I am a Senior Lecturer and Health Psychologist based in the School of Psychology at the University of Birmingham.


My research focuses on perceived and actual threats to health  - ranging from minor daily hassles through to the development and diagnosis of serious life threatening conditions. There is variation in how people interpret and respond to these threats.


Understanding this variation is important not only to advance our theoretical understanding of how, and under what conditions, individuals are able to successfully adapt but also to provide evidence that can be utilized to minimize maladaptive, and support adaptive, coping and behavioural responses.


My research broadly focuses on exploring how individuals interpret, cope and adapt to perceived and actual threats to their health. More specifically my research seeks to answer three questions:

-          How do individuals make meaning of symptoms and bodily changes?

-          What are the social and cognitive processes that promote help-seeking (adaptive coping) under conditions of threat?

-          Following illness or treatment how do individuals adapt?


On this site you will find further details of the research that I am currently involved with and details of publications. Links are provided to these articles where available.

If you would like further details, or have any questions, then please contact me directly.

Recent publications

Crist J, Grunfeld EA. Factors reported to influence fear of recurrence in cancer patients: a systematic review. Psycho-oncology 2012 Jun 3. doi: 10.1002/pon.3114. [Epub ahead of print]


Mann E, Smith MJ, Hellier J, Hamed H, Grunfeld EA, Hunter MS. Effectiveness of a cognitive behavioural intervention to treat menopausal symptoms following breast cancer treatment (MENOS 1): a randomised controlled trial. The Lancet Oncology 2012 13 (3): 309-18


Scott SE, Khwaja M, Low EL, Weinman J, Grunfeld EA. A randomised controlled trial of a pilot intervention to encourage early presentation of oral cancer in high risk groups. Patient Education and Counseling 2012 Aug;88(2):241-8. doi: 10.1016/j.pec.2012.03.015. Epub 2012 Apr 21.