Kasia Banas

Undergraduate Talent Lead and Programme Director

  • Usher Institute
  • College of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine

Contact details

Address

Street

Usher Institute – University of Edinburgh
Old Medical School
Teviot Place

City
Edinburgh
Post code
EH8 9AG

Background

Kasia Banas is the Undergraduate Talent Lead and Programme Co-Director for the DDI Health and Social Care programme at the Usher Institute.

Shaping the future of a major new health & social care programme for Edinburgh & South East Scotland as part of the DDI initiative at the University of Edinburgh. The ‘Talent’ component of the health and social care sector programme includes data science enhancement of the undergraduate medical degree to a portfolio of master’s degrees and the development of continuing professional development (CPD). The programme ambition is to enable students and health and social care professionals realise the value of data to benefit the health and wellbeing of citizens.

Kasia has over ten years’ experience teaching in higher education; her portfolio includes courses in behavioural science, social and health psychology, as well as statistics and data science. She is also active in the scholarship of teaching and learning, focusing on building student belonging and removing barriers to education.

Kasia’s research focuses on applying social psychology to health behaviour: investigating the psychological factors involved in healthy eating, physical activity and adherence to medication.

Qualifications

P.G.Cert. Academic Practice, University of Edinburgh, Scotland.

PhD. The effect of social identity salience on healthy eating intentions and behaviour. University of Edinburgh, Scotland.

MSc. Psychology of Individual Differences. University of Edinburgh, Scotland.

MSc. Research Masters in Social Psychology. Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

BA (Hons). Social Sciences. University College Utrecht, The Netherlands.

Current PhD students supervised

Lara Wehbe (Healthy Cognition Lab, University of Glasgow)

Research summary

Kasia’s research focuses on applying social psychology to health behaviour: investigating the psychological factors involved in healthy eating, physical activity and adherence to medication.

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