Dr Wendy Nicholls is a senior lecturer at the University of Wolverhampton. With a broad specialism in clinical and health psychology, Wendy’s research focuses on the influences of our social lives on physical and mental health.
In collaboration with Dr Tracey Devonport (Institute of Sport), Wendy is involved in a research programme exploring the effects of our emotions on eating behaviour. They have recently published two systematic reviews on the association between eating behaviours and emotions within an obese population and community ‘normal weight’ individuals. She has collaborated with local NHS Mental Health trusts, and patients within to investigate the experiences of stigmatisation in individuals with depression, to investigate the experiences of service users of the weight management programmes, and to evaluate experiences of carers of individuals with dementia. Wendy has an interest in the development of psychometric measures and has developed a symptom inventory specifically for use in the community mental health setting, a retrospective measurement of childhood attachment, a UK Food Craving Inventory, a Mindful Eating Scale, and a measure of unmet needs in child carers.
Publications can be downloaded from Researchgate.
Wendy was funded to conduct a PhD exploring the association between attachment relationships and depression. Wendy was awarded an Early Researcher grant from the University of Wolverhampton. This grant was used to further the research on the associations between our health and social lives, in particular exploring the effectiveness of online forums as a source of social support for those with severe health concerns.
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. Wendy is a member of the UK Psychologists in Weight Management Network, an Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society, a registered coaching psychologist, and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.
Wendy is the Research Coordinator for the Doctorate in Counselling Psychology and teaches social psychology, health psychology, and clinical psychology. Wendy has an active role in supervising students on the counselling psychology doctorate programme and has previously supervised projects on the experience of shame and depression in female prisoners, and unmet needs in children with parents with a chronic illness, and the role of drugs in weight management.
Research interests include weight management, relationships, well-being, adjustment to health diagnoses, mindfulness, and questionnaire development. Method expertise include; quantitative analysis, psychometric analyses, and systematic reviewing. Current projects include:
- In partnership with colleagues in the NHS I am evaluating a meal replacement programme for morbidly obese individuals, and developing mindfulness based interventions for weight management for both clinical and community populations.
- Development of the Proactive Coping Inventory (with Dr Tracey Devonport)
- Patient perception of stigmatisation of obesity (with Dr Tracey Devonport & Dr Robin Gutteridge)
- Systematic review on body image in adolescence (with Dr Tracey Devonport, Ms Sharon McIntosh, Dr Andrew Friesen)
Experiences of bariatric patients post surgery (with Dr Claire Parkes, Dr Tracey Devonport, and Dr Lee Hulbert-Williams)
- 2014: Registration as a Coaching Psychologist with the British Psychological Society.
- 2014: Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society.
- 2013: Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Training.
- 2012: Cognitive Behavioural Therapy Training.
- 2012: Acceptance & Commitment Therapy Training.
- 2010: Conducting a Viva Voce examination (University of Wolverhampton)
- 2008: Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
Post Graduate Certificate in Higher Education, University of Wolverhampton
PhD. Loughborough University, Department of Social Sciences
Title – “Pathways to Depression from Childhood and Adulthood Attachment”. Funded by a competitive departmental scholarship for three years to cover a bursary and tuition fees.
BSc Human Psychology Aston University, First Class Honours Degree with Graduate Basis for Registration with the British Psychological Society.
Devonport, T. J., Nicholls, W., & Fullerton, C. (2017). A systematic review of the association between emotions and eating behaviour in normal and overweight adult populations. Journal of Health Psychology, DOI:1359105317697813.
Hulbert-Williams L., Hulbert-Williams N.J., Nicholls W., Williamson S., Poonia J. & Hochard K.D. (2017). Ultra-brief non-expert-delivered defusion and acceptance exercises for food cravings: A partial replication study. Journal of Health Psychology.
Hulbert-Williams, L., Hochard, K., Hulbert-Williams, N., Archer, R., Nicholls, W., Wilson, K. (2016). Contextual behavioural coaching: An evidence-based model for supporting behaviour change. International Coaching Psychology Review, 11(2), 30-42.
Nicholls, W., Patterson, P., McDonald, F., & Hulbert-Williams, N. (2016). Unmet needs in young adults with a parent with a chronic condition: a mixed method investigation and measure development study. Scandinavian Journal of Caring Sciences. (IF 1.197)
Nicholls, W., Pilsbury, L., Devonport, T., & Blake, M. (2016). The attitudes of student nurses towards obese patients: a questionnaire study exploring the association between perceived causal factors and advice giving. Nurse Education Today. 37:33-7. doi: 10.1016/j.nedt.2015.11.009 (IF 1.364)
Nicholls, W., Devonport, T.J., & Blake, M. (2016). The association between emotions and eating behaviour in an obese population with binge eating disorder. Obesity Reviews. 17(1):30-42 (IF 7.99).
Nicholls, W., Hulbert-Williams, N., & Bramwell, R. (2014). The role of Attachment in adjustment to cancer diagnosis for patients and caregivers; A Systematic Review. PsychoOncology. 10. 1083-1095. DOI: 10.1002/pon.3664 (IF 4.044).
Fullwood, C., Nicholls, W., & Makichi, R. (2014). There’s something for everyone: How individual differences predict different blogging motivations. New Media and Society, doi: 10.1177/1461444814530248 (IF 2.441).
Hulbert-Williams, L., Nicholls, W., Joy, J., & Hulbert-Williams, N. (2013). Initial Validation of the Mindful Eating Scale. Mindfulness. DOI 10.1007/s12671-013-0227-5
Nicholls, W., & Hulbert-Williams, L. (2013). British-English translation of the Food Craving inventory (FCI-UK). Appetite. 67:37-43
Mendieta-Tan, A., Hulbert-Williams, L., & Nicholls, W. (2013). Drug use in weight management. Appetite, 60, 220-225.
Fullwood, C., Sheehan, N., & Nicholls, W. (2009). Blog function revisited: A content analysis of MySpace blogs. CyberPsychology and Behavior. 12, 685-689.
Millward, D., & Nicholls, W. (2008). Assisting Wellbeing - The Challenges of using Technology to Improve Wellbeing in Older Adults. HEALTHINF (1) 2008: 164-167
Gilbert, P., Allan, S., Nicholls, W., & Olsen, K. (2005). The Assessment of Psychological Symptoms of Patients Referred to Community Mental Health Teams. Clinical Psychology & Psychotherapy, 12, 10-27.
Nicholls, W., & Hulbert-Wiliams, L. (2013). The Food Craving Inventory –UK. Paper presented at the British Psychological Society Division of Health Psychology Conference, Brighton, September 2013.
Nicholls, W., & Hulbert-Williams, N. (2013). The development of a tool to measure unmet psychosocial needs in children of parents with chronic illness. Paper presented at the British Psychological Society Division of Health Psychology Conference, Brighton, September, 2013.
Hulbert-Williams, L., Nicholls, W., Flynn, S., & Hulbert-Williams, N. (2013). The Mindful Eating Scale: A Confirmatory Factor Analysis. Paper presented at the British Psychological Society Division of Health Psychology Conference, Brighton, September, 2013.
Nicholls, W., Fullwood, C., & Makichi, R. (2013). This is why I blog: Personality & Blog motivations. Social Networking in Cyberspace conference, Wolverhampton, July 2013.
Fullwood, C. & Nicholls, W. (July, 2012). This is why I blog: Personality and blog motivations. Cyberpsychology and Computer Psychology conference (CyComP 2012), University of Bolton, U.K.
Hulbert-Williams L., Nicholls, W., Joy, J., & Hulbert-Williams, N.J. (2012). The Development of the Mindful Eating Scale. Poster presented at the British Psychological Society Division of Health Psychology Annual Conference, Liverpool UK.
Mendieta-Tan, A., Hulbert-Williams, L. & Nicholls, W. (2012). Drug Use in Weight Management: An Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis. Poster presented at the British Psychological Society Division of Health Psychology Annual Conference, Liverpool UK.
Nicholls, W. & Hulbert-Williams, N. (2010). The role of attachment in adjustment to cancer diagnosis for cancer patients and their caregivers: A systematic review. Paper presented at the British Psycho-Oncology Society Conference, Chester.
Nicholls, W. & Hulbert-Williams, N. (2010). The Importance of attachment in adjustment to cancer diagnosis for both patients and their family: A systematic review. Paper presented at the 12th World Congress of Psycho-Oncology, Canada.
Nicholls, W., Sharples, L. & Fullwood, C. (2010). Dangling by a thread. The nature of online support for individuals with lifelong illness. Paper presented at the Social Networking in Cyberspace Conference, Wolverhampton.
Williams, S., Nicholls, W., & Hulbert-Williams, N. (2010). Unmet needs in children who have a parent with a cancer diagnosis. Paper presented at the British Psycho-Social Oncology Conference, Chester.
Nicholls, W. & Hulbert-Williams, N. (2009). The Importance of attachment in adjustment to cancer diagnosis for both patients and their family: A systematic review. Paper presented at the British Psycho-Oncology Society Conference, Cardiff.
West, M., & Nicholls, W. (2009). Predictors of Fruit and Vegetable Consumption in children aged 5-9 years. Poster presented at the British Psychological Society Health Psychology Conference, Aston University, Birmingham.
Consultant to Pearson Education.
Tutor & demonstrator –Undergraduate Degree program at Loughborough University.
Bank Health Care Support Worker. Sandwell Mental Health Trust and Alexandra Nursing Agency.
Research Assistant. Mental Health Research Unit. Kingsway House, Kingsway Hospital. Derby.