Health & Wellbeing

About Us

The health and wellbeing research group is hosted within the Department of Neuroscience, Psychology and Behaviour. The research group focuses its work on all areas of health and psychological wellbeing in adults, children and vulnerable groups. We specialise in research, supervision of postgraduate research study (PhD and MPhil), training and consultancy. Our group consists of members with expertise in clinical psychology, psychiatry, forensic science, health and social psychology and applied research, and we have global research collaborations.

wacit.jpgVostanis and O'Reilly interests and expertise are in the impact of trauma on child mental health, needs of vulnerable groups, and evaluation of psychosocial interventions and services. We collaborate with many academic institutions and services globally under the World Awareness for Children In Trauma (WACIT).


health_psyc_3.jpgMaltbyPalmerHatcherJones, Robertson and O'Reilly are interested is examining how assessment and understanding of concepts of resilience and psychological well-being are applied from to individual, educational and organisational contexts. Current projects include looking at resilience models within public sector organisations following failure (including the health service and police), STEM learning in schools, and individual assessments of the measurement of resilience and well-being.

Pic_H&W_FaceMasksMaltby, Hall, Krockow and McElroy study mental health and well-being (and predictors thereof) in health and population settings (COVID-19, Huntington’s Disease, Old Age). Ongoing research includes surveys about adherence to social distancing and associations with personality factors and resilience measures.

Krockow, Colman and Tarrant are interested in health-related decision making. Using mixed-methods designs, they investigate doctors’ antibiotic prescribing choices and medical advice giving. Particular interests include perceptions of risks and uncertainty underlying medical treatment choices, with ongoing research including the analysis of in-depth interviews with hospital doctors in different countries (UK, South Africa and Sri Lanka).

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Meet our Team

  • Dr Annemieke Apergis-Schoute, Lecturer in Psychology - Annemieke specialises in research on prefrontal connectivity and the interaction between anxiety and compulsivity in mental health.  She has expertise in neuroimaging, cognitive tests, mental health research, patient recruitment and deep brain stimulation, interactions of the vmPFC and basal ganglia.
  • Dr Ruth Hatcher, Lecturer in Psychology - Ruth specialises in research on mental health and wellbeing with particular focus in the prison context with emphasis on assessment, rehabilitation and recovery of offenders/ offender engagement with rehabilitation, education and recovery.  Ruth’s research involves mixed methodologies – both qualitative and quantitative applied psychological research methods, with expertise in evaluation methodology, the measurement of individual differences (e.g. risk assessments etc), and in undertaking research within secure settings and/or with forensic populations
  • Dr Ceri Jones, Lecturer in Clinical Psychology - Ceri specialises in research on social prescribing particularly in the context of public sector resilience and peer support.  She has particular expertise in patient safety and human factors, quality improvement, health service research, safety culture, organisation and individual resilience and social prescribing.
  • Dr Eva Krockow, Lecturer in Psychology - Eva specialises in the research surrounding health-related decision making. This includes medical prescribing choices about antibiotics and patient perceptions about health risks. Collaborating with colleagues from the Max-Planck Institute in Germany, Eva has recently become interested in collective intelligence approaches for optimising health-related decisions, including computer simulations that aggregate choices of larger crowds of decision makers.
  • Prof John Maltby, Professor in Psychology - Research focuses on personality, individual differences, social psychology, and well-being. A key feature of this work involves exploring models of resilience and the assessment of well-being across different populations.
  • Dr Eoin McElroy, Lecturer in Psychology - Eoin specialises in research on the measurement and development of mental health problems across the life course. He has expertise in multivariate statistics, latent variable modelling, psychometrics and longitudinal data analysis.
  • Prof Elizabeta Mukaetova-Ladinska, Professor on Old Age Psychiatry - Elizabeta specialises in improving clinical outcomes from molecular and cellular discoveries to the benefit of older adults with overt mental health problems, including dementia and delirium. Main research themes include: Peripheral biomarkers for dementia, molecular substrates of age associated with cognitive impairment and dementia, clinical, neuropathological and neuobiochemical characteristics of ageing in neurodevelopmental disorders, and cognitive ageing among adults from ethnic background.
  • Dr Emma Palmer, Reader in Psychology - Emma specialises in research into the development of antisocial behaviour, aggression and offending, with specific reference to social cognition; victimisation and psychological well-being, including online behaviours (e.g. cyberbullying, etc.) and Interventions to reduce offending and the evaluation of these interventions.  She has particular expertise on multivariate statistics.
  • Prof Noelle Robertson, Professor in Clinical Psychology - Noelle’s 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.  She has particular interests in shame, stigma and physical health; enhancing therapeutic alliance in psychoeducation; staff distress and resilience and the implementation of research evidence
  • Prof Panos Vostanis, Professor in Child and Adolescent Mental Health - Panos specialises in research on the impact of trauma on child mental health, with particular focus in low- and middle-income countries under four research themes – needs analysis; establishment of resilience factors; evaluation of interventions and services; and capacity building and service transformation.



  • Sophie Hall, Research Associate working with Prof John Maltby



  • Ahmad Alastal is supervised by Panos Vostanis.  Project looks at mental health and educational difficulties among Palestinian children exposed to war trauma
  • Najwa Albeladi is supervised by Emma Palmer.  Project looks at the role of the Saudi family in guiding children's use of social media websites
  • Reem Alowaybil is supervised by Panos Vostanis.  Project involves an evaluation of service intervention for refugee children
  • Nouf Alshehri is supervised by Panos Vostanis.  Project looks at the Islamic Perspective of Violence. A study on the Causes of Child Abuse in Saudi Arabia
  • Najmah Alzahrani is supervised by John Maltby.  Project looks at psychological resilience
  • Karleni Bains is supervised by John Maltby.  Project looks at early mother-child interaction and links with the child's communication development and the mother's psychological well-being
  • Sima Bibi is supervised by Panos Vostanis.  Project looks at gender-related risk factors among institutionalized girls in Pakistan
  • Brendan Christie is supervised by Ruth Hatcher.
  • Sarah Hunt is supervised by Panos Vostanis.  Project looks at identifying risks and building resilience among cared for children.
  • Radhika Joshi is supervised by John Maltby.  Project looks at how we understand mental health literacy in University students
  • Virginia Kocik is supervised by Panos Vostanis.  Project involves a feasibility study of a creative expressive group intervention for Syrian refugee children
  • Sol Morrissey is supervised by Elizabeta Mukaetova-Ladinska.  Project involves clinical validation of gaming concepts for cognitive improvement leading to neurofeedback development.
  • Frances Sage is supervised by Emma Palmer. Project looks at emotional dysregulation in children
  • Estibaliz Santiago Mugica is supervised by Elizabeta Mukaetova-Ladinska.  Project looks at tubulin and tau protein changes in ischaemic brain injury: implications for vascular dementia and Alzheimer’s disease
  • Fatih Sobaci is supervised by Pans Vostanis.  Project looks at the mental health needs of young people in care in Turkey.
  • Karen Thorne is supervised by Emma Palmer.  Project looks at traumatic brain injury in sexual offenders.
  • Jodie Westhead is supervised by Ruth Hatcher.  Project involves a long term follow up of forensic patients discharged from a medium secure unit.
  • Emma Wildgoose is supervised by Emma Palmer.

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Research Page

Current Research Projects within the group include:
  • Prisons Research Network funded by LIAS (Hatcher and Palmer)
  • Time Credits as a Social Prescription: The Coproduction of a Conceptual Framework, Programme Evaluation and Social Return on Investment Funding body. (Jones)  Funded by the Health and Care Research Wales
  • Resilience in STEM learning.  (Maltby) Funded by the Leverhulme Trust.
  • Blood Markers for Dementia. (Mukaetova-Ladinska) Funded by ARUK
  • WACIT. (Vostanis) This global initiative has the objective of developing an evidence-based psychosocial model for children who experience complex trauma, particularly in low-income countries and in the absence of specialist resources

wacit.jpgThis global initiative has the objective of developing an evidence-based psychosocial model for children who experience complex trauma, particularly in low-income countries and in the absence of specialist resources. The programme incorporates research and capacity-building. Target groups are street children, orphaned, victims of war, refugee, and living in slums. For more information on recent events and activities, visit the blog and:

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