Meet the Team


Dr. Ruth Howard

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Senior Clinical Lecturer/Senior Academic Tutor, ClinPsyD Programme

I supervise research within the area of health psychology, focusing mainly on coeliac disease, cancer and end of life care.  I organise the ClinPsyD health psychology teaching module and support the organisation of the MRes Clinical Programme. I am the Admissions Tutor for the ClinPsyD Programme.

Telephone +44 (0) 121 414 4921 /+44 (0) 121 414 4915


  For further information read here.


Dr. Gary Urquhart Law


Senior Clinical Lecturer/Senior Academic Tutor, ClinPsyD Programme

MSci Psychology & Psychological Practice Programme Director
Child Clinical Psychologist

Actively involved in a range of child health/paediatric and child mental health research projects, including: adjustment and adaptation to chronic health conditions, self-regulation and behavioural management, facilitators and barriers to mental health help-seeking, and parenting interventions. I organise the ClinPsyD Children, Young People & Families module and direct the MSci Psychology & Psychological Practice Programme.

Telephone +44 (0)121 414 6296


For further information read here.


Catharine Rose

PhD Student (Part-Time)

Catharine’s research is aimed at developing a psychological intervention for people struggling with aspects of managing their condition.  The aim of the intervention will be to support people psychologically to live well with their coeliac disease.  Catharine is at the exciting stage of developing the details of the intervention before this is rolled out as a pilot in the next few months.  We will be recruiting participants for this study in the next few weeks, so if you are an adult with coeliac disease (18 years and over) and would like to find out more please email Catharine at:

You will also find details of recruitment for this and other studies on our Twitter feed here.


Natalie Hallett

Trainee Clinical Psychologist

Natalie’s research aims to examine the cognitive and neuropsychological difficulties that are sometime evident in people who are diagnosed with coeliac disease.  These include memory difficulties, cognitive processing difficulties (sometimes described as “brain fog”) and fatigue.  Natalie will be recruiting a small number of adults who are at the point of being diagnosed with coeliac disease and will be asking them to complete a number of cognitive and neuropsychological tests over a period of 6 months.  This is an exciting project as we will be attempting to demonstrate that these difficulties can become less severe as the gluten-free diet becomes established and the gut recovers.

If you would like to find out more about this project, please send an email here.


Lana Delic

Undergraduate Student (final Year)

Lana’s research links to ongoing research into food attitudes and behaviours in people with coeliac disease and how these are related to body satisfaction and psychological well-being.  This work was started by one of our previous students, Eleanor Daniels, who recruited a large sample of adults with coeliac disease and found a relationship between body dissatisfaction, BMI and disordered eating behaviours.  Eleanor’s research concluded that if people with coeliac disease are showing signs of psychological distress, clinicians could explore possible their feelings about their body in terms of weight and shape.  These findings were based on a sample of participants who were largely female.  Therefore, Lana will recruit only men for her project to try to determine whether there are any gender differences in terms of body satisfaction of psychological well-being.

We will be recruiting for this study in the autumn, therefore if you are and adult male with coeliac disease, and you would like to find out more about this study, please send an email request here.

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