Dr Rachel Cook

Head of the Department of Psychology, Principal Lecturer

Faculty:Faculty of Science & Technology

Department:Psychology

Location: Cambridge

Areas of Expertise: Applied, Social and Health Psychology

Rachel is a health psychologist with a particular interest in psychological aspects of reproduction and fertility.

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rachel.cook@anglia.ac.uk

Research interests

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  • Psychological implications of reproduction, infertility and medical technologies
  • Stress and health

Rachel is a member of our Gender, Sexuality, Sexual Health and Reproduction Research Area and our Health Psychology Research Area. Both form part of our Applied, Social and Health Psychology Research Group.

Areas of research supervision

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  • Reproductive psychology
  • Psychology effects of infertility
  • Decision-making in relation to fertility
  • Stress and its relationship with health

Find out more about our Psychology PhD.

Teaching

Modules
  • Introduction to Abnormal and Clinical Psychology, Critical Issues in Health Psychology

Qualifications

  • BA Psychology, University Of Exeter
  • MA Health Services Studies, University of Leeds
  • PhD Psychology City University, London
  • Chartered Health Psychologist

Memberships, editorial boards

  • Associate Fellow, British Psychological Society

Selected recent publications

Smith, C., Cook, R. & Rohleder, P. (2017). When it comes to HIV, that’s when you find out the genuinity of that love’: The experience of disclosing a HIV+ status to an intimate partner. Journal of Health Psychology (in press)

Smith, C., Cook, R., & Rohleder, P. (2017). A qualitative investigation into the HIV disclosure process within an intimate partnership:‘The moment I realized that our relationship was developing into something serious, I just had to tell him’. British Journal of Health Psychology, 22(1), 110-127.

Smith, C., Cook, R., & Rohleder, P. (2017). Taking into account the quality of the relationship in HIV disclosure. AIDS and Behavior, 21(1), 106-117.

Martin, T. P. C., Moualed, D., Paul, A., Ronan, N., Tysome, J. R., Donnelly, N. P., Cook, R., & Axon, P. R. (2015). The Cambridge Otology Quality of Life Questionnaire: an otology‐specific patient‐recorded outcome measure. A paper describing the instrument design and a report of preliminary reliability and validity. Clinical Otolaryngology, 40(2), 130-139.

Bristow, M., Cook, R., Erzinclioglu, S. and Hodges, J., 2008. Stress, distress and mucosal immunity in carers of a partner with fronto-temporal dementia. Aging and Mental Health.

Cook, R. and Day Sclater, S. with Kaganas, F. (Eds.), 2003. Surrogate Motherhood: International Perspectives. Oxford: Hart Publishing.

Cook, R. and Day Sclater, S. with Kaganas, F., 2003. Introduction. Chapter 1 pp.1-19. In: Cook, R. and Day Sclater, S. with Kaganas, F., 2003. Surrogate Motherhood: International Perspectives. Oxford: Hart Publishing.

Cook, R., 2003. Safety in the multitude of counsellors: do we need counselling in surrogacy? Chapter 12 pp.179-197. In: Cook, R. and Day Sclater, S. with Kaganas, F., 2003. Surrogate Motherhood: International Perspectives. Oxford: Hart Publishing.

Cook, R., 2001. Villain, hero or masked stranger: ambivalence in transactions with human gametes. Chapter 12 pp.211-227. In: Bainham, A., Day Sclater, S. and Richards, M. (Eds.). Body Lore and Laws. Oxford: Hart Publishing.