ISCHP 2017 – Loughborough, UK

ISCHP Conference 2017

The next ISCHP conference will run from the evening of Sunday 9th July to Wednesday 12th July 2017 and will be held at Loughborough University, UK. Loughborough is an easily accessed town in the East Midlands region of the UK, and Loughborough University is an internationally renowned centre of critical scholarship.

The main conference website can be found at this link, which includes details on submitting an abstract and registration (including earlybird deadlines).

If you have any queries about ISCHP 2017, please feel free to contact the conference chair Professor Elizabeth Peel ( or the conference office ( or telephone 01509 633085 or 01509 633081).

The themes for this conference are:

  • Ageing
  • Diversity and Inclusivity
  • Innovations in Critical Theory and Method
  • Mental Health

Conference keynotes

Antonia Lyons

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Antonia’s research interests are around gender, health and identity, particularly the social contexts (and media representations) of behaviours related to health and illness and their implications for individual subjectivities and embodied experiences. She has published over 70 journal articles and is a co-editor of the recent text Qualitative Research in Clinical and Health Psychology (Palgrave; 2015) with Dr Poul Rohleder. Her co-authored textbook (Health Psychology: A Critical Introduction) with Professor Kerry Chamberlain was published in 2006 by Cambridge University Press.  Antonia is currently a co-editor for Qualitative Research in Psychology, an Associate Editor for Health Psychology Review, is on the editorial boards of the Journal of Health Psychology and Psychology and Health, and is a co-editor of the book series Critical Approaches to Health (Routledge). For more info on Antonia see here.

Ama de-Graft Atkins

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Ama de-Graft Aikins is Professor of Social Psychology at the Regional Institute for Population Studies, University of Ghana (UG). She received her PhD in Social Psychology from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) and completed postdoctoral training at the University of Cambridge. Her research focuses on experiences and representations of chronic physical and mental illnesses and on Africa’s chronic non-communicable disease (NCD) burden. Her current collaborative projects – with colleagues from the UG, University of Amsterdam, New York University and London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine – include diabetes and obesity perceptions among Ghanaians in Ghana and Europe, food beliefs and practices among Ghanaians in Ghana and the US, child and adult mental healthcare, and community-based cardiovascular disease (CVD) and mental health interventions in Ghana. She is involved in NCD advocacy and has consulted for health organizations including the Ghana Health Service (GHS) and the World Health Organization (WHO).

Since 2010, Ama de-Graft Aikins has led a longitudinal social psychological project on chronic illness experiences and care in two urban poor communities in Accra. The project has examined individual experiences of diabetes, hypertension and stroke, family dynamics of care-giving, community responses to chronic diseases, and the prospects for health systems strengthening. Now at intervention stage, the project offers theoretical and practical insights for addressing the psychosocial impact of the growing prevalence of NCDs in African cities and among the disproportionately affected urban poor. Ama de-Graft Aikins is also interested in the usefulness of her empirical work on chronic illness experiences in developing social psychological theory. She applies social representations theory and in particular the central hypothesis of cognitive polyphasia and associated theories of emotions to examine the ways in which social knowledge is constructed, used and transformed in African settings during everyday situations as well as during crises.




Related conferences – make it a double or triple conference trip!

Two conferences of related sections of the British Psychological Society will also be held in July 2017:


The British Society of Gerontology will be holding their annual conference on Wednesday 5th July to Friday 7th July in Swansea. Email for more information.