My research falls into 4 broad areas, all using health psychology models and theories with a broad social-cognitive focus. I am particularly interested in ‘testing’ theories which are often developed in an academic context, by putting them into practice in applied settings.
These include : The relationship between stress and health : My PhD investigated occupational stress in health professionals. More recent work related to the relationship between role conflicts, stress and wellbeing, including student wellbeing and adjustment to university life.
I also have an interest in psychosocial stress and diabetes, and parental stress in parents of pre-term babies.
1995- 2002 I was a founder and principal member of Anxiety and Stress Research Centre, Psychology, University of Stirling.
Infant feeding - psychosocial factors influencing early feeding patterns; attitudes to infant feeding in different groups, including adolescents, new mums and dads, and parents of premature babies
Diet and obesity : Investigating multiple risk factors for obesity as a basis for clinical interventions. Assessing social-cognitive influences on the diet of disadvantaged children.
Diabetes : Including evaluating behaviour change interventions for Type 2 diabetes, and current proposal re: understanding self-monitoring of blood glucose. Research Grants (since 2005) Crombie IK, Irvine L, Swanson V, Power KG, Slane P, Wrieden W, Coyle J. (2004) How can we improve the diet of young children living in areas of high deprivation? £115,020
CSO Swanson V. Auditing of Smoking Cessation Services and Client use in Forth Valley NHS. £15,722.
Forth Valley NHS Board, October 2005 Dixon D, O’Carroll R, O’Connor R, Swanson V. Banning Smoking in public places : the impact on smoking, physical activity and diet. Forth Valley NHS Trust, £5,000.
February 2006 Swanson V., McInnes R., Cheyne H., Mactier H, Callander E, Nicol H. Centre for Integrated Healthcare Research : Developing Maternal Confidence in the Neonatal Unit: Which infant feeding practices promote self-efficacy in mothers of pre-term babies? £19,135. (9 months)
Swanson V., Chambers J. Dixon D (2008) Evaluation of Patient Safety Project. Forth Valley and Tayside. £11,000.
Evans, J., Lawton, J., Swanson V., Donnan P., Emslie-Smith, A., Morris A., Self-monitoring behaviour and its association with glycaemic control among non-insulin treated patients with type 2 diabetes. £164,536.
CSO Commence June 2009 Keeley A, Dennison F, Swanson V, McCoy J., Napier C (2010) A Multi-Method Assessment of Barriers to Breastfeeding in Obese Women NHS Lothian health Services Support Programme. £65,156