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Elaine Clarke

Dr Elaine Clarke PhD, BSc

Researcher - Psychology, Sociology & Politics Subject group: Psychology


My research interests are centred around helping people live healthier and happier lives. In particular, I am interested in health promotion and self-help, including online resources; stepped care treatments and evidence-based practice; psychosocial aspects of skin conditions (psychodermatology); mental health, particularly depression and anxiety disorders; and compassion and self-compassion.


In 2005 I completed my Psychology BSc (Hons) at the University of Sheffield. I then worked with adults with learning disabilities for three years before becoming an early member of the Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) workforce in England. I began my part-time PhD at the University of Sheffield in 2014 under the supervision of Prof. Andrew R. Thompson and Prof. Paul Norman. My PhD research used mixed methods to investigate compassion and depression in people with skin conditions, which included creating a compassion-based self-help website. I completed my PhD in 2020.

I've been working at CeBSAP since 2021 and have been involved in various behavioural science projects relating to COVID-19 health behaviours, vaccine hesitancy, active travel, smoking cessation and improving relationships. I was recently awarded a Early Career Researcher grant from the Psoriasis Association for a project that aims to support people with using topical psoriasis treatments. 


Clarke, E.N., Thompson, A.R., & Norman, P. (n.d.). Depression in people with skin conditions: the effects of disgust and self-compassion. British Journal of Health Psychology, 25 (3), 540-557.

Thorneloe, R., Clarke, E., & Arden, M. (n.d.). Adherence to behaviours associated with the test, trace, and isolate system: An analysis using the Theoretical Domains Framework. .

Book chapters

Clarke, E.N., & Thompson, A.R. (2021). Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for Skin Conditions. In Psychodermatology in Clinical Practice. (pp. 65-74). Springer International Publishing:


Millings, A., Clarke, E., Thorneloe, R., & Arden, M. (2021). Be Well DoncasterReport on final co-design workshop with community members.

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