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Dr Liz Shaw

Dr Liz Shaw

Associate Research Fellow


 South Cloisters 3.09


South Cloisters, University of Exeter, St Luke's Campus, Heavitree Road, Exeter, EX1 2LU, UK

I am a trained clinical psychologist who has previously worked within Community Teams for Adults with Learning Disabilities. My thesis which I carried out as part of my clinical psychology training focused on the experience of recovery for people receiving methadone maintenance treatment. Last year, I worked on a randomized control trial at Plymouth University to explore the effects of debt counselling on the recovery of people with money worries who were also living with depression.

I am currently working on a PenCLAHRC affiliated Systematic Literature Review within the Evidence Synthesis Team, aimed at exploring the effectiveness of interventions aimed at improving the mental health of young people with long-term physical conditions. This review has three parts; a quantitative part to review the effectiveness of the interventions and their cost-effectiveness, a qualitative part to review the experiences of young people, their parents and those administering the interventions and an over-arching synthesis
of the information gathered though parts 1 and 2. This review shall take 15 months
starting in January 16. I am greatly looking forward to working alongside medical
and mental health experts within the field and the young people with lived
experience of LTC.


Doctorate in Clinical Psychology (University of Hull)
Postgraduate Certificate in Mental Health (University of York)
BSc Psychology (University of York)


Research interests

I have an ongoing interest in research aiming to improve mental health in vulnerable populations and enhance coordination between services to support individuals with multiple and complex needs.

Research projects

3 Systematic Reviews within the Evidence Synthesis team examining:

1)  The effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of interventions targeting mental health for children and young people with LTCs and symptoms of mental distress.

2)  The effects of such interventions on other key aspects of social and family functioning.

3) The factors that may enhance, or hinder, the effectiveness of the above interventions and / or the successful implementation of interventions 

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