Dr Beth Grunfeld PhD, AFBPsS

Senior Lecturer in Psychology
Health Psychologist

School of Psychology

Beth Grunfeld

Contact details

School of Psychology
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT


Dr Grunfeld's research focuses on the role of beliefs, attitudes and perceptions on behaviour, particulalrly in relation to health. Her work has advanced knowledge of how beliefs around illness, risk, and social factors predict timelines of help-seeking behaviours, influence returning to work following illnesss and impact on short and long term adaptation.


  • BSc Psychology
  • MSc Clinical Audiology
  • PhD Clinical Sciences


I co-ordinate and deliver

  • Psychology UG Year 3 - Adaptive Behaviour: Responding to Modern Threats to Health and Survival 

I contribute to

  • ClinPsyD - Health Psychology Module

Postgraduate supervision

Dr Grunfeld  supervises MSc/MRes, ClinPsyD and PhD students in a range of topics. Please contact her directly if you are interested in supervision in any of the following areas:

  • Adaptation to health threats
  • Appraisal and help-seeking behaviour
  • Health and work (including return to work)
  • Survivorship issues
  • (Super)diversity and Health


Dr Grunfeld’s research focuses on cognition and behaviour in the context of health. She is recognised internationally as an expert in the area of help-seeking, behaviour change and survivorship. Her work has advanced knowledge of how beliefs around illness, risk, and social factors predict timelines of help-seeking behaviours, influence returning to work following illnesss and impact on short and long term adaptation.

Research groups:

Further details of my current research can be found on my personal webpage.

Other activities

Memberships and Registrations

  • Health and Care Professions Council Registered Psychologist (Health)
  • Associate Fellow British Psychological Society

Editorial Board memberships

  • BMC Cancer
  • Frontiers in Psychology for Clinical Settings (Review Editor)


Selected publications

Further details of my publications can be found on my personal webpage.

Grunfeld EA, Drudge-Coates L, Rixon L, Eaton E, Cooper AF. Work behaviour following prostate cancer treatment: the role of beliefs about masculinity and disclosure. Health Psychology 2013;32(1):75-82

Yousaf O, Stefanopoulou E, Grunfeld EA, Hunter MS. A randomised controlled trial of a cognitive behavioural intervention for men who have hot flushes following prostate cancer treatment (MANCAN): trial protocol. BMC Cancer. 2012; 12(1):230.

Crist JV, Grunfeld EA. Factors reported to influence fear of recurrence in cancer patients: a systematic review. Psychooncology. 2012 Jun 3. doi: 10.1002/pon.3114. [Epub ahead of print]

Scott SE, Khwaja M, Low EL, Weinman J, Grunfeld EA. A randomised controlled trial of a pilot intervention to encourage early presentation of oral cancer in high risk groups. Patient Educ Couns. 2012; 88(2):241-8.

Cooper AF, Hankins M, Rixon L, Eaton E, Grunfeld EA. Distinct work-related, clinical and psychological factors predict return to work following treatment in four different cancer types. Psychooncology. 2012 Mar 21. doi: 10.1002/pon.3049. [Epub ahead of print]

Mann E, Smith MJ, Hellier J, Balabanovic JA, Hamed H, Grunfeld EA, Hunter MS.  Cognitive behavioural treatment for women who have menopausal symptoms after breast cancer treatment (MENOS 1): a randomised controlled trial. Lancet Oncol. 2012; 13(3):309-18.

Grunfeld EA, Halliday A, Martin P, Drudge-Coates L. Andropause syndrome in men treated for prostate cancer: a qualitative study of the impact of symptoms. Cancer Nurs. 2011 May 9. [Epub ahead of print]

Grunfeld EA, Cooper AF A longitudinal qualitative study of the experience of working following treatment for gynaecological cancer. Psychooncology. 2010 Nov 24. [Epub ahead of print]

Grunfeld EA, Low E, Cooper AF. Perceptions of returning to work following treatment for cancer: do cancer survivors and organisations agree? Occup Med (Lond). 2010; 60(8):611-7

Grunfeld EA, Kohli N. Urban and rural differences in beliefs about breast cancer and help-seeking intentions for the disease among women in India. Women and Health 2010; 50: 327-41

Hunter MS, Coventry S, Hamed H, Fentiman I, Grunfeld EA. Evaluation of a cognitive behavioural intervention for women suffering from menopausal symptoms following breast cancer treatment. Psycho-Oncology 2009; 18: 560-563

Scott SE, McGurk M, Grunfeld EA. The process of symptom appraisal: cognitive and emotional responses to detecting potentially malignant oral symptoms. Journal of Psychosomatic Research. 2007; 62: 621-630

Chandrasekera S, Grunfeld EA, Muir G. Ethnic differences in awareness of prostate cancer: a UK community-based survey Prostate Cancer and Prostatic Diseases Journal. 2007; 1-5

Grunfeld EA, Maher EJ, Browne S, Ward P, Young T, Vivat B, Walker G, Wilson C, Potts HW, Westcombe AM, Richards MA, Ramirez AJ. Advanced breast cancer patients’ perceptions of decision making for palliative chemotherapy. Journal of Clinical Oncology 2006; 24 (7): 1090-1098

Grunfeld EA, Ramirez AJ, Hunter MS, Richards MA. Women’s knowledge and beliefs regarding breast cancer. British Journal of Cancer 2002; 86 (9): 1373-1378

Grunfeld EA, Ramirez AJ, Maher EJ, Peach D, Young T, Albery IP, Richards MA. Chemotherapy for advanced breast cancer: what influences oncologists’ decision making? British Journal of Cancer 2001; 84(9): 1172-1178

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