Dr Amy Baraniak

Position: Lecturer in Psychology

College: College of Life & Natural Sciences

Department: Life Sciences

Subject area: Psychology

Research Centre: Centre for Psychological Research

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About

Lecturer

Teaching responsibilities

I teach across both the undergraduate and postgraduate psychology programmes. I am assistant programme leader for our MSc Health Psychology programme.  I generally teach health psychology, in particular psychological aspects of long term illness.

I am also involved in supervising undergraduate and postgraduate student projects, using either quantitative or qualitative methods. On the MSc Health Psychology programme I am module leader for the Living with Long Term Illness and Research Project in Health Psychology modules. I also teach on the second year Psychology of Health module, and third year Family Health Psychology module.

Research interests

My research interests centre around primary health care and lifestyle interventions such as smoking cessation, long term condition management (with particular reference to chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) and issues such as appropriate use of health care services. Research interests also include the impact of informal caregiving on physical, psychological and social health and well-being.

Current projects include:

  • Psychological predictors of asthma control in U.K. students
  • Psychological distress in U.K. students with and without long term illness
  • Prevalence, causes and impact of fuel poverty on informal carer's health and well-being
  • Exploring British media representations of carers

I am also very interested in systematic reviewing, including meta-analysis and meta-synthesis.

Membership of professional bodies

Graduate member of the British Psychological Society.

Qualifications

  • Professional Doctorate Health Psychology, Staffordshire University (Stage II training
  • MSc Health Psychology, Staffordshire University (Stage I training).

 

Recent publications

  • Baraniak, A. & Sheffield, D. (2011). The efficacy of psychologically based interventions to improve anxiety, depression and quality of life in COPD: A systematic review & meta analysis. Patient Education and Counseling, 83, 29-36.
  • Baraniak, A. (2013).  Promoting the application of health psychology in primary health care. In Foreshaw, M. and Shefiield, S. (Eds). Health Psychology in Action. Chichester: Wiley-Blackwell

Recent conferences

  • Knibb, R.C., Cantwell, A. & Stalker, C. (2014).  Psychological factors predict asthma control in a UK student population. Clinical and Experimental Allergy, 45, 535-6.  (Paper presented at the British Society for Allergy and Clinical Immunology Conference, Telford, September 2014).
  • Cantwell, A., Knibb, R.C. & Stalker, C. (2014).  Psychological factors predict asthma control in a UK student population. (Poster presented at the Division of Health Psychology Conference, York, September, 2014).
  • Cantwell, A., Knibb, R.C. & Stalker, C. (2013).  Illness perceptions and locus of control predict asthma control in a student population. (Poster presented at the Division of Health Psychology Conference, Brighton, September, 2013).
  • Cantwell, A., Knibb, R.C. & Stalker, C. (2013).  Psychological predictors of asthma control in a student population. Clinical and Experimental Allergy, 43, 1438.  (Poster presented at the British Society for Allergy and Clinical Immunology Conference, Telford, July 2013).

Additional interests and activities

 

Experience in industry

My early career was based within Primary Health Care, where I worked with clinical and non-clinical staff to maximise acheivement through the Quality and Outcomes Framework and Enhanced Services.  I was responsible for the dleivery of a number of psyhcologically-based interventions for managment of mild-moderate mental health issues, smoking cessation and reducing risk of cardiovascular disease.  I lead the development of services within primary acre under the (then) Practice Based Commissioning policy.

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