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


Undergraduate Education


2016 - 2019: BA Counselling Studies and Psychology – University of Wales Trinity Saint David, Swansea (First Class Honours).


Postgraduate Education


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


2020 - Present: PhD Studentship, 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


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.


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).

Research

Research interests

I am interested in researching the psychological impact of living with visible skin conditions. 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 emotions impact on skin severity and maintenance of the skin condition.


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

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)

Helen Penny

Dr Helen Penny

Senior Therapies Tutor / Honorary Senior Lecturer