Health Clinical Educational

Health Clinical Educational

The School is intending to expand research in this area, building upon existing expertise within the School from individual academics and the research undertaken by the Doctoral Training programmes, the Doctorate in Clinical Psychology and the Doctorate in Educational Child and Adolescent Psychology.  Currently the group undertakes a broad range of research across the general areas of health, clinical and educational psychology.

There are two main research areas in Clinical Psychology - Trauma and Clinical Health Psychology. Trauma research focuses on understanding precursors to PTSD, psychometric assessment as well as evidenced-based treatments. Clinical Health Psychology focuses on the development and evaluation of cognitive behaviour therapy and behaviour change interventions to reduce the psychological sequelae of physical health conditions (cancer, chronic pain, asthma, IBD) as well as disease prevention through encouraging lifestyle change (e.g. diet/oral hygiene).

The School has a long history of research in the area of health psychology that is concerned with psychological well-being / quality of life among people with physical health conditions, and their formal and informal carers. This research includes modelling work exploring the factors that are related to quality of life, and the development and evaluation of interventions designed to enhance quality of life. There is also a related methodological strand that explores our approaches to assessing quality of life and the meaning of this concept in different populations.

Dr

Pauline Adair

My research interests are in the area of the development and evaluation of psychological (e.g. cognitive behaviour therapy)/behaviour change interventions to reduce the psychological sequelae of physical health conditions (cancer, chronic pain, asthma, IBD) as well as disease prevention through encouraging lifestyle change (e.g. diet/oral hygiene). I am Programme Director for the Doctorate in Clinical Psychology.

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Dr

Martin Dempster

My research is focused on enhancing the psychological well-being/quality of life of people with chronic illness (cancer, diabetes and heart disease) and their families. I also have an interest in research methodology and how research is conducted in applied health settings.

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Dr

Donncha Hanna

My primary research interest is mental health including the measurement and modelling of psychological trauma, anxiety disorders, psychosis and related constructs. I have been teaching research methods and analysis for ten years and I have published research looking at the problems students have in this area.

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Dr

Eugene O'Hare

I have conducted research on dementia, and Alzheimer’s disease in particular, for more than 25 years. This has involved the use of experimental neurophysiological and behavioural models of dementia, for the identification of new drugs for treatment. In addition, I also conduct studies on the neurophysiological mechanisms underlying reward circuits in the brain. This work relates to conditions such as overeating (obesity) and undereating (anorexia).

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Dr

David Curran

The Mediating Role of Trauma Appraisals between Traumatic Experiences and Trauma-Related Distress Examining the role of compassion in predicting both resilience and psychological difficulty among a sample with a history of childhood adversity Investigating strengths and weaknesses of trauma history measures Impact of experimental manipulation of attentional bias to alcohol-related stimuli on initial orienting and maintained attention in adolescent drinkers using eye-tracking methodology

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Dr

Emma Berry

I am a newly appointed Lecturer in Health Psychology with a strong interest in research which strives to support the physical and mental wellbeing of others. To date, I have undertaken research in areas such as Diabetes, Neurodegenerative disorders and Stroke. My PhD focused on the development and evaluation of a psychological intervention for individuals with Type 2 diabetes and their partners. In my forthcoming career I hope to develop new and more creative ways of helping individuals to adjust to and thrive in the face of challenging health issues.

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Dr

Jenny Groarke

I am a newly appointed Lecturer in Health Psychology and my research looks at how people use music to enhance their wellbeing across the lifespan. I have developed a theoretical model of the benefits of music listening and an accompanying questionnaire; the Adaptive Functions of Music Listening Scale. I am interested in future research using mobile health technology (smartphone applications and activity monitors) to explore whether music can promote positive health behaviour. I am also involved in psycho-oncology research; measuring and modelling people’s emotional experiences throughout cancer diagnosis, treatment, and early survivorship.

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RESEARCH STUDENTS

Research Network

  • Prof. P McGeer, University of British Columbia, Canada
  • Prof. J-S Hong, Yonam College, Republic of Korea
  • Prof. G Rammes, Technische Universität München, Germany
  • Prof. AS Levine, University of Minnesota, USA
  • Dr R Jeggo, Servire, France
  • Dr A Elsaesser, European Space Agency, The Netherlands.