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Professor Jane Simpson


Jane Simpson

Faculty Of Health And Medicine



Tel: +44 1524 592858

Research overview

My research interests are around the psychological experiences of people with adult-onset neurodegenerative conditions (including those who live away from their country of birth), self-disgust and the relationship between emotion and cognition more generally.  

PhD supervision

I am interested in receiving applications related to any of my research areas: delusions, obsessions, Parkinson's disease or health outcomes in chronic illness. I would prefer potential PhD students to contact me by email before making an application.

Current Research

I am interested in the experiences of people with neurodegenerative diseases such as Parkinson's disease and Huntington's disease.  My research with people with neurodegenerative diseases is from a specifically psychological (as opposed to psychiatric) perspective and, as such, tries to reformulate difficulties which can sometimes be termed 'neuropsychiatric'. With colleagues at Sheffield Uinversity I am interested in the potential of the concept of self disgust to help us understand why psychological therapies are not successful for a significant proportion of people with low mood, eating disorders etc. With colleagues within DHR I am also exploring the relationship between disability studies and clinical psychology

Research Interests

Jane joined the Division in 2003. Her PhD was entitled 'A cognitive investigation of schizophrenic delusions' and a major focus of her research interests still centres on the relevance of cognitive mechanisms to our understanding of the cause and maintenance of delusions. Other interests include emotional and cognitive factors in obsessive-compulsive disorder, cognition and depression and cognitive, emotional and health care needs of people with Parkinson's disease. Jane is also a chartered clinical psychologist who works clinically in the Lancaster area.

Supervisory Areas:

Jane is interested in supervising postgraduate research projects which investigate the relationship between emotion and cognition. She is particularly interested in projects on self-disgust, Parkinson's disease and other chronic health problems. Please contact Jane directly for further details.

Current Teaching

My current teaching centres on research methods in clinical psychology plus specialised teaching on delusions, health psychology and research ethics.

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