My research mostly concerns psychological stress and self-control. For instance, I have published a number of papers on the impact of stress and one on the use of contentious therapies for people with post-traumatic stress. I have also published work on food cravings and how to overcome them. I have also been involved in the development of a number of psychometric measures, described here.

I have been fortunate to work with a number of brilliant and enthusiastic students. I am currently supervising a number of PhD students. Sam Ashcroft is conducting research on the importance of coherence in the pursuit of a happy, meaningful life. Tony Whalley is examining how we can improve third wave psychological interventions (such as ACT) for use in promoting physical activity. Jayne Joy’s work is on how therapists and coaches can best support the maintenance or repair of a stable sense of self in the face of stressful life events. Sam Flynn is currently writing up her work on the stressful impact of illness diagnoses.