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I graduated with my undergraduate psychology degree from Lancaster University in 2005. After a year working as a behaviour support worker, I completed a MSc in Qualitative Psychology and Health and a PhD in psychology, both at the University of Leeds. In between these studies, I also worked as a Research Assistant on a major multi-centre clinical trial of speech and language therapy – the ACT NoW project.

After completing my PhD, I took up two very different research positions, both at the University of Sheffield. First, I worked producing evidence reviews on health care interventions and drug treatments. Our main client for these reviews was the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE), and our reviews informed decisions on whether to commission particular treatments at the NHS level. After two years doing this type of work, however, I knew my passion was in getting out from behind my desk and finding out about people’s experiences of health and illness. I took up a position on an international research project exploring technology use and self-management among people with mild cognitive impairment – defined as an “intermediate state” between normal aging and dementia. 

I took up my post as Senior Lecturer in Psychology at the University of Huddersfield in April 2016. Having worked in such diverse research settings, I bring a unique profile of research skills and expertise to the department. I am currently developing new research collaborations at Huddersfield and am looking forward to working with the many excellent colleagues we have at our institution.

Research Expertise and Interests

  • The psychology of illness self-management
  • Critical health psychology
  • Narrative psychology
  • Gender, sexuality and health
  • Health technology evaluation

Research Degree Supervision

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Research Output 2015 2020

  • 11 Article
  • 2 Review article
  • 1 Commissioned report
  • 1 Special issue

Patients’ Experiences of Cardiovascular Health Education and Risk Communication: A Qualitative Synthesis

Mentrup, S., Harris, E., Gomersall, T., Köpke, S. & Astin, F., 1 Jan 2020, In : Qualitative Health Research. 30, 1, p. 88-104 17 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Health Education
Life Style
Coronary Disease
Patient Participation

Public perception of dementia risk in the UK: A mental models approach

Swindells, J. & Gomersall, T., 27 Mar 2019, In : Journal of Risk Research.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Mental models

Complex adaptive systems: A new approach for understanding health practices

Gomersall, T., 2018, In : Health Psychology Review. 12, 4, p. 405-418 14 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalReview article

Open Access
Systems Theory
Qualitative Research
Systems Analysis
2 Citations (Scopus)
Open Access
Animal Assisted Therapy
Criminal Law
Home Care Services
1 Citation (Scopus)
Open Access
Cultural Anthropology
Critical Care
Artificial Respiration
Patient-Centered Care