Dr Erica Cook

Associate Professor

Erica CookI am a Chartered Psychologist with the British Psychological Society (BPS), a Registered Health Psychologist with the UK Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC), and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (HEA) with interests in health psychology and public health.

I am the course director for the BPS accredited Stage 1 MSc Health Psychology Programme, Psychology Placement Year (PPY) coordinator for Psychology and contribute widely to the coordination and teaching across the MSc Health Psychology and BSc Psychology programmes. I have co-authored two undergraduate texts ‘Health Psychology: The Basics’ and ‘Psychology Express: Health Psychology’, both of which underpin my knowledge and expertise within the discipline of Health Psychology.

I am also a Research Design Advisor for the NIHR Public Health Research Applications and Design Advice (PHRADA) where I advise academic staff, practitioners, and local authorities on submitting grants applications to NIHR and other health-based funding streams.


Research Gate

  • Stage 2 Health Psychology (2012-2015) Independent Route, British Psychological Society
  • PhD (2009-2012) 'Who uses NHS Direct? Factors that impact on the uptake of telephone-based healthcare' University of Bedfordshire (Jointly funded by NHS Direct and the University of Bedfordshire)
  • MSc Health Psychology (Distinction) - the University of Bedfordshire, 2008-2009
  • BSc Health Psychology (First class) - University of Bedfordshire, 2005-2008

  • Course coordinator MSc Health Psychology programme.
  • Psychology Professional Practice Year (PPY) coordinator.
  • Unit Co-ordinator: MSc Health Psychology Dissertation.
  • Unit Co-ordinator MSc Health Psychology: Public Health.

  • Public health and health inequalities
  • Maternal and Child health and wellbeing
  • Health service systems and service delivery
  • Behavioural science and implementation science
  • Public engagement and co-production

  • Registered Practitioner Health Psychologist (HCPC) (PYL32868)
  • Chartered Member of the British Psychological Society (212064)
  • Registered Health Psychology Practice Supervisors (RAPPS)
  • The Science Council - Chartered Scientist (CSci)
  • Fellow of the Royal Society of Public Health (120024)
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (PRO76183)
  • Contributor to the University of Bedfordshire’s 2014 and 2021 REF exercise
  • National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Research Design Advisor (2014 – Current)
  • National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Public Health Research Applications Design Advisor (PHRADA) (2020 – Current)
  • Division of Health Psychology Training Committee (DHPTC) Member & Reviewer
  • Associate Editor: PLoS One
  • NIHR Programme Grants for Applied Research reviewer
  • Peer reviewer for various high impact journals

  • Cook, E. J., (PI). Yannis, P & Randhawa, G. (2022). Improving access to primary care for older people, minority ethnic, and disadvantaged communities post COVID-19 pandemic. Bedfordshire, Luton, and Milton Keynes Integrated Care System (ICS). £175,117
  • Cook, E. (Co-PI), & Powell, F. (2022). A co-production of an intervention package to improve the well-being of parents who experience early pregnancy loss. Research England Participatory Research Fund & School of Psychology, University of Bedfordshire. £18,000. For more information, please visit www.beds.ac.uk/earlypregnancylossproject
  • Ali, N., Randhawa, G., & Cook, E. (2022). Luton Borough Council. Young Luton Voices: exploring the impact of COVID-19 on young people’s mental health and co-creating solutions. £46,000.
  • Cook, E.J. (Co-PI), Tolliday, E., Ali, N., Suleman, M., Wilkinson, E., Randhawa, G. (2021-22). National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) NIHR135381 - Keech End of life research Partnership NETwork (KEEPNET): A partnership network to enhance research capacity and capability to improve access to palliative and end-of-life care among the ethnic minority population across Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire, and Milton Keynes. £108,000
  • Murphy, S., Crafter, S., Cook, E.J., Messer, D., Joffe, V. (September 2021-2024). National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Public Health Research. Commissioned call: 19/135 Interactive Electronic Devices and Children and Young People’s Wellbeing. E-PLAYS (Enhancing Pragmatic Language skills for young children with social communication impairment) trial; evaluation of a collaborative computer intervention. £1,493.561.00, For more information, please visit www.beds.ac.uk/eplays
  • Ali, N., Cook, E.J., Randhawa, G. (September 2021 - 22). The Chilterns Conservation Board (CCB). Chalkscapes: Community Development and Engagement. £25,000
  • Ali, N., Cook, E.J., Cartwright, S., Randhawa, G. (October 2020- June 21). Luton Borough Council.  Engaging in a dialogue on reasons for the disproportionate impact of Covid-19, tackling inequalities and co-developing solutions: a community engagement project in Luton. £50,000

  • Moffat, A., Smith, L., Spanou1, C. & Cook, E.J. (September 2023). The use of behavioural science within public health: A cross-sectional survey of UK local authority government [Oral Presentation]. 37th Annual Conference of the European Health Psychology Society, Breman, Germany.
  • Powell, F & Cook, E. (September 2023). Priorities in early pregnancy loss care in England: A participatory approach to improve psychological well-being for parents. 43rd Annual SRIP Conference 2023. Lausanne University Hospital, Switzerland.
  • Moffat, A., Cook, E.J., Smith, L., & Chater, A.M. (2022). Behavioural Science in Public Health: Exploring the Influences on the Use and Integration of Behavioural Science in Everyday Practice. Division of Health Psychology Annual Conference, Bristol, UK.
  • Vincent, B.P., Randhawa, G. and Cook, E.J. (2021). Barriers toward deceased organ donor registration among Indians living in India and the United Kingdom: An integrative systematic review using narrative synthesis. Congress of Asian Society of Transplantation. 25th – 28th July. Malaysia.
  • Vincent, B.P., Randhawa, G. and Cook, E.J. (2021). Organ donation behaviour from the context of Indian Culture. 26th – 30th July. Donor Research Network, University of Queensland, Australia.
  • Constantinou, G., Randhawa, G., Cook, E.J. (2020). Children’s unmet palliative care needs: a scoping review of parents’ perspectives. Together for Short Lives: Time for Change? A new vision for Children’s Palliative Care, Hilton Deansgate, Manchester, UK.
  • Balal, S., Hassan, A., Cook, E.J, Ahmad, S., Sharma, A. (2020). A Multi-Center Randomized, Single Masked, Controlled trial to Evaluate the Quantitative and Qualitative Efficacy of Finger-Prick Autologous Blood (FAB) in Severe Dry Eye Disease. Presented at; The Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO). Baltimore, USA.
  • Constantinou, G., Randhawa, G., Cook, E.J. (2019). Children's palliative care: An exploration of the unmet needs of children and their families. Hospice UK Conference, ACC Liverpool, UK.
  • Constantinou, G., Randhawa, G., Cook, E.J. (2019). Children’s unmet palliative care needs: a scoping review of parent perspectives. Complexities in Palliative Care Conference Rennie Grove Hospice Care, Hertfordshire, UK.

  • Nduka, I., Kabasinguzi, I., Ali, N., Ochepo, P., Abdy, D., Cook, E. J., & Randhawa, G. (2023). The impact of COVID-19 on the changes in health behaviours among Black, Asian, and Minority Ethnic (BAME) communities in the United Kingdom (UK): a scoping review. BMC Public Health, 23(1), 1466.
  • Miah, J., Guppy, A & Cook, E. J. (2023). Can travel advisors influence physical activity in personal travel planning projects using the Theory of Planned Behaviour? A longitudinal study. Psychreg Journal of Psychology, 7 (2), 30-43.
  • Al- Abdulghani A, Vincent BP, Randhawa G, Cook, E.J & Fadhil, R. Barriers and facilitators of deceased organ donation among Muslims living globally: protocol for an integrative systematic review using narrative synthesis. BMJ Open 2023;13:e069312. doi:10.1136/bmjopen-2022-069312
  • Cook, E. J., Elliott, E., Donald, L., Gaitan, A., Randhawa, G., Cartwright, S., Waqar, M., Egbutah, C., Nduka, I., Guppy, A., Ali, N. (2023) Knowledge, perceived risk, and attitudes towards COVID-19 protective measures amongst ethnic minorities in the UK: A cross-sectional study. Front. Public Health 10:1060694. https://doi.org/10.3389/fpubh.2022.1060694
  • Constantinou, G., Cook, E.J., Tolliday, E., Randhawa, G. (2023). Children’s Palliative Care: A phenomenological study exploring professionals’ perspectives of the unmet needs, access, and expectations of children with life-limiting conditions and their families. Journal of Child Health Care. https://doi.org/10.1177/13674935221147716.
  • Moffat, A, Cook E.J and Chater, A.M. (2022). Examining the influences on the use of behavioural science within UK local authority public health: Qualitative thematic analysis and deductive mapping to the COM-B model and Theoretical Domains Framework. Front. Public Health 10:1016076. https://doi.org/10.3389/fpubh.2022.1016
  • Hassan, A., Balal, S., Cook, E. J., Pappas, Y., Barton, G., Pardhan, S., Bourne, R., Ahmad, S & Sharma, A. (2022). Finger-prick autologous blood eye drops for dry eye disease: randomised controlled trial and evaluation of patient perspectives on therapy. Clinical Ophthalmology, 3973-3979.
  • Vincent, B., Randhawa, G., Cook, E.J. (2022). Barriers toward deceased organ donation among Indians living globally: An integrative systematic review using narrative synthesis. BMJ Open.12:e056094. doi.org/10.1136/bmjopen-2021-056094.
  • Cook E. J, Elliott E, Gaitan A, Nduka I, Cartwright S, Egbutah C, Randhawa G, Waqar M, Ali N. (2022). Vaccination against COVID-19: Factors That Influence Vaccine Hesitancy among an Ethnically Diverse Community in the UK. Vaccines, 10(1):106. org/10.3390/vaccines10010106.
  • Cook, E. J., Powell, F. C., Ali, N., Penn-Jones, C., Ochieng, B., Constantinou, G., Randhawa, G. (2021). They are kids, let them eat’: A qualitative investigation into the parental beliefs and practices of providing a healthy diet for young children among a culturally diverse and deprived population in the UK. Obesity Knowledge and Health Risk Series. The International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 18,13087. doi:10.3390/ijerph182413087.
  • Ali, N., Cook E. J., Qureshi, I., Sidika T., Mahmood, S., Waqar, M., and Randhawa G. (2021). The Collaborative Targeted Outreach Programme (CTOP): A feasibility intervention to increase the recruitment of "Home Grown" South Asians onto Nursing and Midwifery courses. Diversity, Equality in Health, and Care. 18 (7), 370-377.
  • Cook, E. J., Powell, F.C., Ali, N., Penn-Jones, C., Ochieng, B., Randhawa, G. (2021). Improving support for breastfeeding mothers: a qualitative study on the experiences of breastfeeding among mothers who reside in a deprived and culturally diverse community. (Breastfeeding Series). International Journal for Equity in Health, 20 (1), 1-14. doi:1186/s12939-021-01419-0.
  • Cook, E. J., Powell, F. C., Ali, N., Penn-Jones, C., Ochieng, B., Randhawa, G. (2020). Parents’ experiences of complementary feeding among a United Kingdom culturally diverse and deprived community. Maternal and Child Nutrition, e13108. doi:10.1111/mcn.13108.
  • Constantinou, G., Garcia, R., Cook, E.J., Randhawa, G. (2019). Children’s unmet palliative care needs: a scoping review of parents’ perspectives. BMJ supportive and palliative care, bmjspcare-2018. doi:10.1136/bmjspcare-2018-001705.

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