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PhD projects

Projects in the following areas: (1) counsellor or psychologist professional development or supervision; (2) counselling skills learning and training, including influence of personal therapy; (3) psychotherapy process research; (4) 'alternative' interventions for wellbeing (physical activity, music).


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Research interests

Sandy's main area of research interest is in motivations for becoming a counsellor or psychologist, and optimal professional development. She is also interested in counselling skills and alternative interventions (including music, and physical activity) to support mental health and wellbeing. Current projects include a large scale survey to examine relationships between reasons for becoming a psychologist and key variables such as attachment style, and in-depth interviews with postgraduate psychology students about their experience of training. 

Research methods: Qualitative interviews, thematic analysis, interpretative phenomenological analysis (IPA), systematic review

Research design: Cohort design, randomised control trial, pre- to post-intervention comparison, survey design.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being

Research area keywords

  • Counselling
  • Wellbeing


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