David McCormack

    Dr David McCormack

    Lecturer (Education)

    Phone: +44 (0)28 9097 4283

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    I am a practising Clinical Psychologist and Lecturer in Clinical Psychology / Clinical Tutor on the Doctorate in Clinical Psychology programme at Queen’s University Belfast.


    My clinical interests include, psychological trauma, anxiety problems, and persistent physical symptoms. My clinical and research interests overlap.

    Research Interests

    I trained as a clinical psychologist at Queen's University Belfast and my doctoral (DClinPsy) research was on the impact of hyperemesis gravidarum on maternal mental health and maternal–fetal attachment. After qualifying in 2009 I worked as a clinical psychologist at the Royal Hospitals in Belfast, dividing my time between the children’s, maternity and general adult hospitals. It was here I became interested in psychological trauma and the impact of physical health problems on psychological wellbeing and quality of life.

    Between 2014 and 2018 I worked on research trials as a clinical psychologist at the Maudsely Hospital, London. The trials, which were funded by Guy’s and St Thomas’ Charity, sought to examine the effectiveness of a form of cognitive behavioural therapy for persistent physical symptoms, including, persistent pain, gastrointestinal problems, and chronic cough.

    I am interested in better understanding the lived experience of people with persistent physical symptoms and in developing and evaluating behavioural and cognitive approaches to enable people living with these health problems to better cope and have an improved quality of life. I am also interested in developing and evaluating interventions for pediatric medical traumatic stress (i.e. posttraumatic stress symptoms in children following distressing medical procedures and hospitalisation).

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