Psychosocial Interventions

The Psychosocial Interventions research theme looks at the efficacy, effectiveness, process and experience of psychological and social interventions for psychological disorders and distress.

About us

The research we do spans topics from the process of change in group therapy for personality disorder, the role of mindfulness in wellbeing at work and mental health and wellbeing in other health conditions, telepsychology or e-mental health, compassion focused therapies and interventions for people with long term physical health conditions and common mental health problems, and young people’s mental health and wellbeing. We collaborate with a number of external partners including schools, HM Prison Service, probation, NHS Trusts and charitable bodies.

We collaborate with a number of external partners including schools, HM Prison Service, probation, NHS Trusts and charitable bodies.

Research strengths

Mary John has an interest in developing psychological interventions with a particular focus on young people. The aim being to facilitate their ability to manage life challenges as they navigate their childhood and adolescence and reduce the longer-term impact of these challenges. For many there are physical as well as emotional challenges that have to be met. The majority of the current interventions have been developed by professionals for this populations or adapted from the adult theoretical literature. My research is looking to develop bespoke interventions for young people in the community to help foster coping and building resilience. Projects that are ongoing are focussed on how boys and young men understand health and well-being and how they access support. Other projects are exploring the role of friendship in children and young peoples lives

Alesia Moulton-Perkins' research is informed by theories and models including attachment, mentalization, cognitive behavioural therapy, and Third Wave CBT approaches such as compassion-focused therapy, mindfulness and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. Alesia is also interested in mind-body links (psychoneuroimmunology, psychophysiology) as applied to people with long term health conditions, and common mental health problems such as anxiety and depression. Currently she is particularly interested in using the above theories as a lens through which to explore the potential of online interventions to improve mental health; e.g.  Telepsychology (the delivery of psychological therapy via videoconferencing) and Avatar therapy (the use of avatars therapeutically, particularly amongst people with common mental health problems such as anxiety or depression, or with long term health conditions). 

For further information about the team's research interests and current projects being supervised, please visit their staff profile page.

Research group members

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Mary John

Head of the School of Psychology

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School of Psychology
Elizabeth Fry building
University of Surrey