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Dr Holly Chinnery

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 the impact of long-term conditions and their secondary effects in underrepresented patient groups and their support units, i.e. family and friends.  Utilising qualitative methodologies, Holly’s research focuses on person-centered experiences that provides therapeutic benefits during the research process and results in clinical implications.


Key Publications

  • Chudleigh, J., & Chinnery, H, (2020). Psychological impact of newborn bloodspot screening for cystic fibrosis. International Journal of Neonatal Screening
  • Thompson, S. B. N., Chinnery, H., Noroozi, S., Dyer, B., & Barratt, K. (2015). Retinoblastoma: Identifying the diagnostic signs for early treatment. Journal of Neuroscience & Rehabilitation 2(2), doi: 10.4172/2376-0281.1000160
  • 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: 5348/D05-2017-25-RA-1
  • Chinnery, H., Thompson, S. B. N., Noroozi, S., Dyer, B., & Rees, K (2016). Questionnaire study to gain an insight into the manufacturing and fitting process of artificial eyes in children: an ocularist perspective. International Ophthalmology 1(1) 1-4. doi: 1007/s10792-016-0383-4
  • Chinnery, H.L., & Thompson, S.B.N., (2015). Sensory compensation in children following vision loss after trauma and disease. Journal of Clinical Research & Ophthalmology, 2(4): 049-053.

Teaching areas

  • PMH7021: Foundations of Mental Health
  • PMH7022: Psychological Interventions in Mental Health
  • PSY5010: Qualitative Research Methods
  • PSY4012: Research Methods and Statistics II

Research interests

  • Mental health and long term conditions
  • Newborn Screening
  • Underrepresented patient groups and their support units
  • Qualitative Methodologies

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