Professor Ros Bramwell

Head of Department, Professor of Psychology

Prof Ros Bramwell is Head of the Department of Psychology and Associate Dean of the Faculty of Social Science


Professor Bramwell studied for her BSc (Hons) in Psychology at the University of Bradford and then completed her PhD at the University of Manchester. She is a Chartered Health Psychologist and registered with the Health Professions Council. She is an Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.


Ros took up the post of Head of Psychology in 2008. She took on the additional role of Associate Dean for the Faculty of Social Science in 2013. Her previous post was as Research Director to the Doctorate in Clinical Psychology Programme at University of Liverpool. She has also worked at the Universities of Manchester and Central Lancashire.



Most of my teaching is around research methods. I also supervise a number of undergraduate and postgraduate student dissertations as well as PhD students.


My research has focused especially on aspects of mental and physical well-being. I am interested in how we can apply different methodologies to the study of human behaviour and well-being and this has led me into many interesting collaborations with other psychologists and health professionals.

Published work

Some examples of recent publications:

Flynn, S., Hulbert-Williams L., Bramwell, R. & Hulbert-Williams, N. (in press) Caring for cancer patients with an intellectual disability: Attitudes and care perceptions of UK oncology nurses. European Journal of Oncology Nursing.

Flynn, S., Hulbert-Williams, N., Hulbert-Williams L. & Bramwell, R. (2015) Psychosocial experiences of chronic illness in individuals with an intellectual disability: A systematic review of the literature. Journal of Intellectual Disability, 19(2) 178-194.

Nicholls, W., Hulbert-Williams, N. & Bramwell, R. (2014) The Role of Relationship Attachment in Psychological Adjustment to Cancer in Patients and Caregivers: A Systematic Review of the Literature. Psycho-Oncology 23(10), 1083-1095

Swash, B., Hulbert-Williams, N. & Bramwell, R. (2014). Unmet psychosocial needs in haematological cancer: A systematic review. Supportive Care in Cancer, 22(4), 1131-1141.

Harper, B., Dickson, J.M. & Bramwell, R. (2013) Experiences of young people in a 16-18 Mental Health Service. Child and Adolescent Mental Health19(2), 90-96.

Gould, R.V., Brown, S.L. & Bramwell, R. (2010) Psychological adjustment to gynaecological cancer: Patients' illness representations, coping strategies and mood disturbance. Psychology and Health, 25 (5), 633-646.

Poole, H., White, S., Blake, C., Murphy, P. & Bramwell, R. (2009) Depression in chronic pain patients: Prevalence & measurement. Pain Practice, 9 (3), 173-180.

Poole, H. Bramwell, R. & Murphy, P. (2009) The utility of the Beck Depression Inventory Fast Screen (BDI-FS) in a pain clinic population. European Journal of Pain, 13 (8), 865-869.