Dr Fiona Eccles


Research Overview

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.