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Dr Holly Chinnery

Senior Lecturer in Psychology

Dr Holly Chinnery

About Research

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Holly obtained a BSc (Hons) in Psychology with Criminology and Criminal Justice Studies at the University of Plymouth, a Post Graduate Certificate in Evidence Based Psychological Therapies (IAPT Pathway) at the University of Reading, an MSc in Foundations of Clinical Psychology and a PhD in Psychology at Bournemouth University. Holly joined St Mary’s as a Lecturer in Psychology in 2019.  Holly’s thesis focused on the artificial eye process in children with Retinoblastoma: exploring the psychological impact and potential for technological advancement. Holly previously worked at City, University of London on the research project ‘Rethinking Strategies for Positive Newborn Screening Result Delivery’ (ReSPoND).

Holly has extensive experience in treating adults with mild to moderate mental health conditions using a number of approaches and interventions including the Recovery Model, Guided Self-Help Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Solution Focused Therapy and Motivational Interviewing.

Holly’s research interests lie in perinatal mental health, specifically around shared parental leave, and the impact of long-term conditions (including their secondary effects) in underrepresented patient groups and their support units, i.e. family and friends.  Utilising qualitative methodologies, my research focuses on person-centred experiences that provides therapeutic benefits during the research process and results in clinical implications.


Areas of research supervision

  • Mental health
  • Perinatal mental health and/or (shared) parental leave
  • Relationship between mental health and physical health

Research profile

Key publications:

  • Chudleigh, J., Chinnery, H., Holder, P., Carling, R. S., Southern, K., Olander, E., Moody, L., Morris, S., Ulph, F., Bron, M., and Simpson, A. (2020). Processing of positive newborn screening resuts: a qualitative exploration of current practice in England. BMJ Open, 10(12). Doi
  • Chudleigh, J., Chinnery, Holly, Bonham, J. R., Olander, E., Moody, L., Simpson, A., Morris, S., Ulph, F., Bryon, M., & Southern, K. (2020). Qualitative exploration of health professionals’ experiences of communicating positive newborn bloodspot screening results for nine conditions in England. BMJ Open 10. DOI:
  • Chudleigh, J., & Chinnery, H, (2020). Psychological impact of newborn bloodspot screening for cystic fibrosis. International Journal of Neonatal Screening
  • Chinnery, H., Thompson, S. B. N., Noroozi, S., Dyer, B., & Rees, K (2017). The importance of incorporating technological advancements into the artificial eye process: a perspective commentary. Insights into Ophthalmology
  • Chinnery, H., Thompson, S. B. N., Noroozi, S., & Dyer, B (2017). Scoping Review of the development of artificial eyes throughout the years. Edorium Journal of Disability and Rehabilitation 3 1-10 doi: 10.5348/D05-2017-25-RA-1

Teaching areas:

  • PMH7021: Foundations of Mental Health
  • PMH7023: The Lived Experience of Mental Health
  • PMH7024: Counselling Skills in Psychological Practice
  • PMH7025: Psychological Interventions in Mental Health
  • PSY4012: Research Methods and Statistics II
  • PSY5010: Qualitative Research Methods

Research interests:

  • Shared Parental Leave and Perinatal Mental Health
  • Mental health and long term conditions
  • Newborn Screening
  • Underrepresented patient groups and their support units
  • Qualitative Methodologies

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