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Dr Jessica Jones Nielsen

Associate Dean (People & Culture)

School of Arts and Social Sciences, Department of Psychology

Contact Information


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D436, Rhind Building

Postal Address

City, University of London
Northampton Square
United Kingdom



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 completing her postdoctoral clinical training at Duke University's Counseling and Psychological Services in 2011, 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.


  1. PhD, University of Florida, United States

Administrative roles

  1. Chair, Staff Survey Advisory Group, City, University of London, Jan 2018 – present
  2. Lead, SASS Athena Swan, Equality & Diversity, 2017 – present
  3. Director, DPsych in Counselling Psychology Programme, 2014 – 2017


  1. Associate Dean (People & Culture) for SASS, City University London, London, May 2017 – present
  2. Senior Lecturer in Psychology, City University London, London, Aug 2014 – present
  3. Lecturer in Psychology, City University London, London, Mar 2013 – Jul 2014
  4. Research Associate, Imperial College London, London, Sep 2011 – Feb 2013
  5. Psychology Resident Fellow, Duke University, Jul 2010 – Jul 2011

Memberships of professional organisations

  1. Registered Psychologist (HCPC membership no: PYL 30309), Health & Care Professions Council Registered Psychologist, Nov 2013 – present
  2. Chartered Member, British Psychological Society, 2013 – present


  1. City, University of London (2018) The President's Award for Excellence in Learning and Teaching Award
  2. Midlands Health Psychology Network Conference (2015) Research Presentation Award
  3. People’s Scientific Conference (2013) Health Disparities Research Fellowship Award
  4. University of Florida (2010) Office of Minority Graduate Program Dissertation Award
  5. University of Florida (2009) University Women’s Club Graduate Scholarship
  6. University of Florida (2009) Behavioral Medicine Research Team Outstanding Researcher Award
  7. University of Florida (2009) Ted Landsman Memorial Award in Counseling Psychology for Service Excellence
  8. American Psychological Association Division 38 Health Psychology (2008) Research Travel Grant
  9. American Psychological Association Division 38 Health Psychology (2008) Student Poster Award
  10. International Counseling Psychology Conference (2008) International Counseling Psychology Research Conference Scholarship
  11. McKnight Doctoral Fellowship Foundation (2007) Russell V. Ewald Award for Academic Excellence and Human Service


Research Interests

Dr Jessica Jones Nielsen has a background in community-based participatory action research and examines the intersection between physical and mental health, and promoting engagement in positive health behaviours with particular emphasis on the experiences of low-income, ethnic minority community groups. She worked as research methods adviser in the Research Design Services at Imperial College London and as a university-based Psychology Resident Fellow at Duke University before joining City, University of London in 2013.
She initiated the Applied Psychology Training and Research Group at City, which joins together academics and clinicians in undertaking practice-based, service user-focused research in university and community settings. As the director for the research group, Dr Jones Nielsen has been involved in evaluating the effectiveness of mindfulness-based therapies and other related forms of psychological therapies in reducing anxiety, and this research has been funded by the British Psychological Society. Additionally, the group serves as a doctoral training and clinical placement for offering low-cost psychological counselling services to local community members.

Dr Jones Nielsen supervises research and professional doctorate students who are examining the experiences of underrepresented groups in mental health settings, using action research to improve the experiences of services users, and evaluating mental and physical health interventions for complex health issues. She is also keen to encourage postgraduate research projects that take a participatory action research approach. Recent doctoral research projects include work on the development of a text messaging interventions for patients with inflammatory bowel disease and an exploration of barriers to treatment for female problem gamblers.

Her research has been published in premier journals in her field, such as The Counseling Psychologist, Health Psychology and BMJ Open and her recent research projects include work on developing a weight achievement programme for BME women using a participatory action research approach, as well as developing and validating measurements and surveys. Dr Jones Nielsen also serves as an editorial board member of the Health Psychology Research, an international, open access, peer-reviewed journal.

Research Students

Abigail Brown

Attendance: Sep 2014 – Oct 2018, full-time

Thesis title: The journey towards resilience following a traumatic birth: A grounded theory study

Role: 1st Supervisor

Emilia Szmigielska

Attendance: Sep 2014 – Aug 2018, full-time

Thesis title: A mixed methods study of an internet-based body image intervention using Feminist Theory to enhance Positive Body Image

Role: 1st Supervisor

Tarynne Quirk

Attendance: 2014 – 2018, full-time

Thesis title: DPsych; An Investigation into Weight Bias Among Mental Health Professionals Treating Overweight and Obese Patients

Role: 1st Supervisor

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

Sumira Riaz

Attendance: Jan 2013 – May 2018, part-time

Thesis title: Health Psychology in the Digital Age

Role: 1st Supervisor

Anna Kaufman

Attendance: 2013 – 2016, full-time

Thesis title: DPsych; The experience of treatment for female problem gamblers

Role: 1st Supervisor

Athena Foran

Attendance: 2013 – 2016, full-time

Thesis title: DPsych: Managing Emotions through Eating

Role: 1st Supervisor

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

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

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

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

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



  1. Jones Nielsen, J. and Nicholas, H. (2017). Counselling Psychology in the United Kingdom. In Goodyear, R.K. and Lichtenberg, J.W. (Eds.), A global portrait of counselling psychology New York: Routledge. ISBN 1-138-72207-3.

Journal articles (15)

  1. Riaz, S. and Jones Nielsen, J. (2019). A pilot study of a text messaging intervention to modify illness and medication beliefs amongst patients diagnosed with inflammatory bowel disease. Journal of Technology in Behavioral Science. doi:10.1007/s41347-018-0083-1.
  2. Woringer, M., Nielsen, J.J., Zibarras, L., Evason, J., Kassianos, A.P., Harris, M. … Soljak, M. (2017). Development of a questionnaire to evaluate patients' awareness of cardiovascular disease risk in England's National Health Service Health Check preventive cardiovascular programme. BMJ Open, 7(9). doi:10.1136/bmjopen-2016-014413.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. Goodyear, R., Lichtenberg, J., Hutman, H., Overland, E., Bedi, R., Christiani, K. … 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.
  6. 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.
  7. Tucker, C.M., Lopez, M.T., Campbell, K., Marsiske, M., Daly, K., Nghiem, K. … 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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). doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0065764.
  10. Curry, N., Harris, M., Gunn, L.H., Pappas, Y., Blunt, I., Soljak, M. … Bardsley, M. (2013). Integrated care pilot in north-west London: A mixed methods evaluation. International Journal of Integrated Care, 13(JULY-SEPTEMBER 20). doi:10.5334/ijic.1149.
  11. Harris, M., Greaves, F., Patterson, S., Jones Nielsen, J., Pappas, Y., Majeed, A. … 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.
  12. 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.
  13. 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. doi:10.5993/ajhb.33.6.4.
  14. Tucker, C.M., Mirsu-Paun, A., Van den Berg, J.J., Ferdinand, L., Jones, J.D., Curry, R.W. … 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.
  15. Tucker, C.M., Ferdinand, L.A., Mirsu-Paun, A., Herman, K.C., Delgado-Romero, E., Van Den Berg, J.J. … 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.

Posters (3)

  1. Woringer, M., Jones Nielsen, J. and Zibarras, L. Development and Validation of the Attitudes and Beliefs about Cardiovascular Disease (ABCD) Risk Survey. NHS Health Check 2015 – Improvement through Collaboration Conference, 2015.
  2. Jones Nielsen, J., Tucker, C. and Nghiem, K. Patient-centered culturally sensitive health care: Model testing and refinement. American Psychological Association Convention, 2008.
  3. Jones Nielsen, J. and Tucker, C. Patient-centered culturally sensitive health care: Model testing and refinement. International Counseling Psychology Conference, 2008.


  1. Jones Nielsen, J., PAPPAS, Y., Ignatowicz, A., Belsi, A., Mastellos, N. and Costin-Davis, N. (2013). Understanding patient and provider experience and communication: North West London Integrated Care Pilot Evaluation: Report on work programme 4. Nuffield Trust.


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. Health Psychology Research, Board Member, Nov 2015 – present.