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Nigel Hunt

Associate Professor, Faculty of Medicine & Health Sciences


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After working as a bricklayer and HGV Class 1 lorry driver, I studied for my BSc in Psychology at Hatfield Polytechnic (now the University of Hertfordshire), and then went on to study for my PhD (The Long Term Effects of War Experience) at the University of Plymouth (1996). I am a Docent in Social Psychology in the Swedish School of Social Sciences, University of Helsinki; a Chartered Health Psychologist and an Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society. I am also an honorary member of the Ministry of Welfare and Social Security, Iran, a member of the European Society for Traumatic Stress Studies, UK Trauma Network, and the Society of Authors.

Expertise Summary


Traumatic stress, narrative approaches, traumatic memory, trauma and coping, alopecia

Teaching Summary

Research methods Traumatic stress My teaching is almost exclusively with MSc students I am also Docent at the University of Helsinki, where I teach a course on traumatic stress I… read more

Research Summary

The focus of my research is on the impact of traumatic events and how to deal with the problems that may arise. .

While my approach is eclectic, one of my main foci is on the role of narrative and narrative development in dealing with traumatic stress. The role of interpersonal and social factors is particularly important. My research is outlined in my book, Memory, War and Trauma (Cambridge, 2010). I am also concerned with the cultural factors, and am involved in research across a number of countries, including research with Bosnian civilians and refugees, Chinese earthquake survivors, the longer term problems of dealing with communism in Eastern Europe, widowed women in India, firefighters in Saudi Arabia, helping civilians in Iraq, and the impact of humanitarian crises on humanitarian aid workers.

This research is not only about gaining an understanding of the impact of traumatic events, but of helping people. We are using narrative and other techniques to help people feel better.

Selected Publications

Conference speeches

  • Alopecia and Health Psychology-University of Santiago
  • 1st Congress of Social Security, Tehran, Iran- Invited Keynote Speaker- 2007
  • International Conference on Aging, St Petersburg, Russia- 2007


Workshops and Seminars

  • Remembrance and Re-remembering: Trauma, History and Design- Organises seminars at the National Memorial Arboretum (2008-2013)
  • International workshop on the future of political conflict, Washington DC, USA, sponsored by USAAF- 2008


Editorial Roles

  • Member of Editorial Board, Journal of Traumatic Stress Disorders and Treatment
  • Guest Editor, special issue of War and Culture- 2010
  • Book editor, Lest We Forget (History Press, 2011)
  • Assistant Editor, The Psychologist
  • Reviewer for numerous journals



  • Staff Appraisals (book, 7th Edition), How To Book
  • Memory, War and Trauma, Cambridge University Press
  • Understanding Trauma, Sheldon Press- Won The Medical Journalist's Association Book Prize
  • Lest we forget- History Press


  • Research methods
  • Traumatic stress
  • My teaching is almost exclusively with MSc students
  • I am also Docent at the University of Helsinki, where I teach a course on traumatic stress
  • I supervise numerous PhD students in my area of interest.

Past Research

My initial PhD research was on the impact of the Second World War on older veterans. This expanded to veterans of other wars (eg Falklands, Gulf War), and then to other kinds of traumatic events, and events that may not be classified as traumatic under DSM, but are nevertheless potentially very stressful. I have also conducted research on the impact of alopecia (hair loss).

Future Research

My research is becoming more focused on narrative approaches to dealing with traumatic stress, and in particular approaches that are suitable for use by people with limited training that can help people who have significant trauma-related problems. Our research in China, Saudi Arabia, Iraq and Bosnia demonstrates that it is possible for non-clinicians to provide help for people with problems, particularly when that help is ecologically valid, eg by making explicit use of narratives or stories.

I continue to be interested in projects in the wider area of traumatic stress, and am happy to consider interesting applications from potential students wishing to further their research in this area.

  • TANG, J.J., LEKA, S., HUNT, N. and MACLENNAN, S., 2014. An exploration of workplace social capital as an antecedent of occupational safety and health climate and outcomes in the Chinese Education sector International Archives of Occupational and Environmental Health. 87(5), 515-526
  • CORTES A, HUNT N and MCHALE S, 2014. Development of the Scale of Perceived Social Support in HIV (PSS-HIV). AIDS and behavior. (In Press.)
  • AL-HADETHE A, HUNT N, THOMAS S and AL-QAYSI A, 2014. Prevalence of traumatic events and PTSD symptoms among secondary school students in Baghdad. European journal of psychotraumatology. 5, 23928
  • ZANG, Y., HUNT, N. and COX, T., 2013. A randomised controlled pilot study: The effectiveness of narrative exposure therapy with adult survivors of the Sichuan Earthquake. BMC Psychiatry. 13(1), 41
  • STOCKTON, H., HUNT, N. & JOSEPH, S., 2013. Expressive writing and posttraumatic growth: An internet-based study Traumatology. (In Press.)
  • HUNT, N and MCHALE, S, 2012. Making Sense of Trauma 1. Sheldon Press.
  • HUNT, N and MCHALE, S, 2012. Hair loss effects and surgical/drug treatments for the alopecias. In: CASH. T.F., ed., Encyclopedia of Body Image and Appearance 1. Elsevier. 482-489
  • JOSEPH, S., MALTBY, J., WOOD, A.M., STOCKTON, H., HUNT, N. and REGEL, S., 2012. The Psychological Well-Being Post-Traumatic Changes Questionnaire (PWB-PTCQ): reliabilty and validity Psychological Trauma: Theory, Research, Practice, and Policy. 4(4), 420-428
  • ZANG, Y., HUNT, N., COX, T. and JOSEPH, S., 2012. Short form of the Changes in Outlook Questionnaire: translation and validation of the Chinese version Health and Quality of Life Outcomes. 10, 41
  • HUNT, N., 2012. Methodological limitations of the RCT in determining the efficacy of psychological therapy for trauma Journal of Traumatic Stress Disorders and Treatment. 1(1), 1-3
  • DUNN, J. and HUNT, N., 2012. Impact of critical incidents among Jamaican police: reviewing conventional wisdom on the role of self-reported coping as a moderator International Journal of Psychology. 47(SI), 772
  • HUNT, N., 2012. Memory and social meaning: The impact of society and culture on traumatic memories. In: LINDEN, M. and RUTKOWSKI, K., eds., Hurting Memories and Beneficial Forgetting Elsevier.
  • ZANG, Y., HUNT, N. and COX, T., 2012. The effects of a Guided Narrative Technique among children traumatised by an earthquake. In: MORTIMER, D., HAYLOCK, B. and BARETTE, C., eds., Trauma: Theory and Practice Interdisciplinary Press.
  • BURNELL, K and COLEMAN, P. & HUNT, N., 2011. Achieving narrative coherence following traumatic war experience: The role of social support. In: G. KENYON, E. BOHLMEIJER, AND W. RANDALL, ed., Storying later life: Perspectives, investigations, and interventions in narrative gerontology Oxford University Press.
  • STOCKTON, H., HUNT, N. and JOSEPH, S., 2011. Cognitive processing, rumination, and posttraumatic growth Journal of Traumatic Stress. 24(1), 85-92
  • ANDREWS, M, BAGOT-JEWITT, C and HUNT, N, 2011. Introduction: National memory and war Journal of War and Culture Studies. 4(3), 283-288
  • BURNELL, K.J., BOYCE, N. and HUNT, N., 2011. A good war? Exploring British veterans' moral evaluation of deployment Journal of Anxiety Disorders. 25(1), 36-42
  • TANG, J., LEKA, S., HUNT, N. and MACLENNAN, S., 2011. Occupational psychosocial health policies in Hong Kong schools: A review and exploration of key stakeholder perceptions. Health Policy. 103(2-3), 266-275
  • STOCKTON, H and HUNT, N. & JOSEPH, S., 2010. In: International Conference on Traumatic Stress.
  • HUNT, N. and MCHALE, S., 2010. What is the importance of psychosocial issues, counselling and psychotherapy in andrology?. In: ROBAIRE, B. and CHAN, P., eds., Handbook of Andrology 2nd. American Society of Andrology. 39-1 - 39-4 (In Press.)
  • ZANG, Y and HUNT, N. & COX, T., 2010. The effect of Narrative Exposure Therapy on Chinese earthquake survivors In: International Conference on Traumatic Stress.
  • HUNT, N., 2010. Health Consequences of War and Political Violence. In: FINK, G., ed., Stress of War, Conflict and Disaster 1st. Academic Press. 548-558
  • HUNT, N., 2010. Trauma, resilience and narrative In: ESRC Seminar on Reslience, Oxford.
  • HUNT, N., 2010. Memory, War and Trauma In: Swedish School of Social Sciences.
  • HUNT, N., 2010. Setting Up and Running Effective Staff Reviews and Feedback Meetings 7th. How To Books.
  • HUNT, N, 2010. Memory, War and Trauma Cambridge University Press.
  • HUNT, N.C. & MCHALE, S., 2010. Understanding Traumatic Stress Sheldon Press.
  • BURNELL, K.J., HUNT, N. and COLEMAN, P., 2009. War and narrative Narrative Inquiry. 19(1), 91-105
  • HUNT, N. & MCHALE, S., 2008. Memory and meaning: Individual and social aspects of memory narratives. Journal of Loss and Trauma. 42-58
  • DALE, H. and HUNT, N., 2008. Perceived need for spiritual and religious treatment options in chronically ill individuals Journal of Health Psychology. 13(5), 712-718
  • MCHALE, S. and HUNT, N., 2008. Executive function deficits in short-term abstinent cannabis users Human Psychopharmacology: Clinical and Experimental. 23(5), 409-415
  • HUNT, N. and MCHALE, S., 2007. Psychosocial aspects of andrologic disease Endocrinology and Metabolism Clinics of North America. 36(2), 521-531
  • HUNT, N. and MCHALE, S., 2007. A practical guide to the email interview Qualitative Health Research. 17(10), 1415-1421
  • HUNT, N, 2007. War and narrative: The Finnish Experience In: International Association of Gerontology.
  • HUNT, N. & MCHALE, S., 2007. The psychosocial impact of hair loss The Psychologist. 20(6), 362-365
  • BURNELL, K and HUNT, N. & COLEMAN, P., 2007. Using narrative analysis to investigate the role of social support in the reconciliation of traumatic war memories Health Psychology Update. 15(3), (In Press.)
  • HUNT, N., 2007. The long term effects of war experience Aging and Mental Health. 11(2), 156-158
  • HUNT, N., 2007. A builder of bridges: Interview with Airi Hautamaki The Psychologist. 20(11), 670-671
  • HUNT, N., 2007. From the front line: Interview with Professor Ian Robbins The Psychologist. 20(3), 142-143
  • HUNT, N., 2007. Health consequences of war and political violence. In: KURTZ, L., ed., Encyclopaedia of Violence, Peace, and Conflict 2nd Ed. Elsevier.
  • BURNELL, K. J., COLEMAN, P. G. and HUNT, N., 2006. Falklands War veterans? perceptions of social support and the reconciliation of traumatic memories Aging and Mental Health. VOL 10(NUMB 3), 282-289
  • JAIN, A.K, HUNT, N and ENNEW, C. & VAN DER EIJK, 2006. Integrating Personal Development Planning and Training for PGRs using an e-portfolio. In: International Seminar on researching and Evaluating Personal Development Planning and e-Portfolios, Oxford.
  • JAIN, A, HUNT, N and ENNEW, C. & VAN DER EIJK, C., 2006. Integrating personal development planning and training. In: Challenge and Change in the Higher Education Learning Environment Conference.
  • HUNT, N.C., MCHALE, S. and COULSON, N., 2006. Alopecia and identity In: Appearance Matters.
  • HUNT, N., 2006. Psychological Treatment of Alopecia In: British Association of Dermatology Annual General Meeting.
  • HUNT, N., 2006. Review of hair disorders: An evidence-based update Health Psychology Update. 15(2), 25-26
  • COULSON, N and HUNT, N. & MCHALE, S., 2006. Alopecia. In: British Psychological Society Health Psychology Conference.
  • MCHALE, S and HUNT, N. & COULSON, N., 2006. Experiences of persons with alopecia areata. In: European Hair Research Society Meeting.
  • HUNT, N. and MCHALE, S., 2005. The psychological impact of alopecia British Medical Journal. 331(7522), 951-953
  • HUNT, N. and GAKENYI, M., 2005. Comparing refugees and nonrefugees: the Bosnian experience Journal of Anxiety Disorders. 19(6), 717-723
  • HUNT, N., 2005. The legacy of WWII In: Oral History Society Annual Conference.
  • HUNT, N. and MCHALE, S., 2005. Reported Experiences of Persons with Alopecia Areata Journal of Loss & Trauma. VOL 10(NUMB 1), 33-50
  • HUNT, N. and MCHALE, S., 2005. The psychological impact of alopecia Health Psychology Update. VOL 14(ISSU 3), 35-38
  • HUNT, N. and EVANS, D., 2004. Predicting traumatic stress using emotional intelligence Behaviour Research & Therapy. 42(7), 791-798
  • HUNT, NIGEL, 2004. Conducting staff appraisals : how to set up a review system that will ensure fair and effective appraisal and improve individual performance and organisational results / Nigel Hunt Oxford : How To Books, 2004.
  • HUNT, NIGEL and MCHALE, SUE, 2004. Coping with alopecia / Nigel Hunt and Sue McHale London : Sheldon Press, 2004.
  • HUNT, N. & MCHALE, S., 2003. Alopecia: An e-mail study In: British Psychological Society, Social Psychology Conference.
  • HUNT, N.C., 2003. War,narrative and history In: 60th Anniversary Conference.
  • HUNT, N.C., BELL-BOULE, A. and FRANIC, A., 2003. Secondary traumatisation in Serbian mental health professionals In: Zbornik Radova.
  • HUNT, N. & FORREST, S., 2003. Covert aggression in the workplace In: British Psychological Society, Annual Conference.
  • MCHALE, S and HUNT, N. & EVANS, D., 2002. The relationship between novelty seeking and taste preference for sweetened drinks in humans In: British Psychological Society Annual Conference.
  • HUNT, N., 2002. Debriefing children and young people. In: TEHRANI, N., ed., Psychological Debriefing British Psychological Society.
  • HUNT, N. & MCHALE, S., 2002. The experiences of veterans: War and rememberence In: British Psychological Society Annual Conference.
  • HUNT, N and CHESWORTH, K. & MCHALE, S., 2002. The experience of evacuee hosts during the Second World War In: British Psychological Society Annual Conference.
  • HUNT, N.C., 2002. War and modern memory In: British Psychological Society.
  • HUNT, N. & MCHALE, S., 2002. War and memory In: British Psychological Society Health Psychology Conference.
  • HUNT, N. and ROBBINS, I., 2001. The long-term consequences of war: the experience of World War II Aging and Mental Health. VOL 5(PART 2), 183-190
  • HUNT, N. and ROBBINS, I., 2001. World War II veterans, social support, and veterans' associations Aging and Mental Health. VOL 5(PART 2), 175-182
  • HUNT, N.C., 2001. Collateral damage The Psychologist. 14(11), 622-623
  • HUNT, N., 2001. World War Two POW experiences In: European Society for Traumatic Stress Studies.
  • CERIN, E., SZABO, A., HUNT, N. and WILLIAMS, C., 2000. Temporal patterning of competitive emotions: A critical review Journal of Sports Sciences. VOL 18(PART 8), 605-626
  • BANYARD, P. and HUNT, N., 2000. Reporting research: Something missing? The Psychologist. VOL 13(PART 2), 68-71
  • SHEVLIN, M., HUNT, N. and ROBBINS, I., 2000. A Confirmatory Factor Analysis of the Impact of Event Scale Using a Sample of World War II and Korean War Veterans Psychological Assessment. VOL 12(PART 4), 414-417
  • HUNT, N. & MCHALE, S., 2000. Alopecia and traumatic stress In: Social Psychology Conference.
  • HUNT, N., 1999. All Quiet on the Western Front and Understanding of Psychological Trauma Narrative Inquiry. VOL 9(ISSUE 1), 207-212
  • GRIFFITHS, M. D. and HUNT, N., 1998. Dependence on Computer Games by Adolescents Psychological Reports. VOL 82(NUMBER 2), 475-480
  • HUNT, N. and ROBBINS, I., 1998. Telling Stories of the War: Ageing Veterans Coping with Their Memories Through Narrative Oral History. VOL 26(ISSUE 2), 57-64
  • HUNT, N., 1997. Trauma of war: The long-term psychological effects in World War Two veterans The Psychologist. VOL 10(NUMBER 8), 357-360
  • HUNT, N.C. and ROBBINS, I., 1996. Validation of the Impact of Event Scale as a measure of the long-term impact of war trauma British Journal of Health Psychology. 1(1), 87-90
  • GRIFFITHS, M. & HUNT, N., 1995. Computer game playing in adolescence: Prevalence and demographic indicators Journal of Community and Applied Psychology. 5, 189-193
  • WILLIAMS, C, MILLER, J and WATSON, G. & HUNT, N., 1994. A strategy for trauma debriefing after railway suicides Social Science and Medicine. 38(3), 483-487
  • HUNT, N., 1993. Assessing the validity of occupational selection techniques The Occupational Psychologist. 19(April), 16-19
  • ZANG, Y., HUNT, N. and COX, T., Resilience and implications from writings of children traumatised by the earthquake: Evaluation of a Guided Narrative Technique. In: BRAY, O. and BRAY, P., eds., Voicing Trauma & Truth: Narratives of Disruption & Transformation Interdisciplinary Press. (In Press.)

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