Dr Siobhan Hugh-Jones

Dr Siobhan Hugh-Jones


Having gained her BSc Psychology at Queen’s University Belfast, and my doctorate in Developmental Psychology from the University of Sheffield, I joined the School of Psychology in 1998. My work has spanned developmental, clinical and applied health psychology, esepcially adolescent mental health, school based interventions, mindfulness, qualitative research methods, co-design and knowledge exchange.

Research interests

I specialise in understanding the nature, origin and experience of mental health difficulties, particularly in adolescents, and in investigating the potential of co-deisgned, school based programs as prevention and early intervention.

I have led an ESRC knowledge exchange program examining the ways in which mindfulness based programs might be deliverable in UK schools, have delivered commissioned reports to Clinical Commissioning Groups on the evidence for mindfulness based interventions with young people, and have Chaired a White Rose Consortium on Mindfulness in Schools, which has published a systematic review on mindfulness for teachers. I have also supervised doctoral work identifying the implementation issues and solutions for mindfulness based interventions in UK schools (ending 2018).

I am currently PI on an MRC funded project (2017-2019) developing and feasibility testing a digital information prescription intervention in UK secondary schools for the management of early signs of mental health difficulties in adolescents. I collaborate with national and international academics, the third sector, local government, digital innovation services, mental health and educational services, young people, families/carers and schools.  I am also currently Co-I on an ESRC Global Challenges Research Fund project using photovoice to enhance psychological, social and cultural insights into the prevention and treatment of substance abuse in youth in India.

Methodologically, I have expertise in the co-design and evaluation of school interventions and the scholarly application of creative qualitative research methods especially visual methods) to examine psychological functioning, well-being and health.

I supervise PhDs in the field of mental health.


  • PhD Developmental Psychology
  • BSc Psychology
  • Certificate in Counselling
  • Postgraduate Teaching & Learning in Higher Education

Professional memberships

  • British Psychological Society
  • Anna Freud Learning Network: Schools in Mind
  • ESRC Emerging Minds Network
  • ESRC eNuture Network

Student education

I teach applied health psychology, qualitative methods, introduction to psychological approaches to mental health, and advanced developmental psychology.

Research groups and institutes

  • Health and social psychology
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