Surrey students published in Student Journal of Psychology

The new issue of the Student Journal of Psychology features several articles authored or co-authored by Surrey students.

Half of the issue is dedicated to thematic articles in the area of Health Psychology – the study of psychological and behavioural processes involved in preventing and managing illness (both physical and mental health).

Vitamin supplements

Final-year Surrey undergraduates Tom Vlietstra, from the School of Psychology, and Yan Yee Sung, studying Nutrition and Dietetics, were awarded the prize of ‘Best Themed Article’ for their paper entitled ‘Vitamin D Supplementation: A Novel Schizophrenia Treatment.’ Congratulations! When asked about the experience of writing for the journal, Tom said:

“We are both really excited to have won the award, and felt that it made the additional work we put in during final year to complete it worthwhile. We selected this topic through finding similarities and gaps across the disciplines we studied. Yan Yee was undertaking her dissertation on Vitamin D intake and I was writing a Clinical Psychology essay about schizophrenia. After finding out about the Student Journal of Psychology we felt that together we could write an article addressing schizophrenia treatment from a multidisciplinary perspective.”

The issue also includes articles from other Surrey Psychology undergraduates: Fatma Mehmet (who was in her Professional Training Year), Lucy Lindley (final-year), Laura Carter (first-year), Sapphira Thorne (final-year), Eleanor Brodie (final-year), Chloe Randall (final-year), and Hannah Wallace (first-year). Well done to all of you!

The Student Journal of Psychology is run by the University of Kent Psychology Society and was set up to provide a forum for undergraduate and postgraduate students to be able to write and publish their own work during their studies. We hope that having a first publication on their CV will help our new graduates to springboard their careers – and it’s also a valuable experience during the degree! Laura Carter, whose article is entitled ‘Personality as a Predictor of Health Behaviours: Does the Five Factor Model Influence Patient Adherence?’ said:

“I am keen to resubmit to the journal as it maintained my essay writing skills, as well as allowing me to write about what I wanted to. I am also much better at reading journal articles and quickly identifying whether they will be of use to me!”

The next round of submissions to the journal will be invited in Autumn 2013 and we definitely encourage students to submit articles!