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PhD Student Kimberley Caldwell

PhD Student - Full-Time

Institute of Health & Society

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BSc (Hons) Psychology, 2011, University of Manchester
MSc Clinical and Health Psychology, 2012, University of Manchester


Kim is a full-time PhD student in the Institute of Health and Society at the University of Worcester.


Kim’s main research interest is bipolar disorder. Her PhD research concerns illness and treatment perceptions in bipolar disorder. She is conducting a mixed methods study into how people employ common-sense models, such as the self-regulatory theory, to understand their illness and treatment experiences. Kim hopes to explore how illness perceptions shape decisions about help-seeking and treatment, including relationships with behaviours, and the role of personal control.


Kim is a member of the Bipolar Disorder Research Network.


Her supervisors are Professor Eleanor Bradley, Professor Lisa Jones, and Dr Katherine Gordon-Smith.


Kim is very grateful to the University of Worcester for funding her PhD.


Prior to commencing her PhD, Kim worked as a Research Assistant for the Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health Foundation Trust on a project into the experience of auditory verbal hallucinations in first episode psychosis.


Band, R., Barrowclough, C., Caldwell, K., Emsley, R., & Wearden, A. (2017). Activity patterns in response to symptoms in patients being treated for chronic fatigue syndrome: An experience sampling methodology study. Health Psychology, 36(3), 264.


Upthegrove, R., Ives, J., Broome, M. R., Caldwell, K., Wood, S. J., & Oyebode, F. (2016). Auditory verbal hallucinations in first-episode psychosis: a phenomenological investigation. British Journal of Psychiatry Open, 2(1), 88-95.


Upthegrove, R., Broome, M. R., Caldwell, K., Ives, J., Oyebode, F., & Wood, S. J. (2016). Understanding auditory verbal hallucinations: a systematic review of current evidence. Acta Psychiatrica Scandinavica, 133(5), 352-367.


Lewis, J., Greenstock, J., Caldwell, K., & Anderson, B. (2015). Working together to identify child maltreatment: social work and acute healthcare. Journal of Integrated Care, 23(5), 302-312.


Shattock, L., Williamson, H., Caldwell, K., Anderson, K., & Peters, S. (2013). ‘They’ve just got symptoms without science’: Medical trainees’ acquisition of negative attitudes towards patients with medically unexplained symptoms. Patient education and counselling, 91(2), 249-254.