Dr Suzie Wang, Senior Lecturer

Dr Suzie Wang

Senior Lecturer

Suzie is an enthusiastic and motivated psychologist. Her research programme crosses the domains of health and clinical psychology and cross-cultural psychology. Her teaching mainly includes research methods, health psychology, clinical and counselling psychology and mental and physical wellbeing.

Suzie completed her MSc in Psychological Research Methods and PhD at the University of Plymouth. She worked part time as a research assistant at the Peninsula Medical School, Plymouth while finishing writing up her PhD thesis. Suzie moved to a postdoctoral post at the University of Lancaster in 2008 where she was part of a team of academics and clinicians researching palliative care issues.

In December 2010 Suzie joined our University as a Lecturer in Psychology.

Current Teaching

  • BSc (Hons) Psychology
    • Intermediate research methods
    • Topics in Mental and Physical Wellbeing
    • Health psychology
    • Clinical & counselling psychology

  • Master & BSc (Hons) Dietetics
    • Life style and long term conditions;

Suzie also supervises doctoral, masters and undergraduate students conducting health and clinical psychology research.

Research Interests

Suzie’s research interests include psychological problems following chronic conditions (e.g., stroke, cancer, COPD). In particular, Suzie is interested in investigating psychological interventions that can be tailored to the target patient groups.

She also has research interest in secondary prevention for stroke, and has been a key member of the International Network of Stroke secondary Prevention Researchers (INSsPiRE) since 2015.

Another research interest of Suzie is in the area of self-management of long term conditions, particularly on peer support and its impact on patients and carers.

Suzie is a co-applicant of two successful research grants. The first is Marie Curie Cancer Care Fund of £249,500. The project title: Unpacking the home: Family carers reflection on dying at home, with Professor S Payne, Dr S Brearley, Professor C Milligan, Professor C Thomas, Dr D Seamark & Ms C Kerr.

The second grant is from Pedagogic Research Institute & Observatory / Plymouth University of £ 9,767.22. The project title: Understanding student attendance: Informing teaching and learning practice with evidence based decisions, with Dr Serpell and Dr Bacon.

Dr Suzie Wang, Senior Lecturer

Ask Me About

  1. Psychology

Selected Outputs

  • Wang X; Smith C; Ashley L; Hyland M (2019) Tailoring self-help mindfulness and relaxation techniques for stroke survivors: examining preferences, feasibility and acceptability. Frontiers in Psychology


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  • Thomas C; Turner M; Payne S; Milligan C; Brearley S; Seamark D; Wang X; Blake S (2018) Family carers’ experiences of coping with the deaths of adults in home settings: A narrative analysis of carers’ relevant background worries. Palliative Medicine, 32 (5), pp. 950-959.


  • Turner M; King C; Milligan C; Thomas C; Brearley SG; Seamark D; Wang X; Blake S; Payne S (2016) Caring for a dying spouse at the end of life: 'It's one of the things you volunteer for when you get married': A qualitative study of the oldest carers' experiences. Age and Ageing, 45 (3), pp. 421-426.


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  • Payne S; Turner M; Seamark D; Thomas C; Brearley S; Wang X; Blake S; Milligan C (2016) Managing end of life medications at home--accounts of bereaved family carers: a qualitative interview study. BMJ supportive & palliative care, 5 (2), pp. 181-188.


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  • Milligan C; Turner M; Blake S; Brearley S; Seamark D; Thomas C; Wang X; Payne S (2016) Unpacking the impact of older adults' home death on family care-givers' experiences of home. Health and Place, 38 pp. 103-111.


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  • Hu L; Li J; Wang X; Payne S; Chen Y; Mei Q (2015) Prior Study of Cross-Cultural Validation of McGill Quality-of-Life Questionnaire in Mainland Mandarin Chinese Patients With Cancer. American Journal of Hospice and Palliative Medicine®, 32 (7), pp. 709-714.


  • Seamark D; Blake S; Brearley SG; Milligan C; Thomas C; Turner M; Wang X; Payne S (2014) Dying at home: a qualitative study of family carers’ views of support provided by GPs community staff. British Journal of General Practice, 64 (629), pp. e796-e803.


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  • Turner M; Seamark D; Milligan C; Thomas C; Brearley SG; Wang X; Blake S; Payne S (2013) FAMILY CARERS' DELIVERY OF MEDICATIONS FOR THE PERSON DYING AT HOME: PRELIMINARY FINDINGS FROM THE ‘UNPACKING THE HOME’ STUDY. BMJ Supportive & Palliative Care, 3 (1), pp. 125.3-126.


  • Payne S; Brearley S; Milligan C; Seamark D; Thomas C; Wang X; Blake S; Turner M (2012) The perspectives of bereaved family carers on dying at home: the study protocol of ‘unpacking the home: family carers’ reflections on dying at home. BMC Palliative Care, 11 (1),


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  • Turner M; Seamark D; Milligan C; Brearley S; Wang X; Blake S; Payne S (2012) ‘Unpacking the home’ – a social science approach to researching dying at home. BMJ Supportive & Palliative Care, 2 (2), pp. 3.2-3.


  • Wang X; Chung MC; Hyland ME; Bahkeit M (2011) Posttraumatic stress disorder and psychiatric co-morbidity following stroke: The role of alexithymia. Psychiatry Research, 188 (1), pp. 51-57.


  • Gruffydd-Jones K; Richman J; Jones RCM; Wang X (2010) A pilot study of identification and case management of high-risk COPD patients in a general practice. Family Practice, 27 (5), pp. 494-498.


  • Jones RCM; Wang X; Harding S; Bott J; Hyland M (2008) Educational impact of pulmonary rehabilitation: Lung Information Needs Questionnaire. Respiratory Medicine, 102 (10), pp. 1439-1445.


  • Jones RCM; Wang X; Harding SA; Hyland ME (2006) Education for patients with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease is variable and poorly targeted - self management and exercise are neglected. Thorax, 61 (Supplement 2),

  • Wang X; Chung MC; Hyland M (2004) Exploring the subjective experience of posttraumatic stress following stroke among Chinese patients. International Journal of Psychology, 39 (5-6),