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Professor in Social & Health Psychology, Durham University

My research focuses on understanding the psychological factors and qualities that confer risk or resilience for physical health and well-being related outcomes.

I am particularly interested in how procrastination, perfectionism, loneliness, and traits linked to negative mood create vulnerabilties for poor health, and how qualities such as self-compassion, gratitude, and time perspective, play a protective role in health and well-being

The health outcomes I study range from stress and health behaviours, to physical illness symptoms, chronic illness, and the treatment-related behaviours people engage in to manage their physical health.


  • 2022–present
    Professor, Durham University
  • 2020–2022
    Professor, University of Sheffield


Former Canada Research Chair in Health and Well-Being; Senior Fellow, Higher Education Academy