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Psychology and Medicine: Critical friendship or uncomfortable bedfellows?

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Interdisciplinary research has the potential for great synergy, and some tension. In this lecture I consider the nature of the relationship between psychology and clinical medicine as it pertains to academic research, drawing on examples of work that is ongoing at Cambridge. Within this, I examine the kinds of contributions that psychology can make to clinical and public health research. For example, considering the evidence for harms arising through false reassurance among diabetes screening attenders, or the psychological and behavioural impacts of a polypill. In the second half of this lecture I reflect on the importance of leadership, and disciplinarity. I consider the potential roles available to psychology, and the importance of theory. Finally, I consider what it is that psychology might offer for future research in clinical and biomedical science.

This talk is part of the Social Psychology Seminar Series (SPSS) series.

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