Department of Psychology

Professor joins University to continue research into health psychology

Fri Sep 20 10:34:00 BST 2013

 
Julie Barnett

— Professor Julie Barnett

 

Social Psychologist Professor Julie Barnett has joined the Department of Psychology from Brunel University where she will work to develop the already strong profile of health psychology at Bath.

Professor Barnett completed her undergraduate degree in Social Psychology at Loughborough in 1979 after which she took a 15 year break from academia before undertaking a Masters and then a PhD at the University of Surrey.

She then worked as a research fellow and latterly senior research fellow at Surrey for 10 years, leaving in 2009 for a Readership at Brunel University.

Professor Barnett’s interests and expertise are around in risk appreciation, risk communication, the development of health technologies, the maintenance and change of behaviour, public engagement processes and policy development.

Her current work is exploring the role of user engagement in the development of medical devices, effective communication of food risk.

In 2006 she was awarded a prestigious 12 month research fellowship working alongside policy makers in the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (DEFRA) exploring the role of stakeholder engagement in developing evidence-based policy.

Professor Barnett is also on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Risk Research and is a member of the Expert Social Science Committee for DEFRA and Department of Energy & Climate Change (DECC).

She said: “Much of my work has been around issues relating to risk and that is certainly one area in which I will be developing new collaborations.

“More recently I have become interested in health technology and the way in which this is used within the home, in mobile applications that can enhance the relationship between health professionals and patients and in developing ways of capturing and analysing social media that can be used to answer questions of interest to social scientists.

“Many of my interests have developed along the way, as society changes and develops new issues which move onto the research agenda of social scientists.”

Professor Barnett said she was looking forward to developing her role at Bath. She said: “I was attracted to the University of Bath by the fantastic reputation – that goes without saying – but it is also important to me to be joining a great department that has exciting plans for growth and development around both research and teaching. I am very excited to be playing a part in bringing those plans to fruition.”

Professor Barnett plans to live in Bath and is currently house hunting. She said: “I and very much looking forward to being down here on a permanent basis and making Bath my home, although I will be making regular trips back to London a couple of times a month to watch Crystal Palace!”