Job Title and Responsibilities
Research Tutor, Professional Doctorate in Clinical Psychology
A registered mental health nurse and nurse educator by professional background, I have worked in Higher Education in London and the Midlands since the 1980s. In 1990 I was employed to teach psychology to student nurses at the North Staffordshire School of Nursing and Midwifery, later to become the largest academic school within Keele University. I remained at Keele until 2005, teaching applied psychology, mental health nursing, communication skills, and research methods. In 2005 I was seconded as Research Tutor/Research Director to the joint Staffordshire/Keele University Doctorate in Clinical Psychology, and since 2012 have been directly employed on this course by Staffordshire University, currently on a 0.4 wte contract. I maintain links with Keele via PhD supervision and research activities.
Diploma in Nursing Education, University of London 1983
BA (Psychology), Open University 1985
MSc (Social Psychology), London School of Economics and Political science 1988
PhD, Keele University 2001. Title of thesis: ‘Psychological care in nursing: The public and the private face’
Professional Memberships and Activities
Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society (AFBPsS)
Senior Fellow, Higher Education Academy
My research interests are in psychological caregiving in physical illness, the mental health needs of people with learning disabilities, building research capacity, and interprofessional working and learning. I have published widely in these areas. I regularly review journal articles and book proposals for a number of publishers and grant applications for the ESRC and NIHR. I supervise the research of 3 PhD students and around 9 DClinPsy traineesI have supervised Research Assistants in several projects over the past 10 years. I am a member of the Advisory Board for the Keele University Centre for Ageing Research (KCAR)
Recent research Projects (funded)
2003 - 2007 ‘A comparative case study and evaluation of the strategies employed to develop the nursing and midwifery research capacity of two academic departments in the UK’ (with School of Health Science, University of Wales Swansea)
2005 - 2008 ‘Interprofessional education in mental health’ (with Keele School of Nursing/Midwifery)
2008 - 2010 Higher Education Academy Psychology Network & Keele Teaching Innovation Scheme ‘Diversity in the Psychology Curriculum at Keele University; A collaborative action research project’, with Dr Gaby Jacobs. (PI for project from March 2009)
2014 Staffordshire University Applied Psychology Temporary Fund ‘Perceptions of Psychological Wellbeing’,
2015 Staffordshire University Vice Chancellor Small Research Grant Scheme ‘Interprofessional Education in Children and Young People’s Health’
Priest H. (2011). An introduction to psychological care in nursing and the health professions. London: Routledge
Priest H. & Gibbs M. (2004). Mental health care for people with learning disabilities. Edinburgh: Churchill Livingstone
Roberts, P., & Priest, H. (Eds). (2010). Healthcare research. A textbook for students and practitioners. Chichester: Wiley-Blackwell
Woods, L., Priest, H. & Roberts, P. (2010). Taking the first step: Developing a research proposal.
In P. Roberts & H. Priest (Eds). Healthcare research. A textbook for students and practitioners. (pp. 39-52). Chichester: Wiley-Blackwell
Priest, H. & Roberts, P. (2010). Conducting ethical research in healthcare. In P. Roberts & H. Priest (Eds). Healthcare research. A textbook for students and practitioners. (pp. 111-129). Chichester: Wiley-Blackwell
Priest, H. & Roberts, P. (2010).Qualitative research methods: Gathering and making sense of words. In P. Roberts & H. Priest (Eds). Healthcare research. A textbook for students and practitioners. (pp. 150-171). Chichester: Wiley-Blackwell
Brough, M., Smith, S., Roberts, P., & Priest, H. & (2010).Making your case: Writing for your audience. In P. Roberts & H. Priest (Eds). Healthcare research. A textbook for students and practitioners. (pp. 172-196). Chichester: Wiley-Blackwell
Roberts, P., Macduff, C., Smale, T. & Priest, H. & (2010). Sharing research knowledge. In P. Roberts & H. Priest (Eds). Healthcare research. A textbook for students and practitioners. (pp. 197-216). Chichester: Wiley-Blackwell
Gibbs, M., Priest, H., & Read, S. (2011). Experiences of family carers of people with intellectual disabilities and a diagnosed mental health condition. In V. P. Prasher (Ed). Contemporary issues in intellectual disabilities. Los Angeles: Nova Press, pp 265-271
Hobson, B., Read, S., & Priest, H. (2014). Loss in forensic environments. In S. Read (Ed.) Loss, caring and compassion: Supporting people with an intellectual disability. London: Jessica Kingsley.
Priest, H. (2014). Psychological support in health care. In S. Read (Ed.). Loss, caring and compassion: Supporting people with an intellectual disability. London: Jessica Kingsley.
Tweed, A. & Priest, H. (2013). Grounded theory. In P. Rohleder & A. Lyons (Eds). Qualitative research in clinical and health psychology. Palgrave MacMillan.
Selected papers (chronological)
Priest H., Roberts P., & Woods, L. (2002). An overview of three different approaches to the interpretation of qualitative data. Part 1: Theoretical issues Nurse Researcher 10(1):30-42.
Woods L., Priest H., & Roberts P. (2002). An overview of three different approaches to the interpretation of qualitative data. Part 2: Practical illustrations. Nurse Researcher, 10(1): 43-51
Priest H (2002) An approach to the phenomenological analysis of data. Nurse Researcher, 10(2):50-63.
Priest H. (2002) The phenomenology of psychological caregiving in nursing. International Journal for Human Caring, 6(3):8-14
Bates P., Priest H., & Gibbs M. (2004) Education and training needs of learning disability staff in relation to mental health issues. Nurse Education in Practice, 4(1): 30-38
Priest, H., Sawyer, A., Roberts, P., & Rhodes, S. (2005). A survey of interprofessional education in communication skills in healthcare programmes in the UK. Journal of Interprofessional Care, 19(3),236-250.
Priest, H. (2006). Helping student nurses to identify and respond to the psychological needs of physically ill patients: Implications for curriculum design. Nurse Education Today. 26, 423-439.
Roberts, P. & Priest, H. (2007). Education: Improving quality through service enhancement. Nursing Standard. 21(18), 42-46.
Priest, H, Segrott J, Rout, A, Green B. (2007). Harnessing collaboration to build research capacity in nursing. A research team journey. Nurse Education Today 27, 577-587.
Green, B., Segrott, J., Priest, H., McIvor, M., Douglas, J., Flood, Y., Morris, S., & Rushton, C., (2007). Research capacity for everyone? A case study of two academic nursing schools’ capacity building strategies. Journal of Research in Nursing 12(3), 247-265.
Priest, H., Roberts, P., Dent, H., Blincoe, C., Lawton, D., & Armstrong, C. (2008). Interprofessional education and working in mental health: in search of the evidence base. Journal of Nursing Management 16, 474-485.
Priest, H. (2010). Effective psychological care for physically ill patients in hospital. Nursing Standard, 24(44): 48-56.
Rout, A., Ashby, S., Maslin-Prothero, S., Masterson, A., Priest H., Beach, M., Harrison, G., Mann, P., & Sturdy, S. (2010). A literature review of interprofessional working and intermediate care in the united kingdom. Journal of Clinical Nursing. DOI 10.1111/j.1365-2702.2009.03156.
Roberts, P. Wild, K., Washington, K., Mountford, C., Capewell, J., & Priest, H. (2010). Inclusion of lay people in the pre-registration selection process. Nursing Standard, 24(48), 42-47.
Priest, H., Hale, R., & Jacobs, G. (2010). Diversity in the psychology curriculum. The Higher Education Academy Psychology Network Newsletter, 58, 13.
Priest H., Hale, R., & Jacobs, G. (2010). Diversity in the psychology curriculum at Keele University: A collaborative action research project (Final report and toolkit). York: Higher Education Academy Psychology Network. http://www.psychology.heacademy.ac.uk/s.php?p=265&db=71
Priest, H., Roberts, P., Dent, H., Hunt, T., Weston, D., Chell, A., Blincoe, C., & Armstrong, C. (2011). Preparing for collaborative working in mental health: an interprofessional education project with clinical psychology trainees and nursing students. Journal of Mental Health Training, Education, and Practice, 6(1), 46-56
Priest, H. Hale, R., & Jacobs, G. (2011). Diversity in the psychology curriculum: the development of a toolkit to audit, monitor and enhance responsiveness to diversity in an inclusive curriculum. Psychology Learning and Teaching (PLAT) Journal, 10(2).
Yates, I., Holmes, G., & Priest, H. (2011).There seems no place for place: A gap analysis of the recovery literature. Journal of Public Mental Health, 10, 140-150.
Yates, I., Holmes, G., & Priest, H. (2011). Recovery, place and community mental health services. Journal of Mental Health. DO!: 10.3109/09638237.2011.63957
Walker, S., Read, S. & Priest, H (2011). Identifying, documenting and reviewing preferred place of death: An audit of one UK hospice experience. International Journal of Palliative Nursing 17 (11), 546-551
Walter-Brice, A., Cox, R., Priest, H., & Thompson, F. (2012). What do women with learning disabilities say about their experiences of domestic abuse within the context of their intimate partner relationships? Disability and Society, 27(4), 503-517.
Timson, D., Priest, H., & Clark-Carter, D. (2012). Adolescents who self-harm: Professional staff knowledge, attitudes, and training needs. Journal of Adolescence, 35(5):1307-14.
Herron, D. & Priest, H. (2013). Support workers’ knowledge about dementia: a vignette study. Advances in Mental Health and Intellectual Disabilities, 7(1), 27-39.
Walker, S., Read, S. & Priest, H (2013). Use of reflexivity in a mixed methods study. Nurse Researcher, 20(3), 38-43.
Walker, S., Read, S. & Priest, H (2013). A researcher’s experience of focused coding in grounded theory: What makes the final cut? Qualitative Methods in Psychology Bulletin, 15, 23-32.
Kilanska, A. & Priest, H. (2014). Support workers’ mental health knowledge and confidence in relation to exposure, experience, work setting and training. Advances in Mental Health and Intellectual Disabilities, 8 (4), 248-259.
Brett, P., Sorensen, J., & Priest, H. (2014). A case-series evaluation of a brief, psycho-social approach intended for the prevention of relapse in psychosis. Europe's Journal of Psychology, 10(4), 756–782. Doi:10.5964/ejop.v10i4.832.
Heath, R. & Priest, H. (2015). Examining experiences of transition, instability and coping for young offenders in the community: A qualitative analysis. Clinical Child Psychology and Psychiatry. DOI: 10.1177/1359104515581715
Lord, K., Priest, H., & McGowan, A. (2015). Therapeutic engagement in medium-secure care: An interpretative phenomenological analysis of service users’ experiences. Journal of Forensic Psychiatry and Psychology. DOI:
Pryce, L., Tweed, A., Priest, H., & Hilton, A. (2015). Tolerating uncertainty: Perceptions of the future for ageing parent-carers and their adult children with intellectual disabilities. Journal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disabilities. DOI: 10.1111/jar.12221
Herron, D., Priest, H., & Read, S. (2015). Working alongside older people with a learning disability: informing and shaping research design. British Journal of Learning Disabilities, 43, 261–269. Doi:10.1111/bld.12147
Grace, J.D. & Priest, H.M. (2015). Ontology to outcome: A critical analysis of psychological research methodologies. Journal of Critical Psychology, Counselling and Psychotherapy. In Press.
Grace, J. & Priest, H. (2017). The psychiatric paradox: An interpretative phenomenological analysis of the experience of being assessed and detained under the English Mental Health Act (1983). Journal of Critical Psychology, Counselling and Psychotherapy. In press.
Hanley, B., Scott, H., & Priest, H. (2017). The impact of organisational change on professionals working within a Community Mental Health Team (CMHT): a psychodynamic perspective. Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy. DOI: 10.1080/02668734.2017.1315338
Selected conference papers
IASSID World Conference. People with Intellectual Disabilities: Citizens in the World. August 25th-30th 2008 Cape Town, South Africa. Experiences of family carers of people with intellectual disability and a mental health condition. (Paper, with M Gibbs and S Read)
British Psychological Society Division of Clinical Psychology, London, December 2008. Innovative methodology in the delivery and evaluation of inter-professional education. (Poster, with P. Roberts, H. Dent, C. Blincoe, C. Armstrong)
Higher Education Academy Psychology Network Psychology Learning and Teaching Conference, Edinburgh, July 2010. Diversity in the Psychology Curriculum. Poster, with R Hale and G Jacobs.
British Psychological Society Annual Conference, May 2011. Addressing diversity in psychology undergraduate programmes in the UK: an action research project. Paper, with R Hale and G Jacobs
Priest, H., Hobson, B., & Read, S. (2015). Loss in the Forensic Setting: Impact on Mental Health and Wellbeing. Symposium paper presented by HP at the XXXIVth International Congress on Law and Mental Health, Vienna, July 2015.
Pryce, L., Tweed, A., Hilton, A., & Priest, H. (2016). Tolerating uncertainty: Perceptions of the future for aging parent-carers and their adult children with intellectual disabilities. Symposium paper presented by HP at the IASSID 15th World Congress, Melbourne, Australia, August 2016.
Herron, D., Priest, H., & Read, S. (2016). Exploring dementia and people with intellectual disabilities. Symposium paper presented by HP at the IASSID 15th World Congress, Melbourne, Australia, August 2016.
Professional Doctorate in Clinical Psychology – Module leader for Professional Research modules
ContactDr Helena Priest
School of Psychology, Sport and Exercise (P/G, Partnerships & Distance Learning in Psychology)
Faculty of Health Sciences
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