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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.

Teaching

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.

Research

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.

Publications

For details of all my research outputs, visit my WestminsterResearch profile.