Dr. Rachel Tarling

Dr. Rachel Tarling

Senior lecturer

School of Psychology

Darwin Building, DB109

+44 (0) 1772 89 3880

Rachel Tarling completed a BSc (Hons) in Psychology at the University of Central Lancashire and a PhD in Health Psychology at the University of Wales College of Medicine. She is currently course director for the MSc Health Psychology degree programme and psychology lead for the UCLan Cancer Studies Centre.

Rachel is research active within the area of psychology and is a member of the Health Psychology Research Group.

Full Profile

BSc (Hons), Psychology (UCLan), 1994
PhD, Health Psychology (Wales, College of Medicine), 2004
PGCert Teaching Toolkit, 2004
PGCert Introduction to Counselling, 2005

Rachel joined the School of Psychology in 2002, after seven years as research fellow at the University of Wales College of Medicine.


Tarling R, Gale A, Martin-Hirsch P, Holmes L, Kanesalingam K, Dey P Experiences of women referred for urgent assessment of postmenopausal bleeding (PMB). Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, 2013; 33: 184-187.

Brown SL, Gibney T & Tarling R. Busy Lifestyles and Mammography Screening: Time Pressure and Women’s Re-Attendance Likelihood. Psychology and Health, 2013, DOI:10.1080/08870446.2013.766734

Holloway R, Wilkinson C, Peters T, Russell I, Cohen D, Hale J. Cluster randomised trial of risk communication to enhance informed uptake of cervical screening BJGP 2003, 53: 620-625.

Robling M, Matthews SJ, Hood K, Russell IT, Holloway R et al. The development of a new site-specific measure of quality of life for breast problems: The Cardiff Breast Scales. Quality of Life Research 2002; 11: 339-348.

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TEACHING activities and responsibilities

Course Director & Leader MSc Health Psychology

Module leader and teaching on:
PS2350 Health Psychology, Module Leader
PS3045 Health Promotion, Module Leader
PS4324 Professional Issues in Health Psychology, Module Leader
PS4323 Health Psychology Core Intervention Issues, Module Leader
PS4940 MSc Health Psychology Dissertation, Module Leader
PS4057 Advanced health Psychology, Module Leader

Additional lectures on:
PS1010 Methods and practice of psychological inquiry
PS1020 Introduction to Developmental and Social Psychology
PS1030 Introduction to Psychobiology and Cognition
PS1040 Current Topics in Psychology I
PS1045 Current Topics in Psychology II
PS2010 Psychological Research Methods 1: Design and Quantitative Analysis
PS2015 Psychological Research 2: Qualitative Methods
PS2040 Individual Differences
PS4322 Health Psychology Core Psychosocial Issues
PS4901 Cognition and Emotion in Sport
NU4062 Understanding and living with cancer

Undergraduate, Graduate Diploma and MSc dissertation supervisor

PhD supervisor
Personal Tutor


January 2007 Seedcorn funding Royal Preston Hospital. Tarling, R; Gale, A; Martin-Hirsh, P & Dey, P; £2500 awarded.

May 2009 Arnoux Grant for part time PhD studentship: Cognitive function in obesity. Abbott, J; Qualter, P & Tarling, R.

July 2012 Lancashire and South Cumbria Cancer Network. Evaluation of a breast cancer screening campaign in Lancashire. Tarling, R, £11,000 awarded.


Chartered Psychologist (CPsychol) and Associate Fellow (AFBPsS), British Psychological Society (BPS)

Registered Practitioner Health Psychologist, Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC)

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA)