The Health Psychology Research Group has a primary research focus on health
behaviours, risk communication and behavioural change. We also work
collaboratively with other research groups with an interest in health
behaviour for instance: the Ageing Research Group, Wales Diabetes UK,
Swansea University and Glamorgan University.
We conduct internationally
recognized research and also provide high quality training to practitioners
in applied settings. The group has strong links with a range of health
service providers including Cardiff Public Health Team, Institute of Medical
Genetics and Cardiff and the Vale NHS Trust. HPRG carries out research on a
range of projects relevant to our understanding of health behaviour: Alcohol
education, abuse and addiction; attitudes and beliefs in food safety; food
choices; effects of food on mood and mental performance; risk perception and
communication; physical activity; complementary therapies; eating disorders;
management of stress and healthy ageing.
The group is involved in 3 projects investigating work-related health and well-being. The first project is an evaluation of the impact of a work-based
physical activity intervention on physical fitness and psychological well-being in employees who take up the offer of a Health MOT and free gym
membership by their employer. The second study is an evaluation of health, well-being and work-related stress in a large organization in South Wales.
The third study is an evaluation of an intervention to improve wellbeing in students.
The section of the HPRG is broadly interested in nutritional neuroscience,
the effect of dietary factors on mood and cognitive performance. One line of
research has focused on caffeine consumption; both the effects of caffeine
(and caffeine withdrawal) on mood and mental performance, and personality
and lifestyle factors that relate to the consumption of caffeinated drinks.
Another area of interest is the effect of patterns of eating (how much and
how often) on mood and mental performance.