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Health in Action

The focus of this group is to examine the interface between varying bio-psycho-social states and health action and outcome.

Within the Department of Psychology sits the Health in Action Research Group. The focus of this group is to examine the interface between varying bio-psycho-social states and health action and outcome.

The group conducts cutting edge research along four main themes:

  • Individual differences in the pathways that mediate between psychological factors (e.g., stress) and deleterious health outcomes
  • The pathophysiology of acute and chronic sleep disorders in adults and vulnerable populations (Northumbria Centre for Sleep Research)
  • The relationship between glucose regulation and human performance in healthy populations and people with Type II Diabetes (Diabetes and Cognition Research Group)
  • The aetiology and treatment of medically unexplained symptoms and conditions.

The group has a thriving research student community, currently with eight PhD students investigating a range of applied health-related questions. We have a wide range of facilities and expertise for both in-house and ambulatory monitoring of health and illness states, within a variety of populations, including a two-bedroom apartment-style sleep laboratory for 24 hour continuous assessment, biological assay (e.g. endocrine, cardiovascular, immune), actigraphy, and EEG/ERP facilities.

The group has an excellent track-record of attracting funding from Research Councils and charitable organisations (e.g. ESRC, NIHR, MRC, Wellcome Trust, Diabetes UK, British Academy, National Science Council of Taiwan, Neuroendocrine Charitable Trust) as well as from industrial sponsors (e.g. Transport for London, UCB Pharma, Mammouth Sport, GlaxoSmithKline).


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