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

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Helen Lee Lin

Helen Lee LinUnder the supervision of Dr C. Raymond Knee, Helen Lee Lin received her PhD in Social Psychology from the University of Houston in 2010 after completing a dissertation titled “Toward More Authentic Self-Reports:  An Experimental Manipulation Based on Self-Determination Theory.”  The dissertation examined past methods of reducing response bias and tested a potential alternative using the basic tenets of self-determination theory (Deci & Ryan, 1985, 2000).  She is currently conducting a follow-up of this research.

In 2007, Helen received her MA in Social Psychology from the University of Houston, with a thesis on realistic and unrealistic control beliefs in relationships, titled ‘Assessing Unrealistic Control Beliefs in Relationships’.  As part of the requirements for a doctorate, she also completed a minor in Marketing through the C. T. Bauer College of Business at the University of Houston.

In 2004, Helen graduated magna cum laude (with high honours) from the University of Houston after earning a BS in Psychology and a BA in Communications – Media Production.  By fulfilling all of the Honours College’s requirements during her time at UH and by completing a senior honours thesis on long-distance relationships (LDRs), she earned the additional distinctions of University Honours and Honours in Psychology, the full extent of honours available to undergraduate students.  Her honours thesis, which received a ‘Pass with Distinction’, is titled, ‘So Far and Yet So Close:  Predictors of Closeness in Local and Long-Distance Relationships’.  Highlights of the manuscript were published as a journal article in Psi Chi’s Journal of Undergraduate Research in 2006.

Helen’s research interests are varied.  In the past, they have dealt mostly with problems or potential pitfalls in human relationships.

For example:

  • Long-distance (‘geographically distant’) relationships
  • Unrealistic control beliefs in relationships
  • Secrecy, or self-concealment, in relationships
  • Defensive pessimism in single people

More recently, Helen has become interested in applied topics, such as:

  • Media effects
  • Internet, privacy, and social media
  • Interpersonal communication
  • Health attitudes, behaviour, and outcomes
  • Marketing strategy and consumer behaviour
  • Educational assessment, literacy
  • Prosocial environmental (‘green’) attitudes and behaviour

You can read her blog here (Science of Relationships) and you may also follow her on Twitter @helenleelin

Credits to Helen Lee Lin

Published: 11 March 2014

Last update: 23 April 2015

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