Past Doctoral Research Projects

2016 Intake 

  • Adolescents’ experiences of panic attacks: a qualitative analysis 
  • A grounded theory study exploring factors which contribute to the resilience of female nurses working in the neonatal care unit 
  • The experience of co-production for individuals with emotional intensity difficulties: a qualitative investigation using interpretative phenomenological analysis 
  • Building self-compassion to tackle fears about other people: A feasibility study of a compassionate imagery intervention 
  • Investigating the presence of a negative selection bias towards ptosis in young children 
  • Establishing psychometric properties of three brief neuropsychological tests aligned to the cognitive domains of the mental capacity act (2005). 
  • Combining light therapy and behavioural therapy for insomnia: a Feasibility study 
  • How adolescent transgender males experience expressing their gender identity around new people: an interpretative phenomenological analysis 
  • How do individual differences in affective flexibility influence the trajectory of anxiety and worry over time? 
  • Parental experiences of psychological treatment for their Adolescent’s anxiety disorder: a qualitative study using interpretative Phenomenological analysis 
  • An interpretative phenomenological analysis exploring how psychiatrists conceptualise conduct disorder (CD) and experience making the diagnosis 
  • Enhancing future-directed thinking in people with first-episode psychosis using a guided imagery intervention 
  • Does regret matter? Exploring the association between sex, regret, and Psychological wellbeing in young women 
  • An interpretative phenomenological analysis of the experiences of secondary school staff receiving a first-hand, first-time disclosure of sexual abuse from a child 
  • A qualitative exploration of relational dynamics in women with female genital mutilation (FGM): an interpretative phenomenological analysis 
     

2015 Intake 

  • Metacognitive factors in spinal cord injury rehabilitation 
  • The experiences of parents with autism spectrum disorder who have a child with autism spectrum disorder: an interpretative phenomenological approach 
  • Establishing the validity of targeted cognitive profiling as a guide for mental Capacity assessments after stroke. 
  • Focus of attention as a maintenance factor for social anxiety in children 
  • The effect of ruminative and mindfulness-based processing of stressful parenting Events on parental emotional reactivity 
  • Having a child with an intellectual disability transition to adulthood: A parental perspective. 
  • Sleep disturbance as a risk factor for depression: emotional processing in individuals with insomnia and healthy volunteers 
  • A case series investigating care home staff outcomes following their use of a psychosocial intervention with residents with dementia: how does it impact their attitudes, knowledge about residents, and communication skills? 
  • Resolving ruptures in the therapeutic alliance using a relational mindfulness exercise – a task analytic study 
  • The impact of a behavioural weight management programme on emotional eating and the impact of emotional eating on weight loss and regain 
  • The meaning of interpersonal relationships for women who are homeless: A qualitative investigation using interpretive phenomenological analysis 
     

2014 Intake 

  • Improving the clinical understanding and measurement of dissociation 
  • Sleep, sleep difficulties and neurocognition 
  • Cognitive bias modification, bulimia nervosa and the treatment of eating disorders 
  • Application of a cognitive model of bulimia nervosa to obesity 
  • Women who have experienced intimate partner violence and return to an abusive relationship 
  • The experience of receiving dexamethasone during treatment for acute lymhoblastic leukaemia and lymphoblastic lymphona in adolescence 
  • An exploratory study of executive functioning in older offenders 
  • Parents of adults with MS: What is their role and how does it change over time? A grounded theory study 
  • Mood and anxiety in stroke survivors; links to cognition and lesion 
  • Predicting activity/engagement 6 months post stroke 
  • Experience of social interaction and communication after attending a Cognitive Stimulation Group 
  • How is mindfulness in schools experienced by adolescents from a South Asian background? 
  • Recall to hospital from conditional community discharge 
  • Young adults' experience of ovarian tissue cryopreservation and cancer treatment 
  • Adoptive parents' experience of Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy