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Dr Robert Portman is a Lecturer in Psychology in the School of Social Sciences, Humanities and Law. He completed an undergraduate Psychology w/Criminology degree at the University of Huddersfield in 2015, going on to complete an MSc by Research from the same institution in 2017. He received his PhD from Edge Hill University in 2021, following a successful defence of his thesis. In collaboration with West Lancashire Borough Council, Robert’s PhD work comprised an exploration and intervention development of a social-identity informed peer-support intervention for exercise referral.
Prior to commencing his current post in 2021, Robert worked as a Graduate Teaching Assistant at Edge Hill University, contributing to the delivery of a variety of modules at undergraduate and postgraduate level. Currently, he teaches on ‘Psychological Research Design and Analysis’ and ‘Mental Health and Wellbeing’ modules and supervises undergraduate dissertation and postgraduate MSc students.
Summary of Research Interests
Robert is a researcher within the Centre for Applied Psychological Sciences at Teesside University and a member of the Health Section of the British Psychological Society.
Robert’s research interests focus on the social identity approach to health, investigating the factors that influence group attraction, group cohesion and subsequent social identification. His research focusses on the practical application of the social identity approach to facilitating health enhancing behaviour change.
PhD, Promoting Adult Physical Activity in West Lancashire through Exercise Referral, Edge Hill University
1 Sep 2017 → 12 Feb 2021
Award Date: 12 Feb 2021
Master, Social Physique Anxiety in Male and Female Exercisers, University of Huddersfield
1 Sep 2015 → 16 Dec 2016
Award Date: 17 Jan 2017
Bachelor, Psychology w/Criminology, University of Huddersfield
21 Sep 2012 → 23 May 2015
Award Date: 12 Jun 2015
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Portman, R., Levy, A. & Allen, S.
1/11/21 → 1/06/23
A Commentary on the Development of a Physical Activity Community-Based Peer Mentorship Intervention: Theoretical and Practical Insights from the Social Identity ApproachPortman, R., Levy, A., Maher, A. & Fairclough, S., 12 Apr 2022, In: The European Health Psychologist. 22, 5, p. 858-863 6 p.
Research output: Contribution to journal › Review article › peer-reviewOpen AccessFile23 Downloads (Pure)
Portman, R., Levy, A., Maher, A. & Fairclough, S., 18 Sep 2021, In: Health Education Journal. 15 p.
Research output: Contribution to journal › Article › peer-reviewOpen AccessFile34 Downloads (Pure)
Portman, R., Levy, A., Maher, A. & Fairclough, S., 10 Feb 2021, In: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health.. 18, 4, 16 p., 1720.
Research output: Contribution to journal › Article › peer-reviewOpen Access