Petra Boynton

Petra Boynton
The Research Companion

PhD Applied Human Psychology
Providing training and support to universities, charities and other organisations on researcher safety and wellbeing

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Introduction
My research, teaching and public engagement covers four areas: Safety and wellbeing - consultancy and guidance to ensure research is safe, ethical, effective, accessible and inclusive. "How to do research" training. Pregnancy loss - providing advice for those affected by miscarriage, ectopic pregnancy or stillbirth; and improving education for healthcare workers and therapists on psychological support during and after loss. Mediated advice giving - providing key health information via the media.
Additional affiliations
September 2014 - present
The Research Companion
Position
  • Consultant
Description
  • I provide training and guidance to universities, schools and other research organisations on addressing issues of safety, rights and wellbeing for staff and students; while addressing research skills are taught in ways that prioritise practical and core skills, ethics, accessibility and inclusivity.
October 2012 - August 2014
University College London
Position
  • Senior Lecturer in International Primary Health Care
June 2002 - September 2012
University College London
Position
  • Lecturer in International Health Care Research
Education
October 1991 - March 1998
Aston University
Field of study
  • Applied Human Psychology
October 1988 - June 1991
University of Sussex
Field of study
  • Social Psychology

Publications

Publications (239)
Book
Are you studying or working in academia and in need of support? Perhaps you’re finding your work, study or personal life challenging or overwhelming; are experiencing bullying, harassment or abuse; or find your progress is being blocked by unfair, exploitative or precarious systems? Or perhaps you want to support a friend or colleague who’s struggl...
Article
Baby Loss Awareness Week is a start, but more must be done to help those who, like me, have lost a pregnancy, says Petra Boynton
Book
Pregnancy loss can leave us with many unanswered questions, and knowing where to find answers is not always clear. This book is for you if, like me, you've been affected by any kind of pregnancy loss - currently or in the past. It provides practical advice and self-care strategies to help you cope during or after loss, alongside ideas that will ena...
Conference Paper
Within Human-Computer Interaction (HCI), researchers have become more aware of the interplay between the work they are doing and their own health and wellbeing. These issues have been discussed mostly in the context of HCI research around sensitive issues (Sensitive HCI). We argue that researcher wellbeing needs to be considered in all eHealth and...
Research
Anti LGBTQ laws in Nigeria makes it difficult for LGBTQ people to live openly, access healthcare, and exercise their civil rights. This research - a survey of over 400 LGBTQ Nigerians assessed people's mental and physical health, experiences of discrimination, and the impact of Homo, Bi and Transphobia on their lives. A copy of the report can be fo...
Article
Recent changes in the classification of female sexual dysfunction in the fifth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) and the US Food and Drug Administration?s (FDA) approval of the first drug to treat low sexual desire in women (flibanserin) have highlighted the intense focus on sexual desire problems in women....
Book
Have you ever wanted to know an effective and ethical way to: Design a study? Recruit participants? Report findings? And improve the quality and output of your research? The Research Companion focuses on the practical skills needed to complete research in the social or health sciences and development. It covers the behind-the-scenes essentials...
Article
The media are widely acknowledged as important in sex and relationship education, but they are usually associated with ‘bad’ effects on young people in contrast to the ‘good’ knowledge represented by more informational and educational formats. In this paper we look at sex advice giving in newspapers, magazines and television in the UK, in sex advic...
Article
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The health seeking behaviour of a community determines how they use health services. Utilisation of health facilities can be influenced by the cost of services, distance to health facilities, cultural beliefs, level of education and health facility inadequacies such as stock-out of drugs. To assess the health seeking practices and challenges in uti...
Article
An information leaflet/report created with the Miscarriage Association explaining the impact of babyloss on partners.
Poster
This poster was based on the research of Anna Storrs who interviewed women about the breastfeeding support they received. Work was latterly used to improve breastfeeding services in the area.
Article
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Africa faces an urgent but 'neglected epidemic' of chronic disease. In some countries stroke, hypertension, diabetes and cancers cause a greater number of adult medical admissions and deaths compared to communicable diseases such as HIV/AIDS or tuberculosis. Experts propose a three-pronged solution consisting of epidemiological surveillance, primar...
Article
A former BMJ columnist and his co-author deal with the power of social networking in a compelling new book, finds Petra Boynton Do you think everything you do is determined by you and you alone? What influence might those around you have on your mental wellbeing? Can a friend of a friend have an effect on your physical health? These are some of the...
Poster
Based on a project undertaken by S Kharia and co-supervised by T Greenhalgh this research involved interviewing women on the care they had received and whether it matched their emotional needs.
Article
Objectives To test the feasibility of professional patients as a tool for sexual health service evaluation. Professional patients are paid to use services specifically for audit or evaluation purposes without disclosing their identity as evaluators. Methods Professional patients visited five large sexual health departments used by 3000 clients per...
Chapter
The story of this researchAnalysis of postingsSelf-injury - a review of previous literatureConclusions and recommendationsAcknowledgements
Article
The media have been intrigued by a new service that offers to help the millions of unattached Britons infected by “dating toxins.” Petra Boynton reports
Article
Can health promotion messages be pushed withlearn from the same techniques that Tesco and McDonald's use? Petra Boynton examines a new book on the subject
Article
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Chlamydia trachomatis infection is a common sexually transmitted infection with serious sequelae. Excellent access to testing, treatment and contact tracing are an essential part of strategies to control it. With traditional sexual health services over-stretched, community pharmacies are well placed to provide this service. They have the potential...
Article
The medical profession has traditionally been dominated by middle-class white males in the UK, but it is a political priority to widen access to all socio-economic and ethnic groups. This paper describes an empirical study based on biographical life narrative interviews with 45 16-year olds from inner London who were considering applying to medical...
Article
Education programmes for sex and relationships are greatly needed globally. One way such information can be delivered is via the media. Sex and relationship advice has long been a popular media component, but the quality, accuracy and effectiveness of such advice—particularly from the sex ‘expert’ or ‘agony aunt’—has not been adequately addressed....
Article
In Thailand, rapid increases in economic prosperity have been accompanied by erosion of traditional cultural and religious values and by negative effects on sexual health of young people. We investigated knowledge, attitudes, norms, and values of teenagers, parents, teachers, and policymakers in relation to sex and sex education in Chiang Mai, Thai...
Article
Although the public uses the media for sex advice, information and validation, much media coverage of sex contains inconsistent, outdated, or incorrect messages. There is little encouragement for those working in sex therapy, research, education or healthcare to engage with the media. The standard of media training and availability for these profes...
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To develop a one week widening access summer school for 16 year old pupils from non-traditional backgrounds who are considering applying to medical school, and to identify its short term impact and key success factors. Action research with partnership schools in deprived inner city areas in five overlapping phases: schools liaison, recruitment of p...
Article
Healthcare research is haunted by a history of unethical studies in which profound harm was caused to vulnerable individuals. Official systems for gaining ethical approval for research, designed to prevent a repetition of these shameful examples, can prove bureaucratic and inflexible in practice. The core ethical principles of respect for autonomy,...

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Projects (5)
Project
Exploring ways to identify and share good practices in understanding self-care, rights and safety for anyone working or studying in academia.
Project
Developing an interdisciplinary research partnership on Africa's chronic non-communicable disease (NCD) burden
Project
Writing a self-help book about feelings, reactions and coping strategies during and after pregnancy loss for those who have miscarried and their partners. Accompanied by researching what the training needs are for healthcare practitioners are regarding the emotional aspects of miscarriage care.