Dr Yuefang Zhou
Medical and Biological Sciences Building
University of St Andrews
I came to the UK in 2002, having taught English in secondary schools in China for ten years. I was awarded an MSc with distinction in Applied Research Methods in 2003 and a PhD in 2006, both by the University of Dundee. The title of my PhD thesis was ‘Processes of cultural pedagogical shock and adaptation of Chinese postgraduate students in the UK’. My knowledge of statistics and interest in psychological processes helped me complete my first post doctural project (2007-2008) at the School of Psychology, University of St Andrews, which investigated the effects of group identity on behaviour change.
Since December 2008, when I started to work with Professor Gerry Humphris in the School of Medicine, my research interest has extended into health psychology. At the moment, I am working on a project investigating how dental nurses encourage young children to accept an oral health-related intervention. Situated within the broader area of healthcare communication, this project aims to determine how healthcare professionals’ behaviour influences children’s behaviour, which has wider implications for healthcare outcomes.
Since September 2010, I have been teaching cross-cultural medicine to undergraduate and postgraduate students working on their Master’s projects.
I would like to combine my knowledge in cross-cultural communication with my current research in healthcare communication to explore intercultural communication in medical settings.