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I joined the School of Psychological Sciences and Health as a lecturer in September 2008, having previously worked as a Research Fellow at Stirling University (with Professor Rory O'Connor). I am a Chartered Psychologist (Health Psychology), and my research is in Health Psychology and Health Services Research; However, I focus primarily on suicide and self-harm. My work is characterised by an interdisciplinary focus (e.g. psychology, health services research, primary and secondary care, epidemiology) and aims to address key health issues. My main research interest lies in the application of theoretical models to enhance our understanding of the aetiology of suicidal behaviours and psychological well-being across the lifespan. I have a track record of obtaining funding for this work (including Wellcome Trust, Chief Scientist Office, ESRC). I am a Centre for Health Policy Fellow in the Centre for Health Policy at Strathclyde University. I am also an affiliate member of the Suicidal Behaviour Research Lab at the University of Glasgow. My second research interest is the barriers and facilitators of vaccination behaviours as well as behaviour during disease epidemics. With Strathclyde collaborators (led by Lynn Williams) I currently hold two CSO grants to examine vaccination behaviours in Scotland.
2020: Chief Scientist Office: Improving Older Adults' Vaccination Uptake. Williams, Brown Nicholls, Cogan, Rasmussen (CI), & Young. Value: £25,000.
Academic / Professional qualifications
Education: BA (Strathclyde), PhD (Stirling)
Professional: CPsychol (Health), Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, Affiliate Member of the Suicide Behaviour Laboratory at the University of Glasgow; Honorary Research Fellow at the University of Stirling, Member of the International Academy for Suicide Research.
Expertise & Capabilities
- Public health psychology
- Risk and protective factors for suicide and self-harm including defeat, entrapment, sleep and personality factors
- Cross-cultural studies of suicidal behaviour
- Vaccination behaviour and vaccine hesitancy
- Psychological aspects of infection prevention and control
I am the class leader for Individual Differences (C8303) which is a core 3rd year class, and Introduction to Mental Health Difficulties (B9200) which is a second year class. I also teach on the second year Social and Health Psychology module (C8202) and the fourth year psychology of mental health class. I am the chair of the School of Psychological Sciences and Health Ethics Committee and I serve as a member of the University of Strathclyde Ethics Committee.
- Behaviour change
- Vaccine hesitancy
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Socially prescribed perfectionism in a student population: links to parental rearing style and psychological distress.
Kane, L., Rasmussen, S. & Smith, K.
A mixed methods study of seasonal influenza vaccine hesitancy in adults with chronic respiratory conditionsWilliams, L., Deakin, K., Gallant, A., Rasmussen, S., Young, D. & Cogan, N., 27 Mar 2021, (E-pub ahead of print) In: Influenza and Other Respiratory Viruses . 9 p.
Research output: Contribution to journal › Article › peer-reviewOpen AccessFile3 Downloads (Pure)
A systematic review of controlled studies of suicidal and self-harming behaviours in adolescents following bereavement by suicidedel Carpio, L., Paul, S., Paterson, A. & Rasmussen, S., 28 Jun 2021, (Accepted/In press) In: PLOS One. 45 p.
Research output: Contribution to journal › Article › peer-review
Public webinar: 'Improving Vaccine Uptake in Scotland: Implications for COVID-19, influenza and other adult vaccines.'29 Jul 2020
Activity: Participating in or organising an event types › Participation in workshop, seminar, course