Stephanie Wilkie

Stephanie Wilkie
University of Sunderland · School of Psychology

PhD Educational Psychology (Major in Research Methodology & Statistics)

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Introduction
Stephanie Wilkie is Associate Professor in Environmental Psychology at the School of Psychology, University of Sunderland. Stephanie is an Environmental Psychologist and her work draws on applications of psychology to built and natural environment design. This work is grounded in quantitative social science methodology.
Additional affiliations
September 2004 - present
University of Sunderland
Position
  • Professor (Associate)
November 2001 - July 2004
RTI International
Position
  • Education Research Analyst

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Publications (26)
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Introduction This study explored whether place preference, an individual's relationship with place, differentiated people on pro-environmental attitudes, nature-relatedness and pro-environmental behavior. Objective The aim was to provide a way to segment people and potentially inform behavior change messaging strategies targeting pro-environmental...
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The increase in the prevalence of gastrointestinal (GI) conditions is an emerging global health concern. Studies of the impact on the lives of individuals living with GI conditions such as irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) typically focus on biological elements, such as symptomology and treatment efficacy. Comparat...
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Evidence supports the positive influence of nature on population health, which has led to increased interest in nature-based interventions (NBIs). This scoping review explored how NBIs were currently being implemented to change adult health-related behaviours and outcomes linked with international public health indicators. Fifty-two of the 618 stud...
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Purpose This paper aims to explore residents' perceptions of a refurbishment programme to sheltered housing schemes and its impact on their well-being. Design/methodology/approach The methodology draws upon a realist evaluation framework. Four participatory appraisals (PAs) and 19 interviews with residents were conducted in the sheltered housing s...
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Childhood obesity is a public health problem with multiple effects on children’s life. Promoting Active School Travel (AST) could provide an inclusive opportunity for physical activity and shape healthy behaviours. Data for this cross-sectional study were drawn from questionnaires carried out in five primary schools located in Newcastle upon Tyne,...
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The aim of this narrative review is to explore whether nature-based interventions improved individual public health outcomes and health behaviours, using a conceptual framework that included pathways and pathway domains, mechanisms, and behaviour change techniques derived from environmental social science theory and health behaviour change models....
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Exercise in natural environments positively impacts physical, social and mental well-being. However, most research has focused on green exercise, with less investigation of blue exercise (i.e. exercise in natural water). The study explored how blue exercise impacted well-being and whether its benefits were unique from other types of physical activi...
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In this study, the use of Twitter as a potential method to capture unsolicited views of urban green spaces was explored. Tweets were content analysed using attention restoration theory (ART) as the framework. Tweets about three city-centre urban green spaces in northern England were analysed for four attention restoration characteristics: being awa...
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Built environment restructuring can improve public health through increased opportunity for healthy behaviors. Behavioral science targets individual health behaviors within place, suggesting the potential to integrate these approaches. This scoping review was one of the first to summarise the impact built environment restructuring has on health out...
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CITY KNOW-HOW Human health and planetary health are influenced by city lifestyles, city leadership, and city development. For both, worrying trends are leading to increasing concern and it is imperative that human health and environmental impacts become core foci in urban policy. Changing trajectory will require concerted action; the journal Cities...
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Evidence for memory characteristic differences between trauma and other memories in non‐clinical samples is inconsistent. However, trauma is frequently confounded with the event recalled. This study compares trauma and nontrauma memories for the same event, childbirth, in a non‐clinical sample of 285 women 4–6 weeks after birth. None of the women m...
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Previously, ‘environmental preference as place identity’ interacted with environment type impacting perceived restoration potential and positive mood; this was called the congruence effect. These studies were replicated with two modifications. Place attachment and dependence, in addition to place identity, were used to investigate the convergent va...
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Introduction: This study aimed at establishing the reliability and validity of the primary health questionnaire (PHQ-15) somatic symptom severity subscale for postpartum women. Methods: Women (N = 495) completed the PHQ-15 approximately 6 weeks postpartum during the baseline phase of a randomized controlled trial evaluating a writing intervention f...
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The study aims were to replicate initial findings of an environmental preference/environment type “congruence effect” on judgements of perceived restoration potential (Wilkie and Stavridou, 2013) and explore if this congruence influenced restoration outcomes. University students (N = 120) categorized themselves as ‘country’ or ‘city’ persons to ind...
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Participative co-production is widely used for urban regeneration, yet little research has been conducted to assess whether it achieves project/policy aims or benefits residents over the long term. This article revisits disadvantaged areas in northeastern France that implemented participative co-production for urban-regeneration projects a decade a...
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Background Childbirth is a challenging and emotive experience that is accompanied by strong positive and/or negative emotions. Memories of birth may be associated with how women cognitively process birth events postpartum and potentially their adaptation to parenthood. Characteristics of memories for birth may also be associated with postnatal psyc...
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This study (N = 120) explored whether congruence between environmental preference and environment type influenced judgments of likelihood for directed attention restoration. The study differs from previous research by operationally defining preference as a representation of place identity from environmental psychology rather than as the attractiven...
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Home refers to a number of locations and various meanings associated with it have been identified. However, research has been limited by a focus on house and traditional family. To expand our understanding, this study explored whether a secondary space, the English professional football ground, embodied the same meanings as other places called home...
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This study suggested Lawton and Kallai's 2002 International Wayfinding Strategy Scale was appropriate for use in the UK. Participants at a northeastern English university (N = 148) completed the scale. Principal components analysis (oblimin rotation) with 2 factors specified supported the expected structure and indicated the scale could be used to...
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The data for this report describe the tested achievement and educational status of a cohort based on a nationally representative probability sample of 15,362 10th-graders in 752 public, Catholic, and other private schools, who were studied in the spring term of the 2001-02 school year. The base-year data collection for the Education Longitudinal St...
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The notion of natural workplace supports is an essential ingredient in achieving successful supported employment outcomes. This quantitative study examines the characteristics of 243 individuals with psychiatric disabilities participating in supported employment programs in the United States. Diagnoses, psychiatric symptoms, and Global Assessment o...
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The current study used a variety of behavioral and self-report measures to examine gender differences in way finding behavior following incidental leaming in an unfamiliar indoor environment. College students were led along a circuitous route and then asked to find their way back to the start. Choice of route back, comments made during the task, di...

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I am a doctoral research student and academic tutor at the University of Sunderland in the School of Psychology. The title of my PhD research is Male Risk-taking in Response to Ecological Context: A Life History Perspective. My main interests are in the theoretical application of evolutionary-developmental approaches to understanding the impact of ecological variation on life history strategies. I am specifically interested in the impacts of ecological deprivation on phenotypic development towards risk-orientation, the sex ratio on the variation in risk-orientation, and the relationship between adult socioeconomic status and mortality on male costly mating displays. I approach my research using theories of animal behavioural ecology and human behavioural ecology to explain the theoretical and psychological processes which underlie male risky pursuits. In my future research career I hope to continue my research in a similar context; applying life history theory to investigate a variety of both human and animal behaviours.