Dr Tina Cartwright

Senior Lecturer

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115 New Cavendish Street London W1W 6UW
Semester 2: Tues 2-4

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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: 

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

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.

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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