Dr Alyson Norman
Associate Professor of Psychology
School of Psychology (Faculty of Health)
Msc Clinical psychology programme lead
Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice, Plymouth University (October 2011-August 2012)
PhD, University of the West of England, Bristol (October 2005 – November 2009): “Increasing access to intervention for disfigurement through the development and evaluation of computer based interventions” funded by the charity organisation Changing Faces.
Diploma in Counselling (Merit Awarded June 2007), Institute of Natural Healing (October 2005 – June 2007).
MSc (Distinction Awarded January 2006) Psychological Research Methods, University of Exeter (October 2004 – September 2005): Specialist areas include neuropsychological assessment, psychometrics, advanced statistics and neuroimaging techniques. Project: “Depression in ABI Patients: The Role of Rumination” in Overgeneral Autobiographical Memory”.
BSc (1st class Honours Awarded July 2003) Psychology, University of Southampton (October 2000 – July 2003). Project: The influence of facial disfigurements of face processing; Dissertation: The relationship between social cognition and bullying.
British Psychological Society
Affiliate member of the British Association of Brain Injury Case Managers (BABICM)
Institute for Natural Healing
Brain injury, Clinical psychology, CBT delivery, Appearance psychology
My research interests include brain injury health and social care research, appearance psychology, particularly working with people with visible differences and health inequalities
Published/ In press
Moore, S., Wotus, R., Norman, A., Holloway, M., & Dean, J. (2019). Behind the cloak of competence: Brain injury and mental capacity legislation. Journal of Adult Protection, in press.
Wogden, F., Norman, A., & Dibben, J. (2019). Treatment choices in adolescents with Cleft Lip and/or palate: the importance of shared decision-making. Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Journal. In press.
Keevash, J., Norman, A., & Mortimer, S. (2018). What influences women to continue or stop breastfeeding: A thematic analysis. British Journal of Midwifery, October, doi.org/10.12968/bjom.2018.26.10.651.
Forrest H, Norman A & Jackson S (2018) The Pituitary Foundation Patient Satisfaction Survey Reports 2008 and 2017: A comparison. Pituitary Life, 38: 9-11
Norman, A., Moore, S., Wotus, R., Holloway, M., & Dean, J. (2018). Supported decision making: brain Injury Case Mangers’ experiences of mental capacity and the mental capacity act. Plymouth University: Plymouth.
Norman, A., Odumuyiwa, M., Kennedy, M., Forrest, H., Suffield, F., Percuklievska, N., Holloway, M., Dicks, H., & Harris, H. (2018). Long term care needs following acquired brain injury: final report. Plymouth University: Plymouth UK.
Norman, A., Mortimer, S., Keevash, J., Forrest, H., Percuklievska, N., Zoutenbier, N., Antonevijevic, A., Cronin, A., & Harris, H. (2018). Factors influencing breastfeeding behaviour and its impact on attachment and mental health in mothers and children: A report to Plymouth City Council. Plymouth University: Plymouth, UK.
Townshend, J., & Norman, A. (2018). The Secondary Impact of Traumatic Brain Injury: An Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis of the Experiences of Family and Friends. The Family Journal 26, 77-85
Forrest, H., Norman, A., & Jackson, S. (2017). Results from the 2016 Pituitary Foundation Survey. Pituitary Life, 3, 12-13.
Underwood, A., Norman, A., & Jackson, S. (2017). Members experiences of the Pituitary Foundation. Pituitary Life, 2, 6-10.
Knight, E., & Norman, A. (2017). A qualitative assessment of the effectiveness of the Hospital Liaison Officer service. Report to Headway UK. Plymouth University: Plymouth, UK.
Turner, J., Orman, M., & Norman, A. (2017). Factors Affecting the Success of Long-term ABI Rehabilitation: A report to Headway UK. Plymouth University: Plymouth.
Hacker, A., Jackson, S., Gosling, S., Norman, A., & Crown, A. (2017). Understanding hypoadrenal patients’ experience and knowledge of, and attitudes to, adrenal crises and their prevention: A report to the Addison’s Society. Brighten & Sussex Medical School & Plymouth University: Brighton, UK.
Norman, A. (2016). A preventable death? A family’s perspective on an adult safeguarding review regarding an adult with traumatic brain injury", The Journal of Adult Protection, Vol. 18 Issue: 6, pp.341-352, doi: 10.1108/JAP-08-2016-0017.
Norman AL, Moss TP. (2015). Psychosocial interventions for adults with visible differences: a systematic review PeerJ e870 Article number e870 02 Apr 2015
Exley, D., Norman, A., Hyland, M. 2014. Adverse Childhood Experience & Asthma Onset: A Systematic Review. European respiratory review: an official journal of the European Respiratory Society 24(136):299-305 Jun 2015
Jackson S, Norman A & Crown A (2015) Developing a pituitary Distress Thermometer (PDT) – a means to improve patient quality of life. Endocrine Abstracts (2015) 38 P309
Norman A., Perry, R., Ness, A.R., Prime, S.S., Cole-Hawkins,H., Thomas, S. 2014. Synthetic Retinoid Interventions and Outcomes in People with Cancer or Potentially Malignant Disorders of the Upper Aerodigestive Tract: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis. Oral Surgery. DOI:10.1111/ors.12134 08 Dec 2014
Norman, A., Persson, M., Stock, N., Rumsey, N., Waylen, A., Sandy, J., Edwards, Z., Hammond, V., Partridge L., Ness, A. 2014. The effectiveness of psychosocial intervention for individuals with cleft lip and/or palate and their parents: A systematic review. Cleft Palate/Craniofacial Journal, in press. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1597/13-276
Semple, C., Parahoo, K., Norman, A., McCaughan, E., Humphris, G., Mills, M. (2013). Psychosocial interventions of patients with head and neck cancer (review). Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2013, Issue 7. Art.No.: CD009441. DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD009441.pub2
Bessell, A., Sell, D., Roulstone, S., Albery, L., Persson, M., Verheoven, A. et al. (2013). Speech and language therapy intervention for children with cleft palate: A systematic review. Craniofacial Cleft-Palate Journal, 50(1): e1-e17.
Bessell, A., Dures, E., Semple, C., & Jackson, S. (2012). The need to address appearance-related distress across clinical conditions: How can healthcare teams support patients? British Journal of Nursing, 21 (19). pp. 1138-1143.
Bessell, A. (2012). Online intervention. In N. Rumsey & D. Harcourt (eds). Oxford handbook of the psychology of Appearance. Chapter 39. Oxford University press.
Beynon, R., Sterne, J., Wilcock, G., Likeman, M., Harbord, R., Astin, M., Burke, M., Bessell, A., et al (2012). Is MRI better than CT for distinguishing between vascular dementia and alzheimer’s disease? A systematic review and meta-analysis. Biomed central Neurology, 12(33), doi:10.1186/1471-2377-12-33.
Bessell, A., Brough, V., Clarke, A., Harcourt D., Moss T., & Rumsey, N. (2012). Evaluation of the effectiveness of Face IT, a computer-based psychosocial intervention for disfigurement-related distress. Psychology, Health and Medicine, 2, 1-13.
Bessell, A., Glenny, AM., Furness, S., Clarkson, J., Oliver, R., Conway DI et al. (2011). Intervention for the treatment of oral and oropharyngeal cancers: surgical. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2011, Issue 9.
Sandy, J., Kilpatrick, N., Persson, M., Bessell, A., Waylen, A., Ness A., & Ireland, A. (2011).Why are multi-centre clinical observational studies still so difficult to run? British Dental Journal, 211(2), 59-61.
Bessell, A. (2011). Facing up to visible difference: The design and evaluation of a new computer-based psychosocial intervention. Body Image Dissertation Abstracts and Summaries, 8(3), 1-3.
Bessell, A., Hooper, L., Shaw, W.C., Reilly, S., Reid, J., & Glenny, Anne-Marie. (2011). Feeding interventions for growth and development in infants with cleft lip, cleft palate or cleft lip and palate. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2011, Issue 3 . Art. No.: CD003315. DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD003315.pub2.
Bessell, A., Clarke, A., Harcourt, D., Moss, T.P., & Rumsey, N. (2010). Incorporating user perspectives in the design of an online intervention tool for people with visible differences: Face IT. Behavioural and Cognitive psychotherapy, 38, 577-596.
Bessell, A., Harcourt, D., & Moss, T.P. (2008). Evaluation of the Acceptability and Usability of a Computer-based Psychosocial Intervention. UWE Psychology Postgraduate Papers, Vol 5, 49-55.
Bessell, A.L., Watkins, E.R., & Williams, H.W. (2008). Depressive rumination reduces specificity of autobiographical memory recall in Acquired Brain Injury. Journal of the Neuropsychological Society, 14, 63-70.
Bessell, A., & Moss, T.P. (2007). Psychosocial interventions for visible differences: A systematic review. Body Image, 4, 227-238.
Bessell, A., Harcourt, D., & Moss, T.P., & Rumsey, N. (2007). The importance of psychosocial interventions for visible differences: Exploring the needs of clients. UWE Psychology Postgraduate Papers, Vol 4, 14-21.
Holloway M, Norman A (2019). Long Term Care Needs Following Acquired Brain Injury and Social Care Services in the UK. BRAIN INJURY, 33: 66-67.
Holloway M, Norman A (2019). Long Term Care Needs Following Acquired Brain Injury and Social Care Services in the UK. BRAIN INJURY, 33: 66-67.Norman, A., Holloway, M & Dean, J. (2018). Symposium on the long term needs of adults with acquired brain injury. Cognition Institute conference, June 2018.
Norman, A., Wogden, F., Dibben, L. (2018). Treatment choice in Adolescents with Cleft Lip and/or Palate: the importance of Shared Decision-Making. Appearance Matters 8, Bath June 2018.
Norman, A. (2018). Social inequalities for those following Acquired brain Injury. British Psychological Society, conference on Social Inequalities, April 2018.
Norman, A., Wogden, F., Dibben, J. (2018). Treatment choice in Adolescents with Cleft Lip and/or Palate: the importance of Shared Decision-Making. Craniofaical Society of Great Britain and Ireland annual conference, April 2018.
Underwood A, Norman A, Jackson S, Forrest H & McBride P (2017) Connected, supported, informed: Experiences and benefits of membership of the Pituitary Foundation. SfE BES conference, Harrogate. Endocrine Abstracts (2017) 50 P296
Forrest H, Norman A, Jackson S, & McBride P (2017) Understanding the psychosocial needs of pituitary patients: A survey of Pituitary Foundation members. SfE BES conference, Harrogate. Endocrine Abstracts (2017) 50 P282
Norman, A., Williamson, H., Griffiths, C., Paraskova, N., & Craddock, N. (2017). Talking about appearance concerns and providing support (symposium). Division of Health Psychology Conference, September 2017.
Norman, A. (2017), Odumuyiwa, T., Kennedy M., Forrest H., Suffield, F., & Holloway, M. (2017). Long-term care following Acquired Brain Injury: Understanding the gaps in support and service provision. Plymouth School of Psychology Conference, June 2017.
Norman, A (2017). An introduction to systematic reviewing. Early Career Researchers in Cleft conference, January 2017.
Norman, A (2016). Research into effectiveness of early social support for people with ABI and their relatives. Headway Somerset Conference, October 2016.
Key publications are highlightedJournals
Reports & invited lectures
Norman, A., Moore S., Wotus R., Holloway M., & Dean, J. (2019). Supported decision making: A BABICM research project. BABICM annual conference, Birmingham.
Norman, A. (2019). Substance abuse, mental health and brain injury: A safeguarding review. Headway East Sussex annual conference.
Norman, A. (2019). Mental capacity and TBI: safeguarding lessons. Enable Law CPD event, Plymouth.
Norman, A. (2018). Safeguarding vulnerable adults: meeting the needs of adults with TBI. University College Jersey, October 2018.
Norman, A. (2018). Safeguarding vulnerable adults: meeting the needs of adults with TBI. Headway Somerset Annual conference, October 2018.
Norman, A. (2017). Acquired Brain Injury and substance misuse. Oliver Zangwill Centre for rehabilitation alcohol and substance use conference, November 2017.
Norman, A. (2017). Acquired Brain Injury and Access to Services: A tale of safeguarding. Headway Somerset Conference, September 2017.
Norman, A. (2017). The importance of Mental Capacity Assessment in caring for adults with Acquired Brain Injury. Adult Policy Scrutiny Committee, September 2017.
Norman, A., Odumuyiwa, T., Kennedy, M., Forrest H., Holloway, M., & Dicks, H. (2017). Accessing long care services for adults with acquired brain injury. South West Brain Injury Forum, September 2017.
Norman, A. (2017). What happens when things go wrong: suicide following Traumatic Brain Injury. Keynote at Headway UK conference July 2017.
Norman, A. (2017). Long-term effects of Acquired Brain Injury. Family & carers conference Headway Somerset, July 2017.
Other academic activities
Trustee for Headway Somerset