Dr Robin Gutteridge

Reader in Applied Social Psychology and Innovation

Robin Gutteridge
Email address: robin.gutteridge@wlv.ac.uk Phone number: 01902 518641 Location: Walsall Campus Faculty: Faculty of Education Health and Wellbeing School/Institute: Institute of Psychology Areas of expertise: Bid Writing and Development/ Project Development and Management/Qualitative Research Methodologies/ Human Ageing


Originally a physiotherapist, Robin is a Chartered Psychologist, HCPC registered Counselling Psychologist and qualified Psychosexual Therapist. She is an experienced teacher, researcher, supervisor and mentor.  Robin has an MA in Gerontology and was awarded a PhD for her research into long-lasting marriage.  She is particularly interested in the way people use their social relationships to meet their identity development needs and as a resource for coping.  Her current cross Faculty role involves building effective partnerships for Knowledge Exchange between the University and Health and Care sectors, including service users and carers. In her spare time, Robin practices as a counsellor and psychosexual therapist with individuals and couples. Her research interests encompass a range of topics related to health and wellbeing, identity development across the lifecourse and organisational service development.   

Research interests

  • Writing for publication
  • Transformational change
  • Quality in Leadership

Membership of professional bodies

Membership of Professional Review & Editorial Bodies

Peer reviewer: Ageing and Society, Medical Teacher, International Academy of Marital Spirituality (INTAMS), Diversity and Equality in Health and Care, Contemporary Nurse Journal

Manuscript reviewer for Sage Publications: Tantam , D., (2014).Emotional Well-being  and Mental Health: A Guide for Counsellors and Psychotherapists, London, Sage  


  • Postgraduate Certificate in Clinical Supervision, Derby University
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Psychosexual Therapy, University of Hull
  • Practitioner Certificate in Mediation, UK Mediation
  • Diploma in Counselling, NCFE
  • Graduate Diploma in Psychology, Open University
  • PhD Applied Social Studies, Keele University
  • Enduring relationships: the evolution of long-lasting marriages
  • MA in Gerontology, Keele University
  • BA Open, Open University
  • Certificate in Education (FE), Wolverhampton
  • Graduate Diploma in Physiotherapy, Birmingham



Journal Articles:

  •  Devonport, T.J., Nicholls, W., Johnston, H.J., Gutteridge, R., & Watt, A. (in press). It’s not just ‘What’ you do, it’s also the ‘Way’ that you do it: Patient and Public Involvement in the Development of Health Research. International Journal for Quality in Health Care. ISSN 1353 4505(IF 2.549)
  • Hunt, L.A., Mcgee, P., Gutteridge, R., Hughes, M., (2016). Manipulating mentors' assessment decisions: Do underperforming student nurses use coercive strategies to influence mentors' practical assessment decisions?, Nurse Education in Practice , 20 (2016),154-162
  • Niedderer, K., Ludden, G., Clune, S., Lockton, D., Mackrill, J., Morris, A., Cain, R., Gardiner, E., Evans, M., Gutteridge, R., Hekkert, P., (2016). Design for Behaviour Change as a Driver for Sustainable Innovation: Challenges and Opportunities for Implementation in the Private and Public Sectors, International Journal of Design, 10(2), 67-85
  • Hunt, L., McGee, P, Gutteridge, R., Hughes, M., (2016). Failing Securely: The Processes and Support  which Underpin English Nurse Mentors’ Assessment Decisions Regarding Under-performing Students, Nurse Education Today,  39, p79-86 DOI: 10.1016/j.nedt.2016.01.011
  • Taylor, F., Gutteridge, R., and Willis, C., (2016). Peer support for CKD patients and carers: overcoming barriers and facilitating access. Health Expectations, 19(3):617-30. doi: 10.1111/hex.12348. Epub 2015 Feb 3
  • Davidson, I., Cooke, S., Gutteridge, R.,(2015).  How can the configuration of dialysis centres encourage shared care?, Journal of Renal Nursing, Vol 7, Issue 3, p118-p123,
  • Hunt, L., McGee, P., Gutteridge, R., Hughes, M., (2012). Assessment of student nurses in practice: A comparison of theoretical and practical assessment results in England, Nurse Education Today,  32 (4) 351–355,doi:10.1016/j.nedt2011.05.010
  • Newton, B., Rothlingova, Z., Gutteridge, R., LeMarchand, K., Raphael, J., (2011). No Room for Reflexivity? Critical Reflections following a Systematic  Review of Qualitative Research, J.Health Psychology, 17(6) 866-885,doi:10.1177/1359105311427615
  • Lillyman, S., Gutteridge, R., Berridge, P., (2011). Using a storyboarding technique in the classroom to address end of life experiences and engage student nurses in deeper reflection on their practice, Nurse Education in Practice,  11 (3) 179-185, doi:10.1016/jnepr.
  • Gutteridge, R., Dobbins, K., (2010).  Service user and carer involvement in learning and teaching: a Faculty of Health staff perspective, Nurse Education Today , ;30(6):509-14. doi: 10.1016/j.nedt.2009.10.019. Epub 2009 Dec 2
  • Gutteridge, R., (2005).  Spirituality, Life-satisfaction and long- lasting marriage, INTAMS Review, Vol 11,1,80-94, doi:10.2143/INT.

Book Chapters:

Gutteridge R., (2001).  Evaluating the role of life skills in successful participation,

Ch11 in Thomas L., Cooper M, Quinn J, (eds.),   Access to Higher Education:

The Unfinished Business, Institute for Access Studies, Staffordshire University with the European Access Network

Project Reports :

  • Niedderer, K., Mackrill, J., Clune, S., Lockton, D., Ludden, G., Morris, A., Cain, R., Gardiner, E., Gutteridge, R., Evans, M., Hekkert, P. (2014). Creating Sustainable Innovation through Design for Behaviour Change: Full Project Report. University of Wolverhampton & Project Partners.  See also :
  • Niedderer, K.,(2015). Design for Behaviour Change , Wikipedia, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Design_for_behaviour_change published 26.01.2015
  • Gutteridge, R., Allen, K., Bevan, J., Burke, S., Cooke, S., Combes, G., Davison, I., Firmstone, V., Kitchen, C., Parle, J., Randhawa, S., Sein, K., Taylor, F., Thorpe, G., (2013).  Chronic Kidney Disease Summary Overview: ‘Increasing the Uptake of Home Therapies’, West Midlands Central Health Innovation and Education Cluster , University of Birmingham
  • Beavan, J., Burke, S., Davison, I., Firmstone, V., Gutteridge, R., Thorpe, G., (2013). Chronic Kidney Disease, Report to the West Midlands Specialist Renal Commissioners Project Implementation Group: Increasing the Uptake of Home Therapies, West Midlands Central Health Innovation and Education Cluster , University of Birmingham
  • Taylor, F., Gutteridge, R., (2013).  Chronic Kidney Disease. Overcoming barriers and facilitating access to peer support for CKD patients and carers. Report to the West Midlands Specialist Renal Commissioners Project Implementation Group: Increasing the Uptake of Home Therapies, West Midlands Central Health Innovation and Education Cluster , University of Birmingham
  • Gutteridge, R., Leavey, R., (2012). A strategic partnership approach to improving health and wellbeing in NHS and public sector staff: a project between the Black Country and Herefordshire & Worcestershire NHS Locality Boards and The School of Health and Wellbeing, University of Wolverhampton

Book Reviews:

  • Gutteridge, R., (2007). Mikulincer, M., Goodman, G., (eds.), Dynamics of Romantic Love Attachment, Caregiving and Sex, New York, Guilford, (2006),  for International Academy of Marital Spirituality (INTAMS) 
  • Gutteridge, R., (2007). Vohs Kathleen D., Finkel Eli J., (eds.), Self and Relationships Connecting Intrapersonal and Interpersonal Processes, New York, Guilford, (2006), for International Academy of Marital Spirituality (INTAMS) 
  • Gutteridge, R., (2001).  Matthew P. Janicki and Edward F. Ansello (eds), Community Support for Aging Adults with Lifelong Disabilities, 2000, Brookes, Baltimore in Ageing and Society 2001, 21, 4, 526-528
  • Gutteridge R,.  (2001). Sherman,  B., Sex, Intimacy and Aged Care , in Ageing and Society, 2000,20, 1, 131-134
  • Gutteridge, R., (2001). Schiavi,R.,  Aging and Male Sexuality, in Ageing and Society, 2000,20, 1, 131-134
  • Gutteridge, R., (1995). Rossi A, (ed.) (1994).  Sexuality across the Life Course, in Ageing and Society, Mar 1995 15,2, 281 –282

Conference Presentations:

  • 2014., Niedderer K., Mackrill J., Clune S., Evans M., Lockton D., Ludden G., Morris A., Gutteridge R., Gardiner E., Cain R., Hekkert P., Joining Forces: Investigating the influence of design for behaviour change on sustainable innovation, Nord Design 2014, 27-29 August, Espoo Finland/ Melbourne, Australia
  • Invited Speaker:2014., Gutteridge, R., Decisions, Dilemmas and Delights: reflections on starting out,  On-Line Counselling in Action[OCTIA] 5th Annual Conference:  Working therapeutically and safely on- line , 5 April,  Bristol, UK
  • Invited Speaker: 2013., Lillyman S., Gutteridge R.,Storyboarding in  Palliative Care Education, National Association of Palliative Care Educators, Annual Conference , 5-6 September 2013, Northampton UK
    • 2013., Gutteridge, R.,.  Chronic Kidney Disease: Increasing the Uptake of Home Therapies, West Midlands Central Health Innovation and Education Cluster, Dissemination Conference , 4 September 2013, Birmingham 
    • 2012., Hunt, L., McGee P., Gutteridge R., Hughes M., Grasping the nettle: how and why mentors will fail underachieving students, European Federation of Nurse Educators with the RCN Education Forum, 3-5 October 2012, Wales, UK
    • Invited Speaker: 2012., Gutteridge, R., Supporting workforce health and wellbeing, Royal College of Nursing Activists conference, 13 November 2012, Birmingham 
    • Invited Speaker: 2012., Gutteridge,R., Leese, K., A strategic partnership approach to improving health and wellbeing in NHS staff,  Masterclass at the Excellence in Public Health  Conference , 24 April 2012, Birmingham
    • 2012., Lang, L., Duncan Pitt, L., Gutteridge, R., Maidens, G., Saxon, A.,  Partnerships in workforce development, Modernising the NHS Conference, 26 March 2012, London
    • 2012,. Gutteridge R., and  project partners, Improving Staff Health and Wellbeing , project dissemination conference, 1 February 2012, Wolverhampton
    • 2011 Gutteridge R., Sheward Y., Macmillan K, Kumar S. SIP for QIPP: Stimulating a culture of Service Improvement, Opportunities for Excellence Conference,9 June 2011,  Wolverhampton, UK
    • 2011 Gutteridge R., Pulford M.,  Macmillan K.,Kumar S. Enabling service user and carer involvement in healthcare strategy,  Opportunities for Excellence Conference,9 June 2011,  Wolverhampton, UK
    • 2011 Gutteridge R., Saxon A., Das M., A collaborative model for workforce transformation, Excellence out of Adversity, Skills for Care/ Skills for Health Conference, 1-2 February 2011, Glasgow, UK 
    • 2010 Newton B., Rothlingova Z., Gutteridge R., Raphael J., Methodological shortcomings following a systematic review in chronic low back pain research, International Institute for Qualitative Methodology, 16th Qualitative Health Research Conference, 3-5 October 2010, Vancouver, Canada
    • 2010 Newton B., Ashford R., Gutteridge R., Raphael J., Walking Sticks Talk: An Emerging Grounded Theory of Chronic Pain and being Believed,  Qualitative Methods in Psychology Section (QMiP) Conference 23-25 August 2010, Nottingham UK.
    • 2008 Gutteridge R., Informal tutor student learning partnership in action, HEA Festival of Learning, July 2008
    • 2007 Gutteridge R., Dobbins K.,. Service user and carer involvement in learning and teaching. An evaluation of activity and future plans in a Faculty of Health, Authenticity for Action Conference , UCLAN and the HEA, Grange over Sands 6-9 November, 2007 
    • 2007 Gutteridge R.  Developing Inclusive policies for payment, induction and training for involvement, Authenticity for Action Conference , UCLAN and the HEA, Grange over Sands 6-9 November 2007 
    • 2007 Latham G., Gutteridge R., Wilson P, Akobi- Ebhote A.,Jilka W., Nettleton J.,    Freeman R,  A Partnership Experience:  Interprofessional Education Partnership – It is Possible! EIPEN conference, 12-14 September 2007, Krakow, Poland
    • 2007 Gutteridge R., Do students transfer classroom learning into practice?  iPED conference, Researching Academic Futures, Coventry, 10-11 September 2007.  Published in proceedings Deepwell F, Haworth J, King V., (Eds.), Proceedings of the 2nd International iPED Conference, 2007, ISBN 978-1-84600-0188, p25-26
    • 2006. Gutteridge R., , Akobi Ebhote A., , Freeman R., , Latham G.,, Nettleton J.,  Wilson P.,   Peaks and troughs: the challenges and rewards of developing an inter-professional learning programme, Society for Research into Higher Education Conference, Brighton, England, 12-14 December 2006
    • 2006.  Gutteridge R., Patel R, Wareham D., Embedded or overwhelmed?  Service User and Carer partnerships in learning and teaching in a Faculty of Health, All Together Better Health III, Conference jointly organised by societies of Interprofessional Learning, London, 10-12th April 2006.
    • 2004. Gutteridge R., The evolution of long-lasting marriage, British Society of Gerontology (BSG), 34th Annual Conference, 9-11 September, 2004, London
    • 2004. Gutteridge R., Grounded theory in Action: BSG 34th Annual Conference, 9-11 Sept 2004, London
    • Invited speaker: 2004, Gutteridge R.,  ‘Long-lasting marriage: resource or endurance test?’ at conference by the National Family and Parenting Institute ’Supporting Couples Long-Term’, 4th May 2004
    • 2001: Gutteridge R., Student support, guidance and retention; re-defining additional needs, Qualitative evidence- based practice, 2nd International Conference, Coventry, 17-19 June
    • 2000:  Gutteridge R., Student support and retention, European Access Network 9th Annual Conference, Spain, 2-5th September
    • 2000:  Gutteridge R., Analysis of qualitative research, Research workshop at Qualitative evidence- based practice, 1st International Conference, Coventry, 15-17 May
    • 1999: Gutteridge R., Intimacy in long term marriage, IVth European Congress of Gerontology, Berlin 7-11 July 1999, Published in Gerontologie und Geriatrie, Band 32, Supplement 2, July 1999, pII/186
    • 1999: Gutteridge R.  Intimacy in chronic illness and disability, Singapore Physiotherapy Association 3rd National Congress, 3-4April 1999, Published in:  Physiotherapy Singapore, Volume 2, Number 1, March 1999, p32-33
    • 1998:  Gutteridge R, Crompton S., Staff Development and the role of ICT in supporting students with disabilities, Annual conference of the Humanities and Arts Higher Education Network. Open University, Milton Keynes, 10th October 1998

Poster Presentations:

  • 2011., Gutteridge R., Sexuality and Intimacy in later life: do undergraduate nurses apply their classroom learning in practice? Poster at 20th World Sexual Health Congress, 12-16 June 2011, Glasgow, UK
  • 1999., Gutteridge, R., Ageing in the Context of Long Term Marriage, The Chartered Society of Physiotherapy Annual Congress, Birmingham,  8-10 October 1999

Invited Presentations:

Conference Abstract accepted for oral presentation:

2015: Gutteridge, R., Bill, K., Blake, M., Management of Knowledge Transfer:  developing promotional career pathways in Enterprise and Knowledge Transfer leadership, International Conference on Innovation through Knowledge Transfer 2015, 15-17 April 2015, Staffordshire

Previous professional experience

Consultant in Health and Wellbeing, Faculty of Education Health and Wellbeing

Honorary Research Fellow, University of Birmingham, School of Health and Population Sciences (p/t secondment)

Senior Academic in Psychology, Division of Psychology, Faculty of Law Education and Social Sciences, Birmingham City University Specialist Visiting Lecturer, Birmingham University, School of Health Sciences

Senior Academic Learning Partnerships Development Unit, Senior Lecturer in Health Psychology, Birmingham City

University Head of Student Services, Newman University College

Specialist Visiting Lecturer, BTec Physiotherapy Assistants, Bournville College

Senior Lecturer in Physiotherapy, Coventry University

Admissions Tutor for the BSc Hons Physiotherapy (152 entrants annually, team leader for 4 staff, co-ordinator for publicity, outreach and widening participation)

Tutor for the support of students with additional needs

Regional Adviser, Student advice, guidance and support, The Open University (p/t)

Associate Lecturer, Health Studies, The Open University, (p/t)

Assistant  (and acting Staff Tutor (Science)) The Open University, West Midlands Region (p/t)

Specialist Visiting Tutor, Certificate in Human Ageing, University of Birmingham, School of Continuing Studies

Teacher of Physiotherapy Royal Orthopaedic Hospital

Physiotherapist and Senior Physiotherapist, specialist areas neurological rehabilitation and  care of older adults

Further information

  • Non-Executive Director , Dudley & Walsall Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust
    • Full voting member of the Trust Board
    • Chair:  Governance and Quality  Committee
    • Research Development Committee Member 
    • Audit Committee Member 

Other relevant Knowledge Transfer, Professional and voluntary activities

2011-2015    Non –Executive Director, Dudley Walsall Mental Health NHS Trust

2011-2013    Trustee, Salus Fatigue Foundation

2008-2009    Justice of the Peace, Birmingham Magistrates Bench                                     

2008-2014    Couples Counsellor, Relate Centre Walsall                                          

2006-2011    Non-Executive Director, Walsall (Teaching) Primary Care Trust

2005-2008    Counsellor, St Martins Centre for Health and Healing, Birmingham (voluntary)     

2005-2008    Counsellor, Birmingham University Student Counselling Service (voluntary)  

2004-2005    Counsellor, Sandwell NHS Mental Health Primary Care Trust (voluntary)   

2004-2006    Chair, Continuing Care Funding Appeals Panel, West Midlands SHA

1997- 2000   Member of the Institute of Ageing and Health, Birmingham. Member of the Research Committee


Postgraduate Research Supervision


PhD supervision

Total completions : 2

  •  Hunt, L., Factors enabling mentors to fail students in clinical practice

           Co-Supervisor, Birmingham City University, part time, completed November 2014

  • Newton B., Experiences of being believed in people with chronic pain

          Co-Supervisor, Birmingham City University, part time, viva June 2015, minor modifications in progress  

Professional Doctorate in Health and Wellbeing supervision

  • Using Q methodology to explore the viewpoints of student nurses and qualified nurses regarding barriers to compassion in nursing practice, and strategies to overcome these

         Director of Studies, University of Wolverhampton, part time, commenced 2014 

Professional Doctorate in Counselling Psychology supervision

  • Experiences of Transitions from Child Mental Health Services to Adult Mental Health Services

          Second supervisor, University of Wolverhampton, full time, completed April 2016

  • Videoconferencing as a medium for delivery of counselling

          Second Supervisor, University of Wolverhampton, full time, submitted October 2016

  • The place of psychological interventions in weight management services: perspectives of health care practitioners and patients.

          Second Supervisor, University of Wolverhampton, full time, completed July 2016

  • A qualitative study in to the factors that influence couple adjustment to a diagnosis of chronic fatigue syndrome

          Director of Studies, full time, commenced 2015

  • From Novice to Expert: A Qualitative Investigation of the Views and Beliefs of Counselling Psychologists in Training about Working with Clients Experiencing Eating Disorders

          Director of Studies, full time, commenced 2015

  • How do emotion regulation, attachment related anxiety and avoidance impact on the ability to resolve conflict?

          Director of Studies, full time, commenced 2016

  • To what extent can attachment history explain the development of addictive patterns of behaviour?

          Director of Studies, full time, commenced 2016

  • A qualitative study exploring the lived experiences of parents of twins conceived through Assisted Reproductive Technology

          Director of Studies, full time, commenced 2016