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Rebecca Webster

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PhD Student

Theme 1 - Protecting wellbeing during and after a major incident

King's College London

After completing my BSc(Hons) in Psychology at Durham University, I came to King’s College London to study for a Masters in Health Psychology.

Throughout my MSc I became heavily involved in research looking at the effectiveness of self-affirmation in health behaviour change and also the determinants of medication non-adherence.

From my work in non-adherence looking at how medication expectations and beliefs can affect people’s health outcomes, I am keen to advance this knowledge during my PhD to identify the different factors that contribute to the nocebo effect, which can then be used to inform interventions to help reduce them.

As the nocebo effect can complicate response efforts to public health emergencies, something quite topical in today’s society,  e.g. the Ebola epidemic, I am excited to be undertaking  a PhD in this area helping to make important contributions from my research to society.