this affects their parents, brothers and sisters and family life.

Much of Bernie’s research is qualitative; in particular her work is creative, narrative, appreciative, participatory and arts/activities based. She works closely with children and families at all stages of the research process to ensure that her work is not only robust but is also grounded in the lives of the participants.


Prof Gerry Humphris is Professor of Health Psychology at the University of St Andrews.

He studied Psychology at Reading University (1973-76) before going to Guy’s Hospital to complete a PhD (1983). 

He qualified in clinical psychology at Liverpool (1986) before being appointed as Chair in Health Psychology at the Medical School, University of St Andrews (Nov 2003).

His main interest is understanding communication processes between clinicians and patients in long-term conditions.  He holds an Honorary Consultant Clinical Psychology contract (NHS Lothian) in the Edinburgh Cancer Centre, Western General Hospital, where he runs a Psycho-Oncology clinic. 

He is a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and was Chair of the Standing Research Committee for the International Association of Communication in Healthcare.

DHP Members £30
BPS Members £36
Non members £48
Concessions £22

All prices include VAT

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