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 projects: Help-seeking and health

I am interested in supervising research projects that investigate and establish effective strategies for improving health-related help-seeking and early detection behaviours. Some potential projects are listed below, but I am open to discussing other potential research projects.

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

A second project could involve qualitative research that purposively recruits people who usually seek medical help promptly and people 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 help-seeking intentions and behaviours. This project could explore constructs from social cognition models or candidacy theory. 

I am also interested in investigating the role nurses and other healthcare professionals in facilitating help-seeking and early detection behaviours in the area of cancer. This project could involve qualitative research investigating the experiences of healthcare professionals facilitating early detection of cancer, as well as their 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 healthcare professionals.

  • Other Supervision Activities

    Date Role Research Topic Location Program Supervision Type Student Load Student Name
    2022 - ongoing Principal Supervisor Psychological influences on help-seeking for physical symptoms University of Adelaide Honours in Psychology Honours G Tottman
    2022 - ongoing Co-Supervisor Help-seeking for Emotional and Sexual Concerns in Breast Cancer University of Adelaide Honours in Psychology Honours I Harris
    2022 - ongoing Co-Supervisor Help-seeking for Emotional and Sexual Concerns in Prostate Cancer University of Adelaide Honours in Psychology Honours H Alexandrou
  • Position: Lecturer
  • Phone: 83137057
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  • Campus: North Terrace
  • Building: Hughes, floor 7
  • Org Unit: Psychology

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