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Dr. Geraghty has a special interest in aetiology and treatment of medically unexplained symptoms, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome/ME and chronic health conditions. The key themes in his work are improving patient care, reducing or preventing harms in health care delivery, assessment of clinical trials, particularly cognitive behavioural therapy and other interventions, understanding burnout among health professionals and links between burnout and medical error, and promotion of evidence-based practice.

Editorial Roles: Currently associate editor of the Journal of Health Psychology and editorial board of Journal of Fatigue Biomedicine Health and Behaviour,.

Expert Peer Review: For a wide range of scientific journals and health cae organisations, including the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR), the Medical Research Council (MRC) and Cochrane.


Dr. Geraghty completed his PhD at Cardiff University, where he was awarded a Cardiff University doctoral scholarship and an ESRC studentship in organisational psychology, with research on networking health professionals in the delivery of primary care in NHS Wales. He went on to study medicine at the University of Leicester, on their graduate-entry course, however after suffering a chronic illness he withdrew from medical training and took a career break. Later, he then undertook his Master of Public Health with the University of Manchester, receiving a distinction for his dissertation on 'The Biopsychosocial Model of ME/CFS and patients reports of harms in the medical encounter'. Dr. Geraghty started his research career as a research assistant at Imperial College London working on an NHS Development Project within London hospitals and primary care trusts, examining how health professionals enact their clinical and other roles. He joined the Centre for Primary Care at the University of Manchester with appointments as research associate and honorary research fellow. At the CpC he has worked on large-scale complex systematic reviews exploring the link between physician burnout and patient safety, and interventions to reduce burnout among health care workers. In 2018, he worked with the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine Dept of Clinical Research team as a visiting research fellow to explore risk factors for the development of ME/CFS and MS. He recently became a Chartered Health Psychologist and Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society.


  • Ph.D. Organisational Behavioural Psychology
  • M.P.H. Master of Public Health (Distinction in Dissertation)
  • M.Dip Social Sciences Research Methods
  • B.Sc. (Hons) Life Sciences (Biology & Psychology) (1st Class)
  • B.Sc. (Hons) Business Administration
  • MBBS Medicine and Surgery discontinued due to ill health.

Research interests

The main focus of my work is in primary care, health services research and health psychology. I am particularly interested in patient safety issues, harms, care quality and doctor-patient relations. I often explore the ways in which doctors understand, diagnose and treat medically unexplained symptoms and illness. I have a special interest in Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (ME) / Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) and other illnesses that are medically difficult to diagnose or treat in primary care. In ME/CFS, I am interested in disease aetiology, risk factors, pathophysiology and treatment. Many medically unexplained symptoms are now treated with psychotherapies such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and Graded Exercise Therapy (GET); part of my research focus is to review the evidence for the effectiveness of these treatments and to explore patients' responses and experiences of CBT and GET. I am also interested in the impact of different medical models on the doctor-patient relationship (biopsychosocial versus biomedical). The overall aim of my research is to produce tangible outputs to improve patient care and well-being, as well as to inform scientific understaning of complex illness states, and to develop more effective and patient-centred treatment approaches.

Memberships of committees and professional bodies

  • Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society
  • Member of the Division of Health Psychology BPS
  • Director of Doctors with ME (DwME)
  • Member of the Greater Manchester Collaboration for Leadership in Health and Social Care and Member of the East Midlands Collaboration for Leadership in Health and Social Care
  • Member of the UK ME-CFS Research Collaborative
  • Member of the International Assocaition for CFS/ME Research.
  • Member of the Society for Academic Primary Care.

Methodological knowledge

Quantitative: Standard statistical methods and multivariate models

Qualitative: Interviews, discourse analysis, narrative analysis, and meta-synthesis.

Systematic Review: meta data synthesis and analysis (including crtiical methods, such as Crtical Interpretative Synthesis)

Mixed Methodological Approaches

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 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions


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