Cheryl Hunter

Institution: University of East London, England.

Supervisory team: Dr Maria Castro Romero.

Position: Trainee Clinical Psychologist on UEL Doctorate in Clinical Psychology.

Current research: I am interested in the experiences of people living with ongoing suicidal thoughts, feelings and/or acts, and I am currently completing a collective narrative project working with people to co-produce collective resources exploring their experiences, knowledges, skills and resources, aiming to share these resources widely with various stakeholders.

Research interests:

  • Living with suicidal thoughts, feelings and acts
  • Narrative research and collective narrative practice
  • How services respond to people who access them, and ways to involve people in service design, service improvement and policy
  • Assessment processes and ideas, and consequences, of risk management and risk averse cultures.

Recent Publications:

  • Yardley, L., Bradbury, K., Nadarzynski, T., & Hunter, C. (2019). Digital health psychology. In T.A. Revenson & R.A.R. Gurung (Eds.) Handbook of Health Psychology (pp519-525). New York: Routledge.
  • Hunter, C., Chew-Graham, C., Langer, S., Drinkwater, J., Stenhoff, A., Guthrie, E., & Salmon, P.  (2014) “I wouldn’t push that further because I don’t want to lose her”:  A multi-perspective qualitative study of behaviour change for long-term conditions in primary care.  Health Expectations, 18 (6), 1995-2010.
  • Hunter, C., Chantler, K., Kapur, N., & Cooper, J. (2013). Service user perspectives on psychosocial assessment following self-harm and its impact on further help-seeking: A qualitative study. Journal of Affective Disorders, 145(3), DOI: 10.1016/j.jad.2012.08.009.
  • Cooper, J., Hunter, C., Owen-Smith, A., Gunnell, D., Donovan, J., Hawton, K., Kapur, N. (2011). “Well it’s like someone at the other end cares about you.” A qualitative study exploring the views of users and providers of care of contact-based interventions following self-harm. General hospital psychiatry, 33(2):166-76, DOI: 10.1016/j.genhosppsych.2011.01.009.
  • Hunter, C. (2010). Connecting and disconnecting: Reflections on data collection with people who self-harm, Psychology of Women Section review, 12(1), 28-34.

Can help with: In terms of research, I spent a few years on NHS research ethics committees so quite good for advice on ethics applications. I love qualitative research and always happy to talk about different methods and approaches. Interested in research methods, methodology and ethics in general, and have references for all sorts of things that I am happy to share. I have worked in different areas (primary care, long term conditions, public health, clinical psychology, health psychology, digital health interventions, measure development, self-harm, health services and implementation science) so usually have a bit of knowledge about lots of things.

What’s essential to your well-being?: Outside of work: my partner and friends, reading fiction and having time to talk to others about them, going to the cinema, poetry and comedy nights, and going out for walks (especially around interesting parks and fancy houses).  Making sure I take some time on my own for headspace! In work: taking regular breaks, having colleagues I can talk to about life and reflect on work with, feeling inspired by the work others are doing.

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