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Health and Clinical Psychology

Health and Clinical Psychology

PsyCen Health and Clinical Psychology Update

Aims of the Programme

This programme supports research projects and ventures that are relevant to the understanding, support and promotion of physical and mental health. The programme will consider research support for both qualitative and quantitative projects belong (broadly) to the research expertise of the members below:
  • Patient reported outcome Measures, ePROMS & quality of life (QOL)
  • Psychosocial health interventions
  • Cancer survivorship and carer’s wellbeing 
  • Illness perceptions and young people’s cancer prevention
  • Self-injurious thoughts and behaviour, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), trauma exposure, psychopathy and criminal cognitions
  • Electronic health literacy and numeracy
  • Psychometrics, decision-making and questionnaire development, with a special focus on women's health
  • Psychological aspects of stroke
  • Comorbidity of cancer and dementia (carers perspective)
  • Men and women’s body image and disordered eating
  • Men’s experiences of infertility, mental health and grooming
  • Women’s health, co-morbidity and medical decision-making
  • Sexual violence, abuse, bullying and harassment
  • Autism, diversity and employment
  • Cognitive and behavioural barriers to learning & wise psychological interventions
  • Exploring experiences of volunteering at a women’s centre
  • Media representations of health and fitness information
  • Binge eating behaviour, emotion regulation, stress reactivity, impulsivity and addiction
  • Drug addiction, impulsivity and stress

The programme leads are Dr Trish Holch & Dr Katie Dhingra.

 Staff affiliated to the programme:
 Professor Brendan Gough  Professor Georgina Jones
 Dr Nova Deighton Smith  Dr Jason Round
 Dr Neda Mahmoodi  Dr Tamara Turner-Moore
 Dr Zoe Kolokotroni  Dr Suzie Wang
 Dr Laura Ashley  Dr Glen Jankowski
 Dr Nina Martin  Dr Helen Fawkner
 Dr Emma Dunmore  Dr Ellie Willard
 Dr Lisa Harkry

Research students

Jordan Marwood

Mollie Price

Currently no internal funding is available however this may change – please check back here for updates.

PhD opportunities

The programme invites self-funding PhD students in the following areas:

  • Exploring the experience current prisoners who have cancer
  • Exploring parental and family perspectives of children with facial difference
  • Development of a quality of life questionnaire for parents and children with facial difference
  • Developmental Coordination Disorder (DCD) in adulthood
  • Neurodiversity in the workplace and ASD and employment
  • Mental health in neurodiversity
  • Suicide and non-suicidal self-injury
  • Appearance-related experiences of those diagnosed with breast cancer
  • Sexual obsessions’, ‘paraphilic disorders’, ‘hypersexuality/sex addiction’ and other problematised sexual thoughts, experiences and practices within mental health settings
  • Exploring risk factors associated with problem gambling
  • Developing interventions for problem gambling 
  • Exploring the psychological and neurobiological mechanisms of drug addictions
  • Exploring the psychological mechanism of food addiction

Scope of the Programme

The programme is fully aligned to the REF Strategy of Leeds Beckett University by supporting Research Outputs (by promoting early career research initiatives and short-term research projects) and contributing to the Research Environment (by promoting research culture and community). In doing so, the Programme feeds directly to the following REF Units.

  • Primary - Unit 4: Psychology, Psychiatry & Neuroscience
  • Secondary - Unit 3: Allied Health Professions
Applications for Funding

To apply for funding please use the Application Form, guidelines are provided on the front page. Please submit your application by email to the Programme Leads by the 15th of each month.

Examples of Funded Projects 2018
  • Data collection for a research study Project Topic: Validating  the Depression, Anxiety and Stress Scale (DASS-21) in a stroke population (PIs: Suzie Wang, Prof. Georgina Jones and Dr Laura Ashley)
  • Evaluation of scoping review Project topic: Investigation Cancer and stoke (ISAC): RA assistance to summarise identified papers (PIs: Dr Trish Holch & Dr Suzie Wang)
  • Interview transcription costs Project topic: Exploration of body image issues of women with breast cancer and the role of online support forums. RA to transcribe 10 qualitative interviews (PIs: Dr Trish Holch & Dr Nova Deighton-Smith)
  • Literature review assistance Project topic: Interventions to improve Teenage and Young Adults Cancer awareness and barriers to help seeking (PIs: Dr Trish Holch & Prof Georgina Jones)
  • Literature search and data extraction Project title Investigating numeracy issues in NHS staff and the general public (PIs: Dr Trish Holch and Dr Ellie Willard)
  • Analysis assistance Project topic: Illness representations of lung cancer and attitudes towards sufferers as predictors of medical help-seeking intentions for potential lung cancer symptoms. (PIs: Dr Laura Ashley, Dr Suzie Wang, Dr Zoe Kolokotroni)
Meetings and Events

The Health and Clinical group meets twice a semester; if you would like to join our meetings, please email either of the programme leads, Dr Trish Holch or Dr Katie Dhingra.

The programme also contributes internal and external speakers to the monthly PsyCen seminar series.  For details on upcoming PsyCen seminars see here. Our members also contribute to local, national and international conferences, such as the International Psychosocial Oncology Society (IPOS), International Society for Quality of Life (ISOQOL), British Psychosocial Oncology Society (BPOS), British Psychological Society (BPS), Appearance matters, National PROMs conference.

We also join the Gender and Sexualities group “Shut up and Write!” - for members who are working on journal articles, books and theses. For more information, see this Facebook page.

Funding from the Health and Clinical Programme

The programme has a small annual budget that its members can apply for to support research and events that are relevant to the programme aims. To apply, please contact the programme leads for an application form.

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