Dr Tim Alexander

Research Co-ordinator

Faculty of Health Sciences

School of Health and Social Work


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.