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Paul is a health psychologist and an applied health and social care researcher. He graduated from Loughborough University in 1985 with a BSc(Hons) in Human Psychology and awarded a PhD at Nottingham University in 1994. Paul has worked in a range of roles including: senior lecturer, applied health services researcher, and as a NHS senior manager in research management and quality assurance. His research publications are predominantly based within primary, community, social and mental health care and previous research has been published in high impact journals such as the British Medical Journal and the British Journal of General Practice. His research assessing the quality of integrated care pathways has impacted upon clinical services in statutory and non-statutory health provider organisations both in the UK and abroad.


Research Interests

Paul’s current research interests are:

  • Mental health
  • Recovery in mental health
  • Apathy in people with Huntington’s Disease

Current Teaching

Paul’s area of interest include health and concepts of care, research methods and management in health and social care.

Current Administrative Duties

  • Member, Newman University Ethics Committee
  • Member, Health & Social Care Course team

Membership of Professional Organisations

  • Associate Fellow, British Psychological Society
  • Member, NIHR Health Services & Delivery Research (Commissioned) Panel
  • Newman University Representative, West Midlands CLAHRC
  • Newman University Representative, West Midlands AHSN


Other Activities

For a full list of Paul’s publications and other activities see: McDonald P