PhD candidate Tamsyn Hawken, Dr Vangelis Katsampouris from the Department of Psychology, and Bath alumna, Dr Tara Cheetham-Blake, have each co-authored a chapter with Professor Julie Turner-Cobb in The Cambridge Handbook of Psychology, Health and Medicine.

Published on 16 May 2019 by Cambridge University Press, the book has been written for academics, health care professionals, mental health care professionals, researchers, students and psychologists. It aims to provide up-to-date, state of the art knowledge to professionals drawing upon well-known theories and presenting cutting-edge research evidence. Offering an encyclopaedic overview of the field of health psychology, this handbook is essential reading for not only health psychologists, but also for all those involved with health.

The authors involved in the three chapters currently are or have previously been part of the University of Bath academic community. Tamsyn Hawken is currently writing up her PhD at Bath, having completed her undergraduate and master’s study at the University. Dr Vangelis Katsampouris has also completed his MSc here and will be graduating from the University of Bath with his PhD in July. Dr Tara Cheetham-Blake finished her MSc and PhD at the University of Bath. Dr Julie Turner-Cobb, who was part of Bath’s Department of Psychology, has supervised them all through their MScs and PhDs. She is now a Professor of Psychology at Bournemouth University.

The collaboration between the authors came about when Professor Julie Turner-Cobb was at the University of Bath and was leading STELLAR (Stress Endocrine and Lifecourse LAboRatory). STELLAR was a group of researchers exploring the various aspects of stress, from resilience in young people, to ancient and modern stressors, metaphors around stress and young carers and resilience.

Julie Turner-Cobb worked with each author to write three chapters relevant to their fields of research and interests. The resulting chapters cover Developmental Influences on Health, Stress and Coping Assessment, and Stress.

Reflecting on the collaboration for this book, Julie commented: “We are delighted to have contributed three chapters, around the themes of stress and coping, included in this 3rd edition of what has become a highly acclaimed resource at the interface of Psychology and Medicine.”

Tamsyn Hawken added: “I'm really pleased to have my first co-authored book chapter, featuring in a book alongside friends and colleagues I have met at Bath, but also esteemed colleagues from all around the world with whom we have connections. This is a fantastic resource and I'm proud to be a part of it! I'm very grateful for the opportunity to do this provided by my fantastic supervisor Professor Julie Turner-Cobb.”