Dr Erica Cook

Senior Lecturer in Health Psychology, PhD 2012

What attracted you to choose the University of Bedfordshire and to study your course here?

I chose the University of Bedfordshire for two reasons. Firstly, this university was only one of two universities in the UK, which offered the BSc Health psychology program which I wanted to do. Also, it was close to where I lived, which was important to me as a mature student.

What is your strongest memory of your time at University of Bedfordshire?

All of my graduations have provided some fantastic memories but I think my strongest memories relate to the academics, whom have supported me and inspired me on my journey, in particular my MSc and PhD supervisors.

What is the one thing you would say about University of Bedfordshire to someone who doesn't know anything about it?

There is a real sense of community.

How did you change as a person during your time at University of Bedfordshire, and how has your time here influenced your life and career since then?

After a year travelling the outback in Australia I decided I wanted a new career path and the University of Bedfordshire has enabled me to do this. I have been given some fantastic opportunities for which I am extremely grateful, examples including; attending and presenting my research at the BPS and DHP annual conferences and being awarded a PhD studentship in 2010 with the Institute for Health Research. I am certain that I would not be in the career I am if it was not for the University of Bedfordshire.

What has been your career highlight to date?

There have been many, but I have to say attending my student's first graduation was definitely a highlight. Watching them start as a level 4 student, progress and become psychology graduates. Sharing that moment with them alongside their proud families is an amazing experience.

What are your top tips for students aspiring to work in your profession?

Stand out from the crowd! Know how your CV can set you aside from others and if it doesn't then look for opportunities to do this. Grab opportunities with open hands and be prepared to work hard.

Which section of a bookshop do you gravitate to?

I love all books but I always gravitate to the crime/thriller section.

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