UCL Psychology and Language Sciences

Dr Amanda Williams

Dr Amanda Williams

Clinical Reader

Clinical, Edu & Hlth Psychology

Div of Psychology & Lang Sciences

Joined UCL
1st Sep 2004

Research summary


- 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

Teaching summary

BSc Psychology

- 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

- pain

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

- pain

- 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).