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Lifespan Health and Wellbeing Group


Members of this group study health and wellbeing across the lifespan in order to develop a better understanding of the processes and mechanisms involved.

The group includes researchers in longitudinal epidemiology and experimental psychology with common interests in the factors that determine and/or the mechanisms that underlie healthy living, development, and ageing.

Emphasis is placed, particularly, on translational research or how basic findings can be translated into clinical practice and influence health policy.

With their unique expertise and skill sets, members provide the foundation for developing a distinctive, world-leading centre for research into lifespan health and wellbeing. The Group’s affiliates are interested in combining longitudinal, epidemiological approaches to test experimental findings or theories in the real world.


Some Key areas of research

Research on European Children and Adults born Preterm

Although very preterm or very low weight births constitute fewer than 2% of all births across Europe, they account for up to half of perinatal and infant deaths, children with impairments and disabilities and more than a third of the health and educational budgets for children.

In addition to the increased risk for physical impairments, babies born the earliest and the smallest are also at higher risks of psychological and social problems than infants born at term. The RECAP preterm Project aims to understand the causes of these difficulties faced by very preterm children and adults in order improve the health, development and quality of life of these individuals.

The study was funded with Euro 9.7 million by the EU Horizon 2020. We constructed a worldwide unique data platform

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Precursors and Consequences of Bullying

We have been awarded an ESRC grant to investigate how experiences of bullying, as early as primary school, affect long term psychological, social functioning and wealth accumulation of people.

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In collaboration with four other UK universities, we are exploring how people involved in donor conception both use and are impacted by the rise in online DNA testing (sometimes called direct-to-consumer genetic testing or DTCGT for short). This project is funded by the ESRC.

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Student Mental Health and Resilience in Transition (SMaRT)

The overall aim of this study is to understand how factors such as lifestyle and social relationships are related to mental health in university students. Furthermore, the study aims to identify factors that may build resilience for students at university, and in turn to help inform the development of prevention and care strategies for students.



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Research Labs

The Sleep and Pain Lab

The Warwick Sleep and Pain Laboratory is a brand new research facility located at the Department of Psychology. The lab is home to a group of researchers interested in the science and clinical aspects of sleep and pain, and more broadly,the general association between sleep and health. Our research group has expertise in clinical psychology, health psychology, and nursing. The type of research we do is multidisciplinary in nature and we apply both qualitative and quantitative research methodologies.


PremLife focuses on adaptation and life outcomes of preterm and low birth weight children across the lifespan.

Group Members
Dr Ahuti Das Friebel (RF) Kate Evans (RA)
Professor Robin Goodwin Dr Kirsty Lee
Dr Fiona MacCallum Dr Marina Mendonça
Dr Adrian von Műhlenen Professor Anu Realo
Dr Jesse Preston Professor Nicole Tang
Dr Kristy Themelis Professor James Tresilian
Dr Sabrina Twilhaar Professor Dieter Wolke
Dr Nicole Baumann
Dr Robert Eves
Dr Sakari Lemola
Dr Anita Lenneis
Dr Eva Liu
Dr Yanyan Ni
Prof Juliane Spiegler
Research Students
Duaa Ashoor Kayleigh Caffyn Yuyao Cheng
Victoria Collard Serkan Deveci Jenna Gillett
Elif Gönen Tarandeep Kang Janelle Kolas
Aleksandra Krogulska Michaela Pawley Rebecca Plimmer
Arman Rakhimov Agne Raneberg Peter To
Ahmad Valikhani Sam Wong Arij Yehy