Dr Alyson Norman

Dr Alyson Norman

Lecturer in Psychology

School of Psychology (Faculty of Health & Human Sciences)


Lecturer in clinical and health psychology


  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.

Professional membership

British Psychological Society
Institute for Natural Healing

Teaching interests

Clinical psychology, CBT delivery, Appearance psychology

Research interests

My research interests include appearance psychology, particularly working with people with visible differences, systematic reviewing and cancer research, particulalry within the field of head and neck cancer

Research groups

  • Plymouth Inequalities Group

Key publications are highlighted

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 18, (6) 341-352 , DOI PEARL
Exley D, Norman A & Hyland M 2015 'Adverse childhood experience and asthma onset: a systematic review' European Respiratory Review 24, (136) 299-305 , DOI PEARL
Jackson S, Norman A & Crown A 2015 'Developing a pituitary distress thermometer (PDT) - a means to improve patient quality of life' Endocrine Abstracts , DOI
Norman AL & Moss TP 2015 'Psychosocial interventions for adults with visible differences: a systematic review' PeerJ (3) PEARL
Norman A, Persson M, Stock N, Rumsey N, Sandy J, Waylen A, Edwards Z, Hammond V, Partridge L & Ness A 2015 'The Effectiveness of Psychosocial Intervention for Individuals With Cleft Lip and/or Palate' Cleft Palate Craniofac J 52, (3) 301-310 Author Site , DOI
Norman AL, Perry R, Ness AR, Prime SS, 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 (12) PEARL
Semple C, Parahoo K, Norman A, McCaughan E, Humphris G & Mills M 2013 'Psychosocial interventions for patients with head and neck cancer' Cochrane Database Syst Rev (7) Author Site , DOI PEARL
Bessell A, Sell D, Whiting P, Roulstone S, Albery L, Persson M, Verhoeven A, Burke M & Ness AR 2013 'Speech and language therapy interventions for children with cleft palate: a systematic review' Cleft Palate Craniofac J 50, (1) e1-e17 Author Site , DOI
Bessell A, Dures E, Semple C & Jackson S 2012 'Addressing appearance-related distress across clinical conditions' Br J Nurs 21, (19) 1138-1143 Author Site , DOI PEARL
Bessell A, Brough V, Clarke A, Harcourt D, Moss TP & Rumsey N 2012 'Evaluation of the effectiveness of Face IT, a computer-based psychosocial intervention for disfigurement-related distress' Psychol Health Med 17, (5) 565-577 Author Site , DOI PEARL
Beynon R, Sterne JAC, Wilcock G, Likeman M, Harbord RM, Astin M, Burke M, Bessell A, Ben-Shlomo Y & Hawkins J 2012 'Is MRI better than CT for detecting a vascular component to dementia? A systematic review and meta-analysis' BMC Neurol 12, Author Site , DOI PEARL
Bessell A, Hooper L, Shaw WC, Reilly S, Reid J & Glenny A-M 2011 'Feeding interventions for growth and development in infants with cleft lip, cleft palate or cleft lip and palate' Cochrane Database Syst Rev (2) Author Site , DOI PEARL
Bessell A, Glenny A-M, Furness S, Clarkson JE, Oliver R, Conway DI, Macluskey M, Pavitt S, Sloan P & Worthington HV 2011 'Interventions for the treatment of oral and oropharyngeal cancers: surgical treatment' Cochrane Database Syst Rev (9) Author Site , DOI PEARL
Bessell A, Clarke A, Harcourt D, Moss TP & Rumsey N 2010 'Incorporating user perspectives in the design of an online intervention tool for people with visible differences: face IT' Behav Cogn Psychother 38, (5) 577-596 Author Site , DOI PEARL
Bessell A, Brough V, Clarke A, Harcourt D, Moss TP & Rumsey N 2008 'Evaluation of a computer based psychosocial intervention for individuals with visible differences' PSYCHOLOGY & HEALTH 23, 66-66 Author Site PEARL
Bessell A & Moss TP 2007 'Evaluating the effectiveness of psychosocial interventions for individuals with visible differences: a systematic review of the empirical literature' Body Image 4, (3) 227-238 Author Site , DOI PEARL
Conference Papers
Semple C, Parahoo K, Bessell A, McCaughan E, Humphris G & Mills M 2013 'Cochrane review: Effectiveness of psychosocial interventions for patients with head and neck cancer' S754-S755