Jennie Brown - Research student - Psychobiology Group
Tel: +44 (0)20 7679 5632
Fax: +44 (0)20 7813 0242
Address: 1 - 19 Torrington Place, London WC1E 6BT
Supervisors: Professor Andrew Steptoe & Professor Jane Wardle
I was awarded funding by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) in Sept 2009 for my PhD project “The effect of positive wellbeing on health”. The aim of the PhD is to examine relationships between measures of positive wellbeing (such as positive affect), and objective measures of physical health. Future plans include running a preliminary intervention study to help explore causal pathways and test bases for potential therapeutic methods. My previous education includes MSc Cognitive Neuropsychology (70%) at Birkbeck, University of London/UCL, BSc (Hons) Psychology (2:1) at Birkbeck, University of London and a Certificate of Higher Education in Biology from Bristol University.
I have been working as a seminar leader for the first year BSc Psychology course ‘General foundations of psychology’ from 2008 to present and as a teaching assistant for the final year BSc Psychology course ‘Critical analysis’ from 2006 to 2010, at Birkbeck, University of London. I will also be a guest health psychology lecturer to final year BSc Psychology students at Birkbeck in autumn 2010. Between 2002 and 2009, I worked as editorial manager of the journal Developmental Science, as centre administrator and as a research assistant at the Centre for Brain and Cognitive Development, Psychology dept, Birkbeck, University of London. Whilst working there, I completed my BSc and MSc degrees part time.
Research interests: My research interests are in health psychology and psychobiology, in particular the relationship between psychological wellbeing and mental and physical health. My main focus is positive psychology and I hope to examine interventions which aim to increase psychological wellbeing in the future.
Brown, J., Dockray, S., Salavecz, G. & Steptoe, A. (in preparation) The impact of resilience and self-reported physical activity on heart rate variability.
Brown, J., Dockray, S., Endrighi, R., Grant, N. & Steptoe, A. (submitted) Resilience mediates the effects of psychosocial stress on questionnaire measures of affect and wellbeing, but not daily measures of affect. Journal of Personality & Social Psychology
Brown, J., Brignell, C.M., Dhiman, S.K., Curran, H.V. & Kamboj, S.K. (2010) Acute effects of alcohol on memory: impact of emotional context and serial position. Neurobiology of Learning and Memory, 93(3), 428-34.
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