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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 research 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 (First Class Honours).

Postgraduate education

  • 2019-2020: MSc Mental Health and Clinical Psychology – Swansea University.
  • Present: PhD Studentship, Cardiff University School of Psychology.

Awards

  • British Psychological Society Best Undergraduate Dissertation – 2019.
  • British Psychological Society – poster presentation prize – 2019.
  • PsoWell Training Programme for Motivational Interview in Psoriasis – 2019.

Experience

  • 2016-Present: Volunteer and trustee of Swansea-based charity, Skin Care Cymru.
  • 2020-Present: Honorary Assistant Psychologist – The Welsh Centre for Burns and Plastic Surgery, Morriston Hospital.

Research

Research interests

I am particularly interested in researching the psychological impact of living with visible skin conditions. My undergraduate research focussed on investigating the ways in which males and females cope with skin conditions. For my postgraduate studies, I conducted a qualitative investigation into anger and psoriasis, and how negative emotions impact on skin severity and maintenance of the condition.

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

Main Supervisor

Professor Andrew Thompson

Second Supervisor

Professor Katherine Shelton

Third Supervisor

Dr Helen Penny

Thesis

Mindfulness based online support for children and families affected by skin conditions.

Supervisors