David Wellsted

David WellstedDavid Wellsted is currently the Head of the Centre for Lifespan and Chronic Illness Research (CLiCIR), and the Associate Director for Essex and Hertfordshire of the NIHR East of England Research Design Service (EoE RDS).  The opportunity to work for the NIHR RDS, and its predecessor, has allowed him the time to focus on expanding his knowledge and expertise in research methods and statistics, focusing on the application of longitudinal methods to healthcare, quality of life and the impact of psychosocial factors on patients living with long-term conditions.

Wellsted actively collaborates with Prof. Ken Farrington of University of Hertfordshire and the Renal Research Programme based at the Lister Hospital in Stevenage. With this group he contributes to a number of externally funded projects addressing the quality of life of patients during the time before they start dialysis, depression and self-regulation in patients with renal failure, and exploring the issues related to end of life care.  The group are now exploring interventions designed to promote adherence to agreed treatment regimens (e.g. concordance), and are about the launch a treatment intervention for depression in renal patients.

Reflecting the increasing focus on mental health for patients living with long-term conditions in the NHS, he is developing a collaboration with the Clinical Health Psychology Service in South Bedfordshire (with Dr Greg Wood) and South Essex Partnership Trust.  The focus is to implement and evaluate psychological interventions to support acute clinical services, especially in Inflammatory Bowel Disease (with Dr Matt Johnson), Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, and Diabetes.

Credits to: University of Hertfordshire

Published: 20 August 2014

Last update: 23 April 2015


Esteban Cardemil

Esteban Cardemil received a BA from Swarthmore College in 1993 and an MA and PhD from the University of Pennsylvania in 1994 and 2000, respectively. He was subsequently at Brown University, where he completed his predoctoral internship in 2000, followed by a postdoctoral fellowship. He has been at Clark University since 2002.

Cardemil’s research focuses on the understanding and addressing the mental healthcare disparities in the US that continue to disproportionately affect individuals from low-income and racial/ethnic minority backgrounds. His research programme includes both applied and basic research that lie at the intersection of cognitive-behavioural theories, prevention science, and cultural and contextual approaches. Current research projects take place in the local community. One ongoing research project is an NIMH-funded mixed-methods investigation of a help-seeking for depression among Latino men. Other research projects investigate the effects of culture and gender in a variety of contexts, including middle- and high-school urban children, Latino families, and the therapy process. In addition, Cardemil has written about the incorporation of considerations of race, ethnicity, and culture into psychotherapy practice and research.

His recent publications include:

  • Edwards, L.M., & Cardemil, E.V. (in press). Clinical approaches to assessing cultural values in Latinos. In K. Geisinger (Ed.), Psychological testing of Hispanics: Clinical and intellectual issues.
  • Sanchez, M., & Cardemil, E.V. (in press).  Brave new world: Mental health experiences of Puerto Ricans, immigrant Latinos and Brazilians in Massachusetts. Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology.
  • Moreno, O., & Cardemil, E.V. (2013). Religiosity and mental health services: An exploratory study of help seeking among Latinos. Journal of Latina/o Psychology, 1, 53-67.

Credits to Clark University

Published: 25 July 2014

Last update: 04 April 2015


Rosanna Williamson

Rosanna WilliamsonRosanna Williamson is a fully qualified and Chartered Counselling Psychologist (CPsychol) registered with the British Psychological Society (BPS) and Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). Williamson is  also a registered online therapist (CPCAB), and co-founder and director of The Online Therapy Centre.

She has a wide range of experience working as a psychologist in the NHS and in charitable settings, and has a particular interest working with mental health online. Williamson offers online therapy via instant chat sessions and weekly therapeutic emails. She is always happy to discuss what form of therapy a client might prefer, and what might best suit his circumstances.

Her aim is to work collaboratively with the client, and together find ways to help understand and work through whatever the client wish to bring.  She is trained in a variety of different therapy approaches which means that she  tailors her approach to what suits the client best as an individual.

Her professional accreditation include:

  • Practitioner Psychologist, Health Care Professions Council (HCPC), reg number: PYL29442
  • Chartered Member, British Psychological Society (BPS), reg number: 208214
  • CPCAB accredited online counsellor

Her qualifications include:

  • Professional Doctorate in Counselling Psychology (CPsychol)
  • CPCAB accredited Online Counsellor
  • BSc Hons Psychology

Her areas of expertise range from anxiety, career, confidence, childhood issues, depression, family issues, grief and bereavement, personal development, relationship difficulties, self-esteem, separation and divorce, and stress and burnout.

Her therapy approach are eclectic, integrative, person centred and psychodynamic.

Credits to The Online Therapy Centre

Published: 24 July 2014

Last update: 05 April 2015


Eric Schrimshaw

Eric SchrimshawEric Schrimshaw, is a social/health psychologist whose research focuses on the role of interpersonal relationships on health and well-being. His work and interests are focused on three aspects of social relationships. First, much of Schrimshaw’s early work (including his dissertation) was focused on the beneficial role of supportive relationships and the negative impact of stigma, conflict, and rejection on mental and behavioural health outcomes. Second, Schrimshaw’s work has addressed the health implications of concealing stigmatised identities. Specifically this work has focused on how self-disclosure or the communication of personal information with others has beneficial role in health and well-being, how concealment can have negative implications for health, and how non-disclosure can impede access to care and support. Finally, most recently, Schrimshaw’s work has focused on how different social environments where sexual relationships are formed may impede communication and facilitate sexual risk. Of particular interest are the use of the Internet and smartphone technologies for meeting sexual partners, the influence of these technologies on communication, and whether these technologies could contribute to sexual risk. Employing a mixed-methods approach that involves both qualitative interviewing and quantitative survey methods, his work documents the importance of interpersonal relationships for understanding mental health, substance use, and sexual risk behaviour. He has addressed these issues within several populations including adults living with HIV/AIDS, gay/lesbian/bisexual adolescents, gay/bisexual men, and bisexual men “on the down low.” Schrimshaw has published over 50 journal articles addressing the role of interpersonal relationships and health.   You can view his CV here. You can also follow him on Twitter @EricSchrimshaw

His recent publications include:

  • Schrimshaw, E. W., Siegel, K., Downing, M. J., Jr., & Parsons, J. T. Disclosure and concealment of sexual orientation and the mental health of non-gay-identified, behaviorally-bisexual men. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 81, 141-153, 2013
  • Schrimshaw, EW., Siegel, K., Downing, Jr., MJ. Sexual risk behaviors with female and male partners met in different sexual venues among non-gay-identified, nondisclosing MSMW International Journal of Sexual Health 22 167-179 2010
  • Rosario, M., Schrimshaw, E. W., & Hunter, J. Disclosure of sexual orientation and subsequent substance use and abuse among lesbian, gay, and bisexual youths: Critical role of disclosure reactions. Psychology of Addictive Behaviors 23 175-184 2009

Credits to Columbia University

Published: 02 April 2014

Last update:23 April 2015


David Dozois

David DozoisDavid  Dozois a Full Professor in the Department of Psychology at University of Western Ontario. Dozois is also a member of the Clinical Psychology area, and cross-appointed with the Department of Psychiatry. He is currently serving as the Director of the Clinical Psychology Graduate Programme.

Dozois’ research concentrates on cognitive mechanisms related to depression. In this regard, he is investigating different aspects of core beliefs and self-schemas related to depression and how individuals organise or structure information about self. He also examine how these cognitive mechanisms change relate to the onset, maintenance, amelioration, relapse, and recurrence of these disorders. A related research interest involves cognitive-behavioural theories and therapy.

Dozois received his PhD in Clinical Psychology from the University of Calgary (1999). His predoctoral internship training was completed at the Queen Elizabeth II Health Sciences Centre in Halifax, Nova Scotia. He is a former Beck Scholar and had the opportunity to participate in a one-year training program at the Beck Institute for Cognitive Therapy and Research (2003-2004). Dozois is  a Fellow of the Academy of Cognitive Therapy and a certified cognitive therapist. He has been working in the Department of Psychology at UWO since 1999. Dozois registered as a psychologist in the province of Ontario, and continue to maintain some clinical practice.

To learn more about his projects, visit his research lab website.

Credits to University of Western Ontario

Published: 20 March 2014

Last update: 23 April 2015


Paul Appelbaum

Paul AppelbaumPaul Appelbaum, the Elizabeth K. Dollard Professor of Psychiatry, Medicine and Law, and Director, Division of Law, Ethics and Psychiatry at Columbia was previously A.F. Zeleznik Distinguished Professor and Chairman, Department of Psychiatry; and Director, Law and Psychiatry programme, University of Massachusetts Medical School. Appelbaum directs Columbia’s Centre for Research on Ethical, Legal & Social Implications of Psychiatric, Neurologic and Behavioural Genetics. He is the author of many articles and books on law and ethics in clinical practice. Appelbaum is past President of the American Psychiatric Association, the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law, and the Massachusetts Psychiatric Society, and has served as Chair of the Council on Psychiatry and Law for the American Psychiatric Association (APA).

He is currently Chair of APA’s Committee on Judicial Action and a member of the Standing Committee on Ethics or the World Psychiatric Association. He has received the Isaac Ray Award of the American Psychiatric Association for “outstanding contributions to forensic psychiatry and the psychiatric aspects of jurisprudence,” was the Fritz Redlich Fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioural Sciences, and has been elected to the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences.

Appelbaum performs forensic evaluations in civil and criminal cases, and treats patients with a broad variety of problems, including depression, anxiety, and adjustment problems.

Credits to Columbia University Medical Centre

Published: 16 March 2014

Last update: 23 April 2015


Ernesto Lobera

Ernesto LoberaErnesto Lobera is a fully qualified counsellor and psychotherapist with over six years of experience working with adults. Lobera currently have two different locations: Kennington and Waterloo. He is a registered and accredited by the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and approved by health insurers Aviva, Pruhealth,  and WPA.

He holds a BSc (honours) in Integrative Counselling awarded by Roehampton University and approved by the UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP).

He has also worked as a counsellor / psychotherapist at the UK’s most popular sexual health, contraception and HIV care clinic in the heart of Soho.

The different schools that he integrates are developmental psychoanalysis, psycho-dynamic, person centred, and existential. Lobera is a fully qualified counsellor and psychotherapist with over six years of experience working with adults. Lobera currently have two different locations: Kennington and Waterloo.

He holds a BSc (honours) in Integrative Counselling awarded by Roehampton University and approved by the UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP). He has also worked as a counsellor / psychotherapist at the UK’s most popular sexual health, contraception and HIV care clinic in the heart of Soho.

The different schools that he integrates are developmental psychoanalysis, psycho-dynamic, person centred, and existential. Some of the issues he often deals with include: depression, anxiety, lacking in confidence, low self-esteem or having feelings of underachievement, and relationship difficulties. For the range of issues he can help you with, visit his website. You can follow him on Twitter @ErnestoLBrea

Credits to Talk to a Therapist

Published: 13 March 2014

Last update: 03 April 2015