Jen Fish

Dr Jen Fish


School of Psychology

Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences

I am a lecturer in psychology at the University of Adelaide and a course coordinator for the Graduate Diploma in Psychology. I coordinate Foundations of Psychology and Psychological Health and Wellbeing.

I have a teaching and research background in health psychology. I completed a PhD in 2019 at Flinders University, which investigated the psychological processes underlying men's help-seeking for cancer symptoms. This PhD was supervised by Prof Carlene Wilson, Assoc Prof Ivanka Prichard, Dr Kerry Ettridge, and Prof Beth Grunfeld.

My research interests broadly span health psychology, however, I have a particular interest in help-seeking behaviour, cancer support and prevention, as well as psychological wellbeing. My recent research has investigated psychological wellbeing and burnout among nurses working locally and internationally during COVID-19.

Potential student project: Gender, help-seeking, and health

Men appear more likely to avoid or postpone help-seeking for some health and psychological symptoms compared with women, which may lead to poorer health and psychological outcomes. I am interested in supervising research projects that investigate and establish effective strategies for improving help-seeking and early detection behaviours among men. 

This project could involve qualitative research that purposively recruits men who usually seek medical help promptly and men who do not seek professional medical advice to explore potential variation in attitudes and health beliefs. Alternatively, quantitative methods may be used to compare responses to potential symptoms across groups and examine variance in the correlates of men’s help-seeking intentions. This project could explore constructs from social cognition models, as well as theories of masculine gender role socialisation and gender norms. 

A second project could be to test the comparative effectiveness of an intervention designed to improve help-seeking behaviour across genders and different types of symptoms to establish whether a targeted gender approach is warranted.

I am also interested in investigating the role nurses in facilitating help-seeking and early detection behaviours in the area of cancer. This project could involve qualitative research investigating the experiences of primary care and/or cancer nurses facilitating early detection of cancer, as well as their knowledge and psychosocial skills in this area. This project could also involve quantitative research aimed at providing evidence to inform early detection interventions or professional development resources for nurses.

  • Other Supervision Activities

    Date Role Research Topic Location Program Supervision Type Student Load Student Name
    2020 - ongoing Co-Supervisor Transition to professional practice programs for registered nurses University of South Australia Master R Boyes
  • Position: Lecturer
  • Phone: 83133136
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  • Campus: North Terrace
  • Building: Hughes, floor 7
  • Room: 7 21
  • Org Unit: School of Psychology

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