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Dr Amanda Williams
451b, 1-19 Torrington Place
Res Dept of Clinical, Educational & Health Psychology
UCL
London
WC1E 6BT
Appointment
  • Clinical Reader
  • Clinical, Edu & Hlth Psychology
  • Div of Psychology & Lang Sciences
  • Faculty of Brain Sciences
Biography

BSc in Psychology from Bristol University, followed by experience working in drug addiction, then physical disability; MSc in clinical psychology from North East London Polytechnic (now UEL).

PhD in 1976 while working at St Thomas' Hospital in pain management; subsequently part-time senior lecturer at King's College medical school and part time clinical practice at St Thomas' Hospital.

2004 came to UCL as Reader in Clinical Health Psychology. I also work one session as a consultant clinical psychologist in the pain management centre of UCLH (at the National Hospital, Queen Square), and one day for the International Centre for Health and Human Rights (ICHHR).

Research Summary

Pain
- facial and behavioural expression of pain and emotion by people with chronic back pain (EPSRC grant with Nadia Berthouze, UCL; Maja Pantic, Imperial College; Paul Watson, Leicester University)- influences on observer judgements of pain
- patient experience of consultations in pain clinic, and change in understanding pain
- evaluation, including systematic review and meta-analysis, of cognitive and behavioural rehabilitation programmes for people with chronic pain
- misrepresentation of pain as 'medically unexplained'
- pain in survivors of torture

Teaching Summary

BSc Psychology
- models of pain and their application; adjustment to chronic disease

MB BS
- introduction to psychology; health behaviour and illness presentation; life events and psychoneuroimmunology; chronic illness and disability; pain.

MSc Health Psychology
- pain

BSc/MSc Speech Sciences
- health psychology across the lifespan

DClinPsy
- core psychological issues in physical illness and disability
- loss and bereavement in physical illness and disability
- pain
- refugees and asylum seekers

Academic Background
1996 PhD Doctor of Philosophy – Psychology University of London
1985 MSc Master of Science – Clinical Psychology North East London Polytechnic
1976 BSc Bachelor of Science – Psychology University of Bristol
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