Juliet Hassard

Juliet Hassard is a Lecturer in Organisational Psychology at Birkbeck, University of London. Hassard is a candidate for PhD Applied Psychology at University of Nottingham. She obtained her MSc in Occupational Health Psychology also from Nottingham. She finished her BA in 2006 from University of Manitoba.

Prior to joining Birkbeck she was a Research Associate at the Institute of Work Health and Organisation of University of Nottingham.

Hassard has always had a strong interest in the role that psychological and social factors play in physical and mental health, both in modifying the risk of disease and in promoting the sustainable health and well-being of individuals and communities. Her research interests lie in the intersection of these three disciplines within the applied context of understanding the psychological, social and environmental impacts on health and illness. She has a strong interest in understanding how applied psychology, or more broadly applied social sciences, can utilise the work environment to prevent illness and disease, but moreover, promote the sustainable health and well-being of workers, organisations and communities.

Some of her publications include:

  • Leka, S., Hassard, J. & Yanagida, A. (2011) Occupational stress in psychiatric hospital nurses in Japan: The impact of the psychosocial work environment and symptoms of general wellbeing. Journal of Psychiatric Nursing and Mental Health Services, 19(2), 123-131.
  • Houdmont, J., Zhou, J., Hassard, J. (2011).Overtime and psychosocial wellbeing among Chinese office workers. Occupational Medicine, 61(4), 270-273.

Credits to Birkbeck, University of London

Published: 10 November 2014

Last update: 03 May 2016


Arsenio Alianan Jr

Arsenio Alianan JrArsenio Alianan Jr is and Assistant Professor at Department of Psychology of Ateneo de Manila University. Alianan is the current Vice-President of Psychological Association of the Philippines. He completed his doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the Ateneo de Manila University.  He is a founding member of PsychConsult, Inc., a private mental health service provider in Quezon City, Phililppines. Alianan currently does private practice there.  At various points, he had brief teaching stints with the Psychology Departments of the University of the Philippines in Diliman, De La Salle University and National University of Singapore.  Yet another involvement for nearly a decade he was in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioural Medicine of Philippine General Hospital.

His current research interests include:  psychological testing in the Philippines, particularly the assessment of basic aptitudes and abilities; effectiveness of counselling and psychotherapy; application and effectiveness of online counselling; and the mental health impact of migration and diaspora of Filipinos.

His selected publications include:

  • Ebrada, S. C. & Alianan, Jr. A. S. (2007).  Abnormal Psychology.  In L. Teh & M. E. J. Macapagal (Eds.)  General psychology.  RP:  Ateneo de Manila University Press.
  •  Ebrada, E. C. & Alianan, Jr. A. S.  (1999).  Abnormal Psychology. In L. Teh & M. E. J. Macapagal (Eds.)  General psychology textbook and manual.  Unpublished work commisioned by the Commision on Higher Education (Philippines).
  • Liwag, Maria Emma Concepcion (ed.).  Psyche:  The Filipino FamilyArsenio Sze Alianan, Jr.  “Shifts in Parenting Styles”.  Manila:  Ateneo de Manila University Press.  (forthcoming)

Credits to Ateneo de Manila University

Published: 21 August 2014

Last update: 04 April 2015


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


Alisha Ali

Alicia AliAlisha Ali is an Associate Professor in the Department of Applied Psychology at New York University. Her research focuses on the mental health effects of oppression including violence, racism and discrimination. She has examined depression and its psychosocial correlates across a range of disadvantaged populations including domestic violence survivors, clients in poverty transition programmes, psychiatric outpatient samples, and immigrant/refugee women. Her current projects are investigating empowerment-based programmes in domestic violence shelters and low-income high schools. She is the co-editor (with Dana Crowley Jack) of Silencing the Self Across Cultures: Depression and Gender in the Social World published by Oxford University Press.

Ali holds BSc, MS, and PhD degrees, all from University of Toronto. Her research interest includes well-being and mental health, immigrant women, women of colour, feminist epistemology and social action.

Her recent publication includes:

  • Ali., A. & Lees, K. (2013). The therapist as advocate: Anti-oppression advocacy in psychological practice. The Journal of Clinical Psychology, 69(2), 160-169.
  • Ali, A., McFarlane, E., Lees, K., & Srivastava (2012). Who is a patriot? Psychological recolonization and the proliferation of U.S. nationalism. Race, Gender, and Class, 20 (1-2).
  • Ali, A., McFarlane, E., Hawkins, R., & Udo-Inyang, I. (2011). Social justice revisited: Psychological recolonization and the challenge of anti-oppression advocacy. Race, Gender, and Class, 19.

She is also part of the following editorial boards:

  • Sex Roles, Consulting Editor
  • Journal of Emotional Abuse, Editorial Board Member
  • Psychology of Women Quarterly, Editorial Board Member

Credits to: New York University

Published: 24 July 2014

Last update: 21 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


Annaliza Lagrutta

Annaliza LagruttaAnnaliza Lagrutta is an Adjunct Associate Professor at San Joaquin Delta College in Stockton, California, USA. Lagrutta earned her BA in psychology from San Francisco State University and worked for six years with an international Landscape Architecture firm. During that time she had the opportunity to travel and learn how psychology impacts the decision of architectural designs in our environment.  She returned to her hometown of Stockton and attended National University to earn her MA in Counselling Psychology which has always been her passion. While in her master programme, she worked with developmental disabled adults in the community. For the past 16 years Lagrutta has been Mental Health Clinician providing services to adults who are mentally disabled on an outpatient basis with San Joaquin County Behavioural Health.

She is a passionate learner and appreciate the experiences of learning new things to enhance my understanding of my field. Lagrutta is a lifelong learner who appreciates all aspects of education. She believes a good education can transform lives and positively affect our community. Her goal as an educator is to support my students in making their own unique impact on society. She believes all her students can succeed in their dreams of the future.

Credits to San Joaquin Delta College

Published: 24 March 2014

Last update: 04 April 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


Jeffrey Guterman

Jeffrey GutermanJeffrey Guterman is a licensed mental health counsellor in Florida, USA and a qualified supervisor for marriage and family therapists and mental health counsellors. He has worked in various clinical settings since 1985. Guterman holds a BA in Psychology from Boston University, and an MS in Counselling Psychology, an MS in Family Therapy, and a PhD in Family Therapy from Nova Southeastern University. He was associate editor of the Journal of Mental Health Counselling from 1997 to 2000. He is author of over 125 publications, including the best-selling book Mastering the Art of Solution-Focused Counselling published by the American Counseling Association. He has presented numerous workshops for professionals, students, and the general public.

His publications include:

  • Guterman, J.T. (2013). Mastering the art of solution-focused counseling (2nd ed.). Alexandria, VA: American Counseling Association.
  • Guterman, J.T. (2007). Mastering the art of solution-focused counseling (Kyoyook Kwahaksa Publishing, Korean Trans.). Alexandria, VA: American Counseling Association. (Original work published 2006)
  • Guterman, J.T. (2006). Mastering the art of solution-focused counseling. Alexandria, VA: American Counseling Association.

To visit his website click here. You can follow him on Twitter @JeffreyGuterman

Text and image credits to JeffreyGuterman

Published: 13 March 2014

Last update: 02 February 2015


Frances Goodhart

Frances GoodhartFrances Goodhart is an NHS consultant clinical psychologist with 20 years’ experience of working with individuals and families coping with life-threatening illnesses. She worked for several years as a Macmillan Consultant Clinical Psychologist in Oncology and Palliative Care.

Goodhart is also an and award winning writer of The Cancer Survivor’s Companion and How to Feel Better, which has been written to fill the gap that arises when, after a serious illness, the rescue team departs and you find yourself alone and, still shaky, required to somehow cope and put your life back together again. It provides the tools and strategies to help you rebuild yourself with confidence. Thoughtful and funny, practical and realistic, it offers well-researched tactics and tips to help you through every stage of your recovery. It constitutes a helping hand and wise company throughout the many challenges of returning to normal life, and will ensure that you feel much less overwhelmed by the process.

You can follow her on Twitter @FGoodhart.

Credits to Hachette and Cygnus Books

Published: 12 March 2014

Last update: 23 April 2015


Chantel Cortinovis

Chantel CortinovisChantel Cortinovis is a pre-licensed, registered psychology assistant (PSB94020256) and is currently in private practice working under the supervision of a licensed clinical psychologist, Julie Greines, PsyD (PSY21911).

Cortinovis completed her undergraduate degree at California State University, Northridge. She then went on to earn both her master’s and Doctorate degrees in Clinical Psychology at the California School of Professional Psychology at Alliant International University.

Her pre-doctoral training has been extensive and diverse, as well as training in a variety of different clinical settings. She  has interned at Santa Anita Family Services, where she worked predominantly with individuals and couples to overcome past and present obstacles associated with mental and emotional health.

Cortinovis also completed pre-doctoral internships at Children’s Institute, then at California State University Dominguez Hills. At Children’s Institute, she worked with children, at-risk teens and families coming from communities affected by poverty, community violence, drugs, child abuse, or domestic violence. At California State University Dominguez Hills, she worked with students from diverse backgrounds, ethnicities, and ages facing issues ranging from problems associated to daily living to complex traumas.

She also has experience running group therapy, covering topics from domestic violence and chemical dependency, to working with children, or working with those struggling with body image.

You can follow her on Twitter @DrChantelPsyD

Text and image credits to Chantel Cortinovis

Published: 10 March 2014

Last update: 04 April 2015


Victoria Dunckley

Victoria DunckleyVictoria Dunckley is an integrative child, adolescent and adult psychiatrist with twelve years’ clinical experience in both the public and private sectors.  An active blogger for Psychology Today and speaker to both parents’ groups and clinicians, she emphasises the impact of lifestyle factors on mental health, particularly the effects of overstimulating electronic screen media on mood, cognition, and behaviour.  Dunckley has been interviewed on various television and radio programmes regarding her integrative approach, and has contributed as a mental health expert for the Today Show and NBC News.  In 2011, Dr Dunckley was named one of America’s Top Psychiatrists by the Consumer Research Council and won several patient care awards, including Vitals.com’s Patient’s Choice and Compassionate Doctor awards.

Boarded by the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, and the American Board of Integrative Holistic Medicine, she consults frequently with schools, interdisciplinary treatment teams, and the courts, and specialises in working with children and families who have failed previous treatments.  By working closely over extended time periods with difficult cases, she uncovers issues that have previously been missed, and uses an approach that integrates traditional psychopharmacology with complementary strategies.

A California native, Dr Dunckley graduated cum laude with a biology degree at the University of California San Diego, then migrated to the east coast to receive her Medical Doctorate at Albany Medical College.  She returned to southern California in 1996, where she completed her adult psychiatry residency followed by her child/adolescent psychiatry fellowship at UC Irvine Medical Centre.   A member of the American Holistic Medical Association, her practice became more holistic over time, addressing nutrition, utilising natural supplements and herbs, and assisting patients with weight management.

Her areas of specialisation include tics/Tourette Syndrome, reactive attachment disorder, weight issues related to medication, ADHD, sensory integration issues, trauma/abuse, and mood disorders including bipolar disorder.  Her practice is split 50-50 between children/adolescents and adults.

In the public sector, she’s consulted with numerous community mental health organisations, working with the severely emotionally disturbed (SED) population in group homes, foster/adoptive placements, and residential treatment settings.  Currently she contracts with Westside Regional Centre in Los Angeles, treating developmentally disabled (including autistic spectrum disordered) adults and children.

Dunckley has a forthcoming book exploring the effects of interactive screen-time on mental health, and advocates use of an ‘electronic fast’ to improve mood, raise grades, and boost social skills regardless of diagnosis.  You can read her blog on Psychology Today or you can visit her website at drdunckley.com

Published: 08 March 2014

Last update: 23 April 2015