Our Research

In the mental health research theme, our interests cover the entire the lifespan, encompass a variety of methodologies and include several research areas. These include bipolar disorder and related conditions, chronic neurological conditions that cause disability and ill-health and organisational health and well-being.

Working within the Faculty's high-profile Spectrum Centre for Mental Health Research, the Centre for Organisational Health and Well Being and the Clinical Psychology doctoral programme, our interests encompass:

  • investigations of the psychological processes that underpin mental health conditions
  • sleep and circadian rhythms
  • development and evaluation of innovative treatments, ranging from collaborative care models through face-to-face therapy to web-based self-management approaches
  • understanding work-based stress
  • exploring effects of social media on well-being
  • psychological aspects of living with a chronic illness

We conduct our research across a wide range of community, primary, secondary and tertiary care NHS settings and with local charities and third sector organisations. We attract funding from international and national funding councils as well as charities and other funders.

A key theme through our research is active engagement and collaboration with service users. This ensures that the focus of our work targets issues of genuine significance to those affected by the condition being studied.

Research Areas

Particular research areas within the theme include:

  • Psychological treatments for bipolar disorder and related conditions
  • Prevention, community and therapeutic approaches in clinical psychology
  • Collaborative care approaches to supporting individuals with severe mental health issues in primary care
  • Living well with a chronic illness
  • Understanding the effects of social media on well-being
  • Exploring stress at work and how to mitigate it
  • Understanding mental health across the lifespan
  • Exploring the influences of sleep and circadian rhythms on mental health

Research activity

Several funding bodies contribute to the range of research activity within this theme. For example, the Spectrum Centre, which has attracted £6million since its launch, has received funding from such bodies as NIHR, charities and third sector organisations. Other researchers' work is funded by charities such as Parkinson's UK and the European Huntington Disease Network.

Staff are interested in the potential of both quantitative and qualitative methods to answer key questions. For example, experience-sampling methods and advanced modelling have recently been used to inform our research.

A key part of all our activities is the need to demonstrate the impact of our research: we have made tangible and measurable differences to the lives of people affected by mental health issues.