Wednesday, 16 August 2017

EQUITY&DIVERSITY SERIES: Research talk on sexual diversity, prejudice and wellbeing by Ass.Prof MIles Bore

The School of Psychology’s Social and Organisational Psychology Research Group invites you to a research presentation by Ass.Prof. Miles Bore as part of our Equity and Diversity Colloquium Series.

When: 12.00pm – 1.00pm on Tuesday 22nd August
Where: The Keats Reading Room, Psychology/Aviation Building (AVLG17), with video link to the Seminar Room, Science Offices at Ourimbah.

Sexual diversity and sexual prejudice: we need a greater understanding of 'willingness to cause harm'

Research continues to demonstrate that sexuality is multidimensional and more diverse than the three sexual identity labels of heterosexual, homosexual and bisexual. My presentation moves through three topics. First, I will present data demonstrating the diversity of sexuality. Second, we will briefly consider the research into the mental health of same-sex attracted people and the causal role of sexual prejudice. We will then consider the psychology of those who engage in sexual prejudice and the need for further research into this willingness to cause harm.

Brief Bio
Associate Professor Miles is an academic researcher in the area of personality and individual differences. His current focus is on applying individual differences theory and methodology to diversity in gender and sexuality. He has worked at the School of Psychology, University of Newcastle, since 2001 and is Deputy Head of School (Teaching). Other research projects have been in the areas of morality, psychometrics, selection of applicants to medical and allied health education, and the measurement of personality in late childhood.

Wednesday, 2 August 2017

Seminar - The epidemiology and treatment of smoking in people with mental health disorders.

Health and Clinical Psychology Research Group Seminar

The epidemiology and treatment of smoking in people with mental health disorders.   

Dr Gemma Taylor

University of Bristol

Please join us for this lunch time seminar.

Time: 12 noon, 9th August
Place: The Keats Reading Room (AVLG17), Callaghan Campus, UoN (video conferenced to Ourimbah)

Abstract: Tobacco is the world’s leading preventable cause of disease and death. In the UK and in other developed nations smoking prevalence has significantly declined in the general population, but has remained unchanged in those with mental health problems resulting in an excess burden of smoking-related mortality in this group. People with depression are twice as likely to smoke and are less responsive to standard tobacco treatments than are the general population, leading to a call for population-targeted interventions. Gemma will talk about her research to-date exploring the epidemiology and treatment of smoking in people with mental health disorders, with a focus on people with depression. Specifically, she will discuss results from a systematic review and meta-analysis that examined the impact of smoking cessation and on change in mental health, and she will introduce her fellowship research examining the parallel treatment of smoking and depression

Bio: From 2007 to 2011 Gemma studied psychology at The University of Worcester while working at a mental health recovery centre as a social support worker. After completing a MSc in clinical psychology Gemma was awarded a scholarship to complete a PhD in Epidemiology at The University of Birmingham. In 2014 she received her PhD which focused on the association between smoking cessation and mental health - and part of this work was awarded BMJ’s “Best Research Paper Award” for 2014. Gemma relocated to The University of Bristol to start a postdoc at the MRC's integrative epidemiology unit, and her research has focused on the application of causal epidemiological techniques including propensity score matching and instrumental variable analyses, during this time her research examined the effectiveness of smoking cessation medications on quitting smoking in the general population and in people with mental health disorders. In 2016 Gemma was awarded a Postdoctoral Fellowship from Cancer Research UK to develop a bespoke a smoking cessation intervention for people with depression to be delivered in community mental health settings, and to test the intervention in terms of its acceptability and feasibility. Gemma is currently a member of the UK Centre for Tobacco and Alcohol Studies, at The University of Bristol.