Blog Team

We’re always looking out for fresh content – please get in touch with one of our commissioning editors below if you’d like to write something.

Remember – aim for your post to be around 400/500 words, include pictures and relate it back to critical health psychology. Also have a read of this.

Blog Editors

 JessDrakett Jessica Drakett

J.Drakett@leedsbeckett.ac.uk

School of Social, Psychological & Communication Sciences, Leeds Beckett University, Leeds, UK

 GJankowski Glen Jankowski

g.jankowski@leedsbeckett.ac.uk

School of Social, Psychological & Communication Sciences, Leeds Beckett University, Leeds, UK

Commissioning Editors

 Rochelle_Burgess_001 Rochelle Burgess is lecturer at London Metropolitan University and a critical community and health psychologist. Her research specializes on global health and has included projects on HIV/AIDS affected women in South Africa, mental health, social psychology and participatory research methods.

She is particularly interested in content relating to women’s health, and politics and health and can be contacted at  r.burgess@londonmet.ac.uk.

KaylaMarshall Kayla Marshall is a PhD student from Canada who is based at Massey University in Albany, New Zealand. She is currently researching the unique virtual embodiment of bodybuilders on Instagram, particularly in regards to the ways in which women and men conform to and resist cultural notions around self-control, (hetero)normative femininity and masculinity, aesthetics and functionality, and sexual desirability in their efforts to attain certain body ideals.

Her areas of interest include cultural and gendered embodiment, fitness cultures, and virtual embodiment on social media. She can be contacted at hcvmt@stu.ca.

 Malvern Malvern Chiweshe is a final year Zimbabwean Phd student at the Critical Studies in Sexualities and Reproduction at Rhodes University.  He holds a Masters in Clinical Psychology from Rhodes University and his research interests are in abortion in Africa and narrative methods.

He would like to contribute on the developments of critical health psychology in Africa. Critical health psychology is largely visible in South Africa only and there is a great need to trace some of the developments in other African countries.  He is also interested in the role of the internet in critical health psychology. Contact him at malrumy@gmail.com.

 Megan Weier Megan Weier is a researcher with a background in psychology, and an interest in youth, young adult development, drug and alcohol use, and drug policy. She is currently completing my PhD through the School of Psychology at The University of Queensland, supervised by Professor Christina Lee.

She is also the Senior Research Assistant at the Centre for Youth Substance Abuse Research, a joint research initiative between The University of Queensland and the Queensland University of Technology. She first decided to study psychology towards the end of high school, with the aim of becoming a clinical psychologist. It wasn’t until she gained some research experience in second year that she realised just how much she loved asking questions, and finding creative ways of developing theories and contributing to understandings of topics she cares about: young adults, substance use, policy, and societal changes. She welcomes contributions on any of these topics and can be contacted at m.weier1@uq.edu.au

 Anita Mehay Anita Mehay is a trainee Health Psychologist and a third year research PhD student jointly registered at Royal Holloway, University of London and the University of Surrey. She has an interest in public and prison health where her current doctoral research aims to critically explore health promotion in a young offender prison population in England.

She is interested in writing and commissioning pieces on the health of those in prisons, many who represent some of the most marginalised and vulnerable individuals in the population. In particular, she is keen to explore the global context of prison health and public health and the views of different agencies and professionals.  She can be contacted at Anita.Mehay.2013@live.rhul.ac.uk

 AndreaL Andrea Lamarre, MSc., is a PhD student in the Department of Family Relations and Applied Nutrition at the University of Guelph in Canada. Her Canadian Institutes of Health (CIHR) funded research (Vanier Doctoral Scholar Program) is focused on eating disorder recovery. Using qualitative and arts based approaches grounded in critical feminisms, Andrea is exploring “recovery” and what it means to those with lived experience of eating disorders and their families.

Her focus for the blog would be on writing and/or commissioning critical mental health posts. Most of her knowledge is eating disorders related but Andrea is also keen to commission critical work about other mental health issues too.  She would love to get some perspectives from those who practice alternative treatments for mental health issues, particularly in ways that still allow for patients with a variety of economic means to access treatment (i.e. balancing the struggle of needing a diagnosis along DSM lines with the desire to practice differently and with more cultural sensitivity). She also thinks it would be great to have posts from people who have experiences of being psychiatrized to draw attention to the problematics therein. Contact her at alamarre@uoguelph.ca

 Charlotte Paddison_Photo_Head Charlotte Paddison- after completing her PhD at Massey University in 2007, Charlotte spent eight years at the University of Cambridge in the School of Clinical Medicine, before joining Anglia Ruskin University as a Senior Lecturer where she teaches Critical Health Psychology.  Charlotte has a strong interest in applying critical perspectives to the understandings of health and illness, the use of medicines, and the psychology of medicine.

Charlotte’s aim for the blog would be to provide thought provoking commentary that applies thinking and theory from critical health psychology to issues such as ‘real world’ perspectives on the use of medicine; what is ‘over treatment’ and who decides?; the culture of medicine, and its implications for the practice of care’; the unintended harms of treatment; Causes and consequences of health inequalities.

Contact her at c.a.paddison@gmail.com