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Dr Susie Kola-Palmer (PhD, CPsychol, AFBPsS, FHEA) is a Senior Lecturer in Health Psychology and the Deputy Director for Graduate Education in Psychology, School of Human and Health Sciences, University of Huddersfield.

Susie is a graduate of the National University of Ireland, Galway, where she completed her PhD. Appointed to the University of Huddersfield in 2010, Susie’s research interests are in preventative health behaviour, including health psychology, clincial health psychology and applied health research. Susie is particularly interested in cervical screening behaviours and vaccine hesitancy. Susie’s research interests also include psychosocial moderators of pain and anxiety, with particular interest in cognitive and emotional factors. Susie is happy to supervise projects focused on preventive health behaviours using experimental or quantitative methods, including cervical screening; vaccine hesitancy; individual differences, behaviour, and health; impact of personality traits on health processes; suicide, primary prevention and response; health risk behaviour; social and mental health. 

Research Expertise and Interests

  • Preventive health behaviours, including
    • Cervical screening
    • Vaccinations and vaccine hesitancy 
  • Additional interests, including 
    • Health (conducting multi-disciplinary research to improve patient health outcomes)
    • Well-being in students and elite athletes
    • Appropriateness and effectiveness of several interventions to reduce anxiety, distress and pain associated with an invasive diagnostic procedure
    • Youth health risk behaviours
    • Mechanisms of efficacy of distraction in pain perception

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Research Expertise and Interests

  • Mental Illness
  • Logistic Regression
  • Vaccinations and Vaccine Hesitancy
  • Health Psychology
  • Obstetrics
  • Cervical Cancer Screening
  • Psychometrics
  • Applied Psychology
  • Pain Perception
  • Young Adults
  • Advanced Statistics
  • Colposcopy
  • Influenza Vaccines
  • Preventive health behaviours
  • Wellbeing in Students
  • Wellbeing in Athletes
  • Youth Health Risk Behaviours


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