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Dr Jessica Jones Nielsen

Senior Lecturer in Psychology

School of Arts and Social Sciences, Department of Psychology

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D436, Rhind Building


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City, University of London
Northampton Square
United Kingdom



Dr Jones Nielsen was awarded a PhD in Counseling Psychology from the University of Florida, United States in 2010. Her PhD research investigated treatment adherence among a national sample of Hispanic primary care patients using a patient-centered culturally sensitive healthcare model.

After her postdoctoral clinical training at Duke University's Counseling and Psychological Services, she worked for two years as a Research Associate in Imperial College London's Department of Primary Care & Public Health before taking up her present post as lecturer at City University London in March 2013.

Dr Jones Nielsen is also Deputy Director and Research Coordinator for the Professional Doctorate in Counselling Psychology and serves as a personal tutor and research supervisor for several students on this course.


PhD in Counseling Psychology, University of Florida, 2010
MSc in Psychology, University of Florida, 2007
BSc in Psychology, University of Florida, 2003


Research Interests

- Psychological and physical health in ethnic minority populations
- Eating disorders and obesity
- Ethnicity and body image/appreciation
- Culturally sensitive and competent healthcare practice
- Integrated healthcare

Research Students

Zoé Dixon-Havers
Thesis Title
The Couples’ Story: A narrative analysis of couples’ presentations of the experience of living with an eating disorder
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Awarded DPsych in 2014
Helen Ferris
Thesis Title
DPsych; Individual and Organisational Interventions for People with Long-­Term Mental Health Conditions in Employment: How to Survive and Thrive at Work
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Awarded DPsych in 2015
Genevieve Hughes
Thesis Title
Maybe if I had heard my mother’s tongue I might speak easier’: A multi-layered exploration of the internal processes of Black and Minority Ethnic clients in psychodynamic therapy
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Awarded DPsych in 2015
Brian Murray
Thesis Title
What Do We Mean By Madness: How And Where Is It Used Today?
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Awarded DPsych in 2015


Conference Papers and Proceedings (2)

  1. Jones Nielsen, J., Laverty, A. and Saxena, S. (2012). Time trends in hospital admission in childhood and youth obesity in England from 2000 to 2010. Society for Academic Primary Care: London and South-East Region Annual Scientific Meeting 3-5 February, Cambridge, England.
  2. Jones Nielsen, J. and Tucker, C.M. (2010). Test of a Patient-Centered Culturally Sensitive Health Care Model for understanding treatment adherence among Hispanic patients. Annual meeting of the American Public Health Association Conference 8 Nov 2010 – 16 Dec 2013, Denver, Colorado.

Journal Articles (13)

  1. Jones Nielsen, J.D. and Nicholas, H. (2016). Counselling psychology in the United Kingdom. Counselling Psychology Quarterly, 29(2), pp. 206–215. doi:10.1080/09515070.2015.1127210.
  2. Goodyear, R., Lichtenberg, J., Hutman, H., Overland, E., Bedi, R., Christiani, K., Di Mattia, M., du Preez, E., Farrell, B., Feather, J., Grant, J., Han, Y.J., Ju, Y., Lee, D.G., Lee, H., Nicholas, H., Jones Nielsen, J., Sinacore, A., Tu, S. and Young, C. (2016). A global portrait of counselling psychologists’ characteristics, perspectives, and professional behaviors. Counselling Psychology Quarterly, 29(2), pp. 115–138. doi:10.1080/09515070.2015.1128396.
  3. Jones Nielsen, J.D., Wall, W. and Tucker, C.M. (2015). Testing of a model with latino patients that explains the links among patient-perceived provider cultural sensitivity, language preference, and patient treatment adherence. Journal of Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities, 3(1), pp. 63–73. doi:10.1007/s40615-015-0114-y.
  4. Tucker, C.M., Lopez, M.T., Campbell, K., Marsiske, M., Daly, K., Nghiem, K., Rahim-Williams, B., Jones, J., Hariton, E. and Patel, A. (2014). The Effects of a Culturally Sensitive, Empowerment-Focused, Community-Based Health Promotion Program on Health Outcomes of Adults with Type 2 Diabetes. Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved, 25(1), pp. 292–307. doi:10.1353/hpu.2014.0044.
  5. Curry, N., Harris, M., Gunn, L.H., Pappas, Y., Blunt, I., Soljak, M., Mastellos, N., Holder, H., Smith, J., Majeed, A., Ignatowicz, A., Greaves, F., Belsi, A., Costin-Davis, N., Jones Nielsen, J.D., Greenfield, G., Cecil, E., Patterson, S., Car, J. and Bardsley, M. (2013). Integrated care pilot in north-west London: A mixed methods evaluation. International Journal of Integrated Care, 13(JULY-SEPTEMBER 20) .
  6. Alhyas, L., Jones Nielsen, J., Dawoud, D. and Majeed, A. (2013). Factors affecting the motivation of healthcare professionals providing care to Emiratis with type 2 diabetes. Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine Short Reports, 4(2), p. 14. doi:10.1177/2042533313476419.
  7. Jones Nielsen, J.D., Laverty, A.A., Millett, C., Mainous, A.G., Majeed, A. and Saxena, S. (2013). Rising obesity-related hospital admissions among children and young people in England: national time trends study. PLoS One, 8(6), p. e65764. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0065764.
  8. Harris, M., Greaves, F., Patterson, S., Jones Nielsen, J., Pappas, Y., Majeed, A. and Car, J. (2012). The North West London Integrated Care Pilot: innovative strategies to improve care coordination for older adults and people with diabetes. J Ambul Care Manage, 35(3), pp. 216–225. doi:10.1097/JAC.0b013e31824d15c7.
  9. Tucker, C.M., Marsiske, M., Rice, K.G., Nielson, J.J. and Herman, K. (2011). Patient-Centered Culturally Sensitive Health Care: Model Testing and Refinement. Health Psychology, 30(3), pp. 342–350. doi:10.1037/a0022967.
  10. Jones, J.D., Tucker, C.M. and Herman, K.C. (2009). Stress and nutrition among African American women with hypertension. Am J Health Behav, 33(6), pp. 661–672.
  11. Tucker, C.M., Mirsu-Paun, A., Van den Berg, J.J., Ferdinand, L., Jones, J.D., Curry, R.W., Rooks, L.G., Walter, T.J. and Beato, C. (2007). Assessments for measuring patient-centered cultural sensitivity in community-based primary care clinics. J Natl Med Assoc, 99(6), pp. 609–619.
  12. Tucker, C.M., Ferdinand, L.A., Mirsu-Paun, A., Herman, K.C., Delgado-Romero, E., Van Den Berg, J.J. and Jones, J.D. (2007). The Roles of Counseling Psychologists in Reducing Health Disparities. The Counseling Psychologist, 35(5), pp. 650–678. doi:10.1177/0011000007301687.
  13. Kaufman, A., Jones Nielsen, J.D. and Bowden-Jones, H. Barriers to Treatment for Female Problem Gamblers: A UK Perspective. Journal of Gambling Studies . doi:10.1007/s10899-016-9663-1.


DPsych Modules Taught

Research Design and Analysis 1: Intra Subject Approaches
Research Design and Analysis 2: Inter Subject Approaches

BSc Modules Taught

Introduction to Counselling Psychology

Other Activities

Editorial Activity

  1. Occasional reviewer for peer-review journals: American Journal of Lifestyle Medicine, American Journal of Preventive Medicine, British Journal of Health Psychology, and Counselling Psychology Review

    Reviewer of applications for funding: Diabetes UK and NIHR grants


  1. Administrative Roles
    Programme Director - DPsych in Counselling Psychology
    Psychology Ethics & Research Committee (member)

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