Dr Lee Hulbert-Williams

MRes Programme Leader, Senior Lecturer

Lee conducts research into novel behavioural interventions (e.g., Acceptance and Commitment Training/Therapy) for changing health behavior mostly in the fields of weight management, stress, and exercise. He teaches research methods, introductory psychological therapies, and psychometrics. Furthermore, Lee is Programme Leader of the Psychology MRes.


Lee is a Chartered Psychologist, Chartered Scientist, and Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society (BPS), as well as being on the BPS register of Coaching Psychologists. He read for a BSc (Hons) in Psychology at the University of Manchester, and for an MSc (Dist) at the University of Wales, Bangor. He was awarded a PhD by Bangor University for his work on the impact of stressful life events on people with an intellectual disability. Lee is also a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.


Lee’s main interest is in evidence-based psychological intervention, from the perspective of contextual behavioural science. Since 2005, Lee has been teaching mindfulness-based approaches directly to students and clients, and to mental health professionals. He joined the department in 2013, having previously worked for the University of Wolverhampton for five and a half years, and having worked in the mental health field for over a decade. Lee has previously been involved in the management of services for people with intellectual disabilities and/or mental health problems, in direct support provision, and in the delivery of psychoeducation. 


Contact Details

T: +44 (0) 1244 511978

F: +44 (0) 1244 511303

E: l.hulbertwilliams@chester.ac.uk 



Lee is module leader for Psychological Therapies (PS5013) and contributes to a number of other modules including Recent Developments and Trends in Psychology (PS6005). Lee also supervises both undergraduate and MSc dissertations and is an experienced postgraduate degree supervisor. He is currently supervising four doctoral students.


Lee’s recent work fits within the contextual behavioural science tradition and principally concerns the development of evidence-based psychological interventions for a range of purposes. Recent work concerns the application of mindfulness to everyday behaviours like eating, with current work focusing more on testing out third-wave intervention techniques (including Acceptance and Commitment Training, and mindfulness) both in the lab and in applied settings.

Published work

Selected publications. For a more regularly updated list, visit Lee’s personal website.

Flynn, S., Hulbert-Williams, L., Bramwell, R., Stevens-Gill, D., & 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., Bramwell, R., Hulbert-Williams, L. (Online first). Psychosocial experiences of chronic illness in individuals with an intellectual disability: A systematic review of the literature. Journal of Intellectual Disabilities. doi:10.1177/1744629514565680

Porter, J., Hulbert-Williams, L., Chadwick, D. (2015). Sexuality in the Therapeutic Relationship: An Interpretive Phenomenological Analysis of the Experiences of Gay Therapists. Journal of Gay & Lesbian Mental Health, 19, 165-183.

Hulbert-Williams, L., Hastings, R.P., Mulligan, J., Burns, L., Day, J., Noone, S.J., Owen, D. (2014).  Exposure to life events as a risk factor for psychological problems in adults with intellectual disabilities: a longitudinal design. Journal of Intellectual Disability Research, 58(1), 48-60. DOI: 10.1111/jir.12050

Hulbert-Williams, L., Nicholls, W., Joy, J., Hulbert-Williams, N. (2013). Initial Validation of the Mindful Eating Scale. Mindfulness, online early. DOI: 10.1007/s12671-013-0227-5

Nicholls, N., Hulbert-Williams, L. (2013). British English translation of the Food Craving Inventory (FCI-UK). Appetite, 67, 37-43. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.appet.2013.03.010

Mendieta Tan, A., Hulbert-Williams, L., Nicholls, W. (2013). Women's experiences of using drugs in weight management: an Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis. Appetite, 60, 220-225. DOI: 10.1016/j.appet.2012.09.027

Mills, S.E., & Hulbert-Williams, L. (2012).  Distinguishing between treatment efficacy and effectiveness in Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD): Implications for contentious therapies. Counselling Psychology Quarterly, 25(3), 319-330. DOI: 10.1080/09515070.2012.682563