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Dr Helene Mitchell

Job: Senior Lecturer in Psychology

Faculty: Health and Life Sciences

School/department: School of Applied Social Sciences

Research group(s): Centre for Reproduction Research

Address: De Montfort, University, The Gateway, Leicester, LE1 9BH.

T: +44 (0)116 257 7722




Personal profile

Helene Mitchell is a health psychologist with a specific interest in chronic conditions. Her research has looked at illness representations in arthritis, expectations and their impact on exercise behaviour, and patient experiences of living with a chronic illness. Helene is particularly interested in the impact of osteoarthritis and endometriosis on individuals.

Research group affiliations

Research interests/expertise

  • Psychology of chronic illness including Illness cognitions, expectations, experiences and self-managment

Areas of teaching

  • Health Psychology MSc:
  • Understanding and managing chronic conditions (module leader, PSYC5603)
  • Research methods for health psychologists (PSYC5605)
  • Dissertation supervision (PSYC5608)
  • Psychology undergraduate programme
  • Psychology of chronic illness (module leader, PSYC3077)
  • Project supervision (PSYC3000)
  • Further research methods for psychologists (PSYC2013)
  • Empirical psychology seminars (PSYC1094)

Membership of external committees

  • British Psychological Society – Chartered psychologist (from Summer 2008)
  • British Health Professionals in Rheumatology – Member

Conference attendance

  • British Society for Rheumatology/British Health Professionals in Rheumatology 21 – 23 April 2010, Birmingham. Co-chair of oral presentation session.
  • British Psychological Society Division of Health Psychology, 15–17 September 2010, Belfast.
  • Psychological Society Division of Health Psychology, 14–16 September 2011, Southampton.

Consultancy work

Psychological factors in chronic illness

Current research students

  • Maria Stalias (full-time international student, 2nd supervisor)
  • Kylie Baldwin (full-time student, 2nd supervisor)

Externally funded research grants information

Endopart: Improving the well-being of couples, ESRC small grants section, qualitative study. Start 01/01/12, end 31/12/12. CI, collaborators: Lorraine Culley, Nicky Hudson (both DMU), Elaine Denny (Birmingham City University), Nick Raine-Fenning (University of Nottingham)

Professional esteem indicators

  • Arthritis Care and Research, Rheumatology (Reviewer)
  • British Health Professionals in Rheumatology (BHPR) Reviewer
Helene Mitchell