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Research group

Health Psychology applied to children and young people


The section conducts research in health psychology applied to children and young people. Current research is focused on developing ways of measuring childhood distress and then helping to minimise this through the development of appropriate interventions.


An exploratory study at the Evelina Children’s Hospital identifying parental psychological risk factors for pre-operative anxiety in children. The primary aim of this study is to explore associations between pre-operative child anxiety and parental psychological risk factors. In particular, to ascertain which parental factors could be identified in the pre-operative period for intervention to promote adaptive behavioural patterns, hopefully leading to improved peri-operative outcomes.

Dramatherapy for children with social and emotional problems in schools: an evaluation using a new child-centred measure. There are no self-rated measures appropriate for use with children and young people (aged 7-13 years) that are child-centred. It is important to develop ways of assessing psychological interventions that can be readily incorporated into sessions and that are acceptable to both clients and practitioners. Evidence based practice demands the rigorous evaluation of such interventions and currently there is a lack of evidence in this area.


Emedo M, Godfrey E, & Hill S. “A Qualitative Study of the Quality of Life of Children Receiving Intravenous Nutrition at Home. Journal of Pediatric Gastroenterology & Nutrition. 2010. 50: 431-440.

Godfrey E, Cleare A, Coddington A, Roberts A.Weinman J, Chalder T. “Chronic fatigue syndrome in adolescents: do parental expectations of their child's intellectual ability match the child's ability?” Journal of Psychosomatic Research 2009, 67(2), pp 165-168


Dr Emma Godfrey

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