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Dr Anna Hood, PhD is a lecturer (Assistant Professor) in the Division of Psychology and Mental Health and the Policy Director of the Manchester Centre for Health Psychology. Anna is also the Lead for the Excellence in Diversity PhD Scholarship Programme. She is trained as a clinical health psychologist, 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 was 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 her research.

Her research focuses on the biological, psychological, and social challenges faced by young people living with pain. She is currently collaborating on national and international projects and initiatives that work to decolonise the psychology curriculum, understand pain from critical and structural perspectives, and seek to understand potential mechanisms for restoration and pathways to justice to eliminate pain inequities. Her work has a particular focus on children and young adults with sickle cell disease and aims to 1) promote self-management and patient engagement, 2) co-develop and co-produce behavioural and cognitive interventions, and 3) include an anti-racism framework in her research, psychological treatments, and clinical care for young people living with 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
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

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 Sept 2018

Award Date: 6 Sept 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
  • Inequities
  • Chronic Disease
  • RJ101 Child Health. Child health services
  • sickle cell disease
  • pain


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