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 Claire Nollett

Claire Nollett

Research Design and Conduct Service Consultant and Research Associate

+44 (0)29 2068 7187
4th Floor, Neuadd Meirionnydd, Heath Park


I have a background in managing research into interventions for mental health conditions, including depression, anxiety and eating disorders. My expertise is in designing and managing clinical trials, in particular non-drug studies involving complex interventions such as psychological therapies. I also have clinical experience in treating anxiety and depression using low intensity cognitive behavioural therapy in the NHS.

I am currently a Trial Manager in the Centre for Trials Research and a Consultant with the Research Design and Conduct Service (RDCS). I help social care colleagues and NHS clinicians from a wide range of medical specialties to design and develop their research studies and apply for grant funding.


Education and Qualifications

  • 2011   Post-graduate Certificate Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner, Exeter University
  • 2000   BSc Social Psychology, Loughborough University

Career Overview

  • 2017 - Present   Research Associate/Consultant, Research Design and Conduct Service
  • 2014 - 2017        Research Associate/Trial Manager, Centre for Trials Research, Cardiff University
  • 2011 - 2014        Research Fellow/Trial Manager, School of Optometry & Vision Sciences, Cardiff University
  • 2009 - 2011        Psychological Wellebing Practitioner, AWP NHS Trust
  • 2007 - 2009        Explorer and Teacher of English as a Foreign Language
  • 2005 - 2007        Research Assistant, Eating Disorders, University of London
  • 2001 - 2005        Research Assistant, Eating Disorders, University of Leicester

Speaking engagements

  • 2018   Advisor on depression for an online training module hosted by the College of Optometrists
  • 2018   PPI workshop "Wellbeing for people with sight loss: Let's create a clear vision for future research"
  • 2017   Expert panel member in a training video "The Ageing Eye: Visual Impairment" for the College of Optometrists
  • 2016   Presented a webinar on Mental Health to optometrists for NHS Education for Scotland
  • 2016   Presented the findings of DEPVIT trial at Mental health Awareness Day, Bridgend Coallition for Disabled People

Committees and reviewing

  • Journal article reviewer for British Journal of Visual Impairment, Acta Opthalmologica and JAMA Ophthalmology










Postgraduate Lecture

I have taught on WOPEC's MSc in Clinical Optometry course via a recorded lecture on depression for the Low Vision module.

Research Interests

I have managed several trials of psychological interventions for common mental health disorders. Most recently, I was the Trial Manager for RAPID, a study of online Guided Self Help vs individual face-to-face therapy for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.

Following my earleir involvement in the Depression in Visual Impairment Trial (DEPVIT), I am working on ways to improve the mental wellbeing of people with sight loss. Please get in touch if you wish to collaborate.

Grant Funding

What is the impact of training low vision practitioners to screen & refer for depression on their attitudes and practice? Thomas Pocklington Trust - £8,278 (Lead applicant) - 31/07/2018

Feasibility and Acceptability of a new Clinical Pathway for the Identification of Non-Responders to Glaucoma Eye Drops (the TRIAGE study) Research for Patient and Public Benefit - £225,135.00 (Co-applicant) - 22/08/2017