Cara Richardson

Cara Richardson


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I studied at the University of Strathclyde, completing a BA (Hons) in Psychology and MSc in Clinical Health Psychology. During my masters I worked as an Honorary Assistant Psychologist in a Clinical Health Psychology service which led to an interest in chronic pain and severe mental illness.

Following this, I worked as a Research Assistant at the University of Dundee collaborating with Pain Services across NHS Scotland to establish a Core Minimum Dataset for Chronic Pain. During this time I also worked as a honorary Assistant Psychologist in a Residential Pain Management programme.

I then pursued a PhD in Psychological Medicine at the University of Glasgow. The focus of my PhD was "Towards an Enhanced Understanding of Suicide Risk in Men". I undertook a mixed methods approach in this PhD to help gain a more in depth understanding of how risk factors present in a man's life and how they cope and recover following a suicide attempt. I also worked as a Research Assistant during this time, predominantly working on the Distress Brief Intervention (DBI) programme with the aim of extending this to younger age groups (16 & 17 year olds).

This increased my interest in clinical research, particularly severe mental illness, and working towards new and innovative ways of treating and self-managing mental illness. I began my current postdoctoral Research Associate position in Prof Sandra Bucci's research group in November 2021. This position involves supporting Professor Bucci in delivering a programme of research based around digital solutions to support people with mental health problems. The role will involve projects supported by a range of funders, using a range of methodological approaches, including quantitiative and qualitative methods and health records research, towards the development and evaluation of novel prediction models and interventions in people with mental health problems. 








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 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Clinical Psychology, Towards An Enhanced Understanding of Suicide Risk in Men, University of Glasgow

Award Date: 10 Mar 2022

Master in Science, Clinical Health Psychology, University of Strathclyde

Award Date: 10 Nov 2016

Bachelor of Arts, Psychology, University of Strathclyde

Award Date: 4 Jun 2015

Research Beacons, Institutes and Platforms

  • Sustainable Futures
  • Digital Futures


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