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I joined the School of Psychological Sciences and Health as a lecturer in September 2008, having previously worked as a Research Fellow at Stirling University (with Professor Rory O'Connor). I am a Chartered Psychologist and my research is in the area of Health Psychology. My work is characterised by an interdisciplinary focus (e.g., psychology, health services research, social policy, primary and secondary care, epidemiology) and aims to address key health issues; However, I focus primarily on suicide and self-harm. My main research interest is to understand how self-harm and suicidal thoughts and behaviour begin, why they might be repeated, and how we can eventually stop these. I am particularly interested in understanding the trajectory of these thoughts and behaviours and how this can influence help seeking. I focus on the application of theoretical models to enhance our understanding of the aetiology of suicidal behaviours and psychological well-being across the lifespan, but I am dedicated to examining these experiences for high-risk groups in particular (e.g., adolescents, older adults, and LGBTQ+). I have a track record of obtaining funding for this work (including Wellcome Trust, Chief Scientist Office, ESRC). I am a Centre for Health Policy Fellow in the Centre for Health Policy at Strathclyde University. I am also an affiliate member of the Suicidal Behaviour Research Lab at the University of Glasgow. My secondary interest is the understanding of vaccine hesitancy in high-risk groups including those who lived with a chronic health condition.
2020: Chief Scientist Office: Improving Older Adults' Vaccination Uptake. Williams, Brown Nicholls, Cogan, Rasmussen (CI), & Young. Value: £25,000.
Academic / Professional qualifications
Education: BA (Strathclyde), PhD (Stirling)
Professional: CPsychol (Health), Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, Affiliate Member of the Suicide Behaviour Laboratory at the University of Glasgow; Honorary Research Fellow at the University of Stirling, Member of the International Academy for Suicide Research.
Expertise & Capabilities
- Public health psychology
- Risk and protective factors for suicide and self-harm including defeat, entrapment, sleep and personality factors
- Cross-cultural studies of suicidal behaviour
- Vaccination behaviour and vaccine hesitancy
- Psychological aspects of infection prevention and control
I am the class leader for Individual Differences (C8303) which is a core 3rd year class, and Introduction to Mental Health Difficulties (B9200) which is a second year class. I also teach on the second year Social and Health Psychology module (C8202) and the fourth year psychology of mental health class. I am the chair of the School of Psychological Sciences and Health Ethics Committee and I serve as a member of the University of Strathclyde Ethics Committee.
Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals
In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):
- Behaviour change
- Vaccine hesitancy
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The influence of stigma and trust in young people seeking support for their own or a friend's symptoms: the role of threat appraisalsPimenta, S. M., Hunter, S. C. & Rasmussen, S., 29 Jun 2022, (E-pub ahead of print) In: Child and Youth Care Forum. 23 p.
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Hafford-Letchfield, T., Hanna, J., Grant, E., Ryder-Davies, L., Cogan, N., Goodman, J., Rasmussen, S. & Martin, S., 13 Jun 2022, In: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 19, 12, 14 p., 7217.
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Feeling Sad, Angry, or Scared: An Investigation of Gender Differences in the Regulation of Specific Emotions during an Emotion Regulation Task, and their Relationship with Mental Health24 Jun 2021 → 25 Jun 2021
Activity: Talk or presentation types › Oral presentation
Public webinar: 'Improving Vaccine Uptake in Scotland: Implications for COVID-19, influenza and other adult vaccines.'29 Jul 2020
Activity: Participating in or organising an event types › Participation in workshop, seminar, course