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Prof Amanda Williams
451b, 1-19 Torrington Place
Res Dept of Clinical, Educational & Health Psychology
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  • Professor of Clinical Health Psychology
  • Clinical, Edu & Hlth Psychology
  • Div of Psychology & Lang Sciences
  • Faculty of Brain Sciences

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) in 1985.

PhD in 1996 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 appointed to UCL as Reader in Clinical Health Psychology, currently working half-time, and appointed Professor in Clinical Health Psychology in 2020. I also work one half-day as a consultant clinical psychologist in the pain management centre of UCLH (previously at the National Hospital, Queen Square). I am section editor for psychology on the journal PAIN, and consult on research to the International Centre for Health and Human Rights (ICHHR).

Research Groups
Research Themes
Research Summary

- facial and behavioural expression of pain and emotion and influences on observer judgements of pain
- understanding of pain by people with pain, and how they make sense of explanations of pain provided in healthcare
- evaluation, including systematic review and meta-analysis, of cognitive and behavioural rehabilitation programmes for people with chronic pain
- pain in survivors of torture

Teaching Summary

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

- introduction to psychology; health behaviour and illness presentation; chronic illness, disability and cancer; pain.

MSc Health Psychology
- pain

- core psychological issues in physical illness and disability
- pain
- systematic review and meta-analysis

Academic Background
1996   Doctor of Philosophy University of London
1985   Master of Science North East London Polytechnic
1976   Bachelor of Science University of Bristol
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