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15th Annual Psychology, Health & Medicine Conference

Friday 1st June 2018 at Ulster University, Coleraine Campus

We are pleased to announce the 15th annual Psychology, Health and Medicine Conference, an event hosted by Division of Health Psychology of the British Psychological Society Northern Ireland Branch in association with the Division of Health Psychology of the Psychological Society of Ireland. This year the conference will take place in Ulster University, Coleraine Campus on 1st June 2018.

The psychology, health and medicine conference continues to be a key annual event for people working in the areas of psychology and health in Ireland and Northern Ireland, as well as people further afield. The aim of the conference is to promote health psychology, and to provide a forum to share the findings from high-quality research on psychology and health. The conference draws practitioners and researchers in psychology, health and cognate fields, and provides an opportunity to build and strengthen professional networks.

Conference Programme

We are very pleased to announce the 15th Annual Psychology, Health & Medicine Conference Programme has now been published.

Please download the Submitted Abstract Document for the more details on the submitted presentations and posters being shared at the Conference here.. Please note there will not be printed copies provided at the Conference, if you would like a copy to refer to during the Conference please print and bring this with you.

Accommodation and the Local Area

Please follow the links below for information on the local area and accommodation options.

Local area and attractions
Local accommodation
Portrush Atlantic Hotel

Please note these are suggestions not recommendations, the BPS, PSI and KC Jones have no vested interests in any of the above.

Call for Papers

Submissions for the 15th Annual Psychology, Health & Medicine Conference closed at 23:59 on Sunday 15th April 2018.

Please note, this event is credit/debit card payment only at the time of booking. If you need an invoice, please submit your booking form and contact us.

Registration fees can be found on the booking form. If you have any queries please contact us via the event hotline on 01332 224506.


Friday 1st June 2018

Please note this is a draft agenda and subject to change

10:00Registration and refreshments
10:30Opening ceremony
10:40Keynote: Dr Catherine Darker, Adelaide Associate Professor, In the horrors: A decade of generating applied research to influence health service and health policy
11:30Parallel Sessions
12:50Lunch, Posters & Networking
13:45Keynote: Prof Stanton Newman, Pragmatic approaches to Self-Management interventions in Chronic Disease
14:30Parallel Sessions
16:10Posters and refreshments
16:40Keynote: Prof Siobhan O'Neill, Towards a healthier Northern Ireland: addressing the intergenerational effects of the trauma of the Troubles
17:30Closing ceremony

Speakers and Facilitators


Dr Catherine Darker

Keynote Speaker
Dr Darker is a Health Psychologist by background training and took up the post of Adelaide Assistant Professor in Health Services Research in 2012. Dr Darker, in conjunction with the Adelaide Health Foundation & Trinity College Dublin, is interested in the prevention and management of chronic disease. Dr Darker has used her training in health behaviour change interventions to design, implement and evaluate a number of pragmatic interventions in areas such as alcohol, illicit drugs, smoking and physical activity. Dr Darker has led a number of evaluations of complex health systems level interventions on behalf of the health service. She enjoys conducting applied research which can be utilised to improve the Irish health system and to advocate for changes in national health policy.
Dr Darker has numerous peer-reviewed publications in scientific journals. She sits on a number of Boards, such as the Irish Platform for Patient Organisation, Science and Industry, and the Irish Cancer Society’s Steering Committee for the Prevention of Chronic Disease. She was an inaugural member of the Council of Healthy Ireland. She has a keen interest in the cultural and societal antecedents of factors that contribute to health inequalities. Dr Darker’s research has demonstrated her commitment to align population based approaches to improving health outcomes and a willingness to foster partnerships with multi-disciplinary professionals across a range of applied settings.

Professor Stanton Newman

Keynote Speaker
Professor Stanton Newman, Dean of the School of Health Sciences until 2017, joined City University London in September 2010. He is Professor of Health Psychology and completed his B.Soc. Sci. (Hons) degrees and doctorate at the University of Natal, South Africa.

Professor Newman became a lecturer at LSE and Guys and Middlesex Hospital Medical Schools before joining University of College London. Professor Newman was Head of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioural Science from 1993 - 2004. In 2003 he set up the Centre for Behavioural and Social Science in Medicine, a unique project to encourage interdisciplinary working in physical illnesses at UCL. He attended the London Business School and ran UCL Consultants Ltd. In 2011 he moved to City, University of London as Dean of Health Sciences and more recently became a Vice President at City.
He has publishes over 250 journal papers on his research and has also published 11 books. In 2009 Professor Newman was appointed the Principal Investigator on the Whole Systems Demonstrator Project funded by the Department of Health to evaluate the role of assistive technologies in health and social care.

Professor Newman is an Honorary Member of the Royal College of Physicians and a Fellow of the British Psychological Society. He is a Chartered Clinical and Health Psychologist and engaged directly in clinical work seeing patients at his weekly clinics.

Professor Siobhan O’Neill

Keynote Speaker
Siobhan O’Neill is a Professor of Mental Health Sciences at Ulster University. Her current research programmes focus on trauma and suicidal behaviour in Northern Ireland (NI) and novel interventions for mental health and suicidal behaviour. Siobhan has expertise in qualitative and quantitative (epidemiology and survey) research methods.
Prior to joining Ulster University in 2000, she completed a degree in psychology at the Queen's University of Belfast and a masters in health psychology at NUI Galway. She also worked as a Public Health Researcher, conducting evaluations of health services and users’ experience of care.
Between 2005 and 2008 Siobhan coordinated the largest ever study of mental health in Northern Ireland, the NI Research and Development Office funded, NI Study of Health and Stress. This study revealed the high proportions of the NI population who had unmet mental health needs and the extent of mental health disorders associated with the NI conflict.
She is also a coordinator of the NI suicide study, a study of the characteristics of completed suicides and undetermined deaths. She is responsible for the dissemination of the research findings on trauma and suicide to policy makers and stakeholders in NI.


Ulster University, Coleraine Campus

Ulster University, Coleraine Campus, Cromore Road, Coleraine, BT52 1SA •  Directions

Additional Information

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PDFAPHM 2018 Submitted Abstracts