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Kristina Newman

Senior Lecturer

School of Social Sciences

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Kristina's main teaching and research interests are in health psychology, mental health, and qualitative methods, with a particular interest in adolescents and theories of beliefs and identity. At present, Kristina teaches first and second-year research labs, tutorials, a third-year option module in Health Psychology and Chronic Illness, and supervises MSc projects.

Career overview

In addition to lecturing, Kristina is also a researcher with Nottinghamshire NHS Healthcare Trust, specializing in CAMHS diagnostics and occupational health across a variety of projects. Prior to NTU, Kristina worked as a visiting lecturer at Newman University, as an assistant lecturer at Aston University, and conducted research into adult anaphylaxis at Aston University.

Research areas

Kristina's main area of research is adolescent mental health, illness beliefs, and chronic conditions. Kristina is a mixed-methods researcher with strong qualitative skills and experience in interviewing different populations. Specific prior and current research projects include illness beliefs in adolescent food allergies, quality of life in adult anaphylaxis, breastfeeding mothers, diagnostic testing in CAMHS, social media and fake news, mental health in those furloughed and returning to work, and experiences of Stage 2 trainees.

External activity

Kristina is also a researcher with Nottinghamshire NHS Healthcare Trust, specializing in adolescent mental health and diagnostics, and occupational health.

Current projects include:

  • STAndardised DIagnostic Assessment for children and young people with emotional difficulties (STADIA)
  • Wellbeing of the Workforce (WoW)

Kristina is also the British Psychological Society (BPS) Qualitative Methods in Psychology (QMiP) social media representative; Twitter; Facebook

Previously, Kristina has also been a committee member of:

  • BPS Division of Health Psychology (DHP) trainee lead.
  • Health Psychology Trainee Network (HPTN) Chair and co-founder
  • BPS West Midlands
  • Midlands Health Psychology Network
  • Psychology Postgraduate Affairs Group (PsyPAG)
  • Aston Postgraduate Research Society

Sponsors and collaborators

Kristina is currently sponsored by MindTech for their research with Nottingham NHS Trust. Previous research has been sponsored by the Midlands Asthma and Allergy Research Association, and the Department of Allergy and Immunology, University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust.


Newman, K. L., Jeve, Y., & Majumder, P. (2021). Experiences and emotional strain of NHS frontline workers during the peak of the COVID19 pandemic. International Journal of Social Psychiatry.

Newman, K. & Knibb, R. (2020). The Psychosocial Impact of Adolescent Food Allergy: A Review of The Literature. The European Medical Journal: Allergy & Immunology, 5, 54-60.

Newman, K., Rockliffe, L., Chater, A. (2021). Development of the Health Psychology Trainee Network (HPTN): Conversation cafés and resources for Stage 2 trainees. Health Psychology Update,  30(1), 33-35.

Rockliffe, L. & Newman, K. (2021). Reflecting on the benefits of being a postgraduate committee member. PsyPAG Quarterly, 117, 23-26.

Bull, E., Newman, K., Cassidy, T., Anderson, N. & Chater, A. (Autumn, 2020). Reflecting on the Stage 2 health psychology independent training route: In-training and graduate experiences of employability. Health Psychology Update, 29(2), 19-31.

Knibb, R. C., Huissoon, A. P., Baretto, R. , Ekbote, A. , Onyango‐Odera, S. , Screti, C. , Newman, K. L. & Krishna, M. T. (2019), ‘It's not an illness, it's just bad luck’: The impact of anaphylaxis on quality of life in adults. Clin Exp Allergy, 49, 1040-1046.

Melia, C. & Newman, K. (2019) Finding power in words: Redeeming the reputation of transcription, QMiP Bulletin, 27 (Spring). 41-45.

Newman, K. L. & Williamson, I. (2018). Why aren't you stopping now?!’ Exploring accounts of white women breastfeeding beyond six months in the East of England. Appetite, 129, 228-235.

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