Dr Bridget Dibb

Senior Lecturer in Health Psychology, Foundation Year Lead, PhD Health Psychology Course Director
PhD Health Psychology (University of Southampton); MSc Health Psychology (University of Southampton); BA (Hons) Psychology (University of South Africa)
+44 (0)1483 686866
39 AC 05
Tuesday 13:00 - 15:00



Research interests


Postgraduate research supervision

Completed postgraduate research projects I have supervised

My teaching

My publications


Dovey, T.M., Francis, R., Corbett, S. &, Dibb, B. (2017). "There's no punishment when working in special needs schools". [Mis]Perceptions and Use of Reinforcement by Special Education Teachers: Interviews and Corroborating Observational data. Journal of Research in Special Educational Needs, 17 (4), 282 – 293.
Arya S.T., & Dibb, B. (2016). The Experience of Infertility Treatment: The Male Perspective. Human Fertility. DOI: 10.1080/14647273.2016.12222083
Tedesco Triccas, L., Donovan-Hall, M., Burridge, J., Ellis-Hill, C., Dibb, B., & Rushton, D. (2016). Cognitive Interviewing Techniques: Applied in the Development of a Questionnaire on Functional Electrical Stimulation in Spinal Cord Injury Study. The International Journal of Therapy and Rehabilitation, 23(3), 114 - 121.
Pearce, V., Dibb, B. & Gaines, S.O. (2014). Body weight perceptions, obesity and health behaviours in Jamaica. Caribbean Journal of Psychology, 6(1), 43 – 61.
Dibb, B., Ellis-Hill, C., Donovan-Hall, M.K., Burridge, J. & Rushton, D. (2014). Exploring positive adjustment in spinal cord injury. Journal of Health Psychology, 19(8), 1043 – 1054.
Nyman, S.R., Dibb, B., Victor, C.R., & Gosney, M.A. (2012). Emotional well-being and adjustment to vision loss: a systematic review of qualitative studies. Disability & Rehabilitation, early on-line, 1-11.
Dibb, B. & Kamalesh, T. (2012). Exploring positive adjustment in HIV positive African women living in the UK. AIDS Care, 24 (2), 143 – 148.
Brien, S., Dibb, B. & Burch, A. (2011). The use of intuition in homeopathic clinical decision making: an interpretative phenomenological study. Evidence-based Complementary and Alternative Medicine; article ID 935307 doi: 10.1093/ecam/nep153.
Arnold, A., Bruton, A., Donovan-Hall, M., Fenwick, A., Dibb, B., & Walker, E. (2011). Ambulatory oxygen: a qualitative study to understand the barriers to COPD patients using their prescribed system. BMC Pulmonary Medicine, 11 (9) .
Donovan-Hall, M.K., Burridge, J., Dibb, B., Ellis-Hill, C. & Rushton, D. (2011). The views of people with Spinal Cord Injury about the use of Functional Electrical Stimulation. Artificial Organs, 35(3), 204 – 211.
Hughes, A.M., Donovan-Hall, M., Burridge, J., Freeman, C., Chappell, P. & Dibb, B. (2011). Stroke participants’ perceptions of robotic and electrical stimulation therapy: a new approach. Disability and Rehabilitation: Assistive Technology, 6 (2), 130 – 138. doi: 10.3109/17483107.2010.509882.
Burridge, J.H., Turk, R., Merrill, D., Dibb, B., Hughes, A., Sparrow, O., Roberts, H., & Davis, R. (2010). A personalized micro-stimulator system for arm rehabilitation post-stroke. Part 2: objective outcomes and patient’s perspectives. Neuromodulation: Technology at the neural interface, 14 (1) doi:10.1111/j.1525-1403.2010.00310.x.
Hodges, L. & Dibb, B. (2010). The role of the self-help group for parents of children with Duchene Muscular Dystrophy. Journal of Health Psychology, 15 (4), 483 – 492.
Hughes, A-M., Burridge, J., Freeman, C., Chappell, P., Lewin, P., Donovan-Hall, M., Dibb, B., & Rogers, E. (2009). Efficacy of iterative learning control for Stroke rehabilitation. Progress in Neurology & Psychiatry, 3(5), 16 - 20.
Dibb, B. (2009). Positive Change with Ménière’s disease. British Journal of Health Psychology, 14 (4), 613 - 624.
Donovan-Hall, M. and Dibb, B. (2008). Carrying out qualitative research. Chapter 8. In S. Porter’s First Steps in Research. Elsevier: Oxford.
Burch, A.L., Dibb, B., & Brien, S.B. (2008). Understanding Homeopathic Decision-Making: A Qualitative Study. Forschende Komplementarmedizin; 15: 218-225.
Yardley, L. & Dibb, B. (2007). Assessing subjective change in chronic illness: an examination of response shift in health-related and goal-oriented subjective status. Psychology and Health, 22(7), 813 - 828.
Dibb, B. & Yardley, L. (2006). How does social comparison within a self-help group influence adjustment to chronic illness? A longitudinal study. Social Science and Medicine, 63 (6), 1602 – 1613.
Dibb, B. & Yardley, L. (2006). Factors important for the measurement of social comparison in chronic illness: a mixed-methods study. Chronic Illness, 2, 219 – 230.
Yardley, L., Dibb, B., and Osborne, G. (2003). Factors associated with quality of life in Ménière’s disease. Clinical Otolaryngology, 28, 436 – 441.
Dibb, B. (2018). Assessing perceived stigma, disclosure regret and posttraumatic growth in people with HIV. AIDS & Behavior, 22(12), 3916-3923.
Dibb, B. (2018). Social media use and perceptions of physical health. Heliyon, 4 e00989. doi: 10.1016/j.
Dibb, B., Hardiman, A. & Rose, J. (2019). Understanding weight loss in obese adults: a qualitative study. Journal of Obesity and Medical Complications, 1(1), 1-5. 10.31021/jomc.20191101.
Botha, M., Frost, D., & Dibb, B. (2020). “Autism is me": An investigation of how autistic individuals make sense of autism and stigma. Disability and Society.
Dibb, B., Golding, S., and Dozier, T.H. (2021). The development and validation of the Misophonia Response Scale.  Journal of Psychosomatic Research, 149.
Dibb, B. & Foster, M. (2021). Loneliness and Facebook use: the role of social comparison and rumination. Heliyon, 7, e05999.
Tabone Tedesco Triccas, L., Donovan-Hall, M.K., Dibb, B, & Burridge, J. (2021). A nation-wide survey exploring the views of current and future use of Functional Electrical Stimulation in Spinal Cord Injury.  Disability and Rehabilitation: Assistive Technology.
 Schofield, R., Dibb, B., Coles-Gale, R., & Jones, C.J. (2021). The experience of relatives using intensive care diaries: A systematic review and qualitative synthesis.  International Journal of Nursing Studies, 119.