Dr Amanda Williams
Clinical, Edu & Hlth Psychology
Div of Psychology & Lang Sciences
- Joined UCL
- 1st Sep 2004
- 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
- models of pain and their application; adjustment to chronic disease
- introduction to psychology; health behaviour and illness presentation; life events and psychoneuroimmunology; chronic illness and disability; pain.
MSc Health Psychology
BSc/MSc Speech Sciences
- health psychology across the lifespan
- core psychological issues in physical illness and disability
- loss and bereavement in physical illness and disability
- refugees and asylum seekers
- University of London
- Doctorate, Doctor of Philosophy | 1996
- North East London Polytechnic
- Other higher degree, Master of Science | 1985
- University of Bristol
- First Degree, Bachelor of Science | 1976
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).