Chronic health problems are the leading cause of disability and death, and the WHO recognises that chronic disease is the major cause of premature death globally. Many of our researchers in the Department of Psychology (and our colleagues in the wider Faculty) already do work related to chronic health issues like dementia, depression, HIV, traumatic brain injury, hydrocephalus, arthritis, chronic fatigue syndrome, cognitive impairment, suicide and so on.
Our focus is on inter-professional research aimed at improving the wellbeing - and lives - of individuals, and their significant others, contending with so called “chronic” health issues. Whether they are tackling mental health problems, the role of self-care, the role of masculinity in health, or high intensity service use.
We are internationally recognised by our innovative narrative approaches to research, as well as being specialists in quantitative/mixed-methods research. We cover a range of areas including social sciences, clinical psychology, neuropsychology and complex evaluations. In addition, we are interested in translating our research findings into innovative solutions that make a difference in healthcare and the community.
Our mission is to become a leading research centre globally, developing insights and solutions to improving the quality of life for the increasing proportion of the (increasingly ageing) population facing long-term health problems.
Our approach is always patient-centred, and we investigate (and promote) the ways in which recovery and adaptation is meaningful and possible, even if patients continue to experience ongoing problems. Our research also investigates concepts around – and options for - self-management and resiliency.