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Health & Clinical Psychology

This area builds upon existing expertise within the School from individual academics and the research undertaken by trainees on the Doctorate in Clinical Psychology programme. 

There are two main research areas in this research theme - 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 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 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.

See also the Centre for Improving Health-Related Quality of Life (CIHRQoL).

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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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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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 well-being 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 to reduce distress in individuals with Type 2 diabetes and their partners. To date, I have worked on projects surrounding the design of interventions to support individuals with complex functional and emotional needs due to illness. 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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David Curran

My interests include: 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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Christopher Graham

I am a HCPC-registered clinical psychologist and researcher. My research aims to improve the quality of care offered within the NHS to people living with mental and physical health conditions. To date, and with collaborators across the UK, this has mostly involved developing and/or testing the efficacy of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy for improving quality of life and mood in several long-term conditions (muscle disorders, motor neurone disease, breast cancer). This work has received funding from NIHR and Yorkshire Cancer Research. I also undertake multi-disciplinary research aimed at improving services (diagnosis, care pathways, psychological interventions) for functional neurological disorders (e.g. non-epileptic attacks) and neurological conditions (e.g. movement disorders, muscle disorders, stroke, etc).

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Lisa Graham-Wisener

I am a newly-appointed Lecturer in Health Psychology, and my research to date has focused on psychological adjustment in post-treatment cancer survivors and their family carers, and in the enhancement of quality of life and psychological well-being in advanced illness (both malignant and non-malignant conditions). This has involved theoretical modelling work and intervention development. I am also involved in research involving outcome measure validation and building resilience in healthcare professionals.

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Jenny Groarke

I am a newly-appointed Lecturer in Health Psychology and my research focuses on applications of music for health and well-being enhancement. I'm also involved in psycho-oncology and conduct research on mobile technologies for health behaviour change.

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Donncha Hanna

I am the Research Coordinator on the Doctorate in Clinical Psychology at Queens University Belfast working in the applied and theoretical research field of mental health. My primary research interest is mental health including the measurement and modelling of psychological trauma, psychosis and related constructs. I am a Chartered Psychologist (CPsychol), Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society (AFBPsS) and Fellow of the Centre for Evidence and Social Innovation at Queen's University. I have expertise in research design, methodology and analysis of mental health with over 50 peer-reviewed publications and presentations. I have published a bestselling statistics text book and a more recent research methods text book.

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David McCormack

I am interested in better understanding the lived experience of people with persistent physical symptoms, including persistent pain and chronic cough, and in developing and evaluating behavioural and cognitive approaches designed to enable people living with chronic health problems to better cope and have an improved quality of life. I am also interested in developing / evaluating interventions for pediatric medical traumatic stress.

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Paul Toner

I conduct research which aims to prevent and alleviate the suffering caused by addiction and common mental health difficulties. Through rigorous development work, experimental and mediation testing I wish to improve ways of assessing, preventing and treating these issues both for the individual and concerned others. Implementation fidelity from research to the real-world context is also an important consideration. My main research areas are: alcohol, psychometrics, mixed methods, and psychosocial interventions.

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RESEARCH STUDENTS

Research Network

  • Professor Ad de Jongh, ACTA, The Netherlands
  • Professor Blair Smith, Dundee University, Scotland
  • Professor Lesley Colvin, Dundee University, Scotland
  • Professor Martin Dorahy, University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand