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Sarah O'Rourke

PhD Student

Kath Maguire

I began a PenARC funded PhD studentship in October 2019 looking at implementing Functional Imagery Training (FIT) into healthcare settings. FIT is an intervention that trains patients to use imagery to support long term goal attainment. It has been used with many patient populations, however this PhD is focusing on weight management. To support the implementation of FIT a series of mixed method studies, working with healthcare professionals and patients, will be undertaken. Furthermore the theoretical underpinning of implementation science will be drawn upon to support the process of using FIT in healthcare settings.

I graduated from the University of Plymouth with a first class degree in Applied Psychology, I then worked within the mental health sector before completing a masters in Social work in 2017. During my undergraduate degree I undertook a placement year within a neuro-cognitive research group working on novel assessment tools for older adults with a neurodegenerative disorder. 

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University of Plymouth

Areas of expertise
Adult health, applied psychology

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Seminar: What does Personalised Care...

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'Why physical activity matters more than ever'

01 December 2020

Professor of Health Service Research, Adrian Taylor, discusses motivation, exercise schemes, and the future impact on...
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Dementia expert takes 'dementia friendly' message to 10 Downing Street

13 October 2020

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October 2020 Newsletter

08 October 2020

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Police Service Modelling Associates (PSMA) Programme

Theme: ARC - Methods for Research & Improvement

The PSMA Programme is a pilot programme which supports analytical staff working in policing to...
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Remote-by-Default Care in the COVID-19 Pandemic

Theme: ARC - Public Health

A research project to investigate how to ensure the delivery of effective care accessed remotely...
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