Thomas, Nicky - consultant health psychologist and lecturer in psychology


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Dr Nicky Thomas, consultant health psychologist and lecturer in psychology


Tel: 020 7188 2725

Area of expertise: health psychology 

  • Biography

    Veronica (Nicky) Thomas, BSc, PhD DipN RGN, PGDipCouns, PGDipCBT, CPYSCHOL, started working here in November 1997. She has overall responsibility for all elements of the health psychology service (HPS) which she started in 1997. At the time, it was the first dedicated HPS for sickle cell patients in the UK.  

    She is a lecturer in psychology for King's College London and she is also a British Psychological Society approved supervisor and trainer for health psychology stage 2 training.

    Nicky teaches on a number of doctorate clinical psychology and MSc health psychology courses, on communication and motivational interviewing skills for health care professionals. She also supervises psychology trainees.

    Nicky also helped to establish, and subsequently run, the British Psychology Society special interest group in sickle cell and thalassaemia.

  • Specialist interests

    • Psychological aspects of pain and pain management
    • Ethnic minority health issues
    • Cognitive behaviour therapy, solution focussed therapy and motivational interviewing for adults with physical health conditions
    • Psychological impact of haematological disorders
  • Research interests

    • Efficacy of cognitive behaviour therapy in sickle cell disease
    • Psychosocial research in sickle cell
    • Psychological aspects of living with sickle cell and other haemotological conditions
    • The evaluation of communication and counselling training for health professionals
    • Neuropsychology
  • Education and training

    • Postgraduate diploma in cognitive behavioural therapy, Institute of Psychiatry, King’s College London
    • Postgraduate diploma in counselling, Goldsmiths College, London
    • PhD health psychology, Goldsmiths College London
    • Diploma in nursing
    • RGN