Dr Tina Cartwright
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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.
My research has primarily centred on 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 meditation and yoga 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 also Course Leader for the MSc Health Psychology.
Big UK Yoga Survey (BUYS): investigates why people practice yoga, how they practice and how they feel it affects their health and well-being. For more information and to take part:
My main teaching relates to Health Psychology and research methods. I run several modules on the undergraduate (1PSY611 Health Psychology) and postgraduate programmes (1MPH7A1 Theories & Perspectives in Health Psychology; SPRM7A4 Psychology Literature Review). I also contribute to various other modules, 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. I collaborate with clinical psychologists and medical consultants across a range of medical settings, including Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust and OxPARC at Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre, Oxford. 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).
I am also involved in several projects which explore factors affecting well-being at different stages of life, with a particular focus on wellbeing in men (collaborating with Prof. Damien Ridge). Recent and ongoing projects have investigated constructive practices adopted by men to manage their physical and mental health in both community and patient samples. I have particular expertise in qualitative methodologies, including Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis.
I welcome applications from PhD candidates within the following areas:
- Management of long-term conditions
- Applications of mindfulness-based practices and yoga
- Men's health and wellbeing
- Psychological approaches to complementary medicine (see van Wersch, A, Forshaw, M. & Cartwright, T. (2009).
- Complementary Medicine and Health Psychology. Maidenhead: Open University Press)
Current and completed research students:
- Gul-E-Rana Mufti: Vacillating between distress and adaptation: a multi-perspective account of lived experiences of thalassemia major (Quintin Hogg Fellowship Award). Awarded December 2011.
- Tim Lomas: Men behaving constructively?: Men, mindfulness and positive approaches to mental wellbeing (Institute of Wellbeing & Health PhD studentship). Awarded June 2012.
- Natasha Gravill: Masculinity and identifying strategies for establishing positive mental wellbeing in later life (PhD Scholarship). Awarded July 2014.
- Jay Mackenzie: Near-lethal suicide attempts by offenders serving community based sentences. Awarded Aug 2015.
- Ian Noonan: Self-harm cessation and recovery study (SCARS).
- Karen Madgwick: Qualitative exploration of mechanisms to support adherence to iron chelation regimes in adults with haemoglobinopathies. DProf.
- Agnes Fanning: A qualitative investigation looking at the impact of innovation on quality and effectiveness of care delivered by community health practitioners. DProf.
- Ian Pye: Exploring experiences of disclosing mental distress amongst older men. DProf.