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Health & Psychological Interventions (HAPI)

Aims and Scope

HAPI aims to facilitate individual and collaborative research between members of the division with interests in health, clinical, and counselling psychology.

Our scope is broad covering aspects of applied psychology that relate to chronic illness, stress and theory-based psychological interventions for both physical and psychological disorders.

Group Co-ordinator

Wendy Nicholls

Wendy is the Research Coordinator for the Doctorate in Counselling Psychology and teaches social psychology, health psychology, and clinical psychology. She has an interest in the development of psychometric measures and developed a symptom inventory specifically for use in the community mental health setting. Wendy has published and presented on psychological wellbeing and health, and has completed training in counselling skills, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy.

Current research

Details of our individual research projects are listed on our own profile pages.  We currently have one joint research project underway and will be developing more protocols over the coming months.

An ACT intervention to reduce stress and improve coping with academic demands for counselling psychology trainees.

This is a small pilot study to test the efficacy of an Acceptance and Commitment Therapy based intervention within an academic setting.  The study will run from September 2008 until May 2009.

Selected publication from our researchers

Here is a selection of our most recently published papers (listed by date, most recent first).

Lewis, Y. (in press).  Counselling psychology training:  implications for self.  Counselling Psychology Review.

Hulbert-Williams, S.L. and Hastings, R.P. (in press).  Life events as a risk factor for psychological problems in individuals with intellectual disabilities: a critical review.  Journal of Intellectual Disability Research.

Edwards, A.G.K., Hulbert-Williams, N.J., and Neal, R.D. (2008). Psychological interventions for women with metastatic breast cancer (Review).  Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, 2008, (2).

Hulbert-Williams, N.J., Hulbert-Williams, S.L., McIlroy, D. and Bunting, B. (2008).   Anxiety in recovery from severe burn injury: an experimental comparison.  Psychology, Health & Medicine, 31(2), pp.162-167.

Greenaway, R. and Fortune, L. (2006).  GP's views of psychological services:  a comparison of GPs who refer to onsite and offsite services.  Journal of Primary Care Mental Health, 4(4), pp.245-254.

Hulbert, N.J. and Morrison, V.L. (2006).  A preliminary study into stress in palliative care:  optimism, self-efficacy and social support.  Psychology, Health & Medicine, 11(2), pp.246-254.

Pasterfield, D.M., Wilkinson, C., Finlay, I.G., Neal, R.D., and Hulbert, N.J. (2006).  GP’s views on changing the law on physician-assisted suicide and euthanasia, and willingness to prescribe or inject lethal drugs: a survey from Wales.  British Journal of General Practice,56(527), pp.450-452.

Fortune, L., Gracey, D., Burke, M. and Rawson, D. (2005).  The effect of service setting on treatment outcome: a comparison between cognitive behavioural approaches within primary and secondary care. Journal of Mental Health, 1(5), pp.483-498.

Fortune, L. and Watts, M (2000).  Examining supervision: comparing the beliefs of those who deliver and those who receive.  Counselling Psychology Review, 15(3), pp.5-15.