I am Professor of Health Psychology based at the Centre for Technology Enabled Health Research at Coventry University.


 My research focuses on perceived and actual threats to health. Understanding how people make sense of, respond and adapt to these threats 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 support coping and behavioural responses.


More specifically my research seeks to answer three questions:

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

-What social & cognitive processes prompt help-seeking?

-Following illness or treatment how do individuals adapt?


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.