Research Groups

Eating Disorders

Group Lead: Dr Myra Cooper

+44 (0) 1865 226431


Our research investigates the ways in which clinical eating disorders and disordered eating are maintained and develop. We are particularly interested in cognitive and emotional processes, as understanding more about these will be helpful to those treating people with eating problems. We have an interest in testing and developing psychological models of eating disorders. Our research has made a significant contribution to the understanding and importance of negative self-beliefs in people with anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa.


Our Team

Myra Cooper

Senior Research Tutor


Group lead: Dr Nigel King

+44 (0) 01865 226431



Our research investigates the ways in which neuropsychological problems occur and develop in patients with neurological disorders. We are particularly interested in the contribution of neuropathological and psychological factors to difficulties after brain injury and how sufferers can be best helped. Our research has made a significant contribution to the understanding of mild traumatic brain injury, the treatment of post-concussion symptoms and the neurorehabilitation of brain-injured patients.


Our members:

Nigel King

Clinical Tutor & Consultant Clinical Neuropsychologist


The lived experience in Psychosis and Mental Distress

Key themes: Psychosis, Stigma, Hospitalisation, Restraint, Recovery, Qualitative methods, User voice

Group Lead: Matthew Knight

Dr Matthew Knight is Academic Tutor at the Oxford Institute, and a Clinical Psychologist working with people with lived experience of psychosis within the Berkshire area.



This research group aims to explore the lived experience of people with mental ill health, particularly psychosis. This incorporates personal beliefs about 'ill health', individual definitions and understandings of recovery, the processes of hospitalisation and restraint, and the role of protective relationships at these critical time-points. Underpinning the research is the aim to act as advocates for those typically not given a voice, highlight the benefits of qualitative methodologies as part of this process, and work towards overcoming issues of stigma, prejudice and discrimination.


Our members 


Group lead: Lorna Hogg 


(see also: Oxford Clinical Supervision Research Group).

Our research focuses on the relationship between supervisee and supervisor. Qualitative, quantitative and mixed methodologies are used to explore the quality of the supervisory relationship from supervisee, supervisor and dyadic perspectives. Several models and three measures of the supervisory relationship have been developed. Additionally, our research has explored problems, attempted solutions and (non) disclosure in the relationship.