Professor Katherine Brown
Coventry UniversityShow content
Katherine is Professor of Health Psychology Applied to Public Health and leads the Health Behaviour and Interventions Research team at the Centre for Advances in Behavioural Science at Coventry University. She is a Chartered Psychologist, a full member of the DHP and a Registered Health Psychologist (HCPC). Katherine has held a joint post with Public Health Warwickshire since 2011; has close working relationships with a number of public health departments in the Midlands region and has an honorary contract with Public Health England. Katherine's work has focussed around the development and evaluation of interventions targeted at preventive health behaviours. Her research began in the field of sexual health but has broadened to also include research focussed on addressing the challenges of obesity, smoking cessation and low rates of breastfeeding. She has published widely in journals spanning the disciplines of public health, medicine and psychology and has won funding in excess of £4 million from a range of sources including research councils (British Academy and Medical Research Council), the National Institute for Health Research, the European Commission, the NHS, local government and commercial sources. Katherine has contributed to a number of national strategies including the sexual health care pathway for school nursing, the female genital mutilation (FGM) care pathway for the Department of Health and is currently contributing to the Social and Behavioural Sciences Strategy with Public Health England. Katherine has recently taken on the role of Editor for the Health Psychology in Public Health Network's members' publication, and in doing so has joined a committee with aligned ambitions – to mobilise the evidence base from Health Psychology into public health commissioning and practice.
Professor Neil Coulson
University of NottinghamShow content
Neil Coulson is Professor of Health Psychology at the School of Medicine, University of Nottingham. His research focuses on the role of online support communities in empowering individuals living with long-term conditions. In particular, he has published a number of pioneering papers which have explored the provision of social support between community members. Furthermore, his work has explored the mechanisms through which patients may benefit from participation in online communities and factors that may be associated with levels of satisfaction as well as a range of psycho-social outcomes. Neil is both a Chartered Psychologist (British Psychological Society) and Registered Health Psychologist (Health and Care Professions Council). He has previously held a number of senior positions within the British Psychological Society (e.g. Chair of the BPS Division of Health Psychology; Chair of the BPS Division of Health Psychology Training Committee) and has made a significant contribution to the development of health psychology training within the UK. Currently, he is Chair of the NIHR Research for Patient Benefit East Midlands Advisory Panel and a methodologist on Panel C of the NIHR Programme Grant for Applied Research.