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


Chris Dewberry

Chris DewberryChris Dewberry is a Chartered Occupational Psychologist and Lecturer in Organisational Psychology. He is the Course Director for the University of London postgraduate External Programme courses for which Birkbeck is the lead college. These courses include Postgraduate Diploma’s and MSc’s in Organisational Psychology and in Human Resource Management.

He earned his BA Psychology (Honours) at Pylmouth University in 1977, and his PhD at University College London in 1986.

His teaching responsibilities are in the areas of personnel selection and assessment and research methods. His main research interests are in the application of social-cognitive theories, and theories of self-regulation, to the study of individual differences in proactive cognition, decision-making, and action control. He is also interested in how theory and research in this area can be applied in the in the context of personnel assessment, selection, and development. Recent outputs include a singled authored book, Statistical Methods for Organisational Research: Theory and Practice; and articles in Personality and Individual Differences, and the International Journal of Selection and Assessment.

Credits to Birbeck, University of London

Published: 17 March 2014

Last update: 23 April 2015


Jennifer Tackett

Jennifer TackettJennifer Tackett completed her PhD in Clinical Psychology with minors in statistics, behaviour genetics, and personality at the University of Minnesota. She is a graduate of the Texas Academy of Math and Science and of Texas A&M University. Prior to coming to University of Houston, she completed her clinical internship at the Minneapolis Veterans Affairs Medical Centre and was a tenured member of the faculty at the University of Toronto. Her research is grounded in an interest of the many personality characteristics that exist early in life and their influence on behavioural development. She is further interested hormones, personality, genes, self-regulation, statistics, and psychometrics. The list of things she enjoys is long, including (but not limited to) her family, camping, jazz music, West Texas, reading fiction, frozen pizza, Texas wildflowers, and her Crock-Pot.

Follow her on Twitter @JnfrLTackett

Credits to University of Houston

Published: 10 March 2014

Last update: 23 April 2015