Health and clinical psychology

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 behavour, 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 experience 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 barroers to learning & wise psychological interventions
  • Exploring experiences of volunteering at a women's centre
  • Media representations of health and fitness industry
  • Binge eating behaviour, emotion regulation, stress reactivity, impulsivity and addiction
  • Drug addiction, impulsivity and stress


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

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)

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)

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)

Project topic: Interventions to improve Teenage and Young Adults Cancer awareness and barriers to help seeking (PIs: Dr Trish Holch & Prof Georgina Jones)

Project title Investigating numeracy issues in NHS staff and the general public (PIs: Dr Trish Holch and Dr Ellie Willard)

Project topic: Investigation Cancer and stoke (ISAC): RA assistance to summarise identified papers (PIs: Dr Trish Holch & Dr Suzie Wang)

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.  See details on upcoming PsyCen seminars. 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.

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.