health psychology

I manage my eldest son’s football team. I’ve taken them from under-8s to under-14s, and the challenges in my working life pale into insignificance against what the average weekend throws up. There are perhaps times when membership of this particular social group feels like a...

Think of your work groups, your extended family, your soccer team, a film or book club or your local community group. Consider more generally other groups that are central to the way you define yourself: your gender, nationality, ethnicity or religion. Some of the groups you...

In 2009 Umberto Eco, the Italian semiologist and novelist, observed in an interview with Der Spiegel that lists are the origin of culture: they serve ‘to make infinity comprehensible’. More provocatively, he went on to note that because they allow us to engage with things...

In 1990 I arrived in London for a ‘gap year’, staying with some friends-of-friends for a few weeks while looking for a job and somewhere more permanent to live. I was young, far from my family and friends, and in those days before the advent of social media it was a lonely...

Most people are well aware of the key signs of clinical depression: notably, the experience of profound sadness, a loss of enjoyment and interest, changes in energy levels and appetite, and a sense of guilt or hopelessness about the future. Depression has received more...

Social isolation touches all our lives and knows no bounds. It affects the young and old, the rich and poor, and those who are in good and ill health. It also places huge pressures on health services – estimates suggest that around 10 per cent of adults suffer from its...

We’re here at the Psychobiology Section conference. Everybody these days accepts that link between the ‘psycho’ and the ‘bio’. What is it that you are doing to take the study of that relationship to the next level?

I’m not unique in being interested in this, but the one...

Burn injuries affect around 250,000 people in the UK each year and can have a marked impact on wellbeing. While many standardised questionnaires, known as PROMs (patient reported outcome measures), exist for patients, few are specific to burns. Dr Catrin Griffiths opened a...

As trainee Health Psychologists in our final year, committed to staying up to date with developments in the field, we were pleased to discover an article by Hilton and Johnston (2017) reflecting on...

The following tips were included in an 8-page, A5 leaflet to be sent out with copies of the May edition of The Psychologist, kindly sponsored by Staffordshire University. You can download it below, or request hard copies if you can get...