Dr Andrew Thompson BA, DClinPsy, Dip. Prac. Cognitive Analytic Therapy, C Psychol., AFBPsS

Andrew ThompsonAddress:
University of Sheffield
Sheffield S10 2TN
Tel: (+44) (0)114 2226637
Fax: (+44) (0)114 2226610
Email: a.r.thompson@sheffield.ac.uk
Room: WB B12a


BA(Hons) (Liverpool), DClinPsy (Sheffield), Dip. Prac. Cognitive Analytic Therapy (Association of Cognitive Analytic Therapists), Clinical Psychologist, Chartered/ Registered Health Psychologist, Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society. Visiting Professor of Clinical Psychology, University of Hull.

Research Interests

Understanding psychosocial adaptation to trauma and illness (particularly where disfigurement is present)

My research over the past fifteen years has focused predominantly on identifying the psychosocial factors involved in adjustment in long-term health conditions and in acquired injuries that affect appearance (particularly conditions that affect the skin). I have particular expertise with regards to examination of how people adjust with conditions that affect appearance, and my work has largely drawn on cognitive behavioural models (such as models of social anxiety and shame). My research has used both quantitative and qualitative methods to identify the factors that might be successfully targeted by psychosocial interventions.

The development of self help psychosocial interventions for the management of appearance concern/stigma and anxiety in long term conditions (Particularly skin conditions)

I have been involved in developing and testing self-help interventions aimed at reducing distress associated with a variety of conditions that effect appearance. This work has focused on the application of techniques from a variety of models including CBT, Mindfulness, and Compassion Focused Therapy.


Changing Faces. Thompson, A. R. Evaluation of Changing Faces Practitioner Services in Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children, NHS Foundation Trust, Sheffield Children’s Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, and Salisbury NHS Foundation Trust (awarded October 2015). £27,000.

MRC (PHIND). Rowe, R., Stride, C., Thompson, A., Poulter, D. Reducing newly-qualified driver crash risk: Identifying behavioural targets (awarded August 2015). £187,000.

Tropical Health Education Trust. Parker, K., Onyachi, N., Kateregga, C., Nyeko, P., Thompson, A. Respectful Management of Violence and Aggression Training in Gulu Regional Referral Hospital and Surrounding Districts. Awarded July 2015 £82,748 (£13,525 to Sheffield).

University of Sheffield Interdisciplinary PhD network. 2014-2017. Withington P., Sabroe I., Thompson A. R., Moses J., Gleeson G. C., Cooper R., Reuber M., Stone B., Messenger A. G., Grown I. (2014-2016). Disease knowledge and shame in historical and cultural perspectives.

METRC. Thompson, A.R.(PI), Lavda, A., Millings, A., Baxter, R. Understanding the psychosocial impact of skin conditions and developing learning and teaching resources for dermatology healthcare professionals (awarded February 2014). £40,000.

British Skin Foundation. Lavda, A., Millings, A., & Thompson, A. Can attachment style predict coping and success of coping-based interventions in people with skin conditions? (awarded August 2013). £9757

Sheffield Health & Social Care Trust. Thompson A (awarded 2013). Evaluation of the community emotional well being service. £2000

Troprical Health Education Trust (THET) Health Partnership Scheme Start Up Grants. Thompson, A. Reducing psychological distress associated with skin conditions: A Partnership between The Psychology Department, The University of Sheffield, UK, and The Nigerian Association of Dermatologists, and The Vitiligo Support and Awareness Foundation (VITSAF) (awarded October 2012). £4715.58

JISC. Thompson, A.  Data Management Planning and Storage for Psychology (DMSPpsych). (Awarded 2011). £36,314.

JISC. Plant, R., Thompson, A. R., & Reader, W. Postgraduate training for research data management in the psychological sciences (awarded August 2010). £57,870

Macmillan Cancer Support. Health & Wellbeing Clinics. Birley, J., Adamson, J., Beard, S.,
Bird, J., Bolster, K., Dawson, C., Dickinson, C., Fletcher, M., Hussain, S., Lewis, K., Lowson, P., Parkin, A., Richie, P., Thompson, A., Warting, C., Zaidi, A. Rotherham Women’s health & Well-being in Motion. (awarded 2010). £43,148

MRC/ESRC Interdisciplinary Research Studentship Norman, P., Goodacre, S., & Thompson, A. R. Psychological distress and service use among non cardiac chest pain patients. (awarded 2009). £62,692

Sheffield Hospitals Charitable Trust Thompson, A, R., Gawkrodger D., & King, J. Therapeutic writing Intervention in Vitiligo: A case series exploration of psychological treatment. (awarded June 2008). £1,900

Wellcome Trust Allmark, P., Clarke, A., Thompson, A.R. & Tod, A. Ethical issues in the use of in-depth interviews in health research. Supported Symposium. (awarded November 2006). £3,030

ESRC Collaborative MRes-PhD (CASE) Studentship Thompson, A. R., (PI), Baker, S., & Gibson, B. (School of Dentistry): Exploring Asian British experience of living with visible disfigurement. (awarded March 2006) £88,504

ESRC Collaborative PhD (CASE) Studentship Thompson, A. R., (PI) and Turpin, G.: Emotional responses to disfigurement and coping: a psychophysiological and attitudinal study. (January 2003). £60,000

Healing Foundation Rumsey, N. (PI) (Bristol), Newell, R. (Bradford), Clarke, A. (Royal Free Hospital, London), Newman, S. (UCL), Moss, T. (UWE), Kent, G. (Sheffield), Thompson, A. R. (Sheffield), Harcourt, D. (UWE), Charlton, R. (Warwick): Identifying factors and processes contributing to successful adjustment to disfiguring conditions in collaboration. (June 2004). £500,000

Sheffield Health & Social Research Consortium (SHSRC) Thompson, A. R., (PI) Rayner, K., & Walsh: Client's experience and understanding of change processes in cognitive analytic therapy. (2004). £1,000

SHSRC Thompson, A. R., (PI) Johnson, H., & Downs, M: Non-western refugee interpreters´ experience of trauma. (2004). £500

Barnsley Health & Social Care R&D Alliance Thompson, A. R., (PI) & Sheeran, P: Gaining conscious control over anxious thoughts using implementation intentions. (2005). £5,985

SHSRC Martindale, S., (PI) Thompson, A. R., et al.: Negotiating confidentiality and generating informed consent for users of the Continuing Needs and Sector clinical psychology resource: a qualitative analysis of the views of service users. (2005). £3,335

Teaching and administrative duties

Director of Research Training on the Clinical Psychology Programme. I teach on the Clinical Psychology, IAPT, undergraduate Psychology and MSc in research methods programmes. I also provide teaching/workshops to other professional groups within the NHS.

Professional Activities

  • Chartered Clinical Psychologist in the NHS from 1998.
  • Qualified Cognitive Analytic Practitioner since 2005.
  • Member of University of Sheffield Senate 2010-13
  • External Programme Examiner - Trinity College, Dublin 2009-12, Salomons Canterbury Christ Church University 2013-17
  • Editorial Board of the British Dermatology Nursing Journal 2009 - Associate Editor British Journal of Dermatology 2015
  • From 2006 - 2013 committee member on the British Psychological Society (BPS), Committee on Training in Clinical Psychology (CTCP) and visiting accrediation team member of other HEI clinical psychology training courses.
  • Secretary for the Group of Trainers in Clinical Psychology (GTiCP) 2005-08.
  • Member of University of Sheffield Health & Human Interventional Studies Research Governance Sub-committee 2013
  • Psychological Advisor to the Katie Piper Foundation 2013 -
  • Special Psychological Advisor to The All Party Parliamentary Group on Skin 2013 -
  • Visiting Professor of Clinical Psychology, University of Hull, Faculty of Health and Social Care 2013 -
  • Member of the operational group for the Sheffield Health & Social Care Trust - Gulu Health Link -  http://bit.ly/SHSCGuluPartnership 2016 -

Current Postgraduate Students

  • Kerry Montgomery (PhD candidate): Mindfulness and chronic skin conditions
  • Ana Coneo (PHD Candidate): Stigmatisation and disfigurement
  • Kate Adkins (PHD Candidate): Stigmatisation and skin conditions
  • Elaine Clarke (PHD Candidate): Self-compassion and skin conditions
  • Iona Shepherd (Dclin Psy) Experience of facial prosthesis use
  • Jessica Lane (Dclin Psy) Self–help and skin conditions
  • Samantha Johnson (MSc candidate) Experience of living with rosacea

Research Group

Andrew Thompson is based with the Clinical Psychology Unit (CPU) Group

Clinical Psychology Unit (CPU)

Andrew Thompson is a member of the board of Medical Humanities Sheffield


A list of key publications can be found below.  For a full list of publications please click here


Journal articles


  • Webster, R , Thompson AR, Webb TL & Sheeran P (2014) Self-help treatments and stepped care In Emmelkamp P & Ehring T (Ed.), The Wiley Handbook of Anxiety Disorders (pp. 1242-1255). London: Wiley.
  • Thompson AR (2014) Self-help for management of distress associated with skin conditions. I In Bewley A, Taylor RE, Reichenberg JS & Magid M (Ed.), Practical psychodermatology (pp. 60-66). London: Wiley.
  • Thompson AR (2012) Oxford Handbook of the Psychology of Appearance In Rumsey N & Harcourt D (Ed.), Oxford Handbook of the Psychology of Appearance OUP Oxford
  • Thompson AR (2012) Skin conditions, Encyclopedia of Body Image and Human Appearance (pp. 738-744).
  • Thompson AR & Chambers E (2011) Ethical Issues in Qualitative Mental Health Research, Qualitative Research Methods in Mental Health and Psychotherapy: A Guide for Students and Practitioners (pp. 23-37).
  • Larkin M & Thompson AR (2011) Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis in Mental Health and Psychotherapy Research, Qualitative Research Methods in Mental Health and Psychotherapy: A Guide for Students and Practitioners (pp. 99-116).
  • Thompson AR (2011) Adaptation in long-term conditions: the role of stigma particularly in conditions that affect appearance. In Randall S & Ford H (Ed.), The Textbook of Long-term Conditions (pp. 121-137). Wiley Blackwell
  • Thompson AR & Cash TF (2011) Body Image Issues in Dermatology, Body Image: A Handbook of Science, Practice, and Prevention. (pp. 323-332). Guilford Press
  • Thompson AR (2005) Coping with chronic skin conditions: Factors important in explaining individual variation in adjustment In Walker C & Papadopoulos L (Ed.), Psychodermatology (pp. 57-71). Cambridge Univ Pr
  • Kent G & Thompson AR (2002) The development and maintenance of shame in disfigurement In Gilbert P & Miles J (Ed.), Body shame (pp. 103-116). Routledge

Edited books