Dr Gemma Evans


Gemma teaches areas related to clinical psychology. Her main research interests are in the fields of clinical psychology, neuropsychology and mental health.


Gemma gained a first class BSc (hons) degree in Psychology from the University of Manchester followed by a distinction level Masters in Research (MRes) qualification. She then went on to be awarded a PhD from the University of Manchester for her work exploring the role of semantic information in word recognition, particularly in patient groups such as semantic dementia and stroke.  This work was funded by an ESRC scholarship.

Following completion of her PhD, Gemma went on to train as a Clinical Psychologist and graduated from the University of Manchester’s Doctorate in Clinical Psychology programme (ClinPsyD).  During the doctorate she completed a research on Tourette’s syndrome and Autistic spectrum disorder.


Gemma joined the Department of Psychology at the University of Chester in May 2016.  She also continues to practise as a Clinical Psychologist, currently working in physical health and neuropsychology. She is a chartered member of the British Psychological Society

E-mail: gemma.evans@chester.ac.uk

Phone: 01244 511 949


Gemma will primarily be teaching on the Psychopathology module (PS6007). She will also be supervising undergraduate dissertation students.  


Gemma holds research interests generally in the fields of clinical psychology, neuropsychology, mental health and emotional well-being. Examples include:

  • Psychological distress and therapeutic interventions across individuals and caregivers in clinical populations (particularly, eating disorders, Tourette’s and tic disorders, physical health conditions, dementia and neuropsychological populations)
  • Therapist experiences in clinical practise, clinical training and the therapeutic relationship

Published work

Evans, G., Wittkowski, A., Butler, H., Hedderly, T., & Bunton, P. (2015). Parenting interventions for children with tic disorders: professionals’ perspectives. Journal of Child and Family Studies, 1-11.

Barrowcliff, A. L., & Evans, G. A. L. (2015). EMDR treatment for PTSD and Intellectual Disability: a case study. Advances in Mental Health and Intellectual Disabilities, 9(2), 90-98.

Evans, G., Wittkowski, A., Butler, H., Hedderly, T., & Bunton, P. (2015). Parenting interventions in tic disorders: an exploration of parents' perspectives. Child: care, health and development, 41, 384-396.

Hoffman, P., Evans, G.A.L & Lambon Ralph, M.A. (2014). The anterior temporal lobes are critically involved in acquiring new conceptual knowledge: Evidence for impaired feature integration in semantic dementia. Cortex, 50, 19-31.

Evans, G.A.L., Lambon Ralph, M.A.L & Woollams, A.M. (2012). What’s in a word? A parametric study of semantic influences on visual word recognition. Psychonomic Bulletin & Review, 19(2), 325-331.