Mr Prince Atorkey

Mr Prince Atorkey

Research student

Career Summary

Biography

Prince is currently pursuing a PhD in Behavioral Science In Relation to Medicine in the School of Medicine and Public Health and Hunter New England-Population Health. His PhD thesis is focused on multiple health risk behaviours among vocational education students. Prince has an interest in conducting researches that translates into the modification of individual, community, and organizational  health risk behaviours.

Prince is a Clinical psychologist and previously was an adjunct lecturer at the Department of Psychology, Regent University College of Science and Technology, Accra teaching undergraduate courses in psychology. He was also a Graduate Teaching and Research Assistant at the Department of Psychology, University of Ghana, Legon where he assisted Lecturers in teaching numerous undergraduate courses in Psychology.

Prior to commencing his PhD, Prince completed a Master of Philosophy degree in Clinical Psychology with the University of Ghana, Legon and a Bachelor of Science degree (Honours) in Psychology with the University of Cape Coast, Cape Coast.

His previous research work have been in the area of illness perception and medication adherence among adolescents with sickle cell patients and adults with diabetes.

Teaching Expertise

Prince has taught first and final year undergraduate students Introduction to General Psychology and Criminal Psychology respectively at the Regent University College of Science and Technology. In his role as a graduate teaching and research assistant, he assisted in teaching courses such as Statistics for Psychologist, Psychology for everyday living, Social psychology, Applied Social Psychology, Biological psychology, Test and Measurement, Experimental psychology and Cognitive psychology.


Keywords

  • Behavioural Science
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Epidemiology
  • Health Psychology
  • Medication adherence
  • chronic conditions
  • health promotion
  • illness Perception
  • implementation science
  • mental health
  • multiple health risk behaviours
  • nutrition
  • obesity
  • physical activity
  • public health
  • risky alcohol consumption
  • smoking

Languages

  • English (Fluent)

Fields of Research

Code Description Percentage
111799 Public Health and Health Services not elsewhere classified 50
170106 Health, Clinical and Counselling Psychology 50

Professional Experience

Academic appointment

Dates Title Organisation / Department
1/11/2016 - 6/11/2017 Lecturer Regent University College of Science and Technology
Department of Psychology and Human Development
Ghana
1/8/2015 - 9/11/2017 Graduate Teaching and Research Assistant University of Ghana
Department of Psychology
Ghana

Teaching appointment

Dates Title Organisation / Department
4/3/2020 -  Tutor School of Medicine & Public Health, Faculty of Health & Medicine, University of Newcastle | Australia
Australia

Teaching

Code Course Role Duration
SOPS 1513 Introduction to General Psychology
Regent University College of Science and Technology
The course introduces the psychological study of human behavior and experience. The history, scope and methods of contemporary psychology are described. Topics include: schools of psychology, goals of psychology, principles of learning and memory, applied areas of psychology.
Lecturer 9/1/2017 - 7/8/2017
SOPS 4683 Criminal Psychology
Regent University College of Science and Technology
This course examines the interaction of psychology and the legal system. The course focuses on the use of psychological assessments in court issues of criminal responsibility and predicting dangerousness, insanity, eyewitness testimony, police interrogation, lie detection, offender rehabilitation, jury decision making, and criminal profiling. In addition the course will equip students to be in a position to evaluate the relationship between mental health and criminal behaviour and effective techniques for rehabilitating offenders.
Teaching Undergraduate Students Criminal Pschology 1/11/2016 - 7/11/2017
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Publications

For publications that are currently unpublished or in-press, details are shown in italics.


Journal article (3 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2020 Byaruhanga J, Atorkey P, McLaughlin M, Brown A, Byrnes E, Paul C, et al., 'Effectiveness of individual real-time video counseling on smoking, nutrition, alcohol, physical activity, and obesity health risks: Systematic review', Journal of Medical Internet Research, 22 (2020)

© Judith Byaruhanga, Prince Atorkey, Matthew McLaughlin, Alison Brown, Emma Byrnes, Christine Paul, John Wiggers, Flora Tzelepis. Originally published in the Journal of Medical In... [more]

© Judith Byaruhanga, Prince Atorkey, Matthew McLaughlin, Alison Brown, Emma Byrnes, Christine Paul, John Wiggers, Flora Tzelepis. Originally published in the Journal of Medical Internet Research (http://www.jmir.org), 11.09.2020. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/), which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work, first published in the Journal of Medical Internet Research, is properly cited. The complete bibliographic information, a link to the original publication on http://www.jmir.org/, as well as this copyright and license information must be included. Background: Real-time video communication technology allows virtual face-to-face interactions between the provider and the user, and can be used to modify risk factors for smoking, nutrition, alcohol consumption, physical activity, and obesity. No systematic reviews have examined the effectiveness of individual real-time video counseling for addressing each of the risk factors for smoking, nutrition, alcohol consumption, physical activity, and obesity. Objective: This systematic review aims to examine the effectiveness of individually delivered real-time video counseling on risk factors for smoking, nutrition, alcohol consumption, physical activity, and obesity. Methods: The MEDLINE (Medical Literature Analysis and Retrieval System Online), EMBASE (Excerpta Medica Database), PsycINFO, Cochrane Register of Controlled Trials, and Scopus databases were searched for eligible studies published up to November 21, 2019. Eligible studies were randomized or cluster randomized trials that tested the effectiveness of individual real-time video communication interventions on smoking, nutrition, alcohol, physical activity, and obesity in any population or setting; the comparator was a no-intervention control group or any other mode of support (eg, telephone); and an English-language publication. Results: A total of 13 studies were eligible. Four studies targeted smoking, 3 alcohol, 3 physical activity, and 3 obesity. In 2 of the physical activity studies, real-time video counseling was found to significantly increase physical activity when compared with usual care at week 9 and after 5 years. Two obesity studies found a significant change in BMI between a video counseling and a documents group, with significantly greater weight loss in the video counseling group than the in-person as well as the control groups. One study found that those in the video counseling group were significantly more likely than those in the telephone counseling group to achieve smoking cessation. The remaining studies found no significant differences between video counseling and telephone counseling or face-to-face counseling for smoking cessation, video counseling and face-to-face treatment on alcohol consumption, video counseling and no counseling for physical activity, and video counseling and face-to-face treatment on BMI. The global methodological quality rating was moderate in 1 physical activity study, whereas 12 studies had a weak global rating. Conclusions: Video counseling is potentially more effective than a control group or other modes of support in addressing physical inactivity and obesity and is not less effective in modifying smoking and alcohol consumption. Further research is required to determine the relative benefits of video counseling in terms of other policy and practice decision-making factors such as costs and feasibility.

DOI 10.2196/18621
Co-authors Flora Tzelepis, Chris Paul, John Wiggers, Matthew Mclaughlin Mc
2019 Atorkey P, Owiredua C, Mohammed Z, Gyimah FT, 'Physical activity and sedentary behaviour research in Ghana: A systematic review protocol', Global Epidemiology, 1 100010-100010 (2019)
DOI 10.1016/j.gloepi.2019.100010
Owiredua C, Quarshie EN-B, Atorkey P, 'Living with diabetes: An exploratory study of illness representation and medication adherence in Ghana', Cogent Medicine, 5
DOI 10.1080/2331205x.2018.1463599

Conference (1 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2019 Atorkey P, Tzelepis F, Paul C, Bonevski B, Wiggers J, Mitchell A, Byrnes E, 'Uptake of Proactively Offered Online and Telephone Interventions Targeting Health Risk Behaviours amongst Technical and Further Education (TAFE) Students', ASIA-PACIFIC JOURNAL OF CLINICAL ONCOLOGY (2019)
Co-authors John Wiggers, Flora Tzelepis, Chris Paul, Billie Bonevski
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Grants and Funding

Summary

Number of grants 2
Total funding $6,572

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20201 grants / $4,072

Acceptace of Proactively offered Online and Telephone Support Services Targeting Multiple Health Risk Behaviours Among Vocational Education Students$4,072

Funding body: Priority Research Centre for Health Beharviour (PRCHB)

Funding body Priority Research Centre for Health Beharviour (PRCHB)
Project Team

Prince Atorkey

Scheme Research Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2020
Funding Finish 2020
GNo
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON N

20191 grants / $2,500

Barriers and facilitators to the uptake of online and telephone support services targeting multiple health risk behaviours: A qualitative study $2,500

Funding body: Priority Research Centre for Health Behaviors

Funding body Priority Research Centre for Health Behaviors
Project Team

Prince Atorkey, A/Prof. Flora Tzelepis, Prof. Christine Paul, Prof, Billie Bonevski, Prof. John Wiggers

Scheme the university of newcastle
Role Lead
Funding Start 2019
Funding Finish 2019
GNo
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON N
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Mr Prince Atorkey

Contact Details

Email prince.atorkey@uon.edu.au
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