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Health Psychology Event: Inspiring Health Psychology Stories

25 June 2021 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
This webinar is free to attend and open to BPS members and the general public. Registration is required. See Pricing tab for information.
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Webinar 2 ‘Inspiring Health Psychology Stories’

Inspiring Health Psychology via Stories - a series of four talks from eminent/inspiring figures within health psychology who will tell their story in terms of how they came to health psychology and how they use health psychology within their jobs.

Please note: this webinar will not be recorded. To avoid disappointment please only book a place if you are able to attend the live webinar.

Webinar 2: ‘Inspiring Health Psychology Careers via Personal Stories’

When: Fri 25th June 2021 – 1-3pm                                         

Who: To be advertised across UK and Ireland targeting students/health psychology trainees and anyone interested in learning more about careers in health psychology.

Inspiring Health Psychology via Personal Stories is a free online webinar where four inspiring figures working within health psychology will tell their personal story in terms of how they came to work within health psychology and how they use health psychology within their job roles.



Confirmed Speaker

1pm – 1.10pm

Welcome and outline of webinar

Opening Remarks 

Dr Laura McGowan, Queen’s University Belfast (Chair, DHP-NI)

Professor Daryl O’Connor, Professor of Psychology, School of Psychology and University of Leeds

1.10pm – 1.30pm

Inspire talk 1 – Health Psychology and Public Health

Professor Angel Chater, University of Bedfordshire, (Chair, DHP)

1.30pm – 1.50pm

Inspire talk 2 – Behaviour Change 

Professor Martin Hagger, University of California, Merced

1.50pm – 2.10pm

Inspire talk 3 – Health Psychology in Private Practice

Dr Rachel Gillibrand, HCPC Registered Health Psychologist and Clinical Hypnotherapist – Clinical Hypnotherapy School

2.10pm – 2.30pm

Inspire talk 4 – Health Psychology Consulting and NHS Roles

Dr Claire Hallas, Partner/Owner SCCH Consulting & Lead Health Psychologist Northampton General Hospital NHS Trust

2.30pm – 2.50pm

Inspire Panel Q&A

CHAIR: Joanne Treacy - MSc Health Psychology Student, Ulster University

2.50pm – 2.55pm

Thank you & Close

Dr Laura McGowan



Dr Laura McGowan

Dr Laura McGowan is a Chartered Psychologist and Lecturer in Nutrition and Behaviour Change within the Centre for Public Health, Queen’s University Belfast. She has previously worked in the Public Health Agency NI and at the Health Behaviour Research Centre, University College London. Her research focuses on the development of theory-based behaviour change interventions to improve diet and nutrition status, and to prevent and treat obesity, in a variety of population groups spanning the lifecycle. Dr McGowan is the Lead for the Association for the Study of Obesity Northern Ireland Network https://www.aso.org.uk/network/northern-ireland/ and is currently the Chair of the Division of Health Psychology, NI. Dr McGowan is an invited member of the Obesity Prevention Steering Group at the Dept

Daryl O'Connor

Daryl O'Connor is Professor of Psychology and a registered practitioner (health) psychologist based at the School of Psychology, University of Leeds. Daryl’s current research focuses on:  i) investigating effects of stress and psychological interventions on health outcomes (e.g. suicide behaviour, eating behaviours, cortisol levels) and understanding the role of individual differences variables (e.g. perseverative cognition, conscientiousness) within the stress process; and ii) exploring the effects of implementation intention-based interventions on screening behaviours. Daryl is a past Chair of the British Psychological Society’s (BPS) Division of Health Psychology and the BPS Psychobiology Section and he is currently Chair of BPS Research Board and Chair of the European Federation of Psychology Associations (EFPA) Board of Scientific Affairs. Daryl was joint Editor-in-Chief of the journal Psychology & Health from 2011 and 2019 and is the Editor-in-Chief of Cogent Psychology. Daryl has also been actively involved in promoting Open Science and improving psychological science nationally and across Europe.

Professor Angel Marie Chater

Angel is a Health Psychologist and Professor in Health Psychology and Behaviour Change at the University of Bedfordshire. She is the Director of the Institute for Sport and Physical Activity Research and leads the Centre for Health, Wellbeing and Behaviour Change. Angel is passionate about the interplay between health psychology and the public health system and co-founded the Health Psychology in Public Health Network (HPPHN), which was later renamed the Behavioural Science and Public Health Network (BSPHN) under her term as Chair. She is the current Chair of the British Psychological Society’s (BPS) Division of Health Psychology and leads the BPS COVID-19 Behavioural Science and Disease Prevention Taskforce. Her career has spanned over 20 years in health psychology, with a focus on optimising health and wellbeing through behaviour change and ‘moving medicine’. 

Martin S. Hagger, PhD

Martin Hagger is Professor of Health Psychology in the Department of Psychological Sciences at UC Merced, and Visiting Professor (Behavior Change) at the University of Jyväskylä, Finland. He is Director of the Social and Health Psychology Applied Behavioural Research for Prevention and Promotion Lab at UC Merced. He is also Adjunct Professor at Griffith University, and has been visiting Professor at the Universities of Rome, Bordeaux, and Genoble, and Hong Kong Baptist University. His research focuses on the psychology of health behavior change. He is currently Senior co-Editor (Health Psychology) of Social Science and Medicine, and editorial board member of eleven other journals. He has received numerous awards including the Clarivate Analytics Highly Cited Researcher Award and the Distinguished Health Psychology Contribution Award from the International Association of Applied Psychology. He has been Fellowships of European Health Psychology Society, Society of Experimental Social Psychology, and the Society for Personality and Social Psychology.

Dr Rachel Gillibrand

Dr Rachel Gillibrand is a Chartered Psychologist registered with the Health and Care Professions Council, and an Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society, specialising in the application of psychology to our health and well-being. With a doctorate in philosophy from University of Southampton, Rachel has 20 years’ experience as a Senior Lecturer at the University of the West of England, training psychologists through Masters and Doctoral level qualifications. Rachel is now in private practice at Seaview Therapies based in North Somerset, UK. She is also the Director of Research at the Centre for Solution Focused Research and Director of the Clinical Hypnotherapy School, running regular CPD and training events in Hypnotherapy and Solution Focused Brief Therapy.

Dr Claire Hallas

Dr Claire Hallas is a HCPC Registered Practitioner Psychologist and an Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society. She has a Doctorate from the University of Liverpool and an advanced Postgraduate Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy from the University of Oxford. She has spent the last 20 years delivering and managing Health Psychology Clinical Services in a variety of UK NHS Trusts specialising in both patient (cardiothoracic and oncology) and staff support psychological care. She was the first BPS/NHS Approved Consultant Health Psychologist in 2004. From 2008-2011 she worked overseas developing Health Psychology Services in the Sultanate of Oman’s national health system. Claire went on to partner with Sasha Cain to found SCCH Consulting LLP, an innovative HP consultancy applying the evidence based practice of health psychology across healthcare settings and with a passion to advance the applied practitioner HP profession with advanced clinical interventions and skills training. In 2018 Claire was jointly awarded the BPS Practitioner of the Year award with Sasha. Since 2020 she has returned to the NHS and is leading the Staff Support Psychology Service and the Health and Wellbeing Collaborative at Northampton General Hospital, an acute Trust with regional expertise in oncology and stroke services. She is responsible for leading on the stepped care psychological wellbeing services, providing both 1:1 therapeutic support and consultation and advice on the psychological management of teams, training and supervision of non-psychology staff and the organisational strategy for staff support based in corporate/ organisational development services.

Registration is FREE and available online only.

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Please note: this webinar will not be recorded. To avoid disappointment please only book a place if you are able to attend the live webinar.

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