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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

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Journal Articles

  • Cheetham-Blake, T.J., Turner-Cobb, J., Family, H.E. and Turner, J.E., 2019. Resilience characteristics and prior life stress determine anticipatory response to acute social stress in children aged 7-11 years. British Journal of Health Psychology.
  • Gamble, T., Turner-Cobb, J.M., Walker, I. and Holt, N., 2019. Putting proverbs to the test: An engaging approach to developing students’ hypothesis testing skills. Teaching of Psychology, 46 (3).
  • Hawken, T., Turner-Cobb, J. and Barnett, J., 2018. Coping and adjustment in caregivers: a systematic review. Health Psychology Open.
  • Tulloh, R.M.R., Turner-Cobb, J. et al., 2018. A pilot randomised controlled trial investigating a mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) intervention in individuals with pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH): the PATHWAYS study. Pilot and Feasibility Studies, 4 (78).
  • Daniels, J. and Turner-Cobb, J., 2017. Adjuvant psychological therapy in long term endocrine conditions. Clinical Endocrinology..
  • Cheetham, T.J., Turner-Cobb, J.M. and Gamble, T., 2016. Children's implicit understanding of the stress-illness link: Testing development of health cognitions. British Journal of Health Psychology, 21 (4), 781-795.
  • 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.
  • 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 and 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.
  • 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.
  • Turner-Cobb, J.M., Michalaki, M. and Osborn, M., 2015. Self-conscious emotions in patients suffering from chronic musculoskeletal pain: A brief report. Psychology and 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 and Health, 30 (5), 568-582.
  • Turner-Cobb, J.M., Jessop, D.S. and Lightman, S.L., 2012. Effects of childhood stress: Hardwired or reversible? Biologist, 59 (4), 31-35.
  • 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.
  • 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 hypothalamicpituitaryadrenal axis function in patients with chronic pain syndrome. Stress, 13 (4), 292-300.
  • 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 males 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, 11 (1), 1-14.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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, 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 and 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. , 353-381.
  • Turner-Cobb, J.M., 2001. Health psychology. Theory, research and practice. BRITISH JOURNAL OF HEALTH PSYCHOLOGY, 6, 99-100.
  • 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., 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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. and Cheetham, T.J., 2016. Psychosocial factors that influence children with immune related health conditions. In: DeMichelis, C. and Ferrari, M., eds. Child and Adolescent Resilience in Medical Contexts: Integrating Research and Practice.. Springer.
  • 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

  • Hawken, T., Turner-Cobb, J.M. and Barnett, J., 2019. Pathways to psychophysiological resilience in young informal caregivers: mapping the impacts of chronic stress. In: The American Psychosomatic Society (APS) Annual Scientific Meeting 6-10 March 2019 Vancouver, Canada.
  • Turner-Cobb, J.M., Sinimeri, D., Moseley, R. and Gamble, T.R., 2019. Visualization of social support alters mood: clinical implications of a conceptual mapping tool. In: The American Psychosomatic Society (APS) Annual Scientific Meeting 6-10 March 2019 Vancouver, Canada.
  • Cheetham, T., Turner-Cobb, J.M. and Family, H., 2018. The importance of mixing methods: Qualitative interviewing elucidates findings in laboratory stress testing with children. In: Annual conference of the European Health Psychology 21-25 August 2018 Galway, Ireland.
  • Turner-Cobb, J.M., Moorton, G., Gamble, T. and Brosnan, M., 2018. Exploring Social Network Visualisation: Individual Differences, Stress and Health in Adults with Autism and Controls. In: Annual conference of the European Health Psychology Society (EHPS) 21-25 August 2018 Galway, Ireland.
  • Turner-Cobb, J.M., Moorton, G., Gamble, T. and Brosnan, M., 2018. Visualising Social Support: Individual Differences, Stress and Health in Adults with Autism. In: British Psychological Society (BPS) Division of Health Psychology (DHP) annual conference 5-7 September 2018 Newcastle, UK.
  • Wezyk, A., Turner-Cobb, J. and Jones, D., 2018. "You're just stuck there"- metaphors people use to talk about stress. In: British Psychological Society (BPS) Division of Health Psychology (DHP) annual conference 5-7 September 2018 Newcastle, UK.
  • Hawken, T., Barnett, J. and Turner-Cobb, J., 2018. EXPLORING PSYCHOPHYSIOLOGICAL RESILIENCE IN YOUNG CARERS: A RESEARCH PROTOCOL. A52.
  • 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.
  • Hawken, T., Turner-Cobb, J. and Barnett, J., 2017. ASSESSING COPING AND ADJUSTMENT IN CAREGIVERS: A SYSTEMATIC REVIEW. A38.
  • 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.
  • 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.

PhD Students

  • Tamsyn Hawken, 2019. The experience of young carers: towards an understanding of stress and the development of psychophysiological resilience
  • Evangelos Katsampouris, 2018. Psychosocial factors and physical illness; an exploration of evolutionary concepts surrounding stress and self-conscious emotions
  • David Martin, 2017. The effects of innovative ICT on collaborative learning in schools
  • Tara Cheetham, 2016. Psychosocial factors in the stress-coping process in children: harnessing resilience in the face of adversity
  • Steven Dean, 2014. Development of a conceptual framework and methodology for enhancing long term coping skills to improve psychological and physiological well-being
  • Fiona Begen, 2011. The impact of psychosocial belobnging on physical health and well-being: an investigation into the roles of belongingness and self-esteem
  • Cleo Protogeros, 2006. A cross-cultural study of factors influencing young peoples' intended non-condom use
  • Christina Chryssanthopoulou, 2002. The role of stress on health and physiological functioning in caregivers and care-recipients: a multidimensional perspective
  • Agata Wezyk, 2020. Understanding Stress and Health Through the Use of Visual Metaphor.

Invited Lectures

  • Can stress be good for you? ..., Royal Institution, Mayfair, London, 26 Oct 2016 more

Grants

  • The Waiting Room (University of Bath, Public Engagement with Research Seed Funding Call., 01 Nov 2015). Completed
  • Facilitating Patient Decision Making about Treatment Options for Prostate Cancer using Visual Representation (Cancer Research at Bath (CR@B), 01 May 2013). Completed
  • PATHWAYS - Pulmonary ArTerial Hypertension: working with anxiety and stress. A randomized pilot study. (NHS National Institute for Health Research; Research for Patient Benefit (RfPB), 01 Aug 2012). Completed

External Responsibilities

  • Swansea University, External Examiner for BSc Psychology (2017-2021)
  • Brunel University London, External Examiner for MSc in Psychological Science (2015-2019)
  • University College London (UCL), External Examiner for MSc in Health Psychology (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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