Thank you for checking out the latest addition to The Health Psychologist website. I'm so excited to launch the mind-body blog. This blog will be a place where my associates and I summarise and explore the latest in mind-body research.
I am an avid researcher. Since leaving King's College London to go into full time clinical practice in the NHS, I have managed to stay involved in research but unfortunately do not have as much time as I would like to dedicate to it. Increasingly, I've realised that I have also neglected to disseminate some of the wonderful and important research that I have been involved in. Therefore, as part of the Mind-Body blog, I will share bits from my research including the largest randomised controlled trial (RCT) of cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) for irritable bowel syndrome, to date. I am also in the process of writing up, conducting and publishing more in the field of women's health and urogenital health conditions. I cannot wait to share the findings of some recent pieces of research with you all. I am also, very keen to be contacted by researchers in these fields and contribute in any way I can.
As some of you will already know if you follow my Instagram account (@the_health_psychologist_), I have invited some of the newest members of the research community to share their findings here on the Mind-Body Blog. This includes undergraduate psychology student theses, masters, PhD and doctorate students, as well as post doctoral researchers and patient advocates. One of the key reasons I began my Instagram account was to disseminate research, findings and clinical practice that was often confined within academic circles. I believe that the more accessible we make research findings and the more opportunities we open for collaboration, the bigger impact the research can have. So if you are interested in sharing some of your research on the mind body theme on this blog, please do get in touch.
Expanding and Developing Clinical Practice
One of my ambitions is to further the agenda of holistic, biopsychosocially-informed physical health care. Fundamental to this, is the publishing of research demonstrating the impact of healthcare that integrates in the psychological and social aspects of health. My area of specialism is the use of psychological interventions (cognitive behavioural therapy, acceptance commitment therapy, compassion focussed therapy, EMDR and mindfulness) to physical health conditions. In some health conditions this is more common place (depending on geographical location and funding), in other conditions this is massively overlooked. I'm really interested in hearing from clinicians and researchers alike who share this vision and would like to discuss ideas. If this is you, please do get in touch! You can use the form on the website.
I look forward to publishing the first of many blogs in the coming weeks.