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Biography

Dr Susie Kola-Palmer (PhD, CPsychol, CSci, AFBPsS, FHEA) is a Senior Lecturer in Psychology and the Associate Director of the Quantitative Research Methods Training Unit (QRM-TU), School of Human and Health Sciences, University of Huddersfield.

Susie is a graduate of the National University of Ireland, Galway, where she completed her PhD. Appointed to the University of Huddersfield in 2010, Susie’s research interests are in the area of health psychology, specifically in applied health research, including theory-based interventions to improve patient health outcomes. Susie’s research interests also include psychosocial moderators of pain and anxiety, with particular interest in cognitive and emotional factors. Susie is happy to supervise any project within the area of health psychology and clinical health psychology using experimental or quantitative methods, including individual differences, behaviour, and health; impact of personality traits on health processes; physiological responses to stress; suicide, primary prevention and response; health risk behaviour.

Research and Scholarship

University research group memberships

Susie is currently a member of the Institute for Research in Citizenship and Applied Human Sciences and the Centre for Applied Psychological Research.

Research interests

Susie's research interests lie in the area of health, specifically in conducting multi-disciplinary research to improve patient health outcomes. Her recent research has examined the appropriateness and effectiveness of several interventions to reduce anxiety, distress and pain associated with an invasive diagnostic procedure.

Susie currently working on a number of varied projects, including assessing cognitive impairment in chronic pain, youth health risk behaviours, mechanisms of efficacy of distraction in pain perception, and cervical cancer screening.

Publications and Other Research Outputs

2017

Levy, N., Gillibrand, W. and Kola-Palmer, S. (2017) ‘Minor Amputation and Quality of Life: Is it Time to Give the Patient a Voice?The Diabetic Foot Journal , 20 (4), pp. 228-234. ISSN 1462-2041

2016

Lewis, K., Rodriguez, A., Kola, S. and Sherretts, N. (2016) ‘Mental health and rugby football league: is enough being done to support players?Journal of Sports Sciences , 34 (sup1), p. i-s85. ISSN 0264-0414

Kola-Palmer, S., Walsh, J. and Rogers, M. (2016) ‘Patients’ perceptions of colposcopy painEuropean Journal of Cancer Care , 25 (1), pp. 49-56. ISSN 0961-5423

Lewis, K., Rodriguez, A., Sherretts, N. and Kola, S. (2016) Super League Player Welfare Study: A Mixed Method Evaluation Huddersfield, UK: University of Huddersfield (Unpublished)

2015

Debowska, A., Boduszek, D., Dhingra, K., Kola, S. and Meller-Prunska, A. (2015) ‘The Role of Psychopathy and Exposure to Violence in Rape Myth AcceptanceJournal of Interpersonal Violence , 30 (15), pp. 2751-2770. ISSN 0886-2605

Kola-Palmer, S. and Walsh, J. (2015) ‘Correlates of psychological distress immediately following colposcopyPsycho-Oncology , 24 (7), pp. 819-824. ISSN 1057-9249

Kola, S., Turner, J. and Dhingra, K. (2015) ‘Challenging lives: An Exploratory Qualitative Study of Quality of Life in Young Adults Living with a Chronic Neurological ConditionInternational Journal of Developmental Disabilitiess , 61 (3), pp. 156-165. ISSN 2047-3869

Dhingra, K., Boduszek, D. and Kola-Palmer, S. (2015) ‘A Latent Class Analysis of Psychopathic Traits in Civil Psychiatric Patients: The Role of Criminal Behaviour, Violence, and GenderThe Howard Journal of Criminal Justice , 54 (3), pp. 237-249. ISSN 1468-2311

Brown, C., Kola-Palmer, S. and Dhingra, K. (2015) ‘Gender differences and correlates of extreme dieting behaviours in US adolescentsJournal of Health Psychology , 20 (5), pp. 569-579. ISSN 1359-1053

Dhingra, K., Debowska, A., Sharratt, K., Hyland, P. and Kola-Palmer, S. (2015) ‘Psychopathy, Gang Membership, and Moral Disengagement among Juvenile OffendersJournal of Criminal Psychology , 5 (1), pp. 13-24. ISSN 2009-3829

2014

Debowska, A., Boduszek, D., Kola, S. and Hyland, P. (2014) ‘A Bifactor Model of the Polish Version of the Hare Self-Report Psychopathy ScalePersonality and Individual Differences , 69, pp. 231-237. ISSN 0191-8869

Walsh, J., Martin, N., Heary, C., Moylett, E., Cahill, P., Brady, E. and Kola-Palmer, S. (2014) ‘The Effectiveness of Parents as Distraction Coaches During Venipuncture: a Randomised Controlled Trial’. In: 28th Conference of the European Health Psychology Society, 26th – 30th August 2014, Innsbruck, Austria

Rodriguez, A., Kola-Palmer, S., Fry, A., Postlethwaite, R. and Dlamini, T. (2014) ‘Authentic research and dissemination in health psychology; building a community of practice and student self efficacy’. In: Annual Teaching and Learning Conference 2014: Putting the Strategy into Practise, 23 June 2014, University of Huddersfield, Huddersfield, UK

2013

Kola, S., Walsh, J., Hughes, B. and Howard, S. (2013) ‘Matching intra-procedural information with coping style reduces psychophysiological arousal in women undergoing colposcopyJournal of Behavioral Medicine , 36 (4), pp. 401-412. ISSN 0160-7715

Walsh, J., Leonard, S., Kola, S. and Birrane, J. (2013) ‘Efficacy of an online intervention to promote uptake of the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) vaccine in women’. In: 27th Conference of the European Health Psychology Society, 16th - 20th July 2013, Bordeaux, France

2012

Byrne, C., Walsh, J., Kola, S. and Sarma, K. (2012) ‘Predicting intention to uptake H1N1 influenza vaccine in a university sampleBritish Journal of Health Psychology , 17 (3), pp. 582-595. ISSN 1359-107X

Kola, S., Walsh, J., Hughes, B. and Howard, S. (2012) ‘Attention focus, trait anxiety, and pain perception in patients undergoing colposcopyEuropean Journal of Pain , 16 (6), pp. 890-900. ISSN 1532-2149

Kola, S. and Walsh, J. (2012) ‘Determinants of pre-procedural state anxiety and negative affect in first-time colposcopy patients: Implications for interventionsEuropean Journal of Cancer Care , 21 (4), pp. 469-476. ISSN 0961-5423

Kola, S. and Walsh, J. (2012) ‘Dysplasia severity, but not experiences during colposcopy, predicts adherence to follow-up colposcopyPsycho-Oncology , 21 (3), pp. 291-296. ISSN 1057-9249

2011

Kola, S (2011) ‘The effectiveness of attention focus strategies during acute clinical pain’. In: Annual Scientific Meeting of the Irish Pain Society, 22nd October 2011, Dublin, Ireland

Byrne, C., Walsh, J., Kola, S. and Sarma, K. (2011) ‘Predicting intention to uptake H1N1 influenza vaccine in a university sample’. In: 25th Annual Conference of the European Health Psychology Society (EHPS) 2011, September 20 – 24, 2011, Crete, Greece

Leonard, S., Kola, S. and Walsh, J. (2011) ‘The efficacy of a web-based educational intervention in promoting acceptability of the HPV vaccine’. In: 25th Annual Conference of the European Health Psychology Society (EHPS) 2011, September 20 – 24, 2011, Crete, Greece

Kola, S. and Walsh, J. (2011) ‘Biopsychosocial predictors of adherence to follow-up colposcopy in first-time patients.’. In: 25th Annual Conference of the European Health Psychology Society (EHPS) 2011, September 20 – 24, 2011, Crete, Greece

2010

Sarma, K. and Kola, S. (2010) ‘The socio-demographic profile of hanging suicides in Ireland from 1980 to 2005Journal of Forensic and Legal Medicine , 17 (7), pp. 374-377. ISSN 1752928X

Kola, S. and Walsh, J. (2010) ‘Trait anxiety and pain-related expectancy predict pre-procedural state anxiety and negative affect in first-time colposcopy patients’. In: STAR 2010: 31st World Conference on Stress and Anxiety Research, 4th - 6th August 2010, Galway, Ireland

Kola, S., Walsh, J., Hughes, B. and Howard, S. (2010) ‘Attention focus, trait anxiety and pain perception in patients undergoing colposcopy’. In: STAR 2010: 31st World Conference on Stress and Anxiety Research, 4th - 6th August 2010, Galway, Ireland

Sarma, K. and Kola, S. (2010) ‘Firearms, Hanging, and Drowning Suicides in the Republic of IrelandCrisis: The Journal of Crisis Intervention and Suicide Prevention , 31 (2), pp. 69-75. ISSN 0227-5910

Sarma, K. and Kola, S. (2010) ‘Firearm suicide decedents in the Republic of Ireland, 1980–2005Public Health , 124 (5), pp. 278-283. ISSN 0033-3506

Leonard, S., Walsh, J. and Kola, S. (2010) ‘The impact of a web-based educational intervention using positive message framing to promote the acceptability of the human papilloma virus (HPV) vaccine in a female university sample’. In: 7th Annual Conference of the Division of Health Psychology, PSI: Psychology, Health and Medicine, 15th – 17th September 2010, Queen's University, Belfast

2009

Kola, S (2009) ‘Patient’s psychological reactions to colposcopy’. In: Invited presentation on behalf of the Nurses In Colposcopy Clinics In Ireland Association (NICCIA), 16th October 2009, Belfast City Hospital, Belfast

Kola, S. and Walsh, J. (2009) ‘Patients’ psychological reactions to colposcopy and LLETZ treatment for cervical intraepithelial neoplasiaEuropean Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology and Reproductive Biology , 146 (1), pp. 96-99. ISSN 0301-2115

Kola, S. and Walsh, J. (2009) ‘Reducing Anxiety in Colposcopy Patients: The Effects of Matching Level of Information and Preferred Coping Style’. In: 30th International Conference of the Stress and Anxiety Research Society 2009, 16th - 18th July 2009, Budapest, Hungary

2008

Kola, S. and Walsh, J. (2008) ‘Patients’ Reactions to Further Evaluation of Abnormal Cytological Smear Tests’. In: 39th Annual Conference of the Psychological Society of Ireland, 20th – 23rd November 2008, Tullow, Co. Carlow

Kola, S. and Walsh, J. (2008) ‘The effect of pain on postoperative adjustment in patients undergoing colposcopy’. In: Centre for Pain Research Annual Research Day, November 2008, Galway

Kola, S., Walsh, J. and Mylotte, M. (2008) ‘The effect of experienced pain on intra – and postoperative adjustment in women undergoing a diagnostic medical procedure’. In: 5th Annual Conference of the Division of Health Psychology, Psychology, Health and Medicine, 19th March 2008, Ulster

2007

Kola, S (2007) ‘Anxiety and the Colposcopy Experience’. In: Invited public presentation on behalf of the Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology, University Hostpital Galway, 29th November 2007, University Hospital Galway

Kola, S., Walsh, J., Mylotte, M. and Molloy, M. (2007) ‘Impact of pain on postoperative adjustment in patients undergoing an invasive medical procedure’. In: Irish Pain Society Annual Conference 2007, October 2007, Dublin

2006

Heary, C. and Kola, S. (2006) ‘Children’s Attitudes towards Peers with ADHD: The Effect of a Biological Explanation’. In: 37th Annual Conference of the Psychological Society of Ireland, 9th - 12th November 2006, Galway

Kola, S., Walsh, J., O'Gorman, T. and Lee, J. (2006) ‘The role of attention in reducing anxiety, pain and distress associated with a stressful diagnostic procedure’. In: 27th International Conference of the Stress and Anxiety Research Society, July 2006, Crete

Kola, S. and Walsh, J. (2006) ‘Virtual reality and audiovisual distraction in acute pain management’. In: 3rd Annual Conference of the Division of Health Psychology, PSI, 3rd April 2006, NUI, Galway

Kola, S. and Walsh, J. (2006) ‘Virtual Reality and Audiovisual Technology in the Management of Acute Pain – A review of the literature’. In: 28th Annual Congress of Psychology Students in Ireland, 7th - 8th April 2006, NUI, Maynooth

2005

Kola, S., Walsh, J., O'Gorman, T. and Lee, J. (2005) ‘A randomised controlled trial of a distraction intervention to reduce anxiety in patients undergoing flexible sigmoidoscopy’. In: 36th Annual Conference of the Psychological Society of Ireland, 17th-20th November 2005, Derry, Co. Londonderry

Kola, S. and Walsh, J. (2005) ‘Communication ability as a moderator of cardiovascular reactivity to a speech task’. In: 19th Annual Conference of the European Health Psychology Society 2005, August 2005, NUI, Galway

Kola, S. and Walsh, J. (2005) ‘Effect of Communication Ability on Cardiovascular Reactivity to a Speech Task’. In: 2nd Annual Conference of the Division of Health Psychology PSI: Psychology Health and Medicine Conference 2005, April 2005, Tallaght Hospital, Dublin

Esteem

Professional memberships

Susie is a Chartered member of the British Psychological Society, a graduate member of the Psychological Society of Ireland, and a member of the Centre for Pain Research, NUI Galway.

Conferences presentations prizes

  • Kola, S. and Walsh, J.C. (November 2008). The effect of pain on postoperative adjustment in patients undergoing colposcopy. The Center for Pain Research Annual Research Day, Galway. Awarded 1st Prize.
  • Kola, S., Walsh, J.C., Mylotte, M., and Molloy, M. (October 2007). Impact of pain on postoperative adjustment in patients undergoing an invasive medical procedure. Irish Pain Society Annual Conference, Dublin. Awarded 3rd Prize.

Invited presentations

  • Kola, S. (October, 2011). The effectiveness of attention focus strategies during acute clinical pain. Invited presentation of behalf of the Irish Pain Society.
  • Kola, S. (October, 2009). Patients’ psychological reactions to colposcopy. Invited presentation on behalf of the Nurses in Colposcopy Clinics in Ireland Association (NICCIA).
  • Kola, S. (November, 2007). Anxiety and the colposcopy experience. Invited public presentation on behalf of the Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology, UHG.

Research Degree Supervision

Susie is primarily interested in supervising quantitative research projects in health psychology, with specific research interests in the areas of stress, coping, anxiety, acute and chronic pain, psychophysiological correlates of stress, cancer screening behaviour.

  • 2013 - Jade Cash, PhD University of Huddersfield
    A Phenomenological Investigation Exploring the Lived Experiences of Living with and Beyond Cancer (second supervisor)
  • 2013 - Agata Dobowska, PhD University of Huddersfield
    Influence of psychopathy and early childhood experiences on attitudes and rape myth acceptance (second supervisor)
  • 2011 - Natasha Levy, PhD University of Huddersfield
    Quality of life in individuals with diabetes who undergo elective minor limb amputation (second supervisor)
  • 2009-2010 - Mary Butler, MSc Health Psychology, NUI Galway
    Thesis entitled: “The effect of acceptance and pain catastrophizing on acute pain perception” (primary supervisor)
  • 2009-2010 - Sinéad Leonard, MSc Health Psychology, NUI Galway
    Thesis entitled: “The role of positive message framing and educational intervention in promoting acceptability to the HPV vaccine in a female university sample” (primary supervisor)

Postgraduate research opportunities with Dr Susanna Kola-Palmer

2017-18

MSc by Research
PhD

2018-19

MSc by Research
PhD

Administrative Responsibilities

  • Admissions Tutor
  • School Research and Ethics Panel (SREP) member
  • Athena SWAN panel member

Teaching and Professional Activities

Module Leader and Lecturer
HIB1047 Health Psychology

Lecturer
HFB2009 Contemporary Issues in Psychology
HIB1017 Psychological Research and Data Analysis