Dr. Emee Vida Gatus Estacio

Title: Lecturer
Phone: +44 (0)1782 733332
Email: e.v.g.estacio@keele.ac.uk
Location: Dorothy Hodgkin Building 1.76
Role: Year 3 tutor, MSc Health and Wellbeing Programme Lead
Contacting me: By Email
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At age 15, Emee started her degree in Psychology at the University of the Philippines, Diliman. She graduated magna cum laude and migrated to the UK to pursue her MSc and PhD in Health Psychology at City University London. As a student, she also worked as a research assistant for various health promotion projects; as a charity fundraiser for Oxfam, the Association for International Cancer Research, and the Royal Horticultural Society; as a volunteer for CRIBS Philippines and Save the Children UK; as a visiting lecturer and dissertation supervisor for postgraduate students; and as editorial assistant for the Journal of Health Psychology. She also collaborated with the Popular Education for People’s Empowerment on an action research project with the indigenous Ayta community in the Philippines. At age 24, Emee completed her PhD and then worked as health promotion fellow at the Institute for Health and Human Development where she project managed various NHS-funded community needs assessments and evaluation of health improvement programmes. In 2009, Emee was appointed lecturer at Keele University. She is a Chartered Member of the British Psychological Society, a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, and seminar lead of Health Literacy UK.

Emee is a health psychologist who specialises in health promotion and community development.  She considers herself as a scholar-activist and engages in campaigns for the protection of children’s rights, gender equality, widening participation, and health literacy.  As part of her PhD, she explored the impact of material deprivation and social exclusion on health and well-being. As part of this project, she facilitated a participatory action research with the indigenous Ayta community to develop an alternative learning system (ALS) to enhance literacy and community capabilities and thereby improve health. The project involved collaboration with NGOs, local and national government units. In the process, a community literacy centre was built, a pool of Ayta leaders was organised and a multi-purpose cooperative programme was established. In 2008, Emee also became actively involved in a campaign against racist humour in the media.
She is also the co-founding chair of the Keele Action Resarch Network (with Prof Sue Read) and the Seminar Lead for Health Literacy UK.  

Recently completed projects:

On-going projects:

  • Front of pack nutrition information: an eye tracking study (with Dr Donna Berry and Louise Darlington)

PhD supervision:

MPhil/PhD students:

  • Bushra Bibi (lead supervisor, in progress): Health literacy and diabetes management among South Asians in the UK (2nd supervisor: Clare Holdsworth)
  • Rebecca Laycock (2nd supervisor, in progress): Cultivating sustainable outcomes in Student led Food Growing Initiatives with transient participants: an action research approach (lead supervisor: Zoe Robinson)
  • Kara Holloway (2nd supervisor, in progress): An institutional approach to managing student alcohol consumption in a UK university (lead supervisor: Richard Stephens)
  • Christopher Williamson (2nd supervisor, in progress): Health literacy and chronic disease management among older adults (lead supervisor: Jo Protheroe)

 

Books

  • Marks, D.F., Murray, M., Evans, B., & Estacio, E.V. (2015). Health Psychology: Theory, Research and Practice (4th ed). London: Sage Publications.
  • Marks, D.F., Murray, M., Evans, B., & Estacio, E.V. (2010). Health Psychology: Theory, Research and Practice (3 rd ed). London: Sage Publications. pp.616

Chapters in books

  • Estacio, E.V. (in press). Life as a migrant nurse in the UK. In K. Niven, S. Lewis, C. Kagan (eds.), Social impact: Making a difference with Psychology.
  • Estacio, E.V. & Marks, D.F. (2012). Liberation of the social consciousness through alternative learning and action research: A work in progress with the Aytas in the Philippines. In C. Walker, K. Johnson & L. Cunningham (eds). Community psychology and the economics of mental health: Global perspectives (pp.238-252). London: Palgrave Macmillan.

Selected journal articles

  • Estacio, E.V., Case, R. and Protheroe, J. (in press).  The digital divide: Examining socio-demographic factors associated with health literacy, access and use of internet to seek health information. Journal of Health Psychology.
  • Read, S., Estacio, E.V., Corcoran, P., Findler, L., & Latham, D. (2016). Bowel cancer screening and people with intellectual disabilities: Working in co-production and establishing principles for good practice initiatives. Learning Disability Practice, 19, 33-39.
  • Protheroe, J., Whittle, R., Bartlam, B., Estacio, E. V., Clark, L. and Kurth, J. (2016), Health literacy, associated lifestyle and demographic factors in adult population of an English city: a cross-sectional survey. Health Expectations. doi: 10.1111/hex.12440
  • Estacio, E.V. & Karic, T. (2015). Facilitating reflections on internationalisation in higher education through the World Café. Journal of Further and Higher Education. DOI:10.1080/0309877X.2015.1014315.
  • Protheroe, J., Estacio, E.V. & Saidy-Khan, S. (2015). Observational study of patient information materials in GP practices: are they promoting health literacy? British Journal of General Practice, 65(632):e192-7. DOI: 10.3399/bjgp15X684013.
  • Estacio, E.V. & Saidy-Khan, S. (2014). Experiences of racial microaggression among migrant nurses in the UK: A diary-based study. Global Qualitative Nursing Research. DOI: 10.1177/2333393614532618
  • Estacio, E.V., McKinley, R.K., Saidy-Khan, S., Karic, T., Clark, L. & Kurth, J. (2014).Health literacy: Why it matters to South Asian men with diabetes. Primary Healthcare Research and Development, doi:10.1017/S1463423614000152
  • Estacio, E.V. & Comings, J. (2013). Special Section on Health Literacy [Guest Editor]. Journal of Health Psychology, 18, 997-1084.
  • Estacio, E.V. & Comings, J. (2013). Health literacy: exploring future directions and potential contributions from health psychology. Journal of Health Psychology. 18, 997-1003.
  • Estacio, E.V. (2013). Health literacy and community empowerment: It’s more than just reading and writing, Journal of Health Psychology, 18, 1056-1068.
  • Estacio, E.V. (2012). ‘Playing with fire and getting burned’: The case of the naive action researcher. Journal of Community and Applied Social Psychology, 22, 439-451.
  • Tobi, P., Estacio, E.V., Renton, A., Yu, G. & Foster, N. (2012). Who stays, who drops out? Biosocial predictors of adherence in participants attending a longer term exercise referral scheme in the UK. BMC Public Health, 12, 347.
  • Yu, G., Renton, A., Wall, M., Estacio, E.V., Cawley, J., Datta, P. (2011). Prevalence of low physical activity and its relation to social environment in deprived areas in the London Borough of Redbridge. Social Indicators Research, 104, 311-322, DOI: 10.1007/s11205-010-9745-x
  • Estacio, E.V., & Marks, D.F. (2010). Critical reflections on social injustice and participatory action research: The case of the indigenous Ayta community in the Philippines. Procedia Social and Behavioral Sciences, 5, 548-552.
  • Estacio, E.V. (2009). ‘Your freedom ends where my nose begins’: Health psychology's potential towards critical empowerment, media advocacy and social action. Journal of Health Psychology, 14, 660-662.
  • Estacio, E.V. (2009). Human exploitation is NOT a joke - so don't laugh. Journal of Health Psychology, 14, 627-637.
  • Estacio, E.V. (2009). Media exploitation, racism and health. Journal of Health Psychology, 14, 155-157.
  • Estacio, E.V. and Marks, D.F. (2007). Health inequity and social injustice for the Aytas in the Philippines: Critical psychology in action. Journal of Social Action in Counselling and Psychology, 1, 40-57.
  • Estacio, E.V. (2006). Going beyond the rhetoric: The movement of critical health psychology towards social action. Journal of Health Psychology, 11, 347-350.
  • Estacio, E.V. & Marks, D.F. (2005). Child labour and the ILO Convention 182: A critical perspective. Journal of Health Psychology, 10, 475-484.

Selected conference presentations

  • Estacio, E.V., McKinley, R.K., Saidy-Khan, S., Karic, T. Clark, L., Kurth, J. (2014). Health Literacy: why it matters to South Asian men with diabetes. Health Literacy UK Conference (20 June 2014). Keele University, UK.
  • Bibi, B., Estacio, E.V., Holdsworth, C. (2014). Health Literacy, Self-efficacy and Quality of life among South Asians with Diabetes in the UK. Health Literacy UK Conference (20 June 2014). Keele University, UK.
  • Williamson, C.I., Estacio, E.V., Protheroe, J. (2014). The Role of Health Literacy on Factors Mediating Health Outcomes. Health Literacy UK Conference (20 June 2014). Keele University, UK.
  • Estacio, E.V. (2014). Qualitative research and social impact: what can we learn from action research? Daring to make an impact: Dynamic Qualitative Research Conference (22-23 March 2014). Keele University, UK.
  • Estacio, E.V. & Protheroe, J. (2014). Assessing the readability of sexual health information materials: A multi-stage process. Midlands Health Psychology Network (20 February 2014). Northampton University, UK.
  • Protheroe, J., Kurth, J., Clark, L., Estacio, E.V., & Marshall, K. (2013). Public health in our cities: health literacy survey in UK. 5th Annual Health Literacy Research Conference (28-29 October). National Academy of Sciences, Washington, D.C., USA.
  • Estacio, E.V. (2013). Experiences of racial microaggression among migrant nurses in the UK: A diary-based study. International Society for Critical Health Psychology (22-24 July 2013). Bradford, UK.
  • Estacio, E.V. (2013). Teaching critical psychology, globalisation and human rights in a ‘global classroom’. International Society for Critical Health Psychology (22-24 July 2013). Bradford, UK.
  • Estacio, E.V. (2013). Advocating health literacy to promote health. International Society for Critical Health Psychology (22-24 July 2013). Bradford, UK.
  • Estacio, E.V. (2013). Internationalising learning and teaching in Psychology. Association for the Teaching of Psychology Conference (5-7 July 2013). Keele University, UK.
  • Clark, L. & Estacio, E.V. (2013). A health literacy journey in Stoke-on-Trent: Learning together. WHO European Healthy Cities, Health Literacy Sub-network (19 March 2013) Liverpool, UK.
  • Estacio, E.V., Saidy-Khan, S., Karic, T., McKinley, R. & Murray, M. (2012). Action on health literacy in Stoke-on-Trent: Engaging men with diabetes (5-7 September 2012). BPS Division of Health Psychology Conference. Liverpool, UK.
  • Estacio, E.V. (2012). Life as a migrant nurse in the UK. (18-20 April 2012). British Psychological Society Annual Conference. London, UK.
  • Estacio, E.V. & Saidy-Khan, S. (2011). Overcoming barriers to promote the experiences of migrant nurses in the UK. 8th European Congress of Community Psychology, York University, UK.
  • Estacio, E.V. & Karic, T. (2011). Promoting intercultural learning through collective action and diversity. Higher Education Academy Conference on Internationalisation of Pedagogy and Curriculum: Exploring New Frontiers (16-17 June 2011). University of Warwick, UK.
  • Estacio, E.V. and Marks, D.F. (2010). Health, material deprivation and social injustice: The case of the indigenous Ayta community in the Philippines. World Conference in Psychology, Counselling and Guidance (21-25 April 2010). Antalya, Turkey.
  • Estacio, E.V. and Marks, D.F. (2010). Isang kahig, isang tuka: Discourses of material deprivation and social injustice among the indigenous Ayta community in the Philippines. A paper presented at the 3rd International Conference on Community Psychology (3-5 June 2010). Puebla, Mexico.

 

Year 1:

  • PSY-10015: Research Methods 1 (module leader)
  • PSY-10017: Biological and Cognitive Psychology
  • PSY-10018: Individuals in Society 1

Year 2:

  • PSY-20021: Community Psychology: Theory (module leader)


Year 3:

  • PSY-30077: Health Psychology (module leader)
  • PSY-30061: Final Year Project

MSc:

  • PSY-40044: Advanced Study on the Psychology of Health and Wellbeing(module leader)
  • PSY-40033: Research Apprenticeship for MSc
  • PSY-40015: Dissertation

Other:

  • Communicating nutrition information (Nutrition and Energy Balance)
  • Designing programmes and teaching for a diverse student body (PGCert Teaching and Learning in Higher Education)

External affiliations

  • Special Section on Health Literacy and Engagement, Journal of Health Psychology (Guest Editor)
  • Combating Child Labour, Sage Open (Guest Article Editor)

  • Health Literacy UK Annual Conference 2013 (Scientific/organising committee member)
  • Stoke-on-Trent Healthy Public Policy Advisory Group (Member)
  • Institute for Health and Human Development (Honorary fellow in health promotion)
  • Popular Education for People’s Empowerment (Honorary fellow)
  • International Society for Critical Health Psychology (Member)
  • Association for Heterodox Economics (Member)
  • MSc Health Psychology, Derby University (External Examiner)
  • BBC Radio Stoke, Pinoy Radio UK, ABS-CBN Europe (Guest speaker/commentator)

Peer reviewed for the Lancet, Journal of Community and Applied Social Psychology, British Journal of Health Psychology, Qualitative Health Research, Research Evaluation Review, NIHR Public Health Research, NIHR Research for Patient Benefit, Journal of Behavioural Medicine, Journal of Physical Therapy and Health Promotion, Online Readings in Psychology, Transcultural Psychiatry, British Journal of Learning Disabilities, and Child Abuse and Neglect.

Estacio, E.V. (2014). Qualitative research and social impact: what can we learn from action research? Daring to make an impact: Dynamic Qualitative Research Conference (22-23 March 2014).  Keele University, UK.

Here are webcast versions of Emee's presentation on 'Qualitative research and social impact: What can we learn from action research':

  • Part 1 looks into the skills qualitative researchers already possess and the importance of generating evidence to support advocacy. It draws upon Emee's experience of facilitating action research on internationalisation in higher education.
  • Part 2 highlights the importance of participant engagement. This section draws upon Emee's research with 1) migrant nurses in the UK and 2) the indigenous Ayta community in the Philippines.
  • Part 3 highlights the importance of developing partnerships and disseminating our work widely. It draws upon Emee's advocacy work on health literacy, child labour and racist humour in the media.
  • Part 4 discusses the importance of sustainability, reflexivity and social support for action researchers.

Emee talking about her work on health literacy

Meet the Keele Action Research Network members.  For more details see the Action research website