Dr Tim Alexander

Research Co-ordinator

Faculty of Health Sciences


01482 464030

Tim Alexander joined the University of Hull in 2005 and teaches research methods on the Clinical Psychology Doctorate programme.

He co-ordinates all research aspects of the doctorate which gives students a fast-track route to qualifying while receiving a salary and having their course fees paid by the NHS.


Research Interests

  • Compassionate mind model

  • Compassion focused therapy

  • Occupational health and wellbeing

Research groups

  • Member of the Compassion Focused Therapy interest group at the University of Hull


Henshall, L.E., Alexander, T.,Molyneux, P., Gardiner,E., & McLellan, A.(in press) 'The relationship between Perceived Organisational Threat and Compassion for Others: Implications for the NHS'. Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy

Rowley, D. A., Rogish, M., Alexander, T., & Riggs, K. J. (2017). 'Cognitive correlates of pragmatic language comprehension in adult traumatic brain injury: A systematic review and meta-analyses'. Brain Injury. 1-11

Rowley DA, Rogish M, Alexander T, Riggs KJ (2017). 'Counter-intuitive moral judgement following traumatic brain injury'. Journal of Neuropsychology. doi:10.1111/jnp.12117

Callebaut, L., Alexander, T. & Molyneux,P. (2016). 'The Relationship Between Self-Blame for the Onset of a Chronic Physical Health Condition and Emotional Distress: A Systematic Literature Review'. Clinical Psychology Review. doi: 10.1002/cpp.2061

Pretorius, S., Kinsey, D., Alexander, T., Glover, L., Kraus, S., & Duggan, P. (2014). 'The mediating role of illness perceptions in psychological outcomes in overactive bladder'. International Journal of Urological Nursing, 8(3), 151-160

Full list


Programmes taught on (2019)

Modules list

  • Applied Qualitative Research Methods

Research PhDs

Dr Alexander supervises students' research on the Doctorate in Clinical Psychology programme.

Completed PhDs

Doctorate in Clinical Psychology

  • Claudia Myler (2017) Self-compassion and shame in interpreters.

  • Jessica Guilding (2017) Perceptions of identity in veterans with traumatic limb amputations.

  • Dannielle Claridge (2017) Masculinity and help-seeking behaviour in armed forces veterans.

  • Jessica Gleeson (2017) The experiences of people with type two diabetes mellitus and hypoglycamic unawareness

  • Dane Rowley (2016) Does Theory of Mind Predict Moral Judgement Following a Traumatic Brain Injury?

  • Louise Durant (2016) The experiences of palliative care workers in maintaining compassion at work.

  • Lily Dixon (2016) An exploration of individual distress and personal growth following the experience of hallucinations.

  • Leah Glover (2015) The influence of self-blame and self-compassion on psychological health and well-being in individuals living with chronic physical health conditions.

  • Lauren Henshall (2015) An exploration of self-compassion within healthcare professionals.

  • Katie Topp (2015) Managing different roles: The experiences of female nursing reservists who have deployed with the UK armed forces.

  • Matilda Ohlsson (2015) The retrieval of episodic memories in Parkinson's Disease: The role of emotion and subjective memory states.

  • Christopher Scane (2015) Trauma, dissociation and psychosis: Investigating the role of attention during threat processing.

  • Stephanie Petty (2013) Everyday functioning in individuals with microvascular complications with Type 1 Diabetes: How does objective cognitive performance translate into self-reported cognitive skills and diabetes self-management?

  • Felicity Nicholls (2013) Anxiety and depression in the undergraduate transition to university.

  • Georgina Batten (2012) Quality of life in deaf children: profiles of children with cochlear implants and relationships with hearing peers.

  • Jocelyn Hall (2011) Self-Defining Memories and Mental Imagery in Individuals Likely to Develop Bipolar Disorder.

  • Hayley Walker (2011) Professional quality of life amongst mental health workers.

  • Claire Wilson (2009) Siblings of children with ADHD, chronic illness and developmental disorder: Psychological impact and interventions.

Current PhD supervisions 

Doctorate in Clinical Psychology

  • Katherine Alder (2018) The role of the compassionate mind in disordered eating.

  • Mary Walker (2018) Body image and self-compassion.

  • Cara Childs (2018) The role of self-compassion in adherence for type two diabetes patients.

  • Sean Malkin (2018) The role of shame in nursing education.

  • Emma Minns (2018) Stigma in acquired brain injury.

  • Johanna Gledhill (2018) Maintaining clinician and client hope with long waiting times.

  • Rubina Fada (2019) Experiences of shame in borderline personality disorder.

  • Laura Hadgett (2019) The relationship between compassion and burnout in teachers.

  • Alexandra Askew (2019) Agents of change in a staff compassion focussed therapy group.

Professional highlights

Academic qualifications

  • PhD Cognitive Psychology, University of Hull (2009)

  • BSc Psychology, University of Hull (2005)

  • Postgraduate Certificate in Research Training, University of Hull (2009)

External roles

  • Member of the Group of Trainers in Clinical Psychology

Awards and accolades

  • Hull City Council (2017) £4,997. Evaluation of the SMASH project.

  • Hull CCG (2016) £33,856. Access to mental health services: Exploring the barriers and facilitators to helping Hull's distressed young people.

  • Astellas Pharma PLC (2012) £17,050. Impact of overactive bladder symptoms on quality of life, sexual functioning and psychological wellbeing before and after Solifenacin and other drug treatment.