Dr Fiona EcclesLecturer
My research is focussed on the psychological impact of living with chronic illness, particularly neurological conditions (for example Parkinson’s disease, Huntington's disease, multiple sclerosis or dystonia). We hope to develop psychological therapies to support people with neurological conditions and are currently involved in a small pilot trial of mindfulness-based cognitive therapy for people with Huntington's disease.
I am also interested in the cognitive and psychological outcomes of treatment (both psychological and surgical). In addition, I am interested in people’s own understanding and sense making processes when living with illness (“illness beliefs”). I use both quantitative and qualitative approaches.
Research with Dr Jane Simpson at Lancaster includes
- A pilot trial of mindfulness-based cognitive therapy for people with Huntington's disease (in collaboration with Dr David Craufurd, Manchester University and Dr Alistair Smith, mindfulness practitioner).
- Work with Parkinson's UK to create a scale of perceived control (also in collaboration with Dr Gerasimos Chatzidamianos at Lancaster University)
Research with Dr Richard Scott & Dr Alan Gray includes
- Neuropsychological outcomes of deep brain stimulation for neuropathic pain
- Cognitive profile of people with dystonia
- Neuropsychological outcomes of deep brain stimulation for Parkinson's disease
I currently supervise trainees' theses in the following areas:
- The experiences of people living with dystonia
- The experiences of people living with essential tremor
- The role of compassion in predicting wellbeing for people with epilepsy
- Minority stress in trans people and the impact of social support
- The expectations of psychological therapy for people with Huntington's disease
- How people with a diagnosis of non-epileptic attack disorder make sense of their symptoms
Neurological conditions such as Parkinson’s disease, Huntington's disease or Multiple Sclerosis which affect both physical health and cognitive functioning can present numerous challenges both to individuals and their families and our work is concerned with the psychological effects of living with these types of conditions. We are interested in aspects such as how people “live well” with their conditions and also how they “make sense” of the illness as well as difficulties encountered such as anxiety and low mood. In the future we are hoping to develop more psychological approaches to help people manage some of psychological difficulties that arise when living with these conditions. We are currently working on a pilot trial of mindfulness-based cognitive therapy for people with Huntington's disease.
Deep brain stimulation is a surgical procedure which involves implanting a small stimulator in specific parts of the brain which can sometimes relieve some of the symptoms of movement disorders such as Parkinson’s disease, essential tremor or dystonia. This technique is also now being used to relieve the symptoms of chronic pain. Our work looks at the impact that these stimulators have on how people think (their cognitive functioning) and how they feel emotionally as well as their overall quality of life.
I am the co-ordinator of the Service Related Project that clinical psychology doctorate trainees undertake in their first and second years of training and deliver various teaching sessions related to this, alongside co-ordinating the peer review exercise and examiners. I also contribute to general research teaching for the trainees.
The experiences of parenting a child with an acquired brain injury: a metasynthesis of the qualitative literature
Tyerman, E., Eccles, F.J.R., Gray, V. 12/2017 In: Brain Injury. 31, 12, p. 1553-1563. 11 p.
The views of adults with Huntington’s disease on assisted dying: a qualitative exploration
Regan, L., Preston, N.J., Eccles, F.J.R., Simpson, J. 15/11/2017 In: Palliative Medicine.
The views of adults with neurodegenerative diseases on end-of-life care: a metasynthesis
Regan, L., Preston, N.J., Eccles, F.J.R., Simpson, J. 6/11/2017 In: Aging and Mental Health. 9 p.
Understandings of psychological difficulties in people with the Huntington’s disease gene mutation and their expectations of psychological therapy
Theed, R., Eccles, F.J.R., Simpson, J. 3/10/2017 In: Psychology and Psychotherapy: Theory, Research and Practice.
Experiences of caring for a family member with Parkinson’s disease: a meta-synthesis
Theed, R., Eccles, F.J.R., Simpson, J. 10/2017 In: Aging and Mental Health. 21, 10, p. 1007-1016. 10 p.
Same-sex partner bereavement in older women: an interpretative phenomenological analysis
Ingham, C., Eccles, F.J.R., Armitage, J.R., Murray, C.D. 09/2017 In: Aging and Mental Health. 21, 9, p. 917-925. 9 p.
Suicide in trans populations: A systematic review of prevalence and correlates
McNeil, J., Ellis, S., Eccles, F.J.R. 09/2017 In: Psychology of Sexual Orientation and Gender Diversity. 4, 3, p. 341-353. 13 p.
The use of the truth and deception in dementia care amongst general hospital staff
Turner, A., Eccles, F.J.R., Keady, J., Simpson, J., Elvish, R. 08/2017 In: Aging and Mental Health. 21, 8, p. 862-869. 8 p.
Non-heterosexual women's experiences of informal social support: a qualitative metasynthesis
Ingham, C., Eccles, F.J.R., Armitage, J.R. 05/2017 In: Journal of Gay and Lesbian Social Services. 29, 2, p. 109-143. 35 p.
Personalised asthma action plans for adults with asthma
Gatheral, T.L., Rushton, A., Evans, D., Mulvaney, C., Halcovitch, N., Whiteley, G., Eccles, F., Spencer, S. 10/04/2017 In: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews. 4, 78 p.
The experience of caring for patients with dementia within a general hospital setting: a meta-synthesis of the qualitative literature
Turner, A., Eccles, F., Elvish, R., Simpson, J., Keady, J. 01/2017 In: Aging and Mental Health. 21, 1, p. 66-76. 11 p.
The experiences of being diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease
Warren, E., Eccles, F.J.R., Travers, V., Simpson, J. 21/12/2016 In: British Journal of Neuroscience Nursing. 12, 6, p. 288-296. 9 p.
The experiences of being diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease
Warren, E., Eccles, F.J.R., Travers, V., Simpson, J. 28/11/2016 In: Psychology of Older People : the FPOP bulletin. 136, p. 3-8.
A pilot evaluation of mindfulness based cognitive therapy for Huntington's disease
Simpson, J., Craufurd, D., Smith, D.A., Eccles, F.J.R., Peeren, S., Rogers, D., Skitt, Z., Theed, R. 1/09/2016
Exploring parents’ understandings of their child’s journey into offending behaviours: a narrative analysis
Knowles, S., Eccles, F.J.R., Daiches, A., Bowers, M. 07/2016 In: Clinical Child Psychology and Psychiatry. 21, 3, p. 447-460. 14 p.
The recognition and management of psychological difficulties in individuals with Parkinson’s Disease: perspectives of the Parkinson’s Disease nurse specialist
Theed, R., Eccles, F.J.R., Travers, V., Simpson, J. 27/06/2016 In: British Journal of Neuroscience Nursing. 12, 3, p. 132-139. 8 p.
The Parkinson's UK scale of perceived control: further validation
Simpson, J., Fletcher, I.J., Perpetuo, L., Chatzidamianos, G., Eccles, F.J.R. 2016
Clinical psychologists' experiences of NHS organisational change
Colley, R., Eccles, F., Hutton, C. 06/2015 In: Clinical Psychology Forum. 270, p. 14-18. 5 p.
Involvement in rehabilitative care and wellbeing for partners of people with an amputation
Murray, C., Simpson, J., Eccles, F., Forshaw, M.J. 2015 In: Psychology, Health and Medicine. 20, 1, p. 71-76. 6 p.
Loneliness, social isolation and sight loss
Hodge, S., Eccles, F. 10/2014 Thomas Pocklington Trust. 8 p.
Deep brain stimulation as a treatment for neuropathic pain: a longitudinal study addressing neuropsychological outcomes
Gray, A., Pounds-Cornish, E., Eccles, F., Aziz, T., Green, A., Scott, R.B. 03/2014 In: The Journal of Pain. 15, 3, p. 283-292. 10 p.
Loneliness, social isolation and sight loss: a literature review conducted for Thomas Pocklington Trust
Hodge, S., Eccles, F. 12/2013 Lancaster University.
A review of the demographic, clinical and psychosocial correlates of perceived control in three chronic motor illnesses
Eccles, F., Simpson, J. 2011 In: Disability and Rehabilitation. 33, 13-14, p. 1065-88. 24 p.
Perceptions of cause and control in people with Parkinson's disease.
Eccles, F., Murray, C., Simpson, J. 2011 In: Disability and Rehabilitation. 33, 15-16, p. 1409-1420. 12 p.
Improved cognitive outcomes with endovascular coiling versus neurosurgical clipping for ruptured intracranial aneurysms: neuropsychological outcomes from International Subarachnoid Aneurysm Trial (ISAT)
Scott, R., Eccles, F., Molyneux, A., Kerr, R., Rothwell, P., Carpenter, K. 08/2010 In: Stroke. 41, 8, p. 1743-1747. 5 p.
Synchronization of modulated traveling baroclinic waves in a periodically forced, rotating fluid annulus
Eccles, F., Read, P., Castrejon-Pita, A., Haine, T. 19/01/2009 In: Physical Review E. 79, 1, 4 p.
Perceptions of cause and control in people with Parkinson's disease
Eccles, F. 2009 Lancaster University.
From multidimensional neuropsychological outcomes to a cognitive complication rate: the International Subarachnoid Aneurysm Trial.
Scott, R.B., Eccles, F., Lloyd, A., Carpenter, K. 2008 In: Trials. 14, 9, p. 13.
Synchronization and chaos control in a periodically-forced, quasi-geostrophic, two-layer model of baroclinic instability
Eccles, F., Read, P., Haine, T. 22/02/2006 In: Nonlinear Processes in Geophysics. 13, 1, p. 23-39. 17 p.
Nonlinear effects on ENSO's period
Eccles, F., Tziperman, E. 02/2004 In: Journal of the Atmospheric Sciences. 61, 4, p. 474-482. 9 p.
A laboratory and numerical study of periodically forced, nonlinear, baroclinic systems
Eccles, F. 2003 University of Oxford.