Dr Miznah Al-Abbadey
I am a Chartered member of the British Psychological Society (CPsychol) and a registered Health Psychologist with the Health and Care Professions Council.
Alongside academia, I am a trustee of the Pelvic Pain Support Network (PPSN): a charity that raises awareness of chronic pelvic pain and supports research in this field.
I obtained a BSc Psychology at Royal Holloway, University of London in 2010. I then went on to complete an MSc and PhD in Health Psychology at the University of Southampton in 2011 and 2017 respectively.
While completing my PhD, I was offered a postdoctoral position at the University of Southampton on a nation-wide study that examined how factors such as the therapeutic relations, practitioner and patient beliefs, and the healthcare environment affects treatment for low back pain.
In 2017, I undertook a one-year lectureship at the University of Southampton. I am now a Lecturer in Health Psychology at the University of Portsmouth.
My main research interests relate to the management and impact of chronic conditions on quality of life. I am also interested in the use of patient reported outcome measures (PROMS) and how they can be utilised effectively in a person-centred and standardised way. Overall, my research interests include the following areas:
-Management of chronic conditions including self-management techniques;
-Quality of life and mental health
-The placebo effect
-The validation and development of PROMS
I teach on the MSc Health Psychology programme, which includes a number of different topics such as behaviour change theories, quality of life, and the delivery of psychological interventions in the context of health and illness.
I am the module coordinator for the ‘Applied Health Psychology and Placement’ module and supervise students (at both undergraduate and postgraduate level) with their dissertations.