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Biography

I joined the Department as Professor of Psychology in August 2016. Previously, I held posts at the University of Bath and the University of Kent at Canterbury. I have an undergraduate degree from the University of Exeter and received my PhD from St George’s Hospital Medical School, University of London in 1994, before spending a few years living in California and working in the Psychosocial Laboratory at Stanford University School of Medicine. I am a registered Health Psychologist with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC), a Chartered Psychologist and Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society (BPS), and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (HEA).

I have an established programme of interdisciplinary research examining the effects of psychosocial factors, particularly stress, coping and social support, on endocrine functioning across a range of acute and chronic health conditions in adults and children. I specialise in the measurement of salivary cortisol and my work involves both longitudinal field work and laboratory assessment of acute stress reactivity...

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Research

Research interests -Stress, adaptation, and resilience

-Psychoneuroendocrinology

-Child health psychology

-Social support and coping

-Intergenerational effects on health

-Allostasis and allostatic load and lifespan approaches to health

-Psychosocial factors in cancer and survivorship

-Children's understanding of health and illness

Favourites

Journal Articles

  • Daniels, J. and Turner-Cobb, J.M., 2017. Adjuvant psychological therapy in long-term endocrine conditions. CLINICAL ENDOCRINOLOGY, 86 (6), 772-777.
  • Cheetham, T.J., Turner-Cobb, J.M. and Gamble, T., 2016. Children's implicit understanding of the stressillness link: Testing development of health cognitions. BRITISH JOURNAL OF HEALTH PSYCHOLOGY, 21 (4), 781-795.
  • Densham, S., Williams, D., Johnson, A. and Turner-Cobb, J.M., 2016. Enhanced psychological flexibility and improved quality of life in chronic fatigue syndrome/myalgic encephalomyelitis. JOURNAL OF PSYCHOSOMATIC RESEARCH, 88, 42-47.
  • Bogosian, A., Van Vliet, L.M., Craig, G., Fraser, L.K. and Turner-Cobb, J.M., 2016. Minding the gap and moving forward in children's long-term conditions: A vital role for health psychology. BRITISH JOURNAL OF HEALTH PSYCHOLOGY, 21 (3), 493-498.
  • Turner-Cobb, J.M., Smith, P.C., Ramchandani, P., Begen, F.M. and Padkin, A., 2016. The acute psychobiological impact of the intensive care experience on relatives. PSYCHOLOGY HEALTH & MEDICINE, 21 (1), 20-26.
  • Cheetham, T.J. and Turner-Cobb, J.M., 2016. Panel manipulation in social stress testing: The Bath Experimental Stress Test for Children (BEST-C). PSYCHONEUROENDOCRINOLOGY, 63, 78-85.
  • Turner-Cobb, J.M., Michalaki, M. and Osborn, M., 2015. Self-conscious emotions in patients suffering from chronic musculoskeletal pain: A brief report. PSYCHOLOGY & HEALTH, 30 (4), 495-501.
  • Begen, F.M. and Turner-Cobb, J.M., 2015. Benefits of belonging: Experimental manipulation of social inclusion to enhance psychological and physiological health parameters. PSYCHOLOGY & HEALTH, 30 (5), 568-582.
  • Begen, F.M. and Turner-Cobb, J.M., 2012. The need to belong and symptoms of acute physical health in early adolescence. JOURNAL OF HEALTH PSYCHOLOGY, 17 (6), 907-916.
  • Turner-Cobb, J.M., Jessop, D.S. and Lightman, S.L., 2012. Effects of childhood stress: Hardwired or reversible? Biologist, 59 (4), 31-35.
  • Protogerou, C. and Turner-Cobb, J., 2011. Predictors of non-condom use intentions by university students in Britain and Greece: The impact of attitudes, time perspective, relationship status, and habit. Journal of Child and Adolescent Mental Health, 23 (2), 91-106.
  • Turner-Cobb, J.M., Rixon, L. and Jessop, D.S., 2011. Hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis activity and upper respiratory tract infection in young children transitioning to primary school. PSYCHOPHARMACOLOGY, 214 (1), 309-317.
  • Turner-Cobb, J.M., Osborn, M., da Silva, L., Keogh, E. and Jessop, D.S., 2010. Sex differences in hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis function in patients with chronic pain syndrome. STRESS-THE INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL ON THE BIOLOGY OF STRESS, 13 (4), 293-301.
  • Turner-Cobb, J.M., Palmer, J., Aronson, D., Russell, L., Purnell, S., Osborn, M. and Jessop, D.S., 2010. Diurnal cortisol and coping responses in close relatives of persons with acquired brain injury: A longitudinal mixed methods study. BRAIN INJURY, 24 (6), 893-903.
  • Brosnan, M., Turner-Cobb, J., Munro-Naan, Z. and Jessop, D., 2009. Absence of a normal Cortisol Awakening Response (CAR) in adolescent mates with Asperger Syndrome (AS). PSYCHONEUROENDOCRINOLOGY, 34 (7), 1095-1100.
  • Turner-Cobb, J.M., Rixon, L. and Jessop, D.S., 2008. A prospective study of diurnal cortisol responses to the social experience of school transition in four-year-old children: Anticipation, exposure, and adaptation. Developmental Psychobiology, 50 (4), 377-389.
  • Jessop, D.S. and Turner-Cobb, J.M., 2008. Measurement and meaning of salivary cortisol: A focus on health and disease in children. STRESS-THE INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL ON THE BIOLOGY OF STRESS, 11 (1), 1-14.
  • Turner-Cobb, J.M., Bloor, L.E., Whittemore, A.S., West, D. and Spiegel, D., 2006. Disengagement and social support moderate distress among women with a family history of breast cancer. BREAST JOURNAL, 12 (1), 7-15.
  • Palesh, O.G., Shaffer, T., Larson, J., Edsall, S., Chen, X.H., Koopman, C., Turner-Cobb, J.M., Kreshka, M.A., Graddy, K. and Parsons, R., 2006. Emotional self-efficacy, stressful life events, and satisfaction with social support in relation to mood disturbance among women living with breast cancer in rural communities. BREAST JOURNAL, 12 (2), 123-129.
  • Chryssanthopoulou, C.C., Turner-Cobb, J.M., Lucas, A. and Jessop, D., 2005. Childcare as a stabilizing influence on HPA axis functioning: A reevaluation of maternal occupational patterns and familial relations. DEVELOPMENTAL PSYCHOBIOLOGY, 47 (4), 354-368.
  • Collie, K., Wong, P., Tilston, J., Butler, L.D., Turner-Cobb, J., Kreshka, M.A., Parsons, R., Graddy, K., Cheasty, J.D. and Koopman, C., 2005. Self-efficacy, coping, and difficulties interacting with health care professionals among women living with breast cancer in rural communities. PSYCHO-ONCOLOGY, 14 (10), 901-912.
  • Turner-Cobb, J.M., 2005. Psychological and stress hormone correlates in early life: A key to HPA-axis dysregulation and normalisation. STRESS-THE INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL ON THE BIOLOGY OF STRESS, 8 (1), 47-57.
  • Turner-Cobb, J.M., Koopman, C., Rabinowitz, J.D., Terr, A.I., Sephton, S.E. and Spiegel, D., 2004. The interaction of social network size and stressful life events predict delayed-type hypersensitivity among women with metastatic breast cancer. International Journal of Psychophysiology, 54 (3), 241-249.
  • Turner-Cobb, J.M., Koopman, C., Rabinowitz, J.D., Terr, A.I., Sephton, S.E. and Spiegel, D., 2004. The interaction of social network size and stressful life events predict delayed-type hypersensitivity among women with metastatic breast cancer. INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF PSYCHOPHYSIOLOGY, 54 (3), 241-249.
  • Abercrombie, H.C., Giese-Davis, J., Sephton, S., Epel, E.S., Turner-Cobb, J.M. and Spiegel, D., 2004. Flattened cortisol rhythms in metastatic breast cancer patients. PSYCHONEUROENDOCRINOLOGY, 29 (8), 1082-1092.
  • Angell, K.L., Kreshka, M.A., McCoy, R., Donnelly, P., Turner-Cobb, J.M., Graddy, K., Kraemer, H.C. and Koopman, C., 2003. Psychosocial intervention for rural women with breast cancer - The Sierra Stanford Partnership. JOURNAL OF GENERAL INTERNAL MEDICINE, 18 (7), 499-507.
  • Gore-Felton, C., Koopman, C., Turner-Cobb, J.M., Duran, R., Israelski, D. and Spiegel, D., 2002. The influence of social support, coping with mood on sexual risk behavior among HIV-positive men and women. JOURNAL OF HEALTH PSYCHOLOGY, 7 (6), 713-722.
  • Turner-Cobb, J.M., Gore-Felton, C., Marouf, F., Koopman, C., Kim, P., Israelski, D. and Spiegel, D., 2002. Coping, social support, and attachment style as psychosocial correlates of adjustment in men and women with HIV/AIDS. JOURNAL OF BEHAVIORAL MEDICINE, 25 (4), 337-353.
  • Turner-Cobb, J.M., 2002. Psychological and neuroendocrine correlates of disease progression. NEUROBIOLOGY OF THE IMMUNE SYSTEM, 52, 353-381.
  • Koopman, C., Angell, K., Turner-Cobb, J.M., Kreshka, M.A., Donnelly, P., McCoy, R., Turkseven, A., Graddy, K., Giese-Davis, J. and Spiegel, D., 2001. Distress, coping, and social support among rural women recently diagnosed with primary breast cancer. Breast Journal, 7 (1), 25-33.
  • Turner-Cobb, J.M., 2001. Health psychology. Theory, research and practice. BRITISH JOURNAL OF HEALTH PSYCHOLOGY, 6, 99-100.
  • Turner-Cobb, J.M., Sephton, S.E., Koopman, C., Blake-Mortimer, J. and Spiegel, D., 2000. Social support and salivary cortisol in women with metastatic breast cancer. PSYCHOSOMATIC MEDICINE, 62 (3), 337-345.
  • Blake-Mortimer, J., Gore-Felton, C., Kimerling, R., Turner-Cobb, J.M. and Spiegel, D., 1999. Improving the quality and quantity of life among patients with cancer: A review of the effectiveness of group psychotherapy. EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF CANCER, 35 (11), 1581-1586.
  • Aliaire, S. and Turner-Cobb, J.M., 1998. Adjustment in patients with rheumatoid arthritis and their children [4] (multiple letters). Journal of Rheumatology, 25 (12), 2475-2476.
  • Cobb, J.M.T. and Steptoe, A., 1998. Psychosocial influences on upper respiratory infectious illness in children. Journal of Psychosomatic Research, 45 (4), 319-330.
  • Turner Cobb, J.M., Steptoe, A., Perry, L. and Axford, J., 1998. Adjustment in patients with rheumatoid arthritis and their children. Journal of Rheumatology, 25 (3), 565-571.
  • Turner Cobb, J.M. and Steptoe, A., 1996. Psychosocial stress and susceptibility to upper respiratory tract illness in an adult population sample. Psychosomatic Medicine, 58 (5), 404-412.

Books

Chapters

  • Turner-Cobb, J.M. and Cheetham, T.J., 2016. Psychosocial factors that influence children with immune-related health conditions. Child and Adolescent Resilience Within Medical Contexts: Integrating Research and Practice. 13-36.
  • Turner-Cobb, J.M., 2014. Childhood influences on health. Cambridge Handbook of Psychology, Health and Medicine, Second Edition. 33-38.
  • Turner-Cobb, J., Sephton, S. and Spiegel, D., 2001. Psychosocial effects on immune function and disease progression in cancer: human studies. In: Ader, R., Felten, D. and Cohen, N., eds. Psychoneuroimmunology. New York: Academic Press.

Conferences

  • Turner-Cobb, J.M., Asif, M., Bevan, C., Fraser, D.S. and Turner, J.E., 2017. INVESTIGATING SOCIAL EVALUATIVE THREAT (SET) USING A ROBOTIC STRESS TESTING PANEL. A7-A8.
  • Hawken, T., Turner-Cobb, J. and Barnett, J., 2017. ASSESSING COPING AND ADJUSTMENT IN CAREGIVERS: A SYSTEMATIC REVIEW. A38.
  • Turner-Cobb, J.M., Garratt, V., Tagney, J., Marques, E., Greenwood, R., Barton, A., Ewings, P., Craggs, P., Hollingworth, W. and Tulloh, R.M., 2017. MINDFULNESS INTERVENTION IN PULMONARY ARTERIAL HYPERTENSION (PAH) PATIENTS: OUTCOMES, ISSUES, LESSONS LEARNED. A105-A106.
  • O'Shea, D.J., Thomas, A., Turner-Cobb, J., Hill, I., Clarke, E., Groves, S., France, B. and Sengupta, R., 2013. EVALUATING THE IMPACT OF A SPECIALIST ANKYLOSING SPONDYLITIS REHABILITATION PROGRAMME ON PATIENT'S QUALITY OF LIFE. 1095.
  • Dale, R.M., Thomas, A., Aronson, D., Turner-Cobb, J., Sengupta, R., France, B. and Hill, I., 2012. AN EVALUATION OF PATIENTS' PERSPECTIVES OF PARTICIPATING IN A TWO WEEK INPATIENT ANKYLOSING SPONDYLITIS REHABILITATION PROGRAMME. 52.
  • Smith, P., Osborn, M. and Turner-Cobb, J., 2012. The Big Secret, the Big Lie: Unpreparedness for the Experience of Recovery. 10-11.
  • Protogerou, C. and Turner-Cobb, J., 2008. The influence of Time Perspective (TP) on university students' non-condom use. 216-217.
  • Protogerou, C. and Turner-Cobb, J., 2006. A cross-cultural study of psychosocial factors influencing young peoples' intended noncondom use. 126.
  • Turner-Cobb, J., 2005. Psychosocial regulation of immune susceptibility in childhood: The role of maternal stress, child temperament and experience of transition to school. 266.
  • Koopman, C., Angell, K., Kreshka, M.A., Turner-Cobb, J., Donnelly, P., Mccoy, R., Graddy, K. and Spiegel, D., 2001. Workbook-journal significantly reduces posttraumatic stress disorder symptoms among rural women with primary breast cancer. 160-161.
  • Koopman, C., Angell, K., Kreshka, M.A., Turner-Cobb, J., Donnelly, P., McCoy, R. and Spiegel, D., 1999. Workbook-journal significantly reduces postraumatic stress disorder symptoms among rural women with primary brest cancer. 13.

Others

  • Bogosian, A., Van Vliet, L.M., Craig, G., Fraser, L.K. and Turner-Cobb, J.M., 2016. Minding the gap and moving forward in children's long-term conditions: A vital role for health psychology.

PhD Students

  • Christina Chryssanthopoulou, 2002. The role of stress on health and physiological functioning in caregivers and care-recipients: a multidimensional perspective
  • Cleo Protogeros, 2006. A cross-cultural study of factors influencing young peoples' intended non-condom use
  • Fiona Begen, 2011. The impact of psychosocial belobnging on physical health and well-being: an investigation into the roles of belongingness and self-esteem
  • Steven Dean, 2014. Development of a conceptual framework and methodology for enhancing long term coping skills to improve psychological and physiological well-being
  • Tara Cheetham, 2016. Psychosocial factors in the stress-coping process in children: harnessing resilience in the face of adversity
  • David Martin, 2017. The effects of innovative ICT on collaborative learning in schools
  • Evangelos Katsampouris, 2018. Psychosocial factors and physical illness; an exploration of evolutionary concepts surrounding stress and self-conscious emotions
  • Tamsyn Hawken, 2019. The experience of young carers: towards an understanding of stress and the development of psychophysiological resilience

Invited Lectures

  • Psychosocial factors influencing stress and health across the lifespan. Discussion event ‘The Science of Stress’.

External Responsibilities

  • University College London (UCL), External Examiner for MSc in Health Psychology (2015-2019)
  • Brunel University London, External Examiner for MSc in Psychological Science (2015-2019)

Memberships

  • American Psychological Association (APA), Affiliate member (1995-),
  • American Psychosomatic Society (APS), Member (2008-),
  • British Psychological Society (BPS), Chartered Psychologist and Associate Fellow (1995-),
  • Division of Health Psychology of the British Psychological Society (BPS), Member (1998-),
  • Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC), Registered Practitioner (2008-),
  • Higher Education Academy (HEA), Fellow (2013-),
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