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The Chester Research Unit for the Psychology of Health (CRUPH)

CRUPH conducts cutting-edge psychological research and consultancy to help improve professional practice in the fields of health and wellbeing from a sociocognitive perspective. Using multiple methodologies, we seek to better understand at an individual and population level the influences, attitudes and beliefs on health-related behaviours, the healthcare consultation, and wellbeing. We examine behaviour change, stress and coping, the impact of long-term conditions, healthcare communication and decision making, the role of social support networks and risk behaviours.  We have clusters of expertise in health psychology, mental health research, sport and exercise psychology. We have expertise in intervention development and evaluation work at a regional and national level.

Current research programmes include:

  • Community Care Pathways at End of Life (CAPE; Local Investigator: Dr Brooke Swash)
  • Psychological impact of risky health behaviour (Dr Janine Carroll)
  • Exploring the psychological and cognitive effects of physical activity and exercise (Dr Annie Scudds & Dr Nicola Lasikiewicz)
  • CHANGES - Initiation activities, group cohesion, and intervention development in sport (Professor Moira Lafferty)
  • The relationship between psychiatric conditions and pain (Sarah Vaughan)
  • You can read more about this work by clicking on the tab to the right.

CRUPH offers an excellent environment in which to further your research career. In addition to supervising taught MSc students in the School of Psychology, CRUPH members also supervise Masters by Research programmes and  a number of PhD students, whose work also falls under the aegis of CRUPH, and who benefit from the excellent peer support and networking opportunities this affords.

If you would like more information studying or collaborating with CRUPH you can contact our Director, Prof Moira Lafferty (