The Division of Psychology and Mental Health has an active programme of research and a commitment to maximising social responsibility and widening participation which is central to our research and teaching.
Our focus is on the mechanisms involved in cognition and mental health. We deliberately focus on new treatments, either in the development of the evaluation of new practices. These practices have an impact on cognition and behaviour change, mental health and safety, and adult psychiatry.
Research within the Division involves the investigation of the roles of cognition, interpersonal, family and social and biological environments in mental and physical health conditions, the development of psychological and biological models and theories, and the testing of these models in interventions, often clinical trials.
We have particular strengths and interest in research into severe mental health problems, child, adolescent, maternal and older adults mental and physical health, anxiety problems, suicide and homicide, forensic mental health, health psychology across a range of health conditions and medically unexplained symptoms.
Within these themes we have collaborations across the world, and are committed to global approaches to mental and physical health.
Researchers within the Division use a variety of qualitative and quantitative methods. They have wide-ranging expertise in clinical trials, epidemiology and lead groups on mobile and e-technologies. We also lead on the qualitative methods group for the North West Research Design Service.
Staff are involved in research collaborations with colleagues across all health sciences and other schools within the Faculty.
Research within the Division is focused around three centres:
Centre for Treatment and Understanding of Mental Health (lead, Professor Gillian Haddock)
The Manchester Centre for Health Psychology (lead, Professor Alison Wearden)
The Centre for Mental Health and Safety (lead, Professor Jenny Shaw)
Head of Division
Professor Gillian Haddock
Emma-Louise Cullen, PA to Professor Haddock
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