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Dr Katie Hanson

Dr Katie Hanson BSc, MSc, PhD

Senior Lecturer


Summary

I joined Sheffield Hallam University as a full time lecturer in 2013, after my previously completing my undergraduate degree in Psychology at the university in 2007. Since then I have been focused on combining my research interests in Positive Psychological and Mental Health/Well-Being. In addition, I also teach Positive Psychology across the subject group most notably as a final year module on the BSc (Hons) Psychology degree. I also work with the Grow+ team.

About

I completed my undergraduate degree in psychology at Sheffield Hallam University in 2007, from there I worked as a research assistant at the university with colleagues from the psychology department (Dr Ann Walker) researching student performance and achievement. During my time as a research assistant I also completed an MSc in Positive Psychology from the University of East London. After my MSc I began a PhD studying self-help for Depression at the University of Sheffield.

Whilst undertaking my PhD studies I worked as an associate lecturer at Sheffield Hallam University and began working at Sheffield Hallam as a full time lecturer in 2013. Since then I have been focused on combining my research interests in Positive Psychology and Mental Health/Well-Being. In addition, I also teach Positive Psychology across the subject group most notably as a final year module on the BSc (Hons) Psychology degree. I also work with the Grow+ team.

Senior Lecturer

Teaching

Department of Psychology, Sociology and Politics

College of Social Sciences and Arts

Psychology

BSc (Hons) Psychology

Positive Psychology

Research

My research is focused on the use of positive psychology interventions (PPI's) for the reduction of mental health symptomatology and the improvement of well-being. I have a broad interest in this area, as well as being interested in the use of these techniques for specific populations. For example, I am looking at the use of PPI's to improve well-being and mental health in women experiencing infertility.

Publications

Journal articles

Hanson, K. (2018). Positive psychology for overcoming symptoms ofdepression: A pilot study exploring the efficacy of apositive psychology self-help book versus a CBT self-helpbook. Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapy, 1-19. http://doi.org/10.1017/S1352465818000218

Hanson, K., Webb, T.L., Sheeran, P., & Turpin, G. (2015). Attitudes and preferences towards self-help treatments for depression in comparison to psychotherapy and antidepressant medication. Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapy, 44 (02), 129-139. http://doi.org/10.1017/S1352465815000041

Madriaga, M., Hanson, K., Kay, H., & Walker, A. (2011). Marking-out normalcy and disability in higher education. British Journal of Sociology of Education, 32 (6), 901-920. http://doi.org/10.1080/01425692.2011.596380

Madriaga, M., Hanson, K., Heaton, C., Kay, H., Newitt, S., & Walker, A. (2010). Confronting similar challenges? : disabled and non‐disabled students’ learning and assessment experiences. Studies in Higher Education, 35 (6), 647-658. http://doi.org/10.1080/03075070903222633

Day, L., Hanson, K., Maltby, J., Proctor, C., & Wood, A. (2010). Hope uniquely predicts objective academic achievement above intelligence,personality, and previous academic achievement. Journal of Research in Personality, 44 (4), 550-553. http://doi.org/10.1016/j.jrp.2010.05.009

Other activities

 I am a member of the BABCP (British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies).

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