Mark Forshaw

Mark ForshawMark Forshaw is a Health Psychologist and is currently Subject Leader in Health and Applied Psychology at Liverpool John Moores University. Forshaw is also the Principal Consultant at Horizon Shine, He is a nationally recognised expert on training in psychology, and President of the Institute of Health Promotion and Education, an organisation over 50 years old. He is a Trustee of the British Psychological Society, and Chair of the Membership Standards Board, having previously held many senior positions within the BPS. He sits on the Board of Directors of the Occupational Safety and Health Consultants Register, and has consulted widely for various public and private sector organisations. Forshaw is an active researcher; his publications stretch from textbooks through to peer-reviewed research articles in a range of areas including menopause, disability, kidney disease, industrial illness, and health behaviours. He has been involved in coaching and training for many years, and provides the senior steer in the Horizon Shine team.

His recent publications include:

  • Murray, C. D., Simpson, J., Eccles, F., & Forshaw, M. J. (2014). Involvement in rehabilitative care and wellbeing for partners of people with an amputation. Psychology, health & medicine, (ahead-of-print), 1-6.
  • Hare, J., Clark-Carter, D., & Forshaw, M. (2014). A randomized controlled trial to evaluate the effectiveness of a cognitive behavioural group approach to improve patient adherence to peritoneal dialysis fluid restrictions: a pilot study. Nephrology Dialysis Transplantation, 29(3), 555-564.
  • Murray, C. D., & Forshaw, M. J. (2013). The experience of amputation and prosthesis use for adults: a metasynthesis. Disability and rehabilitation, 35(14), 1133-1142.

Credits to Horizon Shine

Published: 12 November 2014

Last update: 21 April 2015


Shivani Sharma

Shivani SharmaShivani Sharma is a Psychologist with an interest in developmental, and Health Psychology. She graduated from the University of Hertfordshire in 2006 with a first class honours degree in Psychology, and was subsequently awarded a PhD studentship. She has held various posts since joining the University as a Lecturer in the Department of Psychology in 2009, and is currently Associate Dean (Learning & Teaching) in the School of Life and Medical Sciences. She is also a member of the National Centre for Universities and Business’s (NCUB) ’50 under 30’ network, and the National Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) Transplant Alliance (NBTA- research subcommittee).

Shei is involved in two distinct programmes of research, based in the areas of autism, and the psychological well-being of ethnic minorities with long-term health conditions.

Her range of specialisms include: Core Research Skills, Developmental Psychology, Health Psychology and Personal Construct Psychology

Her publications include:

  • Exploring the use of Expressive Writing to reduce stress in parents of children with Autism Spectrum Disorders. Marrington, C., Sharma, S. & Troop, N. May 2014
  • Intra-individual variation in personality states in the HEXACO model. Churchyard, J., Sharma, S., Pine, K. & Fletcher, B. 2014 In : Journal of Individual Differences.
  • Same traits, different variance: Within subject variation in personality measures. Fletcher, B., Churchyard, J., Sharma, S. & Pine, K. 2014 In : Journal of Individual Differences.

Credits to University of Hertfordshire

Published: 22 September 2014

Last update: 27 February 2015


George Georgiou

George GeorgiouGeorge Georgiou is a Senior Lecturer in Psychology, teaching at undergraduate and postgraduate levels. 
Georgiou has lectured in the Department of Psychology at the University of Hertfordshire since 2000 and has also previously lectured at University College London (2002-2004).

He did his first degree in Psychology with Artificial Intelligence at Middlesex University and then completed an MSc Research Methods in Psychology followed by a PhD in Psychology at the University of Hertfordshire. Georgiou’s’s doctoral programme was in experimental cognitive psychology, for which he was awarded the Chancellor’s Medal for Outstanding Achievement in a Doctoral Research Programme. He then completed an ESRC funded Postdoctoral Research Fellowship with Prof. Ken Gilhooly investigating incubation effects in creative problem solving. His research interests span the areas of cognition, social and health psychology, and the field of cyberpsychology.

He is a Chartered Psychologist with the British Psychological Society (CPsychol – DARTP), an Associate Fellow of the BPS (AFBPsS), and a committee member of the BPS Cognitive Psychology Section. Georgious is also a Chartered Scientist (CSci) with The Science Council, and he is listed on The Register of Qualifications in Test Use (RQTU).

His recent publications include:

  • Jefferies, K., Sharma, S., Laws, K. R., Georgiou, G., & Gale, T. (2014). To admit or not to admit?: The effect of framing on risk assessment decision making in psychiatrists. Journal of Mental Health.
  • Gilhooly, K., Georgiou, G., & Devery, U. (2013). Incubation and Creativity: Do Something Different. Thinking and Reasoning, 19(2), 137-149. 10.1080/13546783.2012.749812
  • Erskine, J., & Georgiou, G. (2012). Behavioral, Cognitive, and Affective Consequences of Trying to Avoid Chocolate. In R. R. Watson, V. R. Preedy, & S. Zibadi (Eds.), Chocolate in Health and Nutrition. (Vol. Chapter 36). (Nutrition and Health). Humana Press.

Credits to University of Hertfordshire

Published: 25 July 2014

Last update: 02 February 2015


Marie-Anne Durand

Marie-Anne DurandMarie-Anne Durand is a a chartered Health Psychologist and researcher specialising in communication in healthcare and Shared Decision Making in the medical encounter. Durand obtained her undergraduate and postgraduate degrees (MSc and MPhil) in France and completed a PhD in Health Psychology and Medicine at Cardiff University in 2009. She has since worked as a Research and Teaching Fellow as well as Programme Manager, and Research Consultant, in the NHS. She joined the Department of Psychology of University of Hertfordshire in March 2012.

Her research interests lie predominantly in health psychology, health service research, behavioural medicine, health communication and shared decision making. She is particularly interested in the development of interventions intended to improve medical decision making, to reduce decisional-conflict and anixety, while improving well-being and quality of care ( Durand has also developed an interest and expertise in using decision making theories, behavioural theories and social cognition models to design decision tools and behavioural interventions.

Over the past two years, she has developed an interest in exploring the impact of Shared Decision Making on health disparities and medical malpractice litigations. She is involved in several international collaborations, including the Dartmouth Centre for Health Care Delivery Science, Hanover, USA.

Her recent publications include:

  • Durand, M. A., Carpenter, L., Dolan, H., Bravo, P., Mann, M., Bunn, F., & Elwyn, G. (2014). Do Interventions Designed to Support Shared Decision-Making Reduce Health Inequalities? A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis. PloS one, 9(4), e94670.
  • Grande, S. W., Durand, M. A., Fisher, E. S., & Elwyn, G. (2014). Physicians as Part of the Solution? Community-Based Participatory Research as a Way to Get Shared Decision Making into Practice. Journal of general internal medicine, 29(1), 219-222.
  • Joseph-Williams, N., Newcombe, R., Politi, M., Durand, M. A., Sivell, S., Stacey, D., … & Elwyn, G. (2013). Toward Minimum Standards for Certifying Patient Decision Aids A Modified Delphi Consensus Process. Medical Decision Making, 0272989X13501721.

Credits to University of Hertfordshire

Published: 25 July 2014

Last update: 21 February 2015

Fleur-Michelle Coiffait

Fleur-Michelle CoiffaitFleur-Michelle Coiffait is a Chartered Clinical Psychologist registered with the UK Health and Care Professions Council. She currently works full-time in clinical practice in an NHS child development service in England. This involves contributing to the multidisciplinary assessment of children and young people with identified concerns relating to their social, cognitive, and emotional development. These may include queries regarding whether a child meets criteria for neurodevelopmental disorders such as autism, ADHD and  PDA among  others.

Coiffait is interested in clinical psychology, health psychology, the link between physical and mental health and how people understand this, and what it is like to have a child who has complex needs. Coiffait is also interested in the experiences of people who are carers of someone with an illness or disability. Recent publications from Coiffait include a book chapter on family relationships in the 2013 Routledge International Companion to Educational Psychology and she is currently writing a chapter on the psychological well-being of individuals with severe and profound intellectual disability for the 3rd edition of Medical Care for Children and Adults with Developmental Disorders.

Coiffait completed her doctoral clinical psychology training at the University of Edinburgh, following completion of an MPhil and and BSc (Hons) Psychology at the University of Manchester. Coiffait’s doctoral research thesis revealed that parental locus of control was a significant predictor of psychological well-being in parents of children with profound and multiple disability.

Coiffait maintains a blog and is on Twitter at @fleurzel

Published: 17 March 2014

Last update: 21 April 2015