Emma Campbell, PhD Student

Emma is a full time PhD student working under the supervision of Dr Julia Hiscock, Dr Rebecca Law, Professor Val Morrison and Professor Richard Neal. The project is funded by Tenovus Cancer Care, KESS2, ESF and Bangor University.

The title of Emma's project is: ‘A psychosocial approach to illness cognition, self-regulatory emotional coping responses and lay referral coping responses; an exploratory mixed methods design within early diagnostic cancer research’.

Emma’s project is a mixed methods design and will include a phase one qualitative component to inform the phase two quantitative study. The overall aim of this project is to explore how people living across Wales perceive, interpret and respond to changes in their body in the context of potentially cancerous health threats (i.e.- the timeframe between individual symptom recognition and the individual seeking professional healthcare advice). The project will take a psychosocial approach, examining both individual differences (possibly state mood/ trait personality) and wider social processes (gender socialization/ lay referral) when investigating people’s cognitive, emotional and/or behavioural responses to their thoughts, emotions, perceptions, appraisals of bodily signs or changes as illness symptoms.

Prior to starting her PhD Emma completed a BSc in Psychology that included an Interpretive Phenomenological Analytic qualitative dissertation with the Open University. Then continued to gain a MSc in Psychological Research at Bangor University under the School of Psychology within the broad research area of clinical and health psychology. Here Emma’s research took a quantitative priority mixed methods approach, examining the effects of a mindfulness based primary school intervention across Wales. The project had a specific focus upon metacognition, state mood (positive/ negative affect), developmental psychology and involved a sample of children aged six to ten years old. 

Research Interests


Emma's research interests include:

  • Health and social psychology,
  • Phenomenological psychology,
  • Mixed methods psychosocial research,
  • Psychometric development and
  • Psychological interventions in the context of well-being and health.