Mark Forshaw

Mark ForshawMark Forshaw is a Health Psychologist and is currently Subject Leader in Health and Applied Psychology at Liverpool John Moores University. Forshaw is also the Principal Consultant at Horizon Shine, He is a nationally recognised expert on training in psychology, and President of the Institute of Health Promotion and Education, an organisation over 50 years old. He is a Trustee of the British Psychological Society, and Chair of the Membership Standards Board, having previously held many senior positions within the BPS. He sits on the Board of Directors of the Occupational Safety and Health Consultants Register, and has consulted widely for various public and private sector organisations. Forshaw is an active researcher; his publications stretch from textbooks through to peer-reviewed research articles in a range of areas including menopause, disability, kidney disease, industrial illness, and health behaviours. He has been involved in coaching and training for many years, and provides the senior steer in the Horizon Shine team.

His recent publications include:

  • Murray, C. D., Simpson, J., Eccles, F., & Forshaw, M. J. (2014). Involvement in rehabilitative care and wellbeing for partners of people with an amputation. Psychology, health & medicine, (ahead-of-print), 1-6.
  • Hare, J., Clark-Carter, D., & Forshaw, M. (2014). A randomized controlled trial to evaluate the effectiveness of a cognitive behavioural group approach to improve patient adherence to peritoneal dialysis fluid restrictions: a pilot study. Nephrology Dialysis Transplantation, 29(3), 555-564.
  • Murray, C. D., & Forshaw, M. J. (2013). The experience of amputation and prosthesis use for adults: a metasynthesis. Disability and rehabilitation, 35(14), 1133-1142.

Credits to Horizon Shine

Published: 12 November 2014

Last update: 21 April 2015


Jennifer Weston

Jennifer WestonJennifer Weston is a Health Psychologist and owner of Horizon Shine who qualified from Staffordshire University after completing an MSC in Health Psychology and BSc in Applied Psychology. She is a full member of the the British Psychological Society, the Division of Health Psychology and the BPS Special Group in Coaching Psychology. She is currently the Memberships and Promotions Officer for the Midlands Health Psychology Network. Weston is trained in compassionate mind therapy and offers mindfulness techniques as part of her coaching strategy. Her areas of expertise lie in health behaviour change, coping with illness, relaxation and dealing with stress and anxiety. She has worked within a range of health settings – improving the lives of stroke surviviors and people affected by cancer including carers.

Weston has previously worked for the Cochrane Epilepsy Group where she has published an extensive number of Cochrane systematic reviews in the field of epilepsy. She has undertaken 1-1 training in coaching alongside her doctoral degree.

You can follow her on Twitter

Credits to Horizon Shine

Published: 11 November 2014

Last update: 09 April 2015


Emee Vida Estacio

Emee Vida EstacioEmee Vida Estacion finished her BSc Psychology degree from University of the Philippines, Diliman.  She graduated magna cum laude then moved to United Kingdom to do her MSc and PhD in Health Psychology both at City University London.  As a student, Estacio worked as a research assistant for various health promotion projects; as a charity fundraiser for Oxfam, the Association for International Cancer Research and the Royal Horticultural Society; as a volunteer for CRIBS Philippines and Save the Children UK; as a visiting lecturer and dissertation supervisor for postgraduate students at City University London; and as editorial assistant for the Journal of Health Psychology.  She also collaborated with the Popular Education for People’s Empowerment on an action research project with the indigenous Ayta community in the Philippines.  At age 24, she completed her PhD and then worked as health promotion fellow at the Institute for Health and Human Development where she project managed various NHS-funded community needs assessments and evaluation of health improvement programmes.  In 2009, Estacio was appointed lecturer at the School of Psychology at Keele University.

Estacio is a health psychologist who specialises in health promotion and community development.  She considers herself as a scholar-activist and engages in campaigns for the protection of children’s rights, gender equality, widening participation and health literacy.  As part of her PhD, she explored the impact of material deprivation and social exclusion on health and well-being. As part of this project, she facilitated a participatory action research with the indigenous Ayta community to develop an alternative learning system (ALS) to enhance literacy and community capabilities and thereby improve health. The project involved collaboration with NGOs, local and national government units. In the process, a community literacy centre was built, a pool of Ayta leaders was organised and a multi-purpose cooperative programme was established. In 2008, she also became actively involved in a campaign against racist humour in the media.

Credits to Keele University

Published: 01 September 2014

Last update: 04 April 2015


Felicity Bishop

Felicity BishopFelicity Bishop is a Chartered Psychologist and Health Psychologist. Bishop holds an MA in Experimental Psychology from the University of Oxford and an MSc in Health Psychology from the University of Southampton. In 2006 she obtained her PhD in Psychology from the University of Southampton. Following some postdoctoral work, Bishop moved to Primary Care and Population Sciences within the Faculty of Medicine to take up an Arthritis Research UK Career Development Fellowship. From 2008 to 2011 she undertook a programme of research, funded under the Fellowship, using mixed methods to investigate psychosocial aspects of acupuncture for low back pain. During this period Bishop was also a visiting researcher at Harvard University, developing a programme of work around lay perspectives on placebo effects. In 2012 she I returned to Psychology at the University of Southampton to take up a Lectureship in Health Psychology.

She has an interdisciplinary programme of mixed methods research around contextual effects in health care, encompassing topics including: ethical, scientific and lay perspectives on use of placebos in clinical practice and research; uptake and adherence to treatments for back pain; applications and elaborations of the common-sense model of illness perception; utilisation of complementary and alternative medicines and psychosocial mediators of their effectiveness; mixing qualitative and quantitative methods.

Her selected publications include:

  • Bishop, F. L., Yardley, L., Prescott, P., Cooper, C., Little, P., & Lewith, G. T. (2014). Psychological Covariates of Longitudinal Changes in Back-related Disability in Patients Undergoing Acupuncture. The Clinical Journal of Pain.
  • Bishop, Felicity L., Howick, Jeremy, Heneghan, Carl, Stevens, Sarah, Hobbs, F.D. Richard and Lewith, George (2014) Placebo use in the United Kingdom: a qualitative study exploring GPs’ views on placebo effects in clinical practice. Family Practice (In Press).
  • Bishop, Felicity L., Fenge-Davis, Anya L, Kirby, Sarah E. and Geraghty, A.W. (2014) Context effects and behaviour change techniques in randomised trials: a systematic review using the example of trials to increase adherence to physical activity in musculoskeletal pain. Psychology & Health (In Press).

Credits to University of Southampton

Published: 13 November  2014

Last update: 22 April 2015


Eric Schrimshaw

Eric SchrimshawEric Schrimshaw, is a social/health psychologist whose research focuses on the role of interpersonal relationships on health and well-being. His work and interests are focused on three aspects of social relationships. First, much of Schrimshaw’s early work (including his dissertation) was focused on the beneficial role of supportive relationships and the negative impact of stigma, conflict, and rejection on mental and behavioural health outcomes. Second, Schrimshaw’s work has addressed the health implications of concealing stigmatised identities. Specifically this work has focused on how self-disclosure or the communication of personal information with others has beneficial role in health and well-being, how concealment can have negative implications for health, and how non-disclosure can impede access to care and support. Finally, most recently, Schrimshaw’s work has focused on how different social environments where sexual relationships are formed may impede communication and facilitate sexual risk. Of particular interest are the use of the Internet and smartphone technologies for meeting sexual partners, the influence of these technologies on communication, and whether these technologies could contribute to sexual risk. Employing a mixed-methods approach that involves both qualitative interviewing and quantitative survey methods, his work documents the importance of interpersonal relationships for understanding mental health, substance use, and sexual risk behaviour. He has addressed these issues within several populations including adults living with HIV/AIDS, gay/lesbian/bisexual adolescents, gay/bisexual men, and bisexual men “on the down low.” Schrimshaw has published over 50 journal articles addressing the role of interpersonal relationships and health.   You can view his CV here. You can also follow him on Twitter @EricSchrimshaw

His recent publications include:

  • Schrimshaw, E. W., Siegel, K., Downing, M. J., Jr., & Parsons, J. T. Disclosure and concealment of sexual orientation and the mental health of non-gay-identified, behaviorally-bisexual men. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 81, 141-153, 2013
  • Schrimshaw, EW., Siegel, K., Downing, Jr., MJ. Sexual risk behaviors with female and male partners met in different sexual venues among non-gay-identified, nondisclosing MSMW International Journal of Sexual Health 22 167-179 2010
  • Rosario, M., Schrimshaw, E. W., & Hunter, J. Disclosure of sexual orientation and subsequent substance use and abuse among lesbian, gay, and bisexual youths: Critical role of disclosure reactions. Psychology of Addictive Behaviors 23 175-184 2009

Credits to Columbia University

Published: 02 April 2014

Last update:23 April 2015