Welcome to Centre for Research in Psychological Wellbeing Seminar Series!

CREW Seminars are an open-door series of lunchtime talks given by international leaders in mental health & wellbeing research and clinical practice.

All talks can be watched online (via Zoom) and entry is free!
Access info is below, as well as links to view some of our previous talks. 

Talks are open to all researchers, academics, clinicians, counsellors, postgrad and undergrad students etc etc (!) with an interest in mental health and wellbeing, and to any other groups working in any fields related to psychology. And, of course, we also very much welcome members of the public with an interest to join us!

Talks are every other Friday at lunchtime (1-1.50pm) starting and last for about 45 mins with 5/10 mins for Q&A.

We hope to bring you an exciting line up of high-calibre speakers, see below. This will be updated frequently, so remember check back for more speakers.

Stress: The Quiet Killer

Friday 21 January

1pm - 2pm

Did you know that stress can kill you? As a health psychologist, Professor Daryl O’Connor has been fascinated by how stress can influence biology, psychology and behaviour in ways that may damage our health. In this talk he will argue that stress can contribute to health risk in two main ways. Directly by influencing biological processes across the life course. Indirectly by producing changes in health behaviours that if maintained over time may be damaging for one’s health. In the second half of the talk he will also describe recent work investigating how the stress hormone - cortisol – is helping to improve our understanding of suicide risk and describe links to childhood trauma.

Daryl O'Connor is Professor of Psychology at the School of Psychology, University of Leeds. He is a registered health psychologist with strong research interests in psychobiology and currently leads the Health and Social Psychology Research Group in the School as well as heads up the Group's Laboratory for Stress and Health Research (STARlab; https://sites.google.com/site/doconnorlab/). Daryl is a past Chair of the British Psychological Society’s (BPS) Division of Health Psychology and the BPS Psychobiology Section, Chair of BPS Research Board and Chair of the European Federation of Psychology Associations (EFPA) Board of Scientific Affairs and was a Trustee of the BPS between 2015 and 2021. Daryl was joint Editor-in-Chief of the journal Psychology & Health from 2011 and 2019 and is the Editor-in-Chief of Cogent Psychology. During the past 18 months, hel has played a key role in supporting the BPS’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Daryl has also been actively involved in promoting Open Science and improving psychological science nationally and across Europe.

Meeting ID: 846 9555 9411

Passcode: CREW

Past Events

"The Psycho-Social Causes of Psychosis"


Dr John Read is Professor of Clinical Psychology at the University of East London. View recording here.

"Psychosis: Better understanding, better treatment"


Robin Murray is a Professor at the Institute of Psychiatry, London.  View recording here. 

"Impacts of adolescent mental health, social identity, and the university environment on the life outcomes of students and graduates"



Dr Anesa Hosein is a Senior Lecturer in Higher Education at the University of Surrey, and Dr Kieran Balloo is a Research Fellow at the University of Surrey. View recording here. 

"Let’s talk about politics: Therapists’ accounts of the relationship between p/Politics and therapy"


Dr Laura Anne Winter, CPsychol, Senior Lecturer in Education and Counselling Psychology, Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, and a HCPC Registered Practitioner Psychologist (Counselling) based at the University of Manchester. View recording here. 

"Hearing the voice"


Professor Charles Fernyhough
Psychologist and writer
PI & Director of the Hearing the Voice project
Professor of Psychology at Durham University

"School-Based Humanistic Counselling for Young People: Effectiveness, Cost-Effectiveness, and Processes of Change—Findings from a Large Randomised Controlled Trial (ETHOS)"


Professor Mick Cooper
Professor of Counselling Psychology
Department of Psychology
University of Roehampton
Not recorded - data presented not yet published

“The Power Threat Meaning Framework: A conceptual alternative to psychiatric diagnosis.”


Dr Lucy Johnstone
Consultant Clinical Psychologist
View recording here. 

“The Making of Mental Disorder: interviewing the creators of DSM.”


Dr James Davies, D.Phil (Oxon)
Reader in Medical Anthropology & Mental Health
Department of Life Sciences
University of Roehampton
View recording here

“Anxiety and depression in young people: Using Super Skills for Life programme to adapt to the “new” normal.” 


Professor Cecilia Essau.
Department of Psychology
University of Roehampton
Link coming soon.