Departmental Colloquia Series: Lecture by Jane Ogden

Departmental Colloquia Series - Jane Ogden 


The Department of Psychology invites to a lecture by Professor Jane Ogden, University of Surrey, Guildford, United Kingdom 

PLEASE NOTE THE TIME: on Thursday 19th September 2019, 15:30 – 17:00

The title of the lecture is "Do no harm: the costs and benefits of health psychology research"

The lecture takes place at the Library, Faculty of Social Sciences,

Audit 1, Gothersgade 140, 1353 Copenhagen K

After the lecture the Department invites to a reception at

Øster Farimagsgade 2A, 2nd floor, room 03-2-M202, 1353 Copenhagen K 

Faculty, students and others with interest are welcome.


Health psychology research focuses on increasing access to health care and improving health outcomes. Although aiming to benefit patients, this talk will argue that research promoting medication adherence, help seeking, screening and behaviour change also have the potential for harm.  In particular, it will argue that health psychology may have inadvertently contributed to psychological harms (e.g., lead times, anxiety, risk compensation, rebound effects), medical harms (eg. medication side effects, unnecessary procedures) and social harms (e.g., financial costs, increased consultations rates). Such harms may result from medicalization or pharmaceuticalisation. Or they may reflect the ways in which we manage probabilities and an optimistic bias that emphasises benefit over cost.