Health and Mental Health

The Health Psychology Research Group has grown considerably in recent years, and has research partnerships with four of the seven Welsh Local Health Boards (equivalent to English NHS Trusts), as well as with academic colleagues at other institutions.

Examples of current research include:

  • Symptom perception and quality of life in Pernicious Anaemia sufferers
  • Emotional regulation and binge eating in patients with maladaptive eating behaviours.
  • Health literacy and treatment adherence in chronic pain patient
  • Emotional responses to sports injury in elite athletes

We have a number of PhD researchers, and postgraduate students on our professionally accredited Masters’ programmes are gaining invaluable experience in conducting supervised research in NHS and other applied settings, and contributing to data sets for larger research studies and external funding bids.

The Mental Health / Clinical Psychology Research Group has a focus on investigating topics in the area of mental health. These may include: attitudes towards mental health service users; issues with the diagnosis, treatment and care of those with mental health problems; psychological, social and biological factors which may play a role in mental health and ill health. In addition, there is a thread of research looking at sub-clinical mental health problems, such as those affecting undergraduate students and the general population. The group has expertise in both quantitative and qualitative research methods.

Recent research

Educating elite athletes
Dr David Shearer was headhunted by the Finnish Olympic Committee and the Kuortane Sports Institute to provide a sport psychology education programme based around group dynamics and communication. This appointment demonstrates Dr Shearer’s international reputation both as a researcher and an applied sport psychology consultant. In addition, based on the same programme of research, Dr Shearer was consulted as a scientific expert on collective efficacy for a funded arts project developed by the Film and Video Umbrella (FVU). This project was funded by the Wellcome Trust (£150,000) with the aim of producing art works that demonstrated how science has impacted upon our knowledge and understanding of elite level sport performance.
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Alcohol Misuse
Dr Bev John has been researching alcohol related admissions to Accident and Emergency departments since 2000. This has included research into the feasibility of screening and treating alcohol related admissions in A & E departments (2002, 2010). The outcomes of this research have resulted in the development of the FAST Alcohol Screening Test (2002, 2004), which is now available in many languages, is used around the world, and is the brief alcohol screening measure recommended by many regulatory and authoritative bodies.
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