Clinical and Health research group

About us

This is a group of psychologists investigating a wide range of topics related to health, clinical, behavioural and neuro- psychology. Research expertise encompasses several aspects of human behaviour in clinical and non-clinical populations. Research is conducted in purpose-built laboratories in the department or through an extensive network of collaborating clinicians in the NHS. Much of the research is conducted in collaboration with colleagues at other universities and with national and international institutions.

Current projects

  • Addiction: drug and alcohol misuse
  • The role of conditioning in substance misuse, and smoking behaviour.
  • Behaviour change interventions targeting diet, exercise, and alcohol consumption, impulsivity and risk-taking in clinical and non-clinical groups
  • Emotion: coping and burnout, emotion processing in cognition and art
  • End of life care.
  • Psychological adjustment in pregnancy and post-partum.
  • Preparation and recovery from surgery.
  • Schizophrenia: neurobiology in high risk populations, genetic susceptibility.


PhD students:

  • Victoria Barber
  • Victoria Burmester
  • Zoe Dodd
  • Sarah Geisemeyer
  • Dawn Leach
  • Helen Sue Pike
  • I-Ling Yeh
  • Francesca Zaninotto
  • Rose Turner
  • Fatoumata Jatta (Research assistant)

Collaborators and affiliated research groups:

  • Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience, London, UK
  • Institute of Psychology, Sao Paulo University, Brasil
  • McClean Hospital, Harvard University, USA
  • National Institute of Mental Health, USA
  • Studi Cognitivi, Modena, Italy
  • University of Birmingham, UK

Representative Publications

  • Felisberti, F.M. and Musholt, K. (2014). Self-face recognition: Individual differences and discrepancies associated with mental self-face representation, attractiveness and self-esteem. Psychology & Neuroscience, 7, 65-72.
  • Felisberti, F.M. and Terry, P. (2015). The effects of alcohol on the recognition of facial expressions and microexpressions of emotion: Enhanced recognition of disgust and contempt. Human Psychopharmacology – Clinical and Experimental.
  • Jones, C, Kelliher, L, Dickinson, M, Riga, A, Worthington, T, Scott, M, Vandrevala, T, Fry , C, Karanjia , N and Quiney, N (2013) Randomized clinical trial on enhanced recovery versus standard care following open liver resection. British Journal of Surgery, 100, 1015-1024.
  • Hughes, H., Meddings, S., Vandrevala, T., Homes, S. and Hayward, M. (2011) Carers' experiences of assertive outreach services: An exploratory study. Journal of Mental Health, 20, 70-78.
  • La Rooy, D., Nicol, A. and Terry, P. (2013) Intoxicated eyewitnesses: The effects of alcohol on eyewitness recall across repeated interviews. Open Journal of Medical Psychology, 2,107-114.
  • Nikcevic, A.V., Caselli, G., Wells, A. & Spada, M.M. (2015). The metacognitions about smoking questionnaire: Development and psychometric properties. Addictive Behaviors. 44, 102-107 (correction of previous entry)
  • Nikcevic, A.V. & Nicolaides, K.H. (2014). Search for meaning, finding meaning and adjustment in women following miscarriage: A longitudinal study. Psychology & Health, 29, 50-63.
  • Pavey, L., & Churchill, S. (2014). Promoting the avoidance of high-calorie snacks: priming autonomy moderates message framing effects. PloS One , 9, e103892.
  • Pavey, L., & Sparks, P. (2012) Autonomy and defensiveness: experimentally increasing adaptive responses to health-risk information via priming and self-affirmation. Psychology & Health, 27, 259-276.
  • Vyas, N.S., Birchwood, M., & Singh, S.P. (in press). Youth Services: Meeting the Mental Health Needs of Adolescents. Irish Journal of Psychological Medicine.
  • Vyas, N.S., Ahn, K., Stahl, D.R., Caviston, P., Simic, M., Netherwood, S., Puri, B.K., Lee, Y., & Aitchison, K.J. (2014). Association of KIBRA rs17070145 polymorphism with episodic memory in the early stages of a human neurodevelopmental disorder. Psychiatry Research, 220 (1-2), 37-43.

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