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Emma Nielsen

PhD student, School of Psychology, Faculty of Science

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Biography

I completed my final year undergraduate project within the Self-Harm Research Group (University of Nottingham). The work investigated public responses to self-harm; specifically attitudes, perceived intention and help giving behaviour. I then spent a year as a research intern assisting on a project looking at attachment style, problem-solving ability and change in self-harm behaviour, in young people referred to Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS). During this time I was trained in the administration and coding of the Child Attachment Interview. Before embarking on my PhD I worked in the NHS, in both community and acute inpatient mental health services.

Teaching Summary

I am involved in supporting the delivery and/or assessment of the following modules:

C81MPR Practical Methods & Seminars in Psychology

C81BIO Biological Psychology

C81COG Cognitive Psychology

I also supervise the SHRG graduate and postgraduate research interns. In 2016 I was nominated for a University of Nottingham Staff Oscar for 'Best Research Supervisor'. In 2017 I was nominated in the 'Teaching - Most Inspiring' category. This student-led award scheme recognises and celebrates excellence in teaching and learning.

Research Summary

My doctoral research focuses on:

  • Self-harmful and suicidal behaviour(s)
  • Coping and well-being
  • Behaviour change, temporal dynamics and the transitions between ideation (thinking about harming) and enactment (engaging in harmful behaviours)
  • Conceptualisations of recovery

I have recently completed an ESRC funded visiting fellowship at Prof. Matthew Nock's laboratory, Harvard University. This research placement focused on longitudinal and microlongitudinal research methodologies, ecological momentary assessment and the translation of research into practice.

This year I have been awarded the Institute of Mental Health (IMH) Publication Prize (2016-2017) for publications flowing from doctoral research and the University of Nottingham Tri Campus Postgraduate Prize (2016-2017), Dean Moore Award.

Publications:

ORCID ID: 0000-0002-6550-9487

  • Nielsen, E., Kirtley, O., & Townsend, E. (in press). 'Great powers and great responsibilities': A Brief Comment on a brief mobile app reduces nonsuicidal and suicidal self-injury: Evidence from three randomized controlled trials (Franklin et al., 2016). Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology.
  • Nielsen, E. & Townsend, E. (in press). Public perceptions of self-harm- Perceived motivations and willingness to help in adolescent self-harm. Archives of Suicide Research.
  • Nielsen, E., Sayal, K. & Townsend, E. (2017). Functional coping dynamics and experiential avoidance in a community sample with no self-injury vs. non-suicidal self-injury only vs. those with both non-suicidal self-injury and suicidal behaviour. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 14, 575. doi: 10.3390/ijerph14060575
  • Nielsen, E., & Townsend, E. (in press). Public perceptions of self-harm - A test of an attribution model of public discrimination. Stigma and Health.
  • Nielsen, E., Sayal, K., & Townsend, E. (2017). Dealing with difficult days: Functional coping dynamics in self-harm ideation and enactment. Journal of Affective Disorders, 208, 330-337. doi:10.1016/j.jad.2016.08.036 [Awarded the Institute of Mental Health Publication Prize 2016-17]
  • Nielsen, E., Padmanathan, P., & Knipe, D. (2016). Commit* to change? A call to end the publication of the phrase 'commit* suicide'. Wellcome Open Research, 1:21. doi:10.12688/wellcomeopenres.10333.1
  • Nielsen, E., Sayal, K., & Townsend, E. (2016). Exploring the relationship between experiential avoidance, coping functions and the recency and frequency of self-harm. PLoS ONE, 11(7): e0159854. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.015985

Publications (other):

  • Nielsen, E. (in press). Reaching beyond the ivory tower: Hints and tips for postgraduates starting out with public involvement or engagement work. The Quartely.
  • Nielsen, E., & Solder, K. (2015). The Only Way Is Clinical? The Psychologist, 28, 1012-1015

This research has been presented at:

  • Nielsen, E., Padmanathan , P. & Knipe, D. (2017). Commit* to change? A call to end the use of the phrase 'commit* suicide'. XXIX World Congress of the International Association for Suicide Prevention [IASP] in Sarawak, Malaysia. 18th-22nd July 2017.
  • Nielsen, E., Kleiman, E. M., Sayal, K. & Townsend, E. (2017). Understanding functional coping dynamics in self-harm thoughts and behaviours: A longitudinal, repeated daily diary approach. Early Career Researchers' (ECR) Forum, The University of Glasgow. 8th-9th June 2017 - oral presentation.
  • Williams, A. J., Nielsen, E. & Coulson, N. S. (2017). "They aren't all like that": perceptions of clinical services, as told by self-harm e-communities. Early Career Researchers' (ECR) Forum, The University of Glasgow. 8th-9th June 2017 - oral presentation.
  • Williams, A. J., Wadman, R., Brown, K. & Nielsen, E. (2017). Early career researchers' experience of youth and public involvement in self-harm, suicide and mental health research. Early Career Researchers' (ECR) Forum, The University of Glasgow. 8th-9th June 2017.
  • Nielsen, E., Padmanathan , P. & Knipe, D. (2017). Commit* to change? A call to end the use of the phrase 'commit* suicide'. Early Career Researchers' (ECR) Forum, The University of Glasgow. 8th-9th June 2017 - poster presentation.
  • Nielsen, E., Sayal, K. & Townsend, E. (2017). Dealing with difficult days: understanding coping and self-harm. International Suicidality in Autism Summit, 25th - 26th May 2017 - invited poster presentation.
  • Nielsen, E., Sayal, K. & Townsend, E. (2016). Functional coping dynamics differentiate self-harm ideation from enactment, in recent self-harm. The 16th European Symposium on Suicide and Suicidal Behaviour, in Oviedo, Spain. 10th September 2016 - oral presentation.
  • Nielsen, E., Sayal, K. & Townsend, E. (2016). Dealing with difficult days: Understanding coping and self-harm. Research Showcase, The University of Nottingham. 15th June 2016.
  • Nielsen, E., Sayal, K. & Townsend, E. (2016). Experiential avoidance and functional coping dynamics predict the recency and frequency of self-harm. The Institute of Health and Wellbeing (IHAWKES) annual conference, The University of Glasgow. 6th June 2016 - oral presentation.
  • Nielsen, E., Sayal, K. & Townsend, E. (2016). Dealing with difficult days: The role of functional coping dynamics in self-harm ideation and enactment. Early Career Researchers' (ECR) Forum, The University of Glasgow. 3rd June 2016 - oral presentation.
  • Nielsen, E. (2016). Can suicide be prevented? ESRC DTC 'Pecha Kucha' Research Showcase, The University of Nottingham.11th May 2016 - oral presentation.
  • Nielsen, E., Sayal, K. & Townsend, E. (2016). Does suicidal intent effect the relationship between experiential avoidance, coping function and self-harm? The Institute of Mental Health Annual Research Day, The Institute of Mental Health.10th May 2016 - poster presentation.
  • Nielsen, E., Sayal, K. & Townsend, E. (2016). Functional coping dynamics in self-harm ideation and enactment. The Institute of Mental Health Annual Research Day, The Institute of Mental Health. 10th May 2016 - oral presentation.
  • Nielsen, E., Sayal, K. & Townsend, E. (2015). Can understanding coping help us to understand self-harm? 4th Annual Nottingham-Birmingham-Warwick DTC Student Conference, The University of Nottingham. 28th October 2015 - oral presentation.
  • Nielsen, E., Sayal, K. & Townsend, E. (2015). Predicting non-suicidal self-injury across 12 months: The utility of assessing (experiential) avoidance. International Academy of Suicide Research/ American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (IASR/AFSP) International Summit of Suicide Research, in New York, USA. 11th-14th October 2015 - oral presentation.
  • Nielsen, E., Sayal, K. & Townsend, E. (2015). Exploring the relationship between coping, experiential avoidance and the recency and frequency of self-harm. International Academy of Suicide Research/ American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (IASR/AFSP) International Summit of Suicide Research, in New York, USA. 11th-14th October 2015 - poster presentation.
  • Nielsen, E., Sayal, K. & Townsend, E. (2015). Predicting non-suicidal self-injury at 12 months - A place for psychometric and behavioural assessment of (experiential) avoidance? XXVIII World Congress of the International Association for Suicide Prevention (IASP) in Montreal, Canada. 16th-20th June - oral presentation.
  • Nielsen, E., Sayal, K. & Townsend, E. (2015). Can experiential avoidance and coping dynamics predict future self-injury? The Institute of Mental Health Annual Research Day. 12th May 2015 - oral presentation.
  • Nielsen, E., Sayal, K. & Townsend, E. (2015). Predicting non-suicidal self-injury at 12 months. School of Psychology Postgraduate Conference, The University of Nottingham. 17th April 2015 - oral presentation.
  • Nielsen, E., Sayal, K. & Townsend, E. (2013). Functional Dimensions of coping and change in self-harm behaviour. ESRC DTC 'Pecha Kucha' Research Showcase, The University of Nottingham. 4th December, 2013 - oral presentation.
  • Hochard, K. D., Nielsen, E., Heym, N. & Townsend, E. (2013). Exploring avoidant behaviour in self-harm using a novel behavioural task. XXVII World Congress of the International Association for Suicide Prevention (IASP) in Oslo, Norway. 24th - 28th September 2013 - Joint oral presentation.
  • Nielsen, E. & Townsend, E. (2013). Coping function and self-harm. Second Midlands ESRC DTC conference for doctoral researchers, The University of Warwick. 27th June 2013 - oral presentation.

In addition to presenting at academic conferences, I have also presented my research to a number of key stakeholders. These groups include clinicians, healthcare trainees, assistant psychologists and also service users/ those with lived experience. I have also given invited presentations to research institutions in the UK and internationally.

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