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Dr Erica Cook

Senior Lecturer in Health Psychology

Erica Cook

Dr Erica Cook is a Chartered Psychologist with the British Psychological Society and a Registered Health Psychologist with the UK Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). She is the course leader for the BSc Health Psychology Programme, as well as coordinating units and delivering teaching on the MSc Health Psychology, BSc Health Psychology and the BSc Physical Activity, Nutrition Health Promotion programme.

Erica’s teaching focuses on the intersection of public health and Health Psychology. She has expert knowledge of the design, development and evaluation of public health interventions particular in the areas of health promotion, preventive health and self-management.

Across all of her teaching Erica has particular interests in the underlying health inequalities that exist and the role that assistive health technology plays in empowering individuals and improving health outcomes.

She has also co-authored ‘Psychology Express: Health Psychology’, an undergraduate revision guide, founded by both her knowledge and teaching within the discipline of Health Psychology

Erica also teaches in the area of counselling and the use of therapeutic approaches to modify lifestyle behaviours to improve health outcomes. Specifically, she has sound knowledge in Motivational Interviewing and has delivered training on this to a wide range of non-psychology specialists which have included; clinical nurses, rehabilitation support workers and neurologists who support patients in a wide range of healthcare contexts including patients with acquired brain injury and stroke rehabilitation.

Qualifications

  • 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 University of Bedfordshire)
  • MSc Health Psychology (Distinction) - University of Bedfordshire, 2008-2009
  • BSc Health Psychology (First class) - University of Bedfordshire, 2005-2008
  • Stage 2 Health Psychology (2012-2014) Independent Route, British Psychological Society

Teaching Role

  • Course Leader: BSc Health Psychology programme
  • Unit Co-ordinator MSc Health Psychology: Perceptions and Actions
  • Unit Co-ordinator BSc Applied Health Psychology and Public Health
  • Unit Co-ordinator BSc Exercise, Nutrition & Health: Health psychology and counselling
  • Contributing to MSc Health Psychology: Advanced Research Methods

Research Interests

  • Health Services Research: Specifically related to the uptake of healthcare and public health interventions.  My research focuses on exploring the facilitators and barriers, which impact, on uptake across the diverse UK population.
  • Tele-health and Tele-care:  Focusing on clinical effectiveness of e-health in particular the impact assistive technology has on patients and carers related to self-management.  I am also interested in adoption of e-health, particularly barriers to uptake across the wider population as well as clinicians and health professionals.
  • Intervention design and implementing strategies for health behaviour change, particularly surrounding predictors of goal formation and goal achievement across a wide range of health behaviours including eating behaviour, physical activity, smoking cessation and sexual health.

Recent Research Projects

  • Cook, E., Powell, F., Jones, C., Corder, M. (2016). Investigating the impact of socio-psychological factors on predicting the uptake and engagement of a GP referred exercise program provided by Active Luton, UK.
  • Cook, E., Randhawa, G & Corder, M. (2016) Evaluation of the Macmillan Physical activity care Pathway project ‘Get Active, Feel Good’ programme in Luton, UK. Macmillan Cancer Research.
  • Ali, N., Cook, E., Randhawa, G., Reid, C. (2016). Exploring the barriers and facilitators to accessing and progressing on NHS funded healthcare programmes and moving into healthcare employment: a qualitative case study of East of England and Thames Valley regions. (£50,139). Health Education England.
  • Sharp, C., Cook, E & Randhawa, G. (2014). Public Health Luton & University of Bedfordshire. Analysis of NHS Health Check Uptake (1 April 2013 – 31 March 2014) in Luton, UK.
  • Powell, F., Cook, E., Randhawa, G., Ali, N., Ochiang, B. (2014) University of Bedfordshire – RCAP & IHR. (2014). Exploring the barriers and facilitators that impact on the uptake of healthy eating practices in parents and children in multi-ethnic communities residing in Luton, UK. £12,600.
  • Cook, E, Powell, F., Armitage, C & Chater, A. (2013-14) University of Bedfordshire – IHR. Can an intervention enhancing positive affect lead to weight loss? A pilot Randomised Control Trial. £9,350.
  • G Randhawa, E Cook (Project Manager), Guppy, A., Cook, M., Barton, G. Cambridgeshire Community Services, UK – Clinical and Cost Effectiveness Service Evaluation for Cambridgeshire Telehealth and Telecare Service. £54,495. May 2013-December 2014.
  • NHS Direct (2009-2012). Exploring the factors that impact on the uptake of telephone based healthcare.

Service to the Academic/Professional Community

  • Registered Health Psychologist (HCPC) and Full member of the DHP
  • Contributor to the University of Bedfordshire’s 2013 REF exercise
  • RNOH UCL Statistical Advisor February 2014 – Current
  • Research Design Advisor NIHR
  • National Institute for Health Research Programme Grants for Applied Research reviewer
  • Peer reviewer for various high impact journals
  • Fellow of the Royal Society of Public Health
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
  • Treasurer, Health Psychology & Public Health Network (HPPHN)

Conference Presentations

  • Pedder-Jones, C., Cook, E & Powell, F. Investigating an extended Theory of Planned Behaviour to predict exercise in women aged 40 years+.  European Health Psychology Society/ Division of Health Psychology Conference, Aberdeen, August 2016.
  • Penman, J., Cook, E & Randhawa, G. Developing a reflexive insider-realist service evaluation (ri-RSE): the systematic and ethical examination of contextual psychotherapy process and outcome. BACP Research Conference, Brighton, May, 2016
  • Sabah. S., Henckel, J., Cook, E., Whittaker, R., Pappas, Y., Skinner, J., Blunn, G., Hart, A. Registry-retrieval linkage: an independent validation and data quality assessment of pimrry THR’s on the NJR. (2015) 4th International Congress of Arthroplasty Registries, Gothenburg, Sweden.
  • Chater, A., Green, A & Cook, E. (2013) If I'm bored, then I will eat... unless I do something that makes me happy": A qualitative investigation of the barriers and facilitators to weight management. Division Health Psychology Brighton.
  • Cook, E. The Winners and Losers of E-health: Examining the Psycho-social Factors that Impact on the Uptake of Telephone Based Health Care (University of Bedfordshire, February 2013) 
  • Cook, E., Randhawa, G., Large, S., Guppy, A & Chater, A. Who uses NHS Direct? A UK case study investigating the impact of ethnicity and gender on the uptake of telephone based healthcare. (17th World Congress on e-Health and Telemedicine, Abuja, Nigeria, November, 2012)
  • Cook, E., Randhawa, G., Large, S., Guppy, A & Chater, A.  A UK case study of who uses NHS Direct: Investigating the impact of age, gender and deprivation on the uptake of telephone based healthcare. (RSM Telemed and Telecare, London, 2012)
  • Cook, E., Randhawa, G., Large, S., Guppy, A & Chater, A. Who Uses NHS Direct? Investigating the factors that impact on the uptake of telephone based healthcare (Life beyond a PhD, Windsor, 2012; oral presentation)
  • Cook, E., Randhawa, G., Large, S., Guppy, A & Chater, A.  A review of NHS Direct activity data in its second decade: lessons learnt for the 111 service. (University of Bedfordshire, July, 2010; oral presentation)
  • Cook, E., Randhawa, G., Large, S.  Who uses NHS Direct? An investigation of the geographical, socio-demographic and psycho-social characteristics of NHS Direct users. International Public Health (RSPH) Conference (London, September, 2011: Oral presentation)

Recent Publications

Books

Reports

  • Cook, E., Randhawa, A., Guppy, A., & Barton, G. (2015) Clinical and Cost Effectiveness Service Evaluation for Cambridgeshire Assistive Telehealth and Telecare Service. May 2013-December 2014.
  • Sharp, C., Cook, E. & Randhawa, G. (2014) NHS Health Checks Evaluation Report for NHS Luton.  Analysis of NHS Health Check Uptake (1 April 2013 – 31 March 2014) in Luton, UK. 
  • Cook, M., Cook, E., Driver, R.  (2012). Palliative and End of Life ABC Evaluation Programme impact evaluation. Commissioned by the NHS East of England.  View report - PDF 729.8 KB

Published Articles

  • Cook, E., Randhawa, G., Guppy, A., Barton, G., Ali, N., Sharp, C., Bateman, A., Crawford-White, J. (in press; Ageing & Society). Informal carers views on the uptake and adoption of integrated assistive telehealth and telecare services.
  • Cook, E. J., Randhawa, G., Sharp, C., Ali, N., Guppy, A., Barton, G., . . . Crawford-White, J. (2016). Exploring the factors that influence the decision to adopt and engage with an integrated assistive telehealth and telecare service in Cambridgeshire, UK: a nested qualitative study of patient 'users' and 'non-users'. BMC Health Service Research, 16(1), 137. doi:10.1186/s12913-016-1379-5
  • Cook, E., Randhawa, G., Large, S., Guppy, A., & Chater, A. (2016). The impact of location on the uptake of telephone based healthcare: A UK case study. International Journal of Emerging Technology & Advanced Engineering, 6, 6, 39-47.
  • Cook, E.,  Sharp, C., Guppy, A., Randhawa, G., Gangotra, R., Cox, J.  (2016).  Who uses NHS Health Checks? Investigating the impact of ethnicity and gender and method of invitation on uptake of NHS Health Checks.   BMC International Journal for Equity in Health, 15: 13.
  • Cook, E., Randhawa, G., Large, S., Ali, N., Chater, A., Guppy, A.  (2016). A qualitative exploration of ‘users’ experiences of a health information line.  Health Technology & Policy. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.hlpt.2015.12.002
  • Parker, S., Ciaccio, M., Cook, E., Davenport, G., Cooper, A., Marsh, D & Smitham, P.  (in press) Catch before a fall: Demonstrating an opportunity for improving outpatient efficiency, Archives of Osteoporosis, 10:230.
  • Cook, E., Randhawa, G., Large, S., Guppy, A. (2015). A study of urgent and emergency referrals from NHS Direct within England. BMJ Open 2015;5:e007533. doi:10.1136/bmjopen-2014- 007533
  • Sabah. S., Henckel, J., Cook, E., Whittaker, R., Pappas, Y., Skinner, J., Blunn, G., Hart, A. (2015) Validation of primary metal-on-metal hip arthroplasties on the National Joint Registry for England, Wales and Northern Ireland using data from the London Implant Retrieval Centre: A study using the NJR dataset The Bone & Joint Journal, 97-B, 10-18.
  • Reshid, B., Hart, A., Cook, E & Guppy, A. (2015) (in review).  Muscle atrophy and Metal on Metal hip implants: a serial MRI study. Acta Orthopaedica. 86 (3), 1-7
  • Cook, E., Randhawa, G., Large, S., Guppy, A., Chater, A & Ali, N.  (2014). Exploring the barriers and facilitators of using NHS Direct: A qualitative study of users and low users. BMC Health Services Research 14:487 doi:10.1186/s12913-014-0487-3.
  • Cook, E., Randhawa, G., Large, S., Guppy, A., & Chater, A. (2014) (2014). Who uses NHS Direct?  Investigating the impact of ethnicity on the uptake of telephone based healthcare. International Journal Equity in Health, 13:99 doi:10.1186/s12939-014-0099-x.
  • Huber, J. (2014). Health Psychology (Undergraduate Revision Guide): Chater A & Cook, E. Book Review.  Health Psychology Update, 23, 2, 58-59.
  • Cook, E., Randhawa, G., Large, S., Guppy, A., Chater, A & Ali, N.  (2014). A qualitative exploration of service providers' views towards the uptake of NHS Direct. Health Policy & Technology, 3, 132-138. DOI: 10.1016/j.hlpt.2014.02.002
  • Cook, E., Randhawa, G., Large, S., Guppy, A., Chater, A & Pang, D.  (2013). Young people's use of NHS Direct: a national study of symptoms and outcome of calls for children aged 0–15.BMJ Open 2013;3:e004106. doi:10.1136/bmjopen-2013-004106 
  • Cook, M., Convey, V., Downs, S & Cook, E.(2013).  The ABC Programme: improving end-of-life care. Care Management Matters, March 45-48.
  • Cook, E. J., Randhawa, G., Large, S., Guppy, A., & Chater, A. (2013). Who uses telephone based helplines? Relating deprivation indices to users of NHS Direct. Health Policy and Technology, 2(2), 69-74. 
  • Cook, E., Randhawa, G., Large, S., Guppy, A ., & Chater, A. (2012).  A UK case study of who uses NHS Direct?  Investigating the impact of age, gender and deprivation on the utilisation of NHS Direct. Telemedicine and e-Health, 18 (9) 693-698. 
  • Cook, E & Barrett, E. (2011).  An interview with …..Eric Barrett. Health Psychology Update, 20 (1), 34-35.
  • Wilkins, C & Cook, E. (2011). Division of Health Psychology: A report of the 2010 postgraduate workshop. Health Psychology Update, 20 (1), 29-30.
  • Cook, E., Large, S., Guppy, A & Randhawa, G. (2010). Who uses NHS Direct?  Geographical and socio-demographic characteristics of NHS Direct users. PsyPAG Quarterly, 76, 25-27.
  • Chater, A & Cook, E. (2010). In pursuit of control and happiness: The psychological way to a lower BMI, but hold the dieting! International Journal of Behavioural Medicine, 17 (Supplement 1), 240.
  • Cook, E. & O'Carroll, R. (2010). An interview with…..Professor Ronan O'Carroll. Health Psychology Update, 19 (1), 40-41.
  • Cook, E., Gaitán, A. & Chater, A. (2010). From unhelpful to helpful: The role of implementation intentions in a weight-loss intervention. Health Psychology Update, 19 (1), 11-17.
  • Chater, A. & Cook, E. (2008). Who protects their health? Factors that influence health preventative behaviours and body mass index. Psychology and Health, 23, 80-81.
  • Cook, E. & Chater, A. (2010). Are happier people, healthier people? The relationship between perceived happiness, personal control, BMI and health preventive behaviours. International Journal of Health Promotion and Education, 48 (2), 58-64.

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Office: A218 Luton Campus
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Luton
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T: +44 (0)1582 489217
E: erica.cook@beds.ac.uk
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