Academic Papers

My recent research mostly concerns psychological well-being and the kinds of interventions and self-help work which can bring about improvements in well-being. I have also published a number of papers on the impact of stress and on various other topics such as food cravings and how to overcome them. 

I believe that the quantification and measurement of behaviours, beliefs, and attitudes has helped psychology along the path to becoming a true science. Accordingly, a good deal of my work has been about developing psychometric measures. Find out more here. The remainder of this page list some of my recent publications. 


Hulbert-Williams, N., Hulbert-Williams, L., Patterson, P., Suleman, S., & Howells, L. (in press). Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) Enhanced Communication Skills: development and evaluation of a novel training programme. BMJ Supportive & Palliative Care. https://doi.org/10.1136/bmjspcare-2020-002786

Hulbert-Williams, N.J., Hulbert-Williams, L., Pendrous, R., Flynn, R., Swash, B., Evans, G., Price, A., Mullard, A. & MacDonald-Smith, C. (in press). Evaluating process and effectiveness of a low-intensity CBT intervention: A pilot trial of the EPELIT intervention for women with gynaecological cancer. AMRC Open Research. https://doi.org/10.12688/amrcopenres.12971.1

Hulbert-Williams, N.J., Leslie, M., Hulbert-Williams, L., Smith, E., Howells, L. & Pinato, D. (in press). Evaluating the impact of COVID-19 on supportive care needs, psychological distress and quality of life in UK cancer survivors and their support networks. European Journal of Cancer Care. https://doi.org/10.1111/ecc.13442

Pendrous, R., Hulbert-Williams, L., Hochard, K. D., & Hulbert-Williams, N. J. (2020). Appetitive augmental functions and common physical properties in a pain-tolerance metaphor: An extended replication. Journal of Contextual Behavioral Science, 16, 17-24. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jcbs.2020.02.003

Hulbert-Williams, N.J., Pendrous R., Hulbert-Williams L. & Swash B. (2019). Recruiting cancer survivors into research studies using online methods: a secondary analysis from an international cancer survivorship cohort study. eCancer Medical Science, 13, 990. https://doi.org/10.3332/ecancer.2019.990


Hulbert-Williams, N.J., Hulbert-Williams, L., Mulcare, H. & Whelen, L. (2019). The Psychological Impact of Cancer (PIC) Scale: Development and comparative psychometric testing against the Mini-MAC Scale in the UK and Australian cancer survivors. Journal of Psychosocial Oncology Research & Practice, 1(2), e8. https://doi.org/10.1097/OR9.0000000000000008


Hulbert-Williams, L., Hulbert-Williams, N. J., Nicholls, W., Williamson, S., Poonia, J. & Hochard, K. (2017). Ultra-brief non-expert-delivered defusion and acceptance exercises for food cravings: A partial replication study. Journal of Health Psychology, 35(4), 1698–1709. https://doi.org/10.1177/1359105317695424

Flynn, S., Hulbert-Williams, N. J., Hulbert-Williams, L. & Bramwell, R. (2016). “You don‘t know what’s wrong with you”: an exploration of cancer-related experiences in people with an intellectual disability. Psycho-Oncology, 25(10), 1198–1205. https://doi.org/10.1002/pon.4211

Hulbert-Williams, L., Hochard, K., Hulbert-Williams, N., Archer, R., Nicholls, W. & Wilson, K (2016). Contextual behavioural coaching: An evidence-based model for supporting behaviour change. International Coaching Psychology Review, 11(2), 30-42.

Flynn, S., Hulbert-Williams, L., Bramwell, R., Stevens-Gill, D. & Hulbert-Williams, N. (2015). Caring for cancer patients with an intellectual disability: Attitudes and care perceptions of UK oncology nurses. European Journal of Oncology Nursing, 19(5), 568-574. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ejon.2015.03.002

Flynn, S. Hulbert-Williams, N., Bramwell, R. & Hulbert-Williams, L. (2015). Psychosocial experiences of chronic illness in individuals with an intellectual disability: A systematic review of the literature. Journal of Intellectual Disabilities, 19(2), 178-194. https://doi.org/10.1177/1744629514565680

Porter, J., Hulbert-Williams, L. & Chadwick, D. (2015). Sexuality in the Therapeutic Relationship: An Interpretive Phenomenological Analysis of the Experiences of Gay Therapists. Journal of Gay & Lesbian Mental Health, 19(2), 165-183. https://doi.org/10.1080/19359705.2014.957882

Hulbert-Williams, L., Hastings, R.P., Mulligan, J., Burns, L., Day, J., Noone, S.J. & Owen, D. (2014). Exposure to life events as a risk factor for psychological problems in adults with intellectual disabilities: a longitudinal design. Journal of Intellectual Disability Research, 58(1), 48-60. https://doi.org/10.1111/jir.12050

Hulbert-Williams, L., Nicholls, W., Joy, J. & Hulbert-Williams, N. (2014). Initial Validation of the Mindful Eating Scale. Mindfulness, 5(6), 719-729. https://doi.org/10.1007/s12671-013-0227-5

“Nicholls, N. & Hulbert-Williams, L. (2013). British English translation of the Food Craving Inventory (FCI-UK). Appetite, 67, 37-43. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.appet.2013.03.010

Mendieta Tan, A., Hulbert-Williams, L. & Nicholls, W. (2013). Women’s experiences of using drugs in weight management: an Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis. Appetite, 60, 220-225. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.appet.2012.09.027

Mills, S.E. & Hulbert-Williams, L. (2012). Distinguishing between treatment efficacy and effectiveness in Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD): Implications for contentious therapies. Counselling Psychology Quarterly, 25(3), 319-330. https://doi.org/10.1080/09515070.2012.682563

Hulbert-Williams, N.J., Hulbert-Williams, L., Morrison, V., Neal, R.D. & Wilkinson, C. (2012). The Mini-Mental Adjustment to Cancer Scale: Re-analysis of its psychometric properties in a sample of 160 mixed cancer patients. Psycho-oncology, 21(7), 792-797. https://doi.org/10.1002/pon.1994

Hulbert-Williams, L., Hastings, R.P., Crowe, R. & Pemberton, J. (2011). Self-reported life events, social support and psychological problems in adults with intellectual disabilities. Journal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disabilities, 24, 427-436. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1468-3148.2011.00624.x

Hulbert-Williams N.J., Hulbert-Williams L., McIlroy D. & Bunting B. (2008). Anxiety in recovery from severe burn injury: An experimental comparison. Psychology, Health & Medicine, 13(2), 162-167. https://doi.org/10.1080/13548500701352701

Hulbert-Williams, L. & Hastings, R.P. (2008). Life Events as a Risk Factor for Psychological Problems in Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities: A Critical Review. Journal of Intellectual Disability Research, 52(11), 883–895. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1365-2788.2008.01110.x