Dr Tina Cartwright

Senior Lecturer

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I am a health psychologist registered with the Health Care Professions Council (HCPC) and a Chartered Psychologist on the register of the British Psychological Society (BPS). I studied Psychology and Sociology at the University of Leeds and undertook my PhD at Oxford Brookes University. I lectured at the University of Bath before joining the Psychology Department at the University of Westminster.

Much of my research has investigated the management of long-term conditions and understanding the patient experience. More recent work has focused on factors associated with wellbeing, with a particular interest in the role of yoga and meditation in facilitating wellbeing in patients and the wider population.

I currently supervise several PhD and Professional Doctorate students within the Faculty. I am Psychology Research Student Coordinator and Faculty PhD Tutor and Admissions Tutor, managing PhD students within the Psychology Department and the Faculty of Science and Technology. 

I am Course Leader for the MSc Health Psychology.

My main teaching relates to Health Psychology and research methods. I lead modules on the undergraduate (Health Psychology) and postgraduate programmes (Theories & Perspectives in Health Psychology). I also contribute to various other teaching, primarily in research methods with a particular focus on qualitative approaches. I supervise both quantitative and qualitative projects, primarily at postgraduate level.

My research uses both qualitative and quantitative approaches to explore the ways in which people make sense of long-term conditions, make health care choices and evaluate their treatment. This research also involves assessing and evaluating current treatment provision in order to make recommendations for ways in which patient care and outcomes may be enhanced. Our research has included a range of patient groups, from children and adolescents with arthritis and haemoglobinopathies to older people with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).

My research also investigates factors affecting well-being throughout the lifespan, with a particular focus on wellbeing in men. Current projects investigate the role of meditation and yoga in facilitating wellbeing in patients and the wider population and we have recently conducted a national survey exploring yoga practice in the UK. I have particular expertise in qualitative methodologies, including Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis. 

Big UK Yoga Survey (BUYS): investigates why people practice yoga, how they practice and how they feel it affects their health and well-being:   

https://www.westminster.ac.uk/about-us/faculties/science-and-technology/big-uk-yoga-survey-buys

Recent Grants:

Yoga on social prescription in West London: a mixed methods evaluation. West London CCG, £73,398, Cartwright, T. (PI) & Cheshire, A. Oct 2017 for 26 months. 

Evaluating the impact of an immersive disease simulation programme (‘In Their Shoes’) on pharmaceutical employees’ empathy and engagement. Halton, C. & Cartwright, T. Takeda Pharmaceuticals. £45,425.00. June 2017 for 12 months. 

Service Evaluation of Individualised Yoga Intervention (IYI). Colacao, Sodhi, Cartwright. London North West Healthcare Charitable Fund, Feb 2017. £5,000. 

University students who self-harm: what can we do to help? Mackenzie, Cartwright & Borrill, British Academy £9,000. March 2017 for 12 months. 

Generalising Successful Guidance Practice Across Modules: Increasing Students’ Effective Use Of Feedback. Snelgar, Cartwright, & Porter, 2010 – 11. Learning & Teaching Enhancement Fund, £5050. 

Masculinity and identifying strategies for establishing positive mental wellbeing in later life, University of Westminster PhD Scholarship. Ridge, Cartwright & Knight, 2009 – 2012. £45,000. 

Men, mindfulness & wellbeing. PhD scholarship (Institute of Wellbeing & Health). Ridge, Cartwright & Edginton, 2008 – 2011. £60,000. 

Self-management in COPD patients attending Pulmonary Rehabilitation. Cartwright, Clow, & Evans, 200820011. Funded by Institute of Wellbeing & Health, London, £50,000.

Lived experiences of growing up with thalassemia major. Mufti, Towell, & Cartwright, 2006– 2010. Quinton Hogg Fellowship Award (PhD), £55,000.

2017

Exploring suicidal behaviours by probation clients—a qualitative near-lethal study (2017)
Mackenzie, J.-M., Borrill, J. and Cartwright, T. 2017. Exploring suicidal behaviours by probation clients—a qualitative near-lethal study. The Journal of Public Health.

2016

Parental feeding behaviour and motivations regarding pre-school age children: a thematic synthesis of qualitative studies (2016)
Rylatt, L. and Cartwright, T. 2016. Parental feeding behaviour and motivations regarding pre-school age children: a thematic synthesis of qualitative studies. Appetite. 99, pp. 285-297.
New Ways of Being a Man: “Positive” Hegemonic Masculinity in Meditation-based Communities of Practice (2016)
Lomas, Tim, Cartwright, T., Edginton, T.L. and Ridge, Damien T. 2016. New Ways of Being a Man: “Positive” Hegemonic Masculinity in Meditation-based Communities of Practice. Men and Masculinities. 19 (3), pp. 289-310.

2015

Men’s strategies for preserving emotional well-being in advanced prostate cancer: an interpretative phenomenological analysis (2015)
Levy, A. and Cartwright, T. 2015. Men’s strategies for preserving emotional well-being in advanced prostate cancer: an interpretative phenomenological analysis. Psychology and Health. 30 (10), pp. 1164-82.
Probation staff experiences of managing suicidal and self-harming service users (2015)
Mackenzie, J.-M., Cartwright, T., Beck, A. and Borrill, J. 2015. Probation staff experiences of managing suicidal and self-harming service users. Probation Journal. 62 (2), pp. 111-127.
Cultivating equanimity through mindfulness meditation: a mixed methods enquiry into the development of decentring capabilities in men (2015)
Lomas, T., Edginton, T.L., Cartwright, T. and Ridge, Damien T. 2015. Cultivating equanimity through mindfulness meditation: a mixed methods enquiry into the development of decentring capabilities in men. International Journal of Wellbeing. 5 (3), pp. 88-106.
Pakistani children’s experiences of growing up with Beta-Thalassemia Major (2015)
Mufti, G.E.R., Towell, A. and Cartwright, T. 2015. Pakistani children’s experiences of growing up with Beta-Thalassemia Major. Qualitative Health Research. 25 (3), pp. 386-96.

2014

Journeys of adjustment: the experiences of adolescents living with juvenile idiopathic arthritis (2014)
Cartwright, T., Fraser, E., Edmunds, S., Wilkinson, N. and Jacobs, K. 2014. Journeys of adjustment: the experiences of adolescents living with juvenile idiopathic arthritis. Child: Care, Health and Development. 41 (5), pp. 734-43.
A qualitative analysis of experiential challenges associatedwith meditation practice (2014)
Lomas, Tim, Cartwright, T., Edginton, T.L. and Ridge, Damien T. 2014. A qualitative analysis of experiential challenges associatedwith meditation practice. Mindfulness.
A religion of wellbeing? The appeal of Buddhism to men in London, United Kingdom (2014)
Lomas, Tim, Cartwright, T., Edginton, T.L. and Ridge, Damien T. 2014. A religion of wellbeing? The appeal of Buddhism to men in London, United Kingdom. Psychology of Religion and Spirituality. 6 (3), pp. 198-207.
Men developing emotional intelligence through meditation? Integrating narrative, cognitive and electroencephalography (EEG) evidence (2014)
Lomas, Tim, Edginton, T.L., Cartwright, T. and Ridge, Damien T. 2014. Men developing emotional intelligence through meditation? Integrating narrative, cognitive and electroencephalography (EEG) evidence. Psychology of Men & Masculinity. 15 (2), pp. 213-224.
Engagement with meditation as a positive health trajectory: Divergent narratives of progress in male meditators (2014)
Lomas, Tim, Ridge, Damien T., Cartwright, T. and Edginton, T.L. 2014. Engagement with meditation as a positive health trajectory: Divergent narratives of progress in male meditators. Psychology & Health. 29 (2), pp. 218-236.

2013

I was so done in that I just recognized it very plainly, “You need to do something”’: men’s narratives of struggle, distress and turning to meditation (2013)
Lomas, Tim, Cartwright, T., Edginton, T.L. and Ridge, Damien T. 2013. I was so done in that I just recognized it very plainly, “You need to do something”’: men’s narratives of struggle, distress and turning to meditation. Health. 17 (2), pp. 191-208.

2010

Men behaving well?: Journeys towards constructive engagement with well-being through meditation (2010)
Lomas, T., Cartwright, T., Edginton, T.L. and Ridge, Damien T. 2010. Men behaving well?: Journeys towards constructive engagement with well-being through meditation. Psychology & Health. 25 (S1), p. 265.

2009

Illness perceptions, coping and quality of life in patients with alopecia (2009)
Cartwright, T., Endean, N. and Porter, A. 2009. Illness perceptions, coping and quality of life in patients with alopecia. British Journal of Dermatology. 160 (5), pp. 1034-1039.

2008

A thematic analysis of childrens' experiences of living with thalassemia major in Pakistan (2008)
Mufti, G.E.R., Cartwright, T. and Towell, A. 2008. A thematic analysis of childrens' experiences of living with thalassemia major in Pakistan. Psychology & Health. 23 (S1), p. 189.

2007

'Getting on with life': the experiences of older people using complementary health care (2007)
Cartwright, T. 2007. 'Getting on with life': the experiences of older people using complementary health care. Social Science & Medicine. 64 (8), pp. 1692-1703.

2005

Making sense of illness: the experiences of users of complementary medicine (2005)
Cartwright, T. and Torr, R. 2005. Making sense of illness: the experiences of users of complementary medicine. Journal of Health Psychology. 10 (4), pp. 559-572.

2012

‘Getting on with life’: the experiences of older people using complementary health care (2012)
Cartwright, T. 2012. ‘Getting on with life’: the experiences of older people using complementary health care. in: Traditional, Complementary and Integrative Medicine: An International Reader London Palgrave Macmillan. pp. 53-60

2011

Men behaving well? Journeys towards constructive engagement with well-being through meditation (2011)
Lomas, T., Cartwright, T., Edginton, T.L. and Ridge, Damien T. 2011. Men behaving well? Journeys towards constructive engagement with well-being through meditation. BSA Medical Sociology Group 43rd Annual Conference 2011. University of Chester 14 - 16 Sep 2011
Men behaving well? Journeys towards constructive engagement with well-being through meditation (2011)
Lomas, T., Cartwright, T., Edginton, T.L. and Ridge, Damien T. 2011. Men behaving well? Journeys towards constructive engagement with well-being through meditation. 7th Biennial Conference of the International Society of Critical Health Psychology (ISCHP). Adelaide, South Australia 18 -20 Apr 2011

2009

Complementary medicine and health psychology (2009)
Cartwright, T., van Wersch, A. and Forshaw, M. 2009. Complementary medicine and health psychology. Open University Press.

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