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Dr Amanda Williams

Dr Amanda Williams

Address

451b, 1-19 Torrington Place
Res Dept of Clinical, Educational & Health Psychology
UCL
London
WC1E 6BT

Appointments

  • Clinical Reader
    Clinical, Edu & Hlth Psychology
    Div of Psychology & Lang Sciences

Joined UCL

2004-09-01

Pain
- facial and behavioural expression of pain and emotion by people with chronic back pain (EPSRC grant with Nadia Berthouze, UCL; Maja Pantic, Imperial College; Paul Watson, Leicester University)- influences on observer judgements of pain
- patient experience of consultations in pain clinic, and change in understanding pain
- evaluation, including systematic review and meta-analysis, of cognitive and behavioural rehabilitation programmes for people with chronic pain
- misrepresentation of pain as 'medically unexplained'
- pain in survivors of torture

Award year Qualification Institution
1996 PhD
Doctor of Philosophy
Psychology
University of London
1985 MSc
Master of Science
Clinical Psychology
North East London Polytechnic
1976 BSc
Bachelor of Science
Psychology
University of Bristol

BSc in Psychology from Bristol University, followed by experience working in drug addiction, then physical disability; MSc in clinical psychology from North East London Polytechnic (now UEL).

PhD in 1976 while working at St Thomas' Hospital in pain management; subsequently part-time senior lecturer at King's College medical school and part time clinical practice at St Thomas' Hospital.

2004 came to UCL as Reader in Clinical Health Psychology. I also work one session as a consultant clinical psychologist in the pain management centre of UCLH (at the National Hospital, Queen Square), and one day for the International Centre for Health and Human Rights (ICHHR).

Keywords

Anxiety|*|Behaviour|*|Chronic pain syndromes|*|Cognition|*|Emotion|*|Face perception|*|Facial expression of pain|*|Low back pain|*|Pain|*|Pain-related behaviour analysis|*|Virtual reality|*|bias in clinical settings|*|observer interpretation and response|*|pain from torture