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 Olivia Hughes

Olivia Hughes

Research student, School of Psychology

Email
hughesoa@cardiff.ac.uk
Campuses
Tower Building, 70 Park Place, Cardiff, CF10 3AT

Overview

My research involves exploring a mindfulness-based online intervention to support children and their families affected by skin conditions. My aim is to deliver a sustainable support resource drawing upon mindfulness-based therapeutic approaches to make a useful contribution.


Undergraduate Education


2016 - 2019: Bachelor of Arts (Hons) Counselling Studies and Psychology - University of Wales Trinity Saint David (First Class Honours).


Postgraduate Education


2020 - Present: Doctor of Philosophy (Psychology), Cardiff University School of Psychology.


2019 - 2020: Master of Science (MSc) Clinical Psychology and Mental Health - Swansea University (Distinction).


Awards


2019: British Psychological Society Best Undergraduate Dissertation.


2019: British Psychological Society – Welsh Branch Annual Student Conference, Poster Presentation Prize.


2019: Swansea University Taught Masters Excellence Scholarship.


Experience


July 2022 - October 2022: Global Atlas for Atopic Dermatitis (GADA) - 2022 Report Writing Team


2022 - Present: Patient Representative for the British Association of Dermatologists Biologics Intervention Register (BADBIR).


2021 - Present: Patient Associate Editor for the British Journal of Dermatology.


2018 - Present: Trustee to Skin Care Cymru.


February - December 2020: Honorary Assistant Psychologist - The Welsh Centre for Burns and Plastic Surgery, Morriston Hospital, Swansea.


2019: PsoWell Training Programme for Motivational Interview in Psoriasis, Cardiff.


Media


October 2021: Ichthyosis Support Group - co-delivered 'Psychological and Psychosocial Impact of Living with Ichthyosis' workshop for society members, of which the summary can be found here


Olivia was interviewed and featured in an article exploring skin conditions by the BBC, which can be found here


Membership


Graduate Member of The British Psychological Society (GMBPsS).


Welsh Senedd Cross Party Group on Skin (CPG): I was part of the Welsh Senedd CPG, working with Skin Care Cymru and the government to address issues relating to the causes, prevention and treatment of skin conditions in Wales.


Mindfulness in Schools Project (MiSP) 'Teach Paws B' to 7-11 Year old Children: Qualified Teacher.

Research

Research interests

I am interested in researching the psychological impact of living with a skin condition. My PhD research involves exploring a mindfulness-based online intervention to support children and their families affected by skin conditions. My aim is to deliver a sustainable support resource drawing upon mindfulness-based therapeutic approaches to make a useful contribution.


Publications:


2021



2022



Conference Presentations:



  • Hughes, O. (2019, May 4). Exploring Coping Styles and Gender Differences in the Psychological Impact of Living with a Skin Condition.’ [Poster presentation]. British Psychological Society Welsh Branch Annual Student Conference, Aberystwyth University, Aberystwyth, UK.

  • Watkins, H., Hughes, O., Jones, L., Tate, L., Mouris Khela, M. & Hurrell, C. (2021, June 14-17). ‘The Use of Inpatient Goal Planning in a Regional Burns Centre, A Thematic Analysis of Staff and Patient Experiences.’ [Conference session]. The 20th Congress of the International Society for Burn Injuries.

  • Hughes, O., Shelton, K.H., Penny, H. & Thompson, A.T. (2021, July 14). ‘Parent and Child Experiences of Psychological Support for Skin Conditions: Towards Developing a Support Intervention for Families.’ [Poster presentation]. Cardiff University, School of Psychology Annual PhD Student Conference, Cardiff, UK.

  • Hughes, O., Shelton, K.H., Penny, H. & Thompson, A.T. (2022, June 28-29). ‘Parent and Child Experiences of Skin Conditions: Towards Offering a Mindfulness-Based Support Intervention.’ [Poster presentation]. British Psychological Society Division of Health Psychology Conference, Bristol, UK.

Thesis

Mindfulness Based Online Support for Children and Families Affected by Skin Conditions.

Supervisors

Andrew Thompson

Professor Andrew Thompson

Professor of Clinical Psychology (Hons.), Programme Director (DClinPsy)