Prof Amanda Williams
Professor of Clinical Health Psychology
Clinical, Edu & Hlth Psychology
Div of Psychology & Lang Sciences
- Joined UCL
- 1st Sep 2004
- facial and behavioural expression of pain and emotion and influences on observer judgements of pain
- understanding of pain by people with pain, and how they make sense of explanations of pain provided in healthcare
- evaluation, including systematic review and meta-analysis, of cognitive and behavioural rehabilitation programmes for people with chronic pain
- pain in survivors of torture
- models of pain and their application; adjustment to chronic disease
- introduction to psychology; health behaviour and illness presentation; chronic illness, disability and cancer; pain.
MSc Health Psychology
- core psychological issues in physical illness and disability
- systematic review and meta-analysis
- 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) in 1985.
PhD in 1996 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 appointed to UCL as Reader in Clinical Health Psychology, currently working half-time, and appointed Professor in Clinical Health Psychology in 2020. I also work one half-day as a consultant clinical psychologist in the pain management centre of UCLH (previously at the National Hospital, Queen Square). I am section editor for psychology on the journal PAIN, and consult on research to the International Centre for Health and Human Rights (ICHHR).