Ruth Hackett

Ruth Hackett, FHEA

Dr, MSc, PhD

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Biographical details

Dr Ruth Hackett joined the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience as a Lecturer in Health Psychology in December 2019. Prior to her appointment, Ruth undertook post-doctoral work at the Department of Behavioural Science and Health, University College London (UCL). As a Research Fellow she combined an active research role with a leadership position on the MSc Health Psychology course at UCL.  

Ruth holds a PhD in Health Psychology and Epidemiology from UCL and is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. Ruth has delivered invited talks and lectures at City University of London, Imperial College London, University of Roehampton and St. George’s University of London.

Research interests (short)

  • Psychosocial stress factors  
  • Discrimination  
  • Stress-related biology 
  • Cardiometabolic disease 
  • Ageing 
  • Laboratory stress testing 
  • Longitudinal studies 

Research interests

Ruth's main research interest lies in understanding how psychological factors including stress influence biological functions relevant to cardiometabolic disease. Ruth is also interested in discrimination as a form of stress and as a risk factor for mental and physical illness. 

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality

External positions

Honorary Research Fellow, UCL University College London

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