Dr Nicola Cogan



Personal statement

Nicola joined Strathclyde in October 2017 having previously worked as a consultant clinical psychologist and clinical lead in mental health services in the NHS. She has over 15 years NHS experience working as a practitioner clinical psychologist in mental health services. She completed a Professional Doctorate in Clinical Psychology (D.Clin.Psy) at the University of Edinburgh. Prior to this she completed a PhD in Psychology and Social Policy and Social Work and MA (Hons) Psychology at the University of Glasgow.Her research interests are in the areas of mental health, wellbeing, recovery and citizenship in applied health and social contexts. She is involved with research adopting community participatory research methods. She is a member of the International Recovery and Citizenship Collective led by Yale Medical School, where she has a strong working collaborative.

She has an interest in issues concerning transitions from military to civilian life for veterans and their families. She has a growing interest in health behaviour change, with a focus on vaccination uptake. Finally, she is interested in the uses of technology in health and well-being interventions.




The personal meanings and experiences of resilience amongst elite badminton athletes in the build up to competition
Adam Rebecca, Cogan Nicola
Journal of Qualitative Research in Sports Studies Vol 13, pp. 61-84 (2019)
Mixed methods study exploring the impact of the hospital gown on recovery and wellbeing : implications for policy and practice
Cogan Nicola, Morton Liza, Georgiadis Emmanouil
Implications of wearing the hospital gown on mental health, practice and policy
Morton Liza, Cogan Nicola
NRS Mental Health Network Annual Scientific Meeting 2019
"I don't feel like me anymore" : The impact of the hospital gown on wellbeing
Morton Liza, Cogan Nicola
Developing a model of citizenship for application within health and social care contexts : a community-based participatory approach
Cogan Nicola, MacIntyre Gillian
The Lancet Public Health Science 2019 (2019)
What's citizenship got to do with mental health? Rationale for inclusion of citizenship as part of a mental health strategy
MacIntyre Gillian, Cogan Nicola Ann, Stewart Ailsa Elizabeth, Quinn Neil, Rowe Michael, O'Connell Maria
Journal of Public Mental Health Vol 18, pp. 157-161 (2019)

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Nicola has a range of teaching and citizenship roles at both UG and PG level. She has a specific interest teaching in applied mental health and clinical practice. She utilises a range of teaching methods including dydactic approahes, group work, role play techniques and case study illustration. She has the following citizenship roles associated with teaching:

 - Class leader for the 4th year Psychology of Mental Health class

 - Deputy Course Director on MSc in Clinical Health Psychology course 

She teaches on the following classes:

  - 2nd year Introduction to Mental Health Difficulties class (Psychology and Counselling)

  - 3rd year Research Methods and Data Analyses class (Psychology and Physical Activity for Health).

- 4th year Psychology of Mental Health Class

 - Clinical Psychology Related to Medical Conditions (MSc in Clinical Health Psychology)

 - Professional Practice and Placement (MSc in Clinical Health Psychology).

She teaches within Social Policy and Social Work on the Mental Health Officer practitioner course and UG course in Social Work.

She also supervises UG and PG dissertation projects.



Professional activities

UK Psychological Trauma Society (External organisation)
Scottish Attachment in Action (Event)
Patients asked to share their thoughts about hospital gowns for Glasgow study
Why citizenship?
Hospital gowns leave patients feeling open and vulnerable – their time is up
Recovering Citizenship II: Community, National, and International Perspectives International research: hosted by the International Recovery and Citizenship Council, University of Yale, New Haven.

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Improving older adults' vaccination uptake: are existing measures of vaccine hesitancy valid and reliabe for older people?
Williams, Lynn (Principal Investigator) Brown Nicholls, Louise (Co-investigator) Cogan, Nicola (Co-investigator) Rasmussen, Susan (Co-investigator) Young, David (Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2020 - 31-Jan-2020
The understandings of distinctive experiences of mental health, disclosure and help seeking among Asian students
Cogan, Nicola (Principal Investigator) Anderson, Tony (Co-investigator) Kelly, Stephen (Co-investigator) Liu, Xi (Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2019 - 31-Jan-2020
Developing a Neuroception of Safety Scale
Morton, Liza (Principal Investigator) Cogan, Nicola (Research Co-investigator)
The aim of this study is to develop a standardised measure of Neuroception of Safety, grounded in The Polyvagal Theory to enhance clinical and academic work. The PVT offers a ‘Science of Safety’ which revolutionises our understanding of trauma. Viewed through a Polyvagal lens we can better understand why people do or do not feel safe whilst informing clinical practice and strategies to mitigate against exposure to traumatic experiences and promote wellbeing, resilience and post-traumatic growth. To assess the impact of any PVT informed interventions it would be useful to have a standardised measure of feeling safe grounded in this framework. Existing measures consider safety-seeking behaviour following a traumatic event from a cognitive theoretical framework whilst those developed from a PVT framework consider only bodily symptoms. A standardised measure of safety grounded in the PVT which would enhance clinical and academic work in this growing field.

This survey has been developed with consultancy from Dr Stephen Porges, world leader in Polyvagal Theory, Dr Jacek Kolacz, international leader in psychometric scale development (both Kinsey Institute Traumatic Stress Research Consortium, Indiana University), Deb Dana, Psychotherapist and leader in the Clinical Applications of The Polyvagal Theory, USA and leading psychologists working in clinical practice with people who have experienced trauma including Dr Thomas Bacon, Clinical Psychologist, NHS Fife and Dr Emily Pathe, Counselling Psychologist, NHS Lanarkshire.
31-Jan-2019 - 30-Jan-2021
Psychological barriers to seasonal influenza vaccination uptake in those with chronic respiratory disease: A mixed methods study
Williams, Lynn (Principal Investigator) Cogan, Nicola (Co-investigator) Rasmussen, Susan (Co-investigator) Young, David (Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2019 - 30-Jan-2020
Development of a cross platform, personalised digital intervention to reduce sedentary behaviour and improve physical and mental well-being at work
Terzis, Sotirios (Principal Investigator) Kirk, Alison (Principal Investigator) Roper, Marc (Co-investigator) Wallace, William (Co-investigator) Gibson, Ann-Marie (Co-investigator) Cogan, Nicola (Co-investigator) Janssen, Xanne (Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2018 - 31-Jan-2018
Development a cross platform, personalised digital intervention to reduce sedentary behaviour and improve physical and mental wellbeing at work.
Kirk, Alison (Principal Investigator) Gibson, Ann-Marie (Co-investigator) Janssen, Xanne (Co-investigator) Cogan, Nicola (Co-investigator)
Scottish Funding Council innovation application (value £59,000) involving a new cross faculty collaboration with University of Strathclyde staff from Psychology, Computer and Information Science and Physical activity for Health groups with an external Edinburgh based company called “Welbot”. Funding was awarded to assist the company to develop and evaluate a cross-platform digital wellness programme that provides tailored notifications (“nudges”) to each user, helping employees stay physically and mentally well in the workplace. The innovation of the programme is the health information which is delivered in nudges which learn and adapt dependant on the users’ actions. This project was short listed for a Scottish Knowledge Exchange Innovation of the Year Award in 2019.
01-Jan-2018 - 28-Jan-2019

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