CAHP has a large programme of research (over £15 million) developing and evaluating web-based behavioural interventions to improve health. These include websites to:
- help people self-manage a range of health conditions, including hypertension, cancer-related fatigue, disability following stroke, dizziness, irritable bowel syndrome, flu-related symptoms and infections, and eczema
- Support people to lose weight, stop smoking, practice hand hygiene and increase their physical activity
Research on pain focuses mainly on three intertwined themes:
- the cognitive and affective neuroscience of pain – in particular, the emotional modulation of attention in chronic pain.
- the development of theory driven psychological interventions for the management of acute and chronic pain in children and adults.
- the evaluation of the efficacy and effectiveness of psychological interventions in paediatric and adult pain management.
Understanding patient experiences
- Research on the patient perspective and contextual effects of health care interventions includes:
- Patients’ experiences, uptake and adherence to treatment, enhancing treatment outcomes through psychological pathways
- The use of placebos in clinical trials and clinical practice
Sexual and reproductive health
This research topic includes studies of:
- hormonal contraceptive use and sexual functioning
- sexually transmitted infections and psychological/sexual functioning
- condom use errors and problems
- sexual problems
- female sexual arousal and desire (using the Dual Control Model, developed at the Kinsey Institute, as a theoretical framework).
Permanent CAHP members: