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

Kevin Dyer

My research interests include: Attentional bias and cognitive processes in Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder Complex PTSD phenomenology, theory, and interventions Troubles-related trauma Trauma-related shame and guilt Factors influencing the therapeutic alliance Dyslexia and psychological wellbeing

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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.