Hate Christmas? Well, according to psychologist Karen Rodham, there are ways that you can endure the most wonderful time of the year.
Karen Rodham runs the Staffordshire Centre for Psychological Research. Her main research focus is on understanding how people cope with difficult health-related conditions (with expertise in persistent pain). Interviews, discussions, and observations help her to learn what helps or hinders peoples’ ability to cope. As a researcher, she builds theory and shares her knowledge with fellow academics. As a practitioner, (she used to practice as a health psychologist in the NHS), she makes sure that her research has practical application in the real world for practicing health psychologists as well as policy-makers. As a teacher, she shares her learning from both academia and practice to ensure that tomorrow’s health psychologists whom she is training are informed about evidence-based practice. In addition to journal articles and chapters for edited collections, she has written books on Health Psychology (Palgrave MacMillan) and Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (Singing Dragon), and she has co-authored a book about adolescent self-harm (Jessica Kingsley Publishers).