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Personal Statement

Nicola joined Strathclyde in October 2017 having previously worked as a consultant clinical psychologist and clinical lead in mental health services in the NHS. She has over 15 years NHS experience working as a practitioner clinical psychologist in mental health services. She completed a Professional Doctorate in Clinical Psychology (D.Clin.Psy) at the University of Edinburgh. Prior to this she completed a PhD in Psychology and Social Policy and Social Work and MA (Hons) Psychology at the University of Glasgow.Her research interests are in the areas of mental health, wellbeing, recovery and citizenship in applied health and social contexts. She is involved with research adopting community participatory research methods. She is a member of the International Recovery and Citizenship Collective led by Yale Medical School, where she has a strong working collaborative.

She has an interest in issues concerning transitions from military to civilian life for veterans and their families. She has a growing interest in health behaviour change, with a focus on vaccination uptake. Finally, she is interested in the uses of technology in health and well-being interventions.



Teaching Interests

Nicola has a range of teaching and citizenship roles at both UG and PG level. She has a specific interest teaching in applied mental health and clinical practice. She utilises a range of teaching methods including dydactic approahes, group work, role play techniques and case study illustration. She has the following citizenship roles associated with teaching:

 - Class leader for the 4th year Psychology of Mental Health class

 - Deputy Course Director on MSc in Clinical Health Psychology course 

She teaches on the following classes:

  - 2nd year Introduction to Mental Health Difficulties class (Psychology and Counselling)

  - 3rd year Research Methods and Data Analyses class (Psychology and Physical Activity for Health).

- 4th year Psychology of Mental Health Class

 - Clinical Psychology Related to Medical Conditions (MSc in Clinical Health Psychology)

 - Professional Practice and Placement (MSc in Clinical Health Psychology).

She teaches within Social Policy and Social Work on the Mental Health Officer practitioner course and UG course in Social Work.

She also supervises UG and PG dissertation projects.



Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Clinical Psychology, University of Edinburgh

Doctor of Philosophy, University of Glasgow

Master of Arts, University Of Glasgow


  • Mental health
  • Citizenship
  • wellbeing
  • Behaviour change
  • Clinical Psychology

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Research Output

Baring all: the impact of the hospital gown on patient wellbeing

Morton, L., Cogan, N., Kornfalt, S., Porter, Z. & Emmanouil, G., 19 Mar 2020, (Accepted/In press) In : British Journal of Health Psychology. 51 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
  • Baring all: the impact of the hospital gown on recovery and wellbeing for adults living with a heart condition from birth

    Morton, L., Cogan, N. & Emmanouil (Manos), G., 3 Sep 2019. 1 p.

    Research output: Contribution to conferenceAbstract

    Open Access
  • Prizes

    BPS/POST award

    Nicola Cogan (Recipient), 1 May 2002

    Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

  • Henry J Watt in Experimental Psychology

    Nicola Cogan (Recipient), 1 Jul 1997

    Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

  • Activities

    • 2 Membership of committee
    • 2 Types of Public engagement and outreach - Media article or participation
    • 2 Invited talk

    UK Psychological Trauma Society (External organisation)

    Nicola Cogan (Advisor)
    24 Jan 202023 Jan 2021

    Activity: Membership typesMembership of committee

    Scottish Attachment in Action (Event)

    Nicola Cogan (Advisor)
    18 Dec 2019

    Activity: Membership typesMembership of committee