Health & Social Care Health Sciences

Lee-Ann Fenge

Professor of Social Care, Department of Social Sciences and Social Work

Areas of expertise

Lee-Ann has been an academic for 23 years and is also a Registered Social Worker committed to advancing the professional evidence base of practitioners. Her research is focused on participatory arts based methods to engage with seldom heard voices. This includes projects with older LGBT citizens, young people with disabilities, and homeless people creating outputs… Read more »

Professor Michael Silk

Professor and Deputy Dean of Research & Professional Practice

Areas of expertise

Michael’s research focuses on the relationships between sport & physical activity (physical culture), the governance of bodies, mediated (sporting) spectacles, identities and urban spaces. His current research addresses the relationship between sport mega-events, urban renewal, and social inequalities. His work aims to push at the ontological, epistemological, methodological, and pedagogic boundaries of the critical, social… Read more »

Associate Professor Kevin McGhee

Acting Deputy Dean Education & Professional Practice, Associate Professor in Health Sciences

Areas of expertise

Kevin is interested in how genetics, combined with psychological and environmental events plays a role in the development of complex psychiatric disorders. Although genetics slightly increases risk, it does not mean an individual will develop such illness. It is this interplay between biology and non-biology that interests him. Therefore a lot of his efforts are now focused on… Read more »

Heather Hartwell

Professor Heather Hartwell

Professor of Food Service & Applied Nutrition

Areas of expertise

Heather is a registered nutritionist and member of the Nutrition Society, researching public health nutrition. She currently leads two EU projects – VeggiEAT, which promotes healthy eating and vegetable consumption, and FoodSMART, which aims to provide more informed consumer choice when eating out. She also coordinates Destination FeelGood, engaging with organisations to help develop wellbeing… Read more »

Dr Jan Wiener

Associate Professor in Psychology

Areas of expertise

Jan is a cognitive psychologist whose research focuses primarily on orientation and navigation behaviour. He is interested in the effects that cognitive ageing has on our wayfinding abilities. In his investigations he makes use of different methods such as behavioural navigation experiments, virtual reality techniques, eye-tracking, and cognitive modelling.

Dr Simon Thompson

Associate Professor of Clinical Psychology & Neuropsychology

Areas of expertise

Simon is an expert in yawning, its underlying causes and effects on the body. He is developing a new diagnostic tool for early detection of neurological disorders using cortisol levels during excessive yawning. He has recently been commissioned to study celebrity clientele by a top fashion label, and also has interests in post-traumatic stress disorder,… Read more »

Dr Jacqui Taylor

Associate Professor in Psychology

Areas of expertise

Jacqui’s research comes under the broad area of cyberpsychology, which investigates the psychology of internet behaviour. She has investigated the positive and negative impacts that using social networks and online games (e.g. Facebook and videogame addiction) have on children, adolescents and students. Recently Jacqui has been collaborating with cybersecurity experts and has researched online deviance… Read more »

Dr John McAlaney

Senior Lecturer in Psychology

Areas of expertise

John’s research focuses on social psychological aspects of behaviour change, and how this is informed by group dynamics and perceptions of peer behaviour. He has also explored how social psychology research may be used to better understand cybercrime, hacktivism and online social protest. John has been extensively involved in the development of the social norms… Read more »

Dr Andrew Mayers

Senior Lecturer in Psychology

Areas of expertise

Andrew is a psychologist, specialising in mental health and particularly perinatal mental illness, such as postnatal depression. Professionally, he works with the Dorset Police Mental Health Street Triage and he also provides mental health education for health professionals and helps train police officers. He is an active mental health campaigner, pressing for better services and… Read more »