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Dr Anna Hood, PhD is a lecturer in the Division of Psychology and Mental Health and is a member of the Manchester Centre for Health Psychology. She is trained as a clinical psychologist and is licensed in the US and HCPC registered in the UK. She was previously a postdoctoral fellow at UCL, Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health. Her graduate and clinical training were completed in the US at Washington University in St. Louis, Children’s Minnesota, and Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. She has been the recipient of pre-doctoral and postdoctoral fellowships from the National Institutes of Health to fund research focused on the cognitive and psychological challenges faced by children and young adults with sickle cell disease. Specifically, her research aims to 1) promote self-management, patient engagement, and medication adherence, 2) identify interventions and the underlying neural mechanisms to improve cognitive impairments in patients with sickle cell disease, and 3) include an anti-racism framework in research, psychological treatments, and the clinical care of patients experiencing pain.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy, Biological Interventions to Improve Cognition in Children with Sickle Cell Disease, Washington University in St Louis

27 Aug 20126 Sep 2018

Award Date: 6 Sep 2018

Master of Arts, Phe Control Predicts Cognition and White Matter Integrity in Children with PKU, Washington University in St Louis

27 Aug 20123 Apr 2014

Award Date: 3 Apr 2014

Bachelor of Arts, California State University San Marcos

27 Aug 201020 May 2012

Award Date: 20 May 2012

Areas of expertise

  • BF Psychology
  • Mental health and wellbeing
  • Inequalities
  • Chronic Disease
  • RJ101 Child Health. Child health services
  • sickle cell disease
  • pain


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