I am professor of clinical and health psychology. I have previously worked as an academic at the Universities of Cardiff and Bristol and as a clinical psychologist in the NHS. The primary focus of my research is on how people respond to, and cope with, significant threats to health; and how brief psychological interventions may mitigate any associated problems. More broadly, I am interested in applying experimental approaches to the study of health psychology. I have (co-) authored three major textbooks on clinical and health psychology.

  • BA, Psychology, University of Plymouth
  • MSc, Clinical Psychology, University of Plymouth
  • PhD, Birmingham University

Areas of Expertise

  • trauma
  • health anxiety
  • CBT and third wave interventions
  • brief psychological interventions
  • cardiac and thrombotic conditions
  • coping

Publications

  1. Hunter, R., Noble, S., Lewis, S., Bennett, P. Long-term psychosocial impact of venous thromboembolism: a qualitative study in the community BMJ Open 9 2 e024805
  2. Blagrove, M., Edwards, C., van Rijn, E., Reid, A., Malinowski, J., Bennett, P., Carr, M., Eichenlaub, J., McGee, S., Evans, K., Ruby, P. Insight from the consideration of REM dreams, non-REM dreams, and daydreams. Psychology of Consciousness: Theory, Research, and Practice
  3. Humphreys, N., Lowe, R., Rance, J., Bennett, P. Living with an implantable cardioverter defibrillator: partners' experiences British Journal of Cardiac Nursing 13 6 279 285
  4. Richards, S., Anderson, L., Jenkinson, C., Whalley, B., Rees, K., Davies, P., Bennett, P., Liu, Z., West, R., Thompson, D., Taylor, R., Taylor, R. Psychological interventions for coronary heart disease Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
  5. Larsson, A., Hooper, N., Osborne, L., Bennett, P., McHugh, L. Using Brief Cognitive Restructuring and Cognitive Defusion Techniques to Cope With Negative Thoughts Behavior Modification 40 3 452 482

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Teaching

  • PS-M80 Generic Research Skills - Research Methods in Psychology

    This module will give students the foundation research methods skills necessary to understand, design and execute research in psychology, and to interpret and report research results. The approach is a focus on research practices that improve transparency and reproducibility. The skills developed in this module include: generating research hypotheses, causal inference, internal and external validity, construct validity, survey methods and questionnaire design, experimental setting and web-based data collection, ethics and fraud, statistical power and research reproducibility, systematic review of the literature, meta-analysis, writing research reports and communication skills (e.g., conference presentations, poster design), single-case methods, and service evaluation/audit. The module comprises of 2-hour weekly lectures. The module will assess how students apply these skills in critical analyses and a research proposal containing the rationale and the methods sections for the students¿ MSc dissertation. By the end of the module, students will have acquired knowledge of the journey from a research idea to data collection, presentation of findings, and journal submission. Students will be asked to read the content provided for personal work and to reflect on the range of research methods. Finally, the role of teamwork and collaborative work in research will be discussed. Instruction will be carried out through seminars, practical exercises, assignments, and discussions.

  • PS-M82 Generic Research Skills - Abnormal and Clinical Psychology

    This module will give students the foundation skills necessary to understand, design and execute research in psychology, and to interpret and report research results. The approach is a focus on research practices that improve transparency and reproducibility. The skills developed in this module include: generating research hypotheses, causal inference, internal and external validity, construct validity, survey methods and questionnaire design, experimental setting and web-based data collection, ethics and fraud, statistical power and research reproducibility, systematic review of the literature, meta-analysis. The module comprises of 2-hour weekly lectures. The module will assess how students apply these skills in critical analyses and a research proposal containing the rationale and the methods sections for the students¿ MSc dissertation.

  • PSY307 Psychosocial factors in chronic disease

    This module will consider the psychosocial (including gender, culture and socio-economic status) contributors to a range of long term physical illnesses, including cancer and coronary heart disease. It will then consider how individuals adjust to the onset and then longer term course of these conditions. Finally, it will address a range of interventions designed to either prevent the onset of a range of chronic illnesses, or reduce the stress associated with them, their severity, and potentially reduce mortality. Case examples including diabetes, heart disease, cancer and thrombosis will be considered in some depth. There will be a significant emphasis on the application of psychological theory and practice to specific health issues.

  • PSY319 Final Year Independent Research Project

    Students conduct an independent research project under the supervision of a member of staff. The research topic is decided in conjunction with supervisors and Research topics. Students must obtain ethical approval, design, conduct, analyse and write up a piece of research in order to achieve Graduate Basis for Chartership with the British Psychological Society (BPS).

  • PSY325 Independent Research Project - Joint Honours

    Students conduct an independent research project under the supervision of a member of staff. Students must obtain ethical approval, design, conduct, analyse and write up a piece of research in order to achieve Graduate Basis for Chartership with the British Psychological Society.

  • PSY355 Psychopathology: Anxiety Disorders

    The module will address the cognitive model of anxiety in order to understand how anxiety, the emotion we feel every day, start causing problems. The module will also look at cognitive models and empirical studies for range of anxiety disorders including panic, social phobia, and obsessive-compulsive disorder. In addition, cognitive treatment strategies for anxiety disorders are presented and demonstrated.

  • SHHM52 An Introduction to Sociology and Psychology for Physicians Associates

    This module will introduce students undertaking the Postgraduate Diploma (PGDip) and MSc Physician¿s Associate Studies to the core concepts in sociology and psychology that will underpin holistic practice.

Supervision

  • Mindful Future Thinking: how mindfulness affects emotions and behaviours linked to thinking about the future (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Dr Gabriela Jiga-Boy
  • An exploration of the emotional impact following experience of sudden, unexpected death of an emotionally close individual (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Prof Jaynie Rance
  • Separation of diagnoses of Autism and Attachment Disorders. (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Prof Phil Reed
  • Feasibility of conducting a Randomised Controlled Trial (RCT) of tailored Resilience Training in Undergraduate Paramedics (current)

    Student name:
    MSc
    Other supervisor: Prof Nicola Gray
  • Uncertainty and Anxiety During the Pre and Post-Diagnostic Period for People with Neuroinflammatory Syndromes (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Dr Rob Lowe
  • Health Anxiety and Post Traumatic Stress: The Psychological Impact of Venous Thromboembolism (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Dr Rob Lowe
  • What are the practical needs for families and training needs for professionals when a breastfed child is diagnosed with a serious, life-limiting, chronic or terminal health condition? (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Dr Janice Lewis
    Other supervisor: Prof Amy Brown
  • A qualitative study to explore how pregnant women view undertaking physical activity in pregnancy. (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Dr Sarah Norris
  • A qualitative study of psychological wellbeing among visually impaired individuals, following a recent diagnosis and experience of sight-loss. (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Dr Rob Lowe
  • Preventing and reducing parental burnout: mindfulness and cognitive behavioural therapy randomized control trials. (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Prof Jaynie Rance
  • FULL/LONG TITLE OF THE STUDY: A person-centred, theory-based self-management interventions specific to Young Adults (YAs) living with Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) stages 1 to 5 in Wales. A systematic review and mixed-methods study«br /» «br /» SHORT STUDY TITLE/ACRONYM: Self-management for YAs with CKD«br /» (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Prof Jaynie Rance
  • The Predictive Nature of Illness Representations, Emotions and Action Tendencies on Coping and Recovery in Cardiac Surgery Patients: Why do people cope in the way that they do and how does this impact on health-related outcomes?«br /» (awarded 2019)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Dr Rob Lowe
  • 'The Impact of Attachment styles, Religious Beliefs and Coping Strategies in the Context of Emotional Responses to Exclusion: Cross-Cultural Study' (awarded 2018)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Dr Rob Lowe

Administrative Responsibilities

  • Head of Department - Department of Psychology

    2017 - Present

Career History

Start Date End Date Position Held Location
2006 2009 Research Professor School of Nursing and Midwifery studies, Cardiff University
2003 2006 Head of clinical psychology services University of Wales Swansea Swansea NHS Trust
2002 2003 Research director/senior clinical lecturer Bristol Clinical Psychology Training Programme
1999 2002 Senior lecturer University of Wales College of Medicine
1998 1999 Head of Clinical Health Psychology Specialty United Bristol Healthcare Trust
1992 1998 Consultant Clinical Psychologist Gwent Community NHS Trust
1990 1992 Lecturer University of Cardiff
1988 1990 Senior Research Officer Health Promotion Authority for Wales
1986 1988 Senior Clinical Psychologist South Birmingham DHA
1984 1986 Basic Grade Psychologist South Glamorgan DHA

Key Grants and Projects

  • Thrombosis Research Alliance 2013 - 2017

    Developing and testing a brief cost-effective intervention to minimise distress following venous thromboembolism, £74,631

  • British Heart Foundation 2014 - 2019

    The psychological and health impact following failed Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation of an emotionally close individual, £83,818

External Responsibilities

  • Member, ABMU Psychological Therapies Board

    2014 - 2017

  • Deputy Chair, BPS Division of Health Psychology & Member of BPS Research Board

    2014 - 2015

  • Chair, BPS Division of Health Psychology

    2013 - 2014

  • Member of BPS Practitioner Board, BPS Division of Health Psychology

    2013 - 2014

  • Chair elect, Division of Health Psychology

    2012 - 2013

  • Joint lead editor, British Journal of Health Psychology

    2006 - 2013

  • Associate editor, British Journal of Health Psychology

    2000 - 2005

  • Treasurer, BPS Division of Health Psychology

    2009 - 2012

  • Member of editorial board, Psychology, Health & Medicine

    1998 - Present