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DSM staff profile

Dr Amy Richardson

PositionResearch Fellow
DepartmentDepartment of Preventive and Social Medicine
QualificationsBA PGDipSci PhD
Research summaryHealth psychology and public health research with a focus on intervention development

Research

Amy's research expertise is in the area of health psychology. Her PhD thesis investigated the influence of psychological factors on the future mental and physical functioning of patients with head and neck cancer and their family members. The thesis also examined whether the provision of a brief targeted psychological intervention could improve psychological well-being and health-related quality of life in this patient group.

Since the completion of her PhD, Amy has become interested in how health psychology can be applied to public health, particularly with respect to the development of interventions that can promote psychological adaptation to chronic illness and disability. She is also currently exploring opportunities to reduce disparities in physical health among people with serious mental illness in New Zealand.

Publications

Richardson, A. E., Broadbent, E., & Morton, R. P. (2019). A systematic review of psychological interventions for patients with head and neck cancer. Supportive Care in Cancer, 27(6), 2007-2021. doi: 10.1007/s00520-019-04768-3

Richardson, A., Samaranayaka, A., Sullivan, M., & Derrett, S. (2019). Secondary health conditions and disability among people with spinal cord injury: A prospective cohort study. Journal of Spinal Cord Medicine. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1080/10790268.2019.1581392

Richardson, A., Gurung, G., Derrett, S., & Harcombe, H. (2019). Perspectives on preventing musculoskeletal injuries in nurses: A qualitative study. Nursing Open. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1002/nop2.272

Richardson, A., McNoe, B., Derrett, S., & Harcombe, H. (2018). Interventions to prevent and reduce the impact of musculoskeletal injuries among nurses: A systematic review. International Journal of Nursing Studies. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1016/j.ijnurstu.2018.03.018

Richardson, A. E., & Broadbent, E. A. (2017). Illness-related cognition. In Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Psychology. Oxford University Press. doi: 10.1093/acrefore/9780190236557.013.120

Chapter in Book - Research

Richardson, A. E., & Broadbent, E. A. (2017). Illness-related cognition. In Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Psychology. Oxford University Press. doi: 10.1093/acrefore/9780190236557.013.120

Broadbent, E., & Richardson, A. (2015). Interventionen zur Veränderung subjektiver Krankheitsmodelle [Interventions to change illness perceptions]. In W. Rief & P. Henningsen (Eds.), Psychosomatik und Verhaltensmedizin. (pp. 360-371). Stuttgart, Germany: Schattauer.

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Journal - Research Article

Richardson, A. E., Broadbent, E., & Morton, R. P. (2019). A systematic review of psychological interventions for patients with head and neck cancer. Supportive Care in Cancer, 27(6), 2007-2021. doi: 10.1007/s00520-019-04768-3

Richardson, A., Gurung, G., Derrett, S., & Harcombe, H. (2019). Perspectives on preventing musculoskeletal injuries in nurses: A qualitative study. Nursing Open. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1002/nop2.272

Richardson, A., Samaranayaka, A., Sullivan, M., & Derrett, S. (2019). Secondary health conditions and disability among people with spinal cord injury: A prospective cohort study. Journal of Spinal Cord Medicine. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1080/10790268.2019.1581392

Richardson, A., McNoe, B., Derrett, S., & Harcombe, H. (2018). Interventions to prevent and reduce the impact of musculoskeletal injuries among nurses: A systematic review. International Journal of Nursing Studies. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1016/j.ijnurstu.2018.03.018

Richardson, A. E., Tennant, G., Morton, R. P., & Broadbent, E. (2017). A self-regulatory intervention for patients with head and neck cancer: Pilot randomized trial. Annals of Behavioral Medicine, 51(5), 629-641. doi: 10.1007/s12160-017-9885-1

Richardson, A., Morton, R. P., & Broadbent, E. (2016). Coping strategies predict post-traumatic stress in patients with head and neck cancer. European Archives of Oto-Rhino-Laryngology, 273(10), 3385-3391. doi: 10.1007/s00405-016-3960-2

Richardson, A. E., Morton, R. P., & Broadbent, E. A. (2016). Illness perceptions and coping predict post-traumatic stress in caregivers of patients with head and neck cancer. Supportive Care in Cancer, 24(10), 4443-4450. doi: 10.1007/s00520-016-3285-0

Richardson, A. E., Morton, R. P., & Broadbent, E. A. (2016). Changes over time in head and neck cancer patients’ and caregivers’ illness perceptions and relationships with quality of life. Psychology & Health, 31(10), 1203-1219. doi: 10.1080/08870446.2016.1203686

Richardson, A. E., Morton, R., & Broadbent, E. (2015). Caregivers' illness perceptions contribute to quality of life in head and neck cancer patients at diagnosis. Journal of Psychosocial Oncology, 33(4), 414-432. doi: 10.1080/07347332.2015.1046011

Richardson, A. E., Morton, R., & Broadbent, E. (2015). Psychological support needs of patients with head and neck cancer and their caregivers: A qualitative study. Psychology & Health, 30(11), 1288-1305. doi: 10.1080/08870446.2015.1045512

Richardson, A., Broadbent, E., & Morton, R. P. (2013). Coping mechanisms in patients with head and neck cancer. International Journal of Cancer Research and Prevention, 6(3/4), 279-319.

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