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About Prof Ros Bramwell

Ros took up the post of Head of Psychology in 2008. She took on the additional role of Associate Dean for the Faculty of Social Science in 2013. Her previous post was as Research Director to the Doctorate in Clinical Psychology Programme at University of Liverpool. She has also worked at the Universities of Manchester and Central Lancashire.


Most of my teaching is around research methods. I also supervise a number of undergraduate and postgraduate student dissertations as well as PhD students.


My research has focused especially on aspects of mental and physical well-being. I am interested in how we can apply different methodologies to the study of human behaviour and well-being and this has led me into many interesting collaborations with other psychologists and health professionals.

Published Work

Some examples of recent publications:

Elmer, J.R.S., O'Shaughnessy, R., Bramwell, R. & Dickson, J.M. (in press) Exploring health visiting professionals' evaluations of early parent-infant interactions. Journal of Reproductive and Infant Psychology.

Thorpe, L., Cousins, M. & Bramwell, R. (2019) Implicit knowledge and memory for musical stimuli in musicians and non-musicians. Psychology of Music. First published online March 21.

Chapman, H.M., Lovell, A. & Bramwell, R. (2018) Do health consultations for people with learning disabilities meet expectations? A narrative literature review. British Journal of Learning Disabilities, 46, 118-135. DOI: 10.1111/bld.12222

Swash, B., Bramwell, R & Hulbert-Williams, N. (2017) Unmet psychosocial supportive care needs and psychological distress in haematological cancer survivors: The moderating role of psychological flexibility. Journal of Contextual Behavioral Science, 6(2), 187-194. doi:10.1016/j.jcbs.2017.02.005

Swash, B., Hulbert-Williams, N.J. & Bramwell, R. (2018) Haematological cancers, they’re a funny bunch’: A qualitative study of Non-Hodgkin lymphoma patient experiences of unmet supportive care needs. Journal of Health Psychology, 23(11), 1464-1475.

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., Hulbert-Williams L. & Bramwell, R. (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

Nicholls, W., Hulbert-Williams, N. & Bramwell, R. (2014) The Role of Relationship Attachment in Psychological Adjustment to Cancer in Patients and Caregivers: A Systematic Review of the Literature.Psycho-Oncology, 23(10), 1083-1095. DOI: 10.1002/pon.3837

Swash, B., Hulbert-Williams, N. & Bramwell, R. (2014). Unmet psychosocial needs in haematological cancer: A systematic review. Supportive Care in Cancer, 22(4), 1131-1141.

Harper, B., Dickson, J.M. & Bramwell, R. (2013) Experiences of young people in a 16-18 Mental Health Service. Child and Adolescent Mental Health, 19(2), 90-96. DOI:10.1111/camh.12024

Gould, R.V., Brown, S.L. & Bramwell, R. (2010) Psychological adjustment to gynaecological cancer: Patients' illness representations, coping strategies and mood disturbance. Psychology and Health, 25 (5), 633-646.

Poole, H., White, S., Blake, C., Murphy, P. & Bramwell, R. (2009) Depression in chronic pain patients: Prevalence & measurement. Pain Practice, 9 (3), 173-180.


Professor Bramwell studied for her BSc (Hons) in Psychology at the University of Bradford and then completed her PhD at the University of Manchester. She is a Chartered Health Psychologist and registered with the Health Professions Council. She is an Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.