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Dr Laura Simonds

Senior Teaching Fellow and Academic Director - Clinical Psychology Doctorate
BSc (Hons), PGDipHE, PhD
+44 (0)1483 686936
Office Location: 14AC04

Academic and research departments

School of Psychology.


Areas of specialism

Applied Psychology Research Design and Methods; Intrusive cognitions

University roles and responsibilities

  • PsychD Clinical Academic Director
  • PsychD Clinical Examinations Officer

    My qualifications

    BSc (Hons) Psychology
    PhD in Psychology
    Postgraduate Diploma in Higher Education

    Affiliations and memberships

    Chartered Psychologist
    Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society
    Fellow of the Higher Education Academy


    Postgraduate research supervision

    My teaching

    My publications


    Murphy, K., Simonds, L.M. & Spokes, N. (2019). Disclosure in therapy by clients with eating difficulties: a Q-methodology study. Eating Disorders, 24, 1-15. Doi: 10.1080/10640266.2018.1560239
    Green-Armytage, M., Simonds, L.M., John, M. & Woodger, N. (2019). Depictions of acne and psoriasis influence interpersonal aversion. Psychology, Health & Medicine, 24, 94-100. DOI: 10.1080/13548506.2018.1497188.
    Kennedy, T. & Simonds, L.M. (2017). Does modifying personal responsibility moderate the mental contamination effect? Journal of Behavior Therapy and Experimental Psychiatry, 57, 198-205. doi: 10.1016/j.jbtep.2017.06.004
    Simonds, L.M. & Spokes, N. (2017). Therapist self-disclosure and the therapeutic alliance in the treatment of eating problems. Eating Disorders, 25, 151-164.
    Spendelow, J.S., Simonds, L.M. & Avery, R.E. (2017). The relationship between co-rumination and internalizing problems: a systematic review and meta-analysis. Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy, 24, 512-527.
    Simonds, L.M., John, M., Fife-Schaw, C., Willis, S., Taylor, H., Hand, H., Rahim, M., Winstanley, H. & Winton, H. (2016). Development and validation of the Adolescent Shame Proneness Scale. Psychological Assessment, 28, 549-562.
    South, R., Jones, F., Creith, E. & Simonds, L.M. (2016). Understanding the concept of resilience in looked after children: A Delphi Survey. Clinical Child Psychology and Psychiatry, 21, 178-192.
    Jackson, S., Simonds, L.M., & Smith, R.M. (2015). Pancreas and islet transplantation: psychological themes pre and post-transplant. Current Opinion in Organ Transplantation, 20, 211-215.
    John, M., Jeffries, F.W. Acuna-Rivera, M., Warren, F. & Simonds, L.M. (2015). Development of measures to assess personal recovery in young people treated in specialist mental health services. Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy, 22, 513-524.
    Simonds, L.M., Pons, R.A., Stone, N.J., Warren, F. & John, M. (2014). Adolescents with anxiety and depression: is social recovery relevant? Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy, 21(4), 289-298.
    Kollinsky, L., Simonds, L.M. & Nixon, J. (2013). (2014). A qualitative exploration of the views and experiences of family court magistrates making decisions in care proceedings involving parents with learning disabilities. British Journal of Learning Disabilities, 41, 86-93.
    Futh, A, Simonds, L.M. & Micali, N. (2012). Obsessive-compulsive disorder in children and adolescents: parental understanding, accommodation, coping and distress. Journal of Anxiety Disorders, 26, 624-632.
    Newman, S., Simonds, L.M. & Billings, J. (2011). A narrative analysis investigating the impact of first episode psychosis on siblings' identity. Psychosis, 3(3), 216-225.
    Hepworth, M., Simonds, L.M. & Marsh, R. (2010). Catholic priests’ conceptualisation of scrupulosity: a grounded theory analysis. Mental Health, Religion and Culture, 13(1), 1-16.
    Simonds, L.M., Demetre, J.D. & Read, C. (2009). Relationships between magical thinking, obsessive-compulsiveness and other forms of anxiety in a sample of non-clinical children. British Journal of Developmental Psychology, 27, 457-471.
    Rendall, M.J., Simonds, L.M. & Hunter, M. (2008). The Hot Flush Beliefs Scale: A tool for assessing thoughts and beliefs associated with the experience of menopausal hot flushes and night sweats. Maturitas, 60, 158-169.
    Simonds, L.M. & Thorpe, S.J. (2003). Attitudes towards obsessive-compulsive disorders: an experimental investigation. Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology, 38, 331-336.
    Thorpe, S.J., Patel, S.P. & Simonds, L.M. (2003). The relationship between disgust sensitivity, anxiety and obsessions. Behaviour Research and Therapy, 41, 1397-1409.
    Simonds, L.M. & Elliott, S.A. (2001). OCD patients and nonpatient groups reporting obsessions and compulsions: Phenomenology, help-seeking, and access to treatment. British Journal of Medical Psychology, 74, 431-449. [Now Psychology and Psychotherapy: Theory, Research and Practice]
    Lewis, A., Maras, P. & Simonds, L.M. (2000). Young school children working together: A measure of individualism/collectivism. Child: Care, Health and Development, 26(3), 229-238.
    Simonds, L.M., Thorpe, S.J. & Elliott, S.A. (2000). The Obsessive Compulsive Inventory: Psychometric properties in a nonclinical student sample. Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapy, 28(2), 153-159.
    Maras, P., Lewis, A. & Simonds, L.M. (1999). Young children co-operating to co-operate and co-operating to compete in two primary schools. Educational Psychology, 19(3), 245-258.
    Simonds, L.M., Camic, P.M. & Causey, A. (2012). Using focused ethnography in psychological research. APA Handbook of Research Methods in Psychology. American Psychological Association.