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Donna Jessop
Senior Lecturer in Health Psychology (Psychology)
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My main areas of research interest are as follows:

1) Factors that moderate the effectiveness of health promotion campaigns. In particular, I am interested in exploring whether self-affirmation processes have the potential to reduce defensive processing and increase message acceptance in the face of personally relevant health-risk information. I am also involved in research exploring whether terror management theory has the potential to further our understanding of individuals' responses to mortality-related health-risk information.

2) Emotional responses to illness, specifically looking at how these can be assessed and what their influence is on health-related perceptions and behaviours.

3) Socio-economic inequalities in health, especially investigating the role that student debt and financial concern have on academic performance and mental and physical health.