Dr Elizabeth Jenkinson

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  • Qualifications:Chartered Psychologist, Registered Practitioner Psychologist, PGCert in teaching in HE, DHealthPsy, MSc Health Psychology, BSc (Hons) Psychology (Cardiff University)
  • Position:Associate Professor: Health Psychology
  • Department:HAS - Health and Social Sciences
  • Telephone:+4411732 83240
  • Email:Elizabeth2.Jenkinson@uwe.ac.uk

About me

I am an experienced HCPC registered practitioner health psychologist, chartered psychologist and senior academic, skilled in clinical applications of health psychology, research, teaching, supervision and practice.

I am currently on part-time secondment from UWE to NHS Health Education England acting as National Training Director for Health Psychology under the lead for Psychological Professions at HEE and NHS England, Dr. Adrian Whittington.

I co-lead the UWE Healthy University Group and I am part of leadership team for the internationally engaged UK Healthy Universities Network.

Teaching and Learning:

I contribute substantially to both the MSc Health Psychology and Professional Doctorate in Health Psychology through leadership of modules; Health, Stress and Cognition and Biopsychosocial Perspectives and supervision of research.

I very successfully led the British Psychological Society accredited and highly commended Masters in Health Psychology programme from 2013-2022.

I am a British Psychological Society Assessor, member of the BPS Qualification Stakeholder board and act as External Examiner a range courses (currently MSc at Uni of Staffs and BSc at Uni of Plymouth/National School of Business Management in Sri Lanka).


I conduct and supervise research and practice across a range of areas in health psychology, health promotion and behaviour change, patient experiences, appearance psychology and therapeutic interventions (including in the arts and health field).

I am a research active primary member of PSRG in the Promoting Psychological Health theme. I am deputy lead for a UWE special interest group with Dr Nicola Holt, 'Developing Research in Arts and Well-being (DRAW)'. I am part of the editorial team for the peer reviewed international journal, Arts and Health.

 I am also a secondary member of the Centre for Appearance Research (and previous primary member since 2006) and my research focuses on applying health psychology in understanding appearance altering conditions. I co-authored a book in this area published by Wiley-Blackwell and continue to publish peer reviewed empirical research with the team in CAR.

Through my work in HUG we implement and evaluate internal initiatives to promote health and well-being in Higher Education, current projects include UWE Living Well, UWE Smoke Free and UWE Embedding Wellbeing in the Curriculum.

I have recently been conducting research understanding health behaviour related to Covid-19, sitting on the BPS Behavioural Science and Disease Prevention Taskforce subgroup on Health Behaviours, and as part of the Health Psychology Exchange, resulting in a range of systematic reviews and policy documents. I have also collaborated with colleagues at Uni of Bath to explore the experiences of frontline doctors during Covid-19, resulting in publications and wide media reach (222 million reach: Kantor estimate) and the health and wellbeing of emergency medicine professionals. 

I regularly act as an internal and external examiner for PGR student research internally and for other HEIs. I have successfully supervised 12 doctoral students to completion, and currently supervise 8 across PhD and Prof Doc routes. 


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