Dr Helen Egan
Reader in Health Psychology
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Helen attained a BSc in Psychology (I) from the University of Birmingham and continued her studies there to gain her PhD on Social and Psychological Factors in Pregnancy Outcomes. She then moved to the Department of Primary Care and General Practice and worked as a Research Fellow in Mental Health with a particular interest in the service user perspective.
Helen was also part of a team working with NIMHE (National Institute for Mental Health) involved in developing and evaluating the Primary Care Mental Health Worker role in the West Midlands. She has worked in the NHS developing patient engagement strategies and evaluating the quality of services from a patient experience perspective.
Helen then moved to her current role as a Lecturer in Health Psychology at Birmingham City University and is working on research projects in Cystic Fibrosis including investigating barriers and facilitators of adherence to medical regimens, exploring eating attitudes and behaviours, particularly around how mindfulness interventions may be employed to attain and maintain optimal nutritional status in children, young people and adults with Cystic Fibrosis.
She is also collaborating with a number of other colleagues on research projects including Dr Keeley Abbott investigating interpersonal coercion and violence in intimate relationships with young people, with Dr Michael Mantzios looking at the role of mindfulness in eating attitudes and behaviours and obesity prevention in the general population and with Sue Shortland (Faculty of Health, Education and Life Sciences) evaluating development needs of Primary Care staff to deliver mental health care.
Helen is also an expert reviewer for the Journal of Cystic Fibrosis and the Director of Studies for a PhD student Rebecca Keyte.