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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


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


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


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 (awarded for attaining first class undergraduate degree).


Experience


2021 – Present: Patient Associate Editor to the British Journal of Dermatology.


2018 - Present: Trustee to Skin Care Cymru.


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


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


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


Media


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 (MBPsS).


Mindfulness in Schools Project (MiSP) 'Teach Paws B' to 7-11 Year old Children: Qualified Teacher (September, 2021).

Research

Research interests

I am interested in researching the psychological impact of living with a skin condition. My undergraduate research involved using mixed methods to investigate the ways in which males and females cope with skin conditions. For my postgraduate studies, I conducted a qualitative investigation into the experiences of anger in psoriasis, exploring how negative emotion influence the onset and progression of the 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.


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RESEARCH OPPORTUNITY


Researchers at Cardiff University are now offering carers of children (aged under 16 years) with ichthyosis an online mindfulness course, and there is a £20 voucher for taking part!


Interested? Email Olivia Hughes: hughesoa@cardiff.ac.uk for more information.

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)