Emma Berry


  • Room 0G.442 - David Keir Building

    United Kingdom


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Personal profile


I achieved my Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Queen’s University Belfast in 2012 and obtained my PhD in Health Psychology from QUB in 2018. My PhD focused on the development and evaluation of a psychological intervention to improve emotional wellbeing in individuals with Type 2 diabetes and their partners. During the PhD I worked as a research assistant for the Centre for Public Health at QUB on projects surrounding the enhancement of quality of life among persons with Neurological conditions. In July 2018 I joined the School of Psychology at QUB as a Health Psychology Lecturer and I am eager to contribute to the flourishing body of clinical health psychology research within the School.

Research Interests

Broadly, I am interested in the psychological, social, and organic factors that influence adjustment to health conditions such as Diabetes and Stroke. I am keen to explore new and more creative methods of psychological support for individuals with challenging health conditions, to develop resources that are ultimately more accessible and acceptable to both service users and facilitators. Current and prospective research avenues include enhancing psychological support for couples living with diabetes and exploring the support needs and preferences of children, young people and parents affected by diabetes. I am also interested in the use of visual arts in supporting healthier behaviour and wellbeing and endeavour to explore this growing area within health research.


  • PSY2067: Psychological Methods (personal tutor)
  • PSY1010 & PSY7092 Using Psychology in Everyday Life (teaching)
  • PSY1009 Introduction to Methods in Psychology (Interview Process Lab)
  • PSY7094: Research Thesis Psychology (research supervisor)
  • PSY2065 & PSY7090: Core Psychology I (teaching)
  • PSY3122: An Introduction to Clinical Health Psychology (module coordinator)


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Research Output

  • 5 Article
  • 1 Conference contribution

Acceptable or weird? Exploring environmentalists’, students’ and the general public’s perceptions of bio-based plastics

Mehta, N., Cunningham, E., Roy, D., Cathcart, A., Dempster, M., Berry, E. & Smyth, B., 31 Jan 2020, (Accepted) Grantham Centre for Sustainable Futures.

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    Developing an intervention to reduce diabetes distress in individuals with Type 2 diabetes and their partners

    Author: Berry, E., May 2018

    Supervisor: Dempster, M. (Supervisor) & Davies, M. (External person) (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy

    LSRP: Defence styles, alexithymia, illness perceptions, and HRQOL in IBD. Systematic lit: Neurodegenerative diseases and third wave therapies

    Author: Reilly, L., May 2018

    Supervisor: McCorry, N. (Supervisor), Berry, E. (Supervisor) & Dempster, M. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy