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Ulrika Hultgren

Department of Psychology

Coaching Psychology Unit


Thesis title: Can cognitive behavioural coaching increase well-being?

Supervisors: Professor Stephen Palmer and Dr Siobhain O'Riordan

Higher educational background

  • Licensed Psychologist
  • MSc

Overview and research interests

The main focus of this study is to explore if coaching can enhance well-being and if there is any evidence of differences in the applications of coaching when comparing results from the four research groups in this study; face to face, phone, computerised self-coaching and team coaching. Another aim of this study is to develop a cognitive behavioural team coaching (CBTC) framework and to collect information about what specific areas at work that can contribute to increased well-being and different teams' solutions on how to increase well-being at work.

Research interests

  • Well-being
  • Stress
  • Cognitive behavioural coaching
  • Team coaching
  • Computerised self-coaching.


  • Hultgren, U., Palmer, S. & O'Riordan, S. (2016). Developing and evaluating a virtual coaching programme: A pilot study. The Coaching Psychologist, 12(2), p.67-75.
  • Hultgren, U., Palmer, S. & O'Riordan, S. (2013). Can cognitive behavioural team coaching increase well-being? The Coaching Psychologist, 9(2), p.100-110.

Conference Papers

  1. BPS SGCP 5th European Coaching Psychology Conference 2015 - Breaking New Ground, 10-11 December, London. Paper: ‘Pilot study – Can virtual self-coaching enhance goal attainment and wellbeing?’
  2. International Academic Conference in e-methodology, 30-31 March 2016. University of Wroclaw, Wroclaw, Poland. Paper: ‘Virtual methods and practices – reflections regarding a pilot study in virtual self-coaching’.
  3. The 4th LCSS PhD Methodology Conference 2016, University of Westminster, 2 June, London, UK. Paper: ‘Controlling a virtual research group’.
  4. 6th International Congress of Coaching Psychology 2016: Positive and Coaching Psychology Through the Life Course, 26 July, London, UK. Paper: ‘Creating time and room for the dialogical self at work? - A pilot study in virtual self-coaching’.
  5. BPS SGCP 6th European Coaching Psychology Conference 2016 - Creating a new sustainability in uncertain times, 8-9 December, London. Paper: ‘Team coaching as a method in the workplace psychosocial risk assessment process’.