Emma Berry


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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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Projects 2018 2018

Research Output 2015 2019

Health Personnel
Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus
Self-Help Groups
Self Care
1 Citation (Scopus)
72 Downloads (Pure)
Open Access
Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus
Self Care
Analysis of Variance
4 Citations (Scopus)
169 Downloads (Pure)
Open Access
Chronic Disease
3 Citations (Scopus)
252 Downloads (Pure)
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Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus
General Practitioners
Blood Glucose
21 Citations (Scopus)
1595 Downloads (Pure)

Diabetes Distress: Understanding the Hidden Struggles of Living with Diabetes and Exploring Intervention Strategies

Berry, E., Lockhart, S., Davies, M., Lindsay, J. & Dempster, M., May 2015, In : Postgraduate Medical Journal. 91, 1075, p. 278-283 6 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Self Care


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