Professor Noelle Robertson

Professor of Clinical Psychology

School/Department: Neuroscience, Psychology & Behaviour, Department of

Telephone: +44 (0)116 223 1617 1648



Noelle is Programme Director for the Doctorate in Clinical Psychology and also oversees the research components of the Programme as joint Research Director. After a first degree in psychology at the University of Aberdeen she undertook clinical training in London and a post-qualification doctorate at the University of Sheffield. Noelle is an HCPC registered clinical and health psychologist and holds an honorary consultant post with University Hospitals of Leicester. Here she works clinically with people living with long term health conditions and undertakes research and consultancy focused on enhancing staff wellbeing. Noelle is a former Chair of the Faculty of Clinical Health Psychology of the British Psychological Society a Fellow of the BPS and Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.


Noelle's research centres on developing and collaborating on translational programmes improving psychological care for those at risk of or living with long-term health conditions via direct patient interventions or through modifying health-professional behaviour. She is particularly interested in how patient adjustment can be affected by experiences of shame and stigma. Noelle's research focuses on emotional as well as cognitive factors underpinning professional behaviour change examining processes around staff distress and resilience (burnout secondary traumatisation and compassion fatigue) to develop wellbeing interventions. Recent collaborative funding has been received from NIHR and RfPB as well as charities (eg Movember)


Recent selected publications

Bernhardt L, Brady EM, Freeman S, Polmann H, Reus J, De Luca Canto G, Robertson N and Squire I (2021). Diagnostic accuracy of screening questionnaires for Obstructive Sleep Apnoea within different clinical cohorts: A systematic review and meta-analysis. Sleep and Breathing. August 18th,

Deutsch C, Robertson N and Miyasaki J (2021). Psychological effects of Parkinsons Disease delusions on spouse caregivers: A qualitative study. Brain Sciences. June 29th,

Cooley SJ, Jones CR, Moss D and Robertson N (2021). Organisational perspectives on outdoor talking therapy: Towards a position of environmental safe uncertainty. British Journal of Clinical Psychology, June 12th,

Page J and Robertson N (2021). Extent and predictors of work-related distress in community correctional officers: A systematic literature review. Psychiatry, Psychology and Law, April 7th,

Malik S, Gunn S and Robertson N (2021). The impact of patient suicide on doctors and nurses: A critical interpretive meta-synthesis. Archives of Suicide Research, February 25th,

Lakhanpaul M, Culley L, Robertson N, Alexander EC, Bird D, Hudson N, Johal N, McFeeters M, Hamlyn-Williams C, Manikam L, Johnson M. (2020). A structured collaborative approach to intervention design using a modified intervention mapping approach: A case study using the Management and Interventions for Asthma (MIA) project for South Asian children. BMC Medical Research Methodology Open, 271, 2nd Nov 2020.

Hadjiconstantinou M, Dunkley A, Eborall H, Robertson N, Khunti K and Davies M (2020).Perceptions of healthcare professionals and people with Type 2 diabetes on emotional support: A qualitative study. BJGP Open, March 17th, DOI: https/

Crowther L, Anderson E and Robertson N (2020). Mindfulness in medical training: A qualitative scoping review using the 3P model. Medical Education, March, //

Cooley S, Jones C, Kurtz A and Robertson N (2020). Into the wild: A meta-synthesis of talking therapy in natural outdoor spaces. Clinical Psychology Review, March, //

Berry S and Robertson N (2019). Predictors of burnout in forensic nursing staff working in secure environments: The role of ward environment and clinical supervision. Journal of Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing, June 17th, //

Henderson S, Brady E and Robertson N (2019). Associations between social jetlag and mental health in young people: A systematic review. Chronobiology International, August 7th //

Lakhanpaul M, Culley L, Huq T, Bird D, Hudson N, Robertson N, McFeeters M, Manikam L, Hamlyn-Williams C, and Johnson M (2019). A qualitative study to identify ethnicity-specific perceptions and barriers to asthma management in South Asian and white British children with asthma. BMJ Open, 9: e024545, doi:10.1136/bmj-open


I am happy to supervise doctoral projects relating to staff distress and resilience in the workplace (with current interests in cumulative impacts of unacknowledged trauma experience of complaints and development of interventions to support significant work transitions). I am also happy to support doctoral work examining cognitive and emotional responses (such as shame and stigma) experienced by people and their families living with long term health issues and their impact on adjustment consultation and condition management.


DClinPsy (research methods critical appraisal and reviewing; physical and sexual health assessment; staff distress and wellbeing; harassment and complaints) MSc Patient Safety (quality and compassion) BSc Psychology (older adulthood)

Press and media

Staff distress and wellbeing in the workplace. Adjustment to physical ill health


Recent examining: External examiner University of Bangor (DClinPsy) (2018-date) External examiner University of Edinburgh (DClinPsy) (2016-2019) External examiner University of Exeter (DClinPsy) (2020-date) External Examiner University of Malta MSc in Clinical and Counselling Psychology (2020-date) External accreditation assessor The Psychological Society of Ireland (2021 University College Dublin) Panel member Fitness to Practise process HCPC (since 2017)


Fellowship British Psychological Society (2015) Higher Education Academy Senior Fellow (2017) Honorary visiting professor Annamalai Medical University Chennai India (2019-date)


Academic and Professional Qualifications University of Sheffield Doctor of Clinical Psychology (DClinPsy) British Psychological Society Diploma in Clinical Psychology University of Aberdeen MA (Hons) Psychology -First Class
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