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PhD projects

Improving quality of life among people with long term physical health conditions and their carers Measurement of quality of life Learning and teaching of statistics


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PSY1009 Introduction to Methods in Psychology

PSY3001 Thesis

PSY7093 Methods, Design and Analysis in Psychology

PSY7066 Quantitative Data Analysis

Research Interests

My research is focused on enhancing the psychological well-being / quality of life of people with chronic illness (cancer, diabetes and heart disease) and their families. More specifically:

  • Modelling the psychological predictors of psychological well-being and quality of life via reviews of current literature and primary research
  • Designing and evaluating interventions to enhance quality of life and modify illness and sick-role behaviours.
  • Developing and testing instruments to measure psychological constructs of importance in this area, eg. health-related quality of life.

I also have an interest in research methodology and how research is conducted in applied health settings. See Dempster, M. (2011). A Research Guide for Health and Clinical Psychology. Palgrave Macmillan http://www.palgrave.com/products/title.aspx?PID=416734


Chartered Psychologist (CPsychol)

Chartered Statistician (CStat)

Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society (AFBPsS)

Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (SFHEA)

Health Psychologist registered with the Health Professions Council


Associate Editor, British Journal of Health Psychology

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Research Output

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.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

  • Psychosocial predictors of outcomes up to one year following total knee arthroplasty

    Belford, K., Gallagher, N., Dempster, M., Wolfenden, M., Hill, J., Blaney, J., O'Brien, S., Smit, A. M., Botha, P., Molloy, D. & Beverland, D., 13 Apr 2020, In : Knee.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • Resilience, burnout and coping mechanisms in UK doctors: a cross-sectional study

    McKinley, N., McCain, R. S., Convie, L., Clarke, M., Dempster, M., Campbell, W. J. & Kirk, S., 27 Jan 2020, In : BMJ Open. 10, 1, 8 p., e031765.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
  • 41 Downloads (Pure)

    Childhood Physical and Sexual Abuse as a Predictor of Reoffending: A Systematic Review

    Dalsklev, M., Cunningham, T., Dempster, M. & Hanna, D., 22 Aug 2019, In : Trauma, Violence, and Abuse.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • 1 Citation (Scopus)
  • Prizes

    Best research project

    Gerard Gormley (Recipient), Carl Brennan (Recipient) & Martin Dempster (Recipient), 14 Jun 2019

    Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)


    NI Medicines Management Group

    Martin Dempster (Invited speaker)
    Oct 2019

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk

    Thrombosis UK

    Martin Dempster (Invited speaker)
    May 2019

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk

    PhD External Examiner, University of Liverpool

    Martin Dempster (Examiner)

    Activity: Examination typesPhD external examination

    QUB Research Governance Ethics and Integrity Committee

    Martin Dempster (Member)

    Activity: Other activity typesOther

    European Health Psychology Society Annual Conference

    Martin Dempster (Session chair)

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in conference

    Press / Media

    Third of UK doctors report burnout and compassion fatigue

    Martin Dempster


    1 item of Media coverage

    Press/Media: Research

    One-third of UK doctors burned out and stressed

    Martin Dempster


    1 item of Media coverage

    Press/Media: Research


    Childhood trauma as a predictor of reoffending

    Author: Dalsklev, M., Dec 2019

    Supervisor: Dempster, M. (Supervisor) & Hanna, D. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy

    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

    Development of an Intervention to Reduce Psychological Distress in Post-Treatment Upper GI Cancer Patients and Family Carers

    Author: Graham, L., Jan 2018

    Supervisor: Dempster, M. (Supervisor) & Donnelly, M. (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


    Understanding burnout and mental well-being in healthcare staff

    Author: Mullan, G., Dec 2019

    Supervisor: Dempster, M. (Supervisor) & Adair, P. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy