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Professor Kate Bennett PhD

Professor Psychology

    Research

    Research Overview

    "http://www.katembennett.uk"

    Psychology of Later Life

    The major focus of my research is the psychology of later life. I am an expert in widowhood and bereavement, across most life domains including gender, social relationships and wellbeing. I study resilience across adulthood, particularly in the context of caregiving and widowhood. I am also interested in nutrition. In older adults I am study how people talk about food and nutrition and adapt their dietary habits with respect to ageing.

    Infant nutrition and maternal experience

    At the start of life I am interested in infant nutrition, especially breastfeeding, and how it influences maternal experiences.

    Research Group Membership

    Research Grants

    Peer Support Programme Evaluation

    LIVERPOOL PRIMARY CARE TRUST (UK)

    December 2011 - August 2012

    Does intoxication influence environmental effects on drinking behaviour?

    BRITISH PSYCHOLOGICAL SOCIETY

    July 2013 - August 2013

    Maintaining function and well-being in later life: A longitudinal cohort study

    ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL RESEARCH COUNCIL (ESRC)

    July 2010 - June 2016

    An investigation of the causes of underachievement in girls at key stage 4.

    BLACKPOOL COUNCIL (UK)

    April 2005 - April 2006

    Older Widow(er)s : Bereavement and gender effects.

    ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL RESEARCH COUNCIL (ESRC)

    May 2000 - July 2002

    Marital status and gender as predictors of health and psychological wellbeing in later life.

    LEVERHULME TRUST (UK)

    September 2003 - August 2005

    Virtuous Cycles of Wellbeing.

    N8 INDUSTRY INNOVATION FORUM (N8 IIF) (UK)

    August 2013 - January 2014

    How to support breastfeeding in hard to reach groups to make a real difference

    LIVERPOOL PRIMARY CARE TRUST (UK)

    January 2012 - December 2014

    Peer Support Programme Evaluation

    LIVERPOOL PRIMARY CARE TRUST (UK)

    July 2010 - March 2011

    Testing the Dual Process Model of Bereavement

    BRITISH PSYCHOLOGICAL SOCIETY

    June 2009 - August 2009

    Research Collaborations

    Deborah van den Hoonaard

    External: St Thomas University, Canada

    Older widowers

    Virginia Richardson

    External: State University of Ohio

    Work on DPM

    Gill Windle

    External: University of Wales (Bangor)

    MRC ResNet collaboration £39K awarded 2009
    also with: McCracken (Livepool), Woods (Bangor), Burholt (Swansea), Orell (UCL), Netuveli (Imperial), Sacker (Essex)

    Marion Hetherington

    External: The University of Leeds

    work on nutrition and ageing

    Jason Powell

    Internal

    Discussion of future research grant applications and publications

    Stephanie Petrie

    Internal

    Blackpool study of achievement in key stage 4 girls - funded study
    Teenage Parents - application for funding

    Alinde Moore and Dorothy Stratton

    External: Ashland University

    Resilience in older widowed men

    Deborah Carr

    External: Rutgers University

    Working on CLOC data for publication

    Cherie McCracken

    Internal

    Working on MRC-CFAS Data for analysis and publication

    Mary Maynard

    External: York University

    Widowhood in women from minority ethnic communities

    Lorna Warren

    External: The University of Sheffield

    Widowhood in women from minority ethnic communities

    Peter Bath

    External: The University of Sheffield

    Working on social engagement and the NLSAA

    Philip Smith

    External: The University of Reading

    ESRC funded project on older widow(er)s - writing up articles