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Dr Michelle Huws-Thomas

Dr Michelle Huws-Thomas

Lecturer: Mental Health, Learning Disabilities and Psychosocial Care

School of Healthcare Sciences

Email
huws-thomasm@cardiff.ac.uk
Telephone
+44(0)29 206 87837
Campuses
Room 2F21, 2nd floor, Cardigan House, Heath Campus, Cardiff, CF14 4XN

I am an experienced chartered psychologist and mental health nurse and since 2005 have held academic positions as a Lecturer in Mental Health Nursing at Cardiff University, Senior Lecturer in Mental Health Nursing at the University of Sydney, Senior Lecturer in Health Psychology at the University of West of England and Senior Lecturer in Psychology at the University of Gloucestershire.  As well as teaching, I am a quantitative researcher and have held my own practice consultancy in health psychology.  I am a visiting lecturer in Psychology at the University of the West of England and University of Gloucestershire.

Career overview

I have taught specifically mental health & psychology as a lecturer and senior lecturer since April 2005 and have recently re-joined the School of Healthcare Sciences at Cardiff University. Throughout my career in mental health nursing and psychology,  I have actively pursued and trained in a variety of psychological therapies to treat mental distress. My PhD was a multi-centre randomised controlled trial delivering Motivational Interviewing in adolescents with Type 1 Diabetes which I completed in 2007 (awarded 2008).  I have accumulated vast experience in teaching medical staff, allied professions, nursing staff and psychology students at undergraduate, postgraduate and doctoral levels, within a wide variety of teaching methods which include Problem Based Learning. I have experience in academic leaderships both at a course and module level, curriculum development, course validation and supervision of health care professionals. Please see Biography for an outline of my career trajectory.

Academic Qualifications

PhD (Cardiff University/Wales College of Medicine). A multi centre randomised controlled trial of Motivational Interviewing in adolescents with Type 1 diabetes. Supervised by Professor John Gregory and Professor Steve Rollnick.

PGCE (Higher Education) (Cardiff University). Distinction and Award for outstanding achievement and merit.

MSc Health Psychology (University of Bath).

BSc (Hons) Psychology (University of Wales Institute Cardiff, Wales.)

Professional Qualifications

Registered Nurse (Adult) -1988

Registered Nurse (Mental Health) - 1991

Chartered Psychologist (British Psychological Society)

Chartered Scientist (British Psychological Society)

Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society (AFBPsS)

Psychological and therapeutic training

Motivational Interviewing (Trained and supervised by Professor Steve Rollnick, 2001-2002)

Behaviour Change Counselling (supervised by Professor Steve Rollnick, April – June 2001)

Certificate in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (1993) (London)

Certificate in Counselling (1991) (London)

Teaching profile

I have taught psychology and nursing students from undergraduate to doctoral level within a wide variety of courses and modules. Specifically, course leadership roles include; Pathway Leader on the BSc (Hons) Clinical Practice THORN programme at Cardiff University and Course Leader on the MSc in Applied Psychology at the University of Gloucestershire (2014-2015). Within psychology, I have taught in areas related to mental health,  health psychology, basic and advanced statistics, forensic psychology, counselling, occupational psychology, psychology of addiction, neuropsychology, quantitative research methods and psychotherapeutic practice.  Within mental health nursing, I have been a module leader in areas relating to advanced clinical practice and mental health – psychological and therapeutic perspectives, cognitive behaviour therapy, evidence based psychological therapies and brief therapies. I have taught across the different fields within the Bachelor of Nursing and MSc programmes in nursing since 2005.

Prior to studying psychology in 1997, I trained initially as a general (adult) nurse and then as a mental health nurse and practiced between 1988 – 2001.  Within that time, I held various posts in renal/cardiac medicine, care of the elderly, community mental health (addictions), acute mental health and child and adolescent mental health services.  I held my own consultancy in health psychology between 2009 - 2010, and have also worked as a Lecturer-Practitioner in post traumatic stress disorder. I have delivered practice workshops in the UK and Australia to GPs, practice nurses and dieticians in Motivational Interviewing, CBT for emotional disorders and CBT in Psychosis.

Prior to studying nursing, I studied Politics at University post 'A' levels in 1981 but gave up as I realised I was never going to make it as a MP in South Wales when the conservatives were in power during this time. I still maintain an active interest in politics.

Honours and awards

Chartered Psychologist (British Psychological Society)
Chartered Scientist (British Psychological Society)
Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society (AFBPsS)
Certificate in Counselling (1991)
Certificate in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (1993)
Registered Nurse (Mental Health) 1991 - Nightingale and Guys College of Nursing, London
Registered Nurse (Adult) 1988 - South Glamorgan School of Nursing)

Academic positions

I am an experienced chartered psychologist and mental health/psychology senior lecturer.
My academic posts have included:

  • Lecturer in Mental Health Nursing at Cardiff University (2005 - 2010)
  • Senior Lecturer in Mental Health Nursing at the University of Sydney (2010 - 2011)
  • Senior Lecturer in Health Psychology at the University of West England (UWE) (2011 - 2012)
  • Senior Lecturer in Psychology at the University of Gloucestershire (2013 - 2015)

I am currently a visiting lecturer in Psychology at UWE and University of Gloucestershire.

My current teaching responsibilities are predominately within the Bachelor of Nursing (Mental Health) programme. I am module leader for HCT204 'Research Methods & Health Improvement in Health & Social Care' within the MSc in Advanced Clinical Practice programme.

I am a visiting lecturer in psychology at the University of the West of England and the University of Gloucestershire.

I am passionate about most aspects of health psychology and particularly how psychosocial interventions can help a person with chronic disease or mental distress.  Whilst I am a quantitative researcher by background with experience in trial methods, questionnaire design and advanced statistical methods, I am extending my experience in qualitative methods.  In my spare time I am a peer reviewer for a number of journals and books.

HELP - Healthy Europe through Learning and Practice Project (€364, 000) Leonardo funded project (PI Professor Di Crone, University of Gloucestershire) which was a CPD programme for GP's and Health professionals. This study was completed in 2013.

PhD Students

PhD due to complete in September 2017. Rajan Prasad Bhatta. Supervisors: Dr Keith Donne (University of Gloucestershire) / Dr Michelle Huws-Thomas (Cardiff University) and Dr Richard Harper  (University of Gloucestershire).

PhD completion (2013).  Mohammed Al-Darwish. Supervisors:  Professor Walid  El-Ansari (University of Gloucestershire) / Dr Michelle Huws-Thomas (University of Gloucestershire).  Dental caries and the relationship with dental health knowledge, information, and lifestyle factors.