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12th Annual Psychology, Health & Medicine Conference

Improving Health and Well-being: Better Futures for all

Hosted by the British Psychological Society Division of Health Psychology Northern Ireland Branch and the Psychological Society of Ireland Division of Health Psychology

Wednesday 1st April 2015 at Stranmillis University College, Belfast


Submissions have now closed.
All applicants have been informed of the decisions via e-mail. To view a copy of the Presentation Guidelines, please click here. To view the submission guidelines please Click Here
The submission deadline is 23:59, Monday 2nd February2015.

Draft Agenda

A draft agenda is now available please click here to down load a copy

We are delighted to announce the 12th Annual Psychology, Health and Medicine Conference, a collaborative event between the Division of Health Psychology, Psychological Society of Ireland and Division of Health Psychology, Northern Ireland Branch of the British Psychological Society. This year the conference is hosted by the School of Psychology, Ulster University. The venue is Stranmillis University College, Belfast.
The Psychology, Health and Medicine conference continues to be an important annual event for people working in the areas of psychology and health in Ireland and Northern Ireland, as well as visitors from Europe and further afield. The conference aim is to promote health psychology and provide a forum to share research findings from high quality research on psychology and health. The conference also provides an opportunity to meet practitioner colleagues working in these areas and strengthen professional networks.

For nearby accommodation there is either

The Wellington Park Hotel or Malone Lodge Hotel

Meet the Scientific Committee - Click on the PDF at the end of the page.

If you have any queries please contact us via the event hotline on 01332 224506.


Wednesday 1st April 2015

10:00Registration and Refreshments
10:30Opening Ceremony: Dr Carolyn Harper, Director of Public Health, Public Health Agency, Northern Ireland.
10:40Keynote Speaker 1: Professor Marijn De Bruin
11:30Parallel Sessions (See pdf agenda at the end of the page)
12:45Lunch & Poster Session 1
13:15AGM of PSIDHP
14:00Keynote Speaker 2: Dr Jane Walsh
14:50Parallel Sessions (See pdf agenda at the end of the page)
16:05Coffee & Poster Session 2
16:45Closing Ceremony
17:15Keynote 3/Public Health Lecture: Professor Nanette Mutrie

Speakers and Facilitators


Professor Marijn De Bruin

After working as a researcher at the Academic Medical Centre (dpt. of infectious diseases) in Amsterdam in 2003-2004 and obtaining a masters degree in Health Sciences at Maastricht University in 2004, Marijn was awarded a young talent grant at Maastricht University (faculty of Psychology) and later a PhD grant at the same faculty. He then became a lecturer at Wageningen University in 2008 (dpt. of Communication science), defended his PhD thesis in 2009, and moved to the University of Amsterdam (Amsterdam School of Communication Research) in 2012. In September 2013 Marijn started as Chair and lead of the health psychology group in Aberdeen, while retaining a part-time research post at the University of Amsterdam.
Marijn's research focuses on designing, evaluating and synthesizing interventions to support a healthy lifestyle. Most of his work has been on treatment adherence, with on-going projects in chronic conditions such as HIV, asthma, diabetes and rheumatoid arthritis. He has a strong interest in advancing methodology of clinical trials and meta-analysis of health behaviour change interventions, and has been in applying psychological theory to real-life problems with the objective to contribute to health, well-being and more efficient use of health care resources. Marijn has extensive experience in teaching/training students, health care and public health professionals on how to apply psychological theory in research, design complex interventions (


Professor Nanette Mutrie

Nanette is an Accredited Sport and Exercise Psychologist with the British Association of Sport and Exercise Science (BASES) and is an Honorary Fellow of that organisation. She is also a Chartered Psychologist with the British Psychological Society. With her students and colleagues, she has published over 100 peer reviewed articles on exercise behaviour and intervention strategies. Nanette has editorial roles for The Journal of Physical Activity and Health and Mental Health and Physical Activity and has also contributed to policy, for example, ‘let’s make Scotland more active’ and the National Institute of Health and Clinical Excellence [NICE] programme on physical activity and the environment [].
Previous positions include Professor of Exercise and Sport Psychology at the University of Strathclyde University and Professor of Physical Activity and Health Sciences at the University of Glasgow.
Nanette is an Honorary Professor at the MRC Social and Public Health Sciences Unit in Glasgow and also at the University of Ulster.


Dr Jane Walsh

Jane Walsh is a graduate of NUI Galway. Having completed her PhD she worked as a Research Psychologist in the Educational Research Centre, Dublin, and went from there to lecture in Carlow Institute of Technology for a year. She joined the Psychology Department in NUI Galway in 1997 and lectures in the area of Research Methods, Behavioural Medicine and Health Psychology. Jane is the current Director of the Structured PhD in Psychology and Health and a former Director of the MSc in Health Psychology. She was also the Chair of the Psychological Society of Ireland Division of Health Psychology. Her research has focused on preventive health behaviour and the use of theory-based interventions in health settings. Jane has obtained funding for her research from the HSE Western Region and Mid-Western Region, the Health Research Board and the Millennium Fund. Her research interests are in the areas of health behaviour change and communication in health care settings; screening, childhood immunization, cancer prevention, preparation for patients undergoing stressful medical procedures; pain management interventions.


Stranmillis University College, Belfast

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