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Catherine Nixon


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Academic Biography

Dr Catherine Nixon is a Research Fellow for the NIHR Applied Research Collaboration (ARC) at Teesside University.  Catherine graduated from Teesside University with a BSc. (hons) in Psychology & Counselling (2003) and a Master of Science in Social Research Methods (2004). She was awarded her PhD in Education from Sheffield Hallam University in 2012.  Catherine is a UKCP-registered Psychotherapist previously working with clients in primary care and bereavement support services and currently in private practice.

Summary of Research Interests

Catherine has worked on a variety of evaluation and research projects in education, psychology, sociology, and health and wellbeing.  In part, her work has focused on the development and implementation of behaviour change interventions relevant to obesity prevention, and the evaluation of investigative/diagnostic practices of clinicians in primary and secondary healthcare services. In her current post Catherine supports a number of ARC projects within the theme of Integrating physical health, mental health and social care; alongside this, Catherine is exploring the role of psychotherapy in the development of biopsychosocial interventions for self-management of chronic pain and long-term health conditions.  She is particularly interested in the experiences of adults with conditions involving widespread pain and fatigue such as Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.


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