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Dr Jessica Jones Nielsen

Associate Dean (People & Culture)

School of Arts and Social Sciences, Department of Psychology

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Postal Address

City, University of London
Northampton Square
London
EC1V 0HB
United Kingdom

About

Background

Dr Jones Nielsen, Associate Dean (People & Culture) of the School of Arts and Social Sciences, joined City, University of London in March 2013. She is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Psychology and served as the Programme Director for the HCPC approved and BPS Accredited DPsych in Counselling Psychology programme.

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 at City, University of London.

Qualifications

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

Professional Bodies

-British Psychological Society (Division of Counselling Psychology, Chartered Member)
-Health and Care Professions Council (Registered Psychologist)

Administrative Roles

-Associate Dean (People & Culture) (2017-present)
-Director, DPsych in Counselling Psychology Programme (2014-2017)
-Deputy Director, DPsych in Counselling Psychology Programme (2013-2014)
-Psychology Ethics Committee Member (2013-present)
-Psychology Research Committee Member (2013-present)
-SASS Research Committee Member (2013-present)

Research

Research Interests

Dr Jones Nielsen's research has focused on understanding the intersection between physical and mental health and promoting engagement in positive health behaviors (i.e., healthy eating, physical activity, negotiating with health professionals, stress management) through the use of psycho-education and community-based participatory interventions; examining the influence of the patient-physician relationship on treatment adherence and health outcomes of patients with chronic health conditions; and promoting cultural sensitivity and health promotion/prevention in health care with a specific focus on racial/ethnic minorities.

Her research interests also include:
- 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

Dr Jones Nielsen would welcome enquiries from potential PhD students interested in any of the above research areas.

Research Students

Name
Kate Bexley
Attendance
2014 – 2017, full-time
Thesis Title
DPsych; Improving access to psychological therapy for people with learning disabilities from service users' and clinicians' perspectives: An action research approach
Role
1st Supervisor
Name
Tarynne Quirk
Attendance
2014 – present, full-time
Thesis Title
DPsych; An Investigation into Weight Bias Among Mental Health Professionals Treating Overweight and Obese Patients
Role
1st Supervisor
Name
Emilia Szmigielska
Attendance
2014 – present, full-time
Thesis Title
DPsych; Our Bodies: A pilot study of an internet based body image intervention using Feminist Theory to enhance Positive Body Image
Role
1st Supervisor
Name
Anna Kaufman
Attendance
2013 – 2016, full-time
Thesis Title
DPsych; The experience of treatment for female problem gamblers
Role
1st Supervisor
Name
Athena Foran
Attendance
2013 – 2016, full-time
Thesis Title
DPsych: Managing Emotions through Eating
Role
1st Supervisor
Name
Omara Naseem
Attendance
2012 – 2015, full-time
Thesis Title
DPsych; Understanding Men's Experience of Masculinity, Body Image and Psychological Well-Being: An Interpretative Analysis
Role
1st Supervisor
Name
Genevieve Hughes
Attendance
2012 – 2015, full-time
Thesis Title
DPsych; 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
Role
1st Supervisor
Further Information
Awarded DPsych in 2015
Name
Brian Murray
Attendance
2011 – 2015, full-time
Thesis Title
DPsych; What Do We Mean By Madness: How And Where Is It Used Today?
Role
1st Supervisor
Further Information
Awarded DPsych in 2015
Name
Helen Ferris
Attendance
2011 – 2014, full-time
Thesis Title
DPsych; Individual and Organisational Interventions for People with Long-­Term Mental Health Conditions in Employment: How to Survive and Thrive at Work
Role
1st Supervisor
Further Information
Awarded DPsych in 2015
Name
Zoé Dixon-Havers
Attendance
2011 – 2013, full-time
Thesis Title
DPsych; The Couples’ Story: A narrative analysis of couples’ presentations of the experience of living with an eating disorder
Role
1st Supervisor
Further Information
Awarded DPsych in 2014

Publications

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. Kaufman, A., Jones Nielsen, J.D. and Bowden-Jones, H. (2016). Barriers to Treatment for Female Problem Gamblers: A UK Perspective. Journal of Gambling Studies . doi:10.1007/s10899-016-9663-1.
  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. and Nicholas, H. (2016). Counselling psychology in the United Kingdom. Counselling Psychology Quarterly, 29(2), pp. 206–215. doi:10.1080/09515070.2015.1127210.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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) .
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. 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.

Education

DPsych Modules Taught

-PSM417 Research Design and Analysis 1
-PSM418 Research Design and Analysis 2
-PSD315 Supervising, Consulting and Leading in Counselling Psychology

BSc Modules Taught

-PS3030 Introduction to Counselling Psychology
-PS1009 Psychology at City

Other Activities

Editorial Activity

  1. Journals:
    -American Journal of Lifestyle Medicine
    -American Journal of Preventive Medicine
    -British Journal of Health Psychology
    -Counselling Psychology Review
    -Health Psychology Research

    Applications for funding:
    -Diabetes UK
    -NIHR grants
    , Occasional reviewer for peer-reviewer.

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