University of Calgary

Karmpaul Singh

  • Postdoctoral Associate

Profile

Dr. Karmpaul Singh was born in Toronto, Canada, and completed his BA (Hons.) in Psychology at York University (Toronto). He then completed a PhD in Clinical Psychology at the University of Manchester (UK). Following this he started a one-year appointment as a research fellow in the Center for Clinical and Community Applications of Health Psychology at the University of Southampton (UK), before obtaining a postdoctoral fellowship award to study weight bias at the University of Calgary. Currently he works under the supervision of Drs. Shelly Russell-Mayhew (Education), Kristin von Ranson (Psychology), and Lindsay McLaren (Community Health Sciences).

Research & Scholarly Activity

As part of his PhD studies, Dr. Singh’s research involved examining health anxiety (then hypochondriasis, now illness anxiety disorder) and its relation with internet use. He completed 5 studies, 3 of which are published and one is undergoing peer review for publication. During his time with the research team in Southampton, he worked on improving the quality of life of cancer survivors (e.g. anxiety, depression; increasing physical activity) post-treatment. Here he worked to produce bespoke digital interventions to improve these types of issues. To date, Dr. Singh’s research has overall sought how to improve the quality of life for various matters (i.e. health anxiety, post-cancer treatment), as such research on obesity/weight bias was within the domain of his interests and an area that he is keen to understand/research further.

Education

Doctor of Philosophy (Clinical Psychology)
University of Manchester, United Kingdom.

Bachelor of Arts (Hons.) Psychology
York University, Toronto, Canada.

Professional & Community Affiliations

  • Dr. Singh is a Chartered Member of the British Psychological Association (BPS; member number: 387581).

Publications

Singh, K., & Brown, R. J. (2014). Health related Internet habits and health anxiety in university students. Anxiety, Stress & Coping, 27(5), 542-554. DOI: 10.1080/10615806.2014.888061

Singh, K., & Brown, R. J. (2015). From headache to tumor: an examination of health anxiety, health-related Internet use and ‘query escalation’. Journal of Health Psychology. 21(9), 1-13. DOI: 10.1177/1359105315569620

Singh, K., Fox, J. E, & Brown, R. J. (2016). Health anxiety and internet use: A thematic analysis. Cyberpsychology: Journal of Psychosocial Research on Cyberspace, 9(5), article 4. DOI: 10.5817/CP2016-2-4

Awards

  • University of Calgary- Eyes High Postdoctoral Fellowship (October, 2016)
  • Golden Key International Honour Society (Full Member; February, 2010)
  • Faculty of Health Dean’s honour roll (York University; April, 2010)
  • Faculty of Health Dean’s honour roll (York University; April, 2009)

Media Work

Professional contribution: Rodriguez, T. (2015, May 11). When searching for medical information becomes an unhealthy obsession. Psychiatry Advisor. URL: http://www.psychiatryadvisor.com/health-anxeity-cyberchondria-internet-medical-information/article/414046/

Photograph of Karmpaul Singh

Curriculum Vitae

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