Miznah Al-Abbadey

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I am a Chartered member of the British Psychological Society (CPsychol) and a registered Health Psychologist with the Health and Care Professions Council.

Alongside academia, I am a trustee of the Pelvic Pain Support Network (PPSN): a charity that raises awareness of chronic pelvic pain and supports research in this field. 


I obtained a BSc Psychology at Royal Holloway, University of London in 2010. I then went on to complete an MSc and PhD in Health Psychology at the University of Southampton in 2011 and 2017 respectively.

While completing my PhD, I was offered a postdoctoral position at the University of Southampton on a nation-wide study that examined how factors such as the therapeutic relations, practitioner and patient beliefs, and the healthcare environment affects treatment for low back pain.

In 2017, I undertook a one-year lectureship at the University of Southampton. I am now a Lecturer in Health Psychology at the University of Portsmouth.

Research Interests

My main research interests relate to the management and impact of chronic conditions on quality of life. I am also interested in the use of patient reported outcome measures (PROMS) and how they can be utilised effectively in a person-centred and standardised way. Overall, my research interests include the following areas:

-Chronic pain

-Management of chronic conditions including self-management techniques;

-Quality of life and mental health

-The placebo effect

-The validation and development of PROMS

Teaching Responsibilities

I teach on the MSc Health Psychology programme, which includes a number of different topics such as behaviour change theories, quality of life, and the delivery of psychological interventions in the context of health and illness.

I am the module coordinator for the ‘Applied Health Psychology and Placement’ module and supervise students (at both undergraduate and postgraduate level) with their dissertations.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being


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