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Mental Health and Wellbeing

The Mental Health and Wellbeing Research Group consists of psychologists with a broad research base covering various areas of mental health and wellbeing who come from a variety of theoretical perspectives and clinical practise. We have conducted research on emotional intelligence, creative therapies, psychotherapy outcome, mindfulness, and virtual and augmented reality. We have received grants from ESRC, Edge Hill University, Asthma UK, The British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy, and other sources have funded our work. We also conduct consultancy work, including in the areas of virtual reality interventions for PTSD, motivational interviewing, and domestic abuse. We are interested in action research that can be applied to clinical practise and other psychological interventions, and that may contribute to the development of social policy.

Group membership

  • Clare Allely
  • Rob Bendall
  • Simon Cassidy
  • Janine Crosbie
  • Linda Dubrow-Marshall*
  • Rod Dubrow-Marshall
  • Michael Lomas
  • Lynne Marrow
  • Ailsa Parsons
  • Lorna Paterson
  • Anne Pearson
  • David Roberts
  • David Tate

*Theme lead

Featured theme: Autism and the Criminal Justice System

Recent and future events organised by the team

We organised an international conference (with the International Cultic Studies Association and the Criminal Justice Hub and Connected Lives Diverse Realities Research Group of the University of Salford) on the theme of Coercive control and the psychology of influence across comparative contexts – implications for policy, practice, and the criminal justice process which was held in central Manchester in July 2019 – and Rod and Linda Dubrow-Marshall gave the closing address.

Professor David Roberts developed virtual reality technology that was used at the Manchester Resilience Hub, an enhanced NHS mental health service that was established to help people who had been affected by the Manchester Arena attack. He presented this research at the international conference mentioned above.

Linda and Rod Dubrow-Marshall chaired a Salford SPD conference in June 2018 on Domestic Abuse where they gave a talk on psychological abuse and coercive control, and Rod presented at another Salford SPD conference on Counter-Terrorism where he presented his research on Totalistic Identity Theory. Linda and Rod chaired a further Salford SPD conference in June 2019 on Domestic Abuse. Linda and Rod presented on Cultic Abuse and Coercive Control at the Conference on Coercive Control at Goldsmith’s University. Linda and Rod also organised an ESRC funded event along with Warren Mansell (University of Manchester) and Rosie Kay (choreographer) at the 2017 Manchester ESRC Festival of Social Science on Coercive persuasion in the era of fake news.

Rod Dubrow-Marshall has organised and secured funding for an event for the 2019 Manchester ESRC Festival of Social Science on ‘Angry old men (and women) – myth busting media stereotypes about the elderly and celebrating their/our lives!’ with Linda Dubrow-Marshall, Lorna Paterson, Josh Merritt (a film maker) and an external agency in the Manchester area working with aging and dementia.

David Tate presented on his PhD research (supervised by Clare Allely and Linda Dubrow-Marshall) on the development and feasibility trial of a social competence therapeutic intervention for adults with autism spectrum disorder without an intellectual disability at the Improving and understanding health conference at the Liverpool Medical Institute. He received an award for his presentation at the University of Salford SPARC conference in 2018.  

Simon Cassidy, Rod Dubrow-Marshall, and Linda Dubrow-Marshall are working on a project under the leadership of Neil Fowler on ‘Student resilience and reflection’. Simon Cassidy is consulting with Viv Bell (Academic Skills Consultant, Library) about academic resilience workshops which are being delivered to students.


  • Birtwell, K., Dubrow-Marshall, L., Dubrow-Marshall, R. Duerden, T., & Dunn, A. (2017). A mixed methods evaluation of a mindfulness-based stress reduction course for people with Parkinson’s disease. Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice, (29), 220-228.
  • Birtwell, K., & Dubrow-Marshall, L. (2017, July). Affirming identity and control for people with dementia through person centred approaches to support. Healthcare Counselling and Psychotherapy Journal, pp. 18-23.
  • Birtwell, K., & Dubrow-Marshall, L. (23.11.17). Psychological support for people with dementia: an exploratory study. Counselling and Psychotherapy Research, 18 (1), pp.79-88.(This research was supported by small grant funding from the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy). doi:10.1002/capr.12154.
  • Cassidy, S. (2016). The Academic Resilience Scale (ARS-30): A New Multidimensional Construct Measure. Frontiers in Psychology, 7(1787), pp.1-11.
  • Cassidy, S. (2015). Resilience Building in Students: The Role of Academic Self-Efficacy. Frontiers in Psychology, pp.1-14.
  • Dubrow-Marshall, L., & Dubrow-Marshall, R. (26.04.18) Domestic violence does not just happen to women. The Conversation.
  • Dubrow-Marshall, L., & Dubrow-Marshall, R. (2018).  The psychological development and consequences of involvement with new religious movements: counselling issues for members, former members and families. Chapter 6 in Harvey, S., Steidinger, S., & Beckford, J. (eds). New Religious Movements and Counselling: Faith Beliefs and Counselling Beliefs. Abingdon: Routledge, (pp. 80-95).
  • Dubrow-Marshall, L., & Dubrow-Marshall, R. (20.11.17). How cult leader Charles Manson was able to manipulate his ‘family’ to commit murder. The Conversation.
  • Dubrow-Marshall, L., & Dubrow-Marshall, R. (2017). When your life is not your own. Therapy Today, (28)9, 24-27.
  • Dubrow-Marshall, L., & Dubrow-Marshall, R. (2017). The role of self-care in cult recovery: issues for practitioners, members and former members. Chapter 10 in Goldberg, L., Goldberg, W., Henry, R., & Langone, M. (ed). Cult Recovery: A Clinician’s Guide to Working with Former Members and Families (pp. 269-302). Bonita Springs, FL: International Cultic Studies Association.
  • Dubrow-Marshall, L., and Dubrow-Marshall, R. (04.04.17). Domestic abuse: even the judges are getting it wrong. The Conversation.
  • Dubrow-Marshall, R., & Dubrow-Marshall, L. (02.12.16) How to talk someone out of a damaging cult. The Conversation.
  • Dubrow-Marshall, R. and Dubrow-Marshall, L. (2015). Cults and mental health (chapter 153) in Friedman, H. (Ed.). Encyclopedia of Mental Health, Second edition. Oxford: Academic Press (Elsevier), 393-401.doi:10.1016/B978-0-12-397045-9.00153-1
  • Dubrow-Marshall, L. (2015). Curiosity and willingness to learn: Linda Dubrow-Marshall offers advice for counsellors on working with former cult members. and reprinted from (2013) Therapy Today, 24(4), 22, in International Cultic Studies Association Today, 6:2, 16.
  • Finders, M., Weinberg, A., Weinberg, J., Geddes, M. & Kwiatkowski, R. (2018). Governing under pressure: the mental well-being of politicians. Parliamentary Affairs.
  • Landowska, A., Roberts, D., & Eachus, P. (2017). Neural basis of virtual reality exposure treatment. Annual Review of Cybertherapy and Telemedicine, 15, 16-18.
  • Paintain, E., & Cassidy, S. (2018). First-line therapy for post-traumatic stress disorder: a systematic review of cognitive behavioural therapy and psychodynamic approaches. Counselling and Psychotherapy Research, 18 (3), 237-250.
  • Parsons, A.S., Omylinska-Thurston, J., Karkou, V., Harlow, J., Haslam, S., Hobson, J., Nair, K., Dubrow-Marshall, L., Thurston, S. & Griffin, J. (2019). Arts for the Blues – A New Creative Psychological Therapy for Depression. British Journal of Guidance and Counselling. DOI: 10.1080/03069885.2019.1633459.
  • Haslam, S., Parsons, A.S., Omylinska-Thurston, J., Nair, K., Harlow, J., Lewis, J., Thurston, S., Griffin, J., Dubrow-Marshall, L. & Karkou, V. (2019). Arts for the Blues – A New Creative Psychological Therapy for Depression: Pilot Workshop Report. Perspectives in Public Health. DOI: 10.1177/1757913919826599.
  • Parsons, A. S., & Dubrow-Marshall, L. (2019). ‘I’m able to put my thoughts into picturing them physically’ – Phenomenological experiences of Dance Movement Psychotherapy in a Secondary School: Unexpected Empowerment over External Contingency. The Arts in Psychotherapy. (64), pp. 1-8. DOI: 10.1016/j.aip.2019.05.005.
  • Parsons, A., & Dubrow-Marshall, L. (2018). ‘Putting themselves out there’ into the unknown: dance movement psychotherapy as perceived by five educators and three pupils. Body, Movement and Dance in Psychotherapy, pp. 1-17. DOI: 10.1080/17432979.2018.1508073
  • Pearson, A., & Weinberg, A. (2016). The impact of counsellor training on emotional intelligence. British Journal of Guidance & Counselling, 45 (4), pp. 610-621.
  • Smail, D., Elison, S., Dubrow-Marshall, L., and Thompson, C. (2017). A mixed-methods study using a nonclinical sample to measure feasibility of ostrich community: a web-based cogntivie behavioural therapy program for individuals with debt and associated stress. JMIR Mental Health, 4 (2).
  • Weinberg, A., Hudson, J., Pearson, A., & Chaudhury, S. (2018). Organisational uptake of NICE guidance in promoting employees’ psychological health. Occupational Medicine (in press).
  • Weinberg, A. (2016). The preventative impact of management coaching on psychological strain. International Coaching Psychology Review, 11 (1), pp. 93-105.
  • Yorke, J., Adair, P., Doyle, A., Dubrow-Marshall, L., Fleming, S., Holmes, L., Menzies-Gow, A.; Niven, R., Pilling, M., & Shuldham, C. (2017, June). A randomised controlled feasibility trial of group cognitive behavioural therapy for people with severe asthma. Journal of Asthma, 54 (5), pp. 543-554.(This research was supported by funding from Asthma UK). DOI: 10.1080/02770903.2016.1229335