Professor Noelle Robertson, CPsychol, FBPsS, SFHEA

Programme Director (DClinPsy)


Clinical Psychology
University of Leicester
Centre for Medicine
Lancaster Road


Tel: +44 (0)116 223 1617/1648

Fax: +44 (0)116 223 1650



Personal details

I am a registered Clinical and Health Psychologist, practising in the NHS as a consultant (1 wte) in a physical health speciality, in addition to my role as Programme Director for the Clinical Psychology Doctoral Training Course.

I am a committee member and former Chair of the DCP Faculty of Clinical Health Psychology.


  • Research and Clinical health psychology, DClinPsy
  • Module Co-ordinator PS3013

Selected Recent Publications

Nah R, Robertson N, Niyi-Odumosu FA, Clarke AL, Bishop NC and Smith AC (2019) Are illness representations of individuals living with CKD predictive of levels of physical activity and associated with depression? Journal of Renal Care (in press)

Lakhanpaul M, Culley L, Huq T, Bird D, Hudson N, Robertson N, McFeeters M, Manikam L, Hamlyn-Williams C, and Johnson M (2019). A qualitative study to identify ethnic-specific perceptions and barriers to asthma management and South Asian and white British children with asthma. BMJ Open, 9: e024545, doi:10.1136/bmj-open

Houchen-Wolloff L, Gardiner N, Devi R, Robertson N, Jolly K, Marshall G, Furze G, Doherty P, Szczepura A, Powell J, and Singh S (2018). A Web-based cardiac REhabilitatioN alternative for those declining or dropping out of conventional rehabilitation: Results of the WREN feasibility randomised controlled trial. Open Heart, 5,e000860. Doi:10.1136/openhrt.

Appleton D, Robertson N, Mitchell L and Lesley R (2018). Our Disease: A qualitative meta-synthesis of the experiences of spousal/partner caregivers of people with multiple sclerosis. Scandinavian Journal of Caring Sciences. Aug 24, doi: 10.1111/scs.12601 [epub ahead of print]

Perrin N, Davies MJ, Robertson N, Snoek F and Khunti K (2017). The prevalence of
diabetes-specific emotional distress in people with Type 2 diabetes: A systematic review
and meta-analysis. Diabetic Medicine, 34, 1508-1520.

Lakhanpaul M,  Culley, N, Robertson N, Bird N, Hudson N,  Johal N, McFeeters M, Angell E, Abbas N, Manikam L and Johnson M (2017). A qualitative study to identify perceptions and barriers to asthma management in children from South Asian and White British families. BMC Pulmonary Medicine; 17(1):126. doi: 10.1186/s12890-017-0464-9.

Hadjiconstantinou M, Byrne J, Boadicoat D, Robertson N, Eborall H, Khunti K and Davies M (2016) The effectiveness of web-based interventions to improve wellbeing in Type 2 diabetes: A systematic review and meta-analysis. Journal of Medical Internet Research 18(10):e270.

Harrison S, Robertson N, Goldstein R and Brooks D (2016). Exploring self-conscious emotions in individuals with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease: A mixed methods study. Chronic Respiratory Disease Jun 21. pii: 1479972316654284. [Epub ahead of print]

Hudson N, Culley L,  Lakhanpaul M, Bird D, Robertson N, McFeeters M, and Johnson M (2016). Asthma management in British South Asian children: An application of the candidacy framework to understand barriers to effective and accessible asthma care. BMC Public Health 6: 510 doi:  10.1186/s12889-016-3181-z

Watts J and Robertson N (2015). Selecting a suitable measure for assessing secondary trauma in nurses. Nurse Researcher, 23, 30-35.

Baker R, Camosso-Stevanovic J, Gillies C, Shaw EJ, Cheater F, Flottorp S, Robertson N, Wensing M, Fiander M, Eccles M. (2015). Tailored interventions to address determinants of practice. Cochrane Database Systematic Review 4. CD 005470

Crozier S, Robertson N and Dale M (2015). The psychological impact of predictive genetic testing for Huntington’s Disease: A systematic review. Journal of Clinical Genetics, 24, 29-39.

Harrison S, Robertson N, Apps L, Steiner M, Singh S and Morgan M (2014) ‘’We Are Not Worthy" - why do patients decline Pulmonary Rehabilitation following an acute exacerbation of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease? Disability and Rehabilitation online on July 10, 2014. (doi:10.3109/09638288.2014.939770)

Lakhanpaul M, Bird D, Culley L, Hudson N, Robertson N, Johal N, et al. (2014)The use of a collaborative structured methodology for the development of a multifaceted intervention programme for the management of asthma (the MIA project), tailored to the needs of children and families of South Asian origin: a community-based, participatory study. Health Services Delivery Research, 2 (28)

Harrison S, Apps L, Steiner M, Morgan M, Singh S and Robertson N (2014). Consumed by breathing: A critical interpretive synthesis of qualitative literature on acute exacerbations of COPD. Chronic Illness, 10, 31-49. doi: 10.1177/1742395313493122

Harrison S, Robertson N, Singh S, Steiner M, Morgan M, Graham CD (2014). Using cluster analysis to focus therapeutic interventions following an acute exacerbation of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease. Respiratory Medicine, 108, 319-328.

Lakhanpaul M, Bird D, Culley L, Hudson N, Robertson N, Johal N, McFeeters M, Hamlyn Williams C and Johnson M (2013). Development of tailored and integrated health-care interventions to reduce inequalities in health outcomes: The Management and Interventions for Asthma Project (MIA). The Lancet, 382, S57. doi:10.1016/S0140-6736(13)62482-4

Lakhanpaul M, Bird D, Culley L, Hudson N, Robertson N, Johal N, et al.(2013). Management and interventions for asthma. Collaboration in action. European Respiratory Journal, 42.

Wallbank S and Robertson N (2013) Staff responses to professionally experienced miscarriage, stillbirth and neonatal loss. International Journal of Nursing Studies, 50, 1090-97.

Watts J, Robertson N, Winter R and Leeson D (2013). The relationship between organisational culture and burnout: Results of a survey of nurses working with older adults. Nursing Management, 20, 24-29.

Hayward L, Robertson N and Knight C (2013). Inappropriate sexual behaviour: An exploration of staff experiences. Dementia,12, 463-480.doi:10.1177/1471301211434673

Cassidy E, Atherton R, Robertson N, Walsh D and Gillett R (2012). Mindfulness and functioning with chronic low back pain: The mediating role of catastrophising. Pain, 153, 644-650.

Watts J and Robertson N (2011). Burnout in university teaching staff: A systematic literature review. Educational Research, 53, 37-54.

Partridge K and Robertson N (2011). Body image disturbance in adult dialysis patients. Disability and Rehabilitation, 33, 504-510.

Book chapters

Harrison SL and Robertson N (2018). Psychological considerations in Pulmonary Rehabilitation. In E Clini, A Holland, F Pitta, T Troosters (Eds) Textbook of Pulmonary Rehabilitation (pp171-182). NY: Springer.

Davies GM and Robertson N (2014). The elderly witness in court: An international perspective (pp336-362). In M. Toglia, D. Ross, J.D.Pozzulo, and E. Pica, (Eds.), The Elderly Eyewitness in Court.  New York, NY: Taylor & Francis.


Research interests and techniques

My teaching, research and clinical interests centre on how we adjust to, and manage, chronic health conditions (particularly cardio-pulmonary diseases and diabetes) and how we can enhance patient care, directly with patients, or indirectly through work with staff.

I have current interests in:

  • shame, stigma and physical health
  • enhancing therapeutic alliance in psychoeducation
  • staff distress and resilience
  • implementation of research evidence

Research group and funding

Research Group: Social, Developmental and Applied Sciences

Research awards

Jan 2015 -Sept 2017 £261,471 from RfPB. A Web-Based Cardiac REhabilitatioN Alternative for Those Declining or Dropping Out Of Conventional Rehabilitation: The WREN Feasibility Study (with Prof S Singh (PI), Dr R Devi , Prof G Furze G, Dr T Marshall)

March 2011- March 2013 £89,000 from the LNR CLAHRC Mental Health Development Fund to pilot a screening tool  and management strategies for individuals living with diabetes and depression (with Prof K Khunti (PI), Prof M Davies, Dr H Eborall, Dr T Friedman and Prof F Snoek)

March 2011-April 2012 £18, 775 from British Renal Society to examine barriers and motivators to implementation of an intradialytic exercise programme (with Dr A Smith (PI), Dr J Burton, Dr N Hudson, Dr J Byrne and Prof J Feehally)

April 2010 – March 2013 £348,042 from NIHR Health services research programme to use a collaborative structured methodology for the development of a multifaceted programme for management of asthma, tailored to the needs of children and families of South Asian origin (with Dr M Lahkanpaul (PI), Prof L Culley, Prof M Johnson)

Oct 2008- Sept 2013 £60,000 from LNR CLAHRC for secondment to Implementation/Knowledge Translation Theme (working with Prof R Baker)


I supervise DClinPsy students as well as PhD students:

  • Vanita Chamdal
  • Lynette Bernhardt
  • Rebecca Linnett
  • Lara Crowther

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