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About Dr Lee Hulbert-Williams

Lee’s main interests are in the improvement of subjective well-being through psychological interventions. Much of his work has focused on the fundamental science necessary as a basis for such interventions, and for the evaluation of such interventions. For instance, much of his work has related to the development of psychometric measures, and the identification of the causes of subjective well-being — from stress and depression at one end of the continuum, to happiness and contentment at the other. As a Coaching Psychologist, lecturer, and researcher, he is also interested in thid-wave behavioural interventions which promise to help people move positively along this continuum. 

Lee has taught statistics, psychometrics, and research methods since 2005. From about the same time he has been teaching mindfulness-based approaches directly to students, to clients, and to mental health professionals. Since 2008 he has been involved in the teaching of a range of intervention techniques, mostly in the context of occupational and coaching psychology, as well as the history of psychotherapy. 

He joined the School of Psychology in 2013, having previously worked for the University of Wolverhampton. Lee has previously been involved in the management of services for people with intellectual disabilities and/or mental health problems, in direct support provision, and in the delivery of psychoeducation. He previously held the position of Vice-Chair (Research) for the British Psychological Society Division for Academics, Researchers & Teachers in Psychology. 


Lee leads a module on Intervention Approaches in Applied Psychology (PS7606), and teaches on the undergraduate Psychological Therapies (PS5013) module. Lee supervises undergraduate, MSc, and MRes, dissertations. He is currently supervising six three students.


Starting with his PhD research, Lee has developed and refined a number of psychometric measures, including the Bangor Life Events Schedule for Intellectual Disabilities, the Mindful Eating Scale, and the Psychological Impact of Cancer Scale. Many of these measurement tools have fed into an overlapping programme of work identifying predictors and intervention targets for subjective well-being. Current work includes an exploration of the links between living authentically — in accord with one’s personal values — and a sense of subjective well-being, a programme of work on the relations between third-wave psychological constructs and proximal predictors of suicide risk, and the measurement and reduction of unjust discrimination.

Published Work

Leslie, M., Beatty, L., Hulbert-Williams, L., Pendrous, R., Cartwright, T., Jackson, R., The Finding My Way UK Trial Steering Group, & Hulbert-Williams, N.J. (2022). Web-based psychological interventions for people living with and beyond caner: A meta-review of what works and what does not for maximising recruitment, engagement, and efficacy. JMIR Cancer, 8(3), e36255.

Hulbert-Williams, N. J., Leslie, M., Hulbert-Williams, L., Koczwara, B., Watson, E. K., Hall, P. S., Ashley, L., Coulson, N. S., Jackson, R., Millington, S., Beatty, L., & The, F. M. W. U. K. T. S. G. (2021). The Finding My Way UK Clinical Trial: Adaptation Report and Protocol for a Replication Randomized Controlled Efficacy Trial of a Web-Based Psychological Program to Support Cancer Survivors. JMIR Research Protocols, 10(9), e31976.

Hochard, K. D., Hulbert-Williams, L., Ashcroft, S., & McLoughlin, S. (2021). Acceptance and values clarification versus cognitive restructuring and relaxation: A randomized controlled trial of ultra-brief non-expert-delivered coaching interventions for social resilience. Journal of Contextual Behavioral Science, 21, 12–21.

Hulbert-Williams, N., Hulbert-Williams, L., Patterson, P., Suleman, S., & Howells, L. (2021). Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) Enhanced Communication Skills: development and evaluation of a novel training programme. BMJ Supportive & Palliative Care

Hulbert-Williams, N.J., Hulbert-Williams, L., Pendrous, R., Flynn, R., Swash, B., Evans, G., Price, A., Mullard, A. & MacDonald-Smith, C. (2021). Evaluating process and effectiveness of a low-intensity CBT intervention: A pilot trial of the EPELIT intervention for women with gynaecological cancer. AMRC Open Research. 

Hulbert-Williams, N.J., Leslie, M., Hulbert-Williams, L., Smith, E., Howells, L. & Pinato, D. (2021). Evaluating the impact of COVID-19 on supportive care needs, psychological distress and quality of life in UK cancer survivors and their support networks. European Journal of Cancer Care.

In search of scope: A response to Ruiz et al. (2020) Hulbert-Williams, L., Pendrous, R., Hochard, K. D., & Hulbert-Williams, N. J. Centre for Contextual Behavioural Science, School of Psychology, University of Chester, UK

Pendrous, R., Hulbert-Williams, L., Hochard, K. D., & Hulbert-Williams, N. J. (2020). Appetitive augmental functions and common physical properties in a pain-tolerance metaphor: An extended replication. Journal of Contextual Behavioral Science, 16, 17-24.

Hulbert-Williams, N. J., Hulbert-Williams, L., Whelen, L., & Mulcare, H. (2019). The Psychological Impact of Cancer (PIC) Scale: development and comparative psychometric testing against the Mini-MAC Scale in UK and Australian cancer survivors. Journal of Psychosocial Oncology Research and Practice, 1(2), e8.

Hulbert-Williams, L., Hulbert-Williams, N. J., Nicholls, W., Williamson, S., Poonia, J., & Hochard, K. D. (2019). Ultra-Brief Non-Expert-delivered Defusion and Acceptance Exercises for Food Cravings: A Partial Replication Study. Journal of health psychology, 24(12), 1698-1709.

Flynn, S., Hulbert-Williams, N. J., Hulbert-Williams, L., & Bramwell, R. (2016). “You don‘t know what’s wrong with you”: an exploration of cancer-related experiences in people with an intellectual disability. Psycho-Oncology, 25(10), 1198–1205.

Hulbert-Williams, L., Hochard, K., Hulbert-Williams, N., Archer, R., Nicholls, W., Wilson, K. (2016). Contextual behavioural coaching: An evidence-based model for supporting behaviour change. International Coaching Psychology Review, 11(2), 30-42.

Flynn, S., Hulbert-Williams, L., Bramwell, R., Stevens-Gill, D., & Hulbert-Williams, N. (2015). Caring for cancer patients with an intellectual disability: Attitudes and care perceptions of UK oncology nurses. European Journal of Oncology Nursing, 19(5), 568-574 . DOI: 10.1016/j.ejon.2015.03.002

Flynn, S. Hulbert-Williams, N., Bramwell, R., Hulbert-Williams, L. (2015). Psychosocial experiences of chronic illness in individuals with an intellectual disability: A systematic review of the literature. Journal of Intellectual Disabilities, 19(2), 178-194. DOI:10.1177/1744629514565680

Porter, J., Hulbert-Williams, L., Chadwick, D. (2015). Sexuality in the Therapeutic Relationship: An Interpretive Phenomenological Analysis of the Experiences of Gay Therapists. Journal of Gay & Lesbian Mental Health, 19(2), 165-183. DOI:10.1080/19359705.2014.957882

Hulbert-Williams, L., Hastings, R.P., Mulligan, J., Burns, L., Day, J., Noone, S.J., Owen, D. (2014).  Exposure to life events as a risk factor for psychological problems in adults with intellectual disabilities: a longitudinal design. Journal of Intellectual Disability Research, 58(1), 48-60. DOI: 10.1111/jir.12050

Hulbert-Williams, L., Nicholls, W., Joy, J., Hulbert-Williams, N. (2013). Initial Validation of the Mindful Eating Scale. Mindfulness, online early. DOI: 10.1007/s12671-013-0227-5 

Nicholls, N., Hulbert-Williams, L. (2013). British English translation of the Food Craving Inventory (FCI-UK). Appetite, 67, 37-43.

Mendieta Tan, A., Hulbert-Williams, L., Nicholls, W. (2013). Women's experiences of using drugs in weight management: an Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis. Appetite, 60, 220-225. DOI: 10.1016/j.appet.2012.09.027

Mills, S.E., & Hulbert-Williams, L. (2012).  Distinguishing between treatment efficacy and effectiveness in Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD): Implications for contentious therapies. Counselling Psychology Quarterly, 25(3), 319-330. DOI: 10.1080/09515070.2012.682563

Hulbert-Williams N.J., Hulbert-Williams L., Morrison V., Neal R.D. & Wilkinson C. (2012). The Mini-Mental Adjustment to Cancer Scale: Re-analysis of its psychometric properties in a sample of 160 mixed cancer patients. Psycho-oncology, 21(7), 792-797. DOI: 10.1002/pon.1994 

Hulbert-Williams, L., Hastings, R.P., Crowe, R, Pemberton, J.  (2011).  Self-reported life events, social support and psychological problems in adults with intellectual disabilities. Journal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disabilities, 24, 427-436. 10.1111/j.1468-3148.2011.00624.x

Hulbert-Williams N.J., Hulbert-Williams L., McIlroy D., & Bunting B. (2008).   Anxiety in recovery from severe burn injury: An experimental comparison.  Psychology, Health & Medicine, 13(2), 162-167. DOI: 10.1080/13548500701352701

Hulbert-Williams, L., Hastings, R.P. (2008) Life Events as a Risk Factor for Psychological Problems in Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities: A Critical Review.  Journal of Intellectual Disability Research, 52(11), 883–895. DOI: 10.1111/j.1365-2788.2008.01110.x


Lee is a Chartered Psychologist, and Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society (BPS), as well as being on the BPS register of Coaching Psychologists. He read for a BSc (Hons) in Psychology at the University of Manchester, and for an MSc (Dist) at the University of Wales, Bangor. He was awarded a PhD by Bangor University for his work on the impact of stressful life events on people with an intellectual disability. Lee is also a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. He was awareded the title of Associate Professor in 2021 through the research route.