Ellen Henderson


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Dr Ellen M. Henderson is a health psychologist interested in self-management of chronic, acute or end-of-life pain in children; improving clinical and research practice in the management of pain and other symptoms in children; and the health of parental caregivers. Ellen’s research has used a variety of qualitative and quantitative research methods including interviews, focus groups, participant observation, ethnography, feasibility studies, online interviews and focus groups and online and paper based surveys.

Ellen graduated in 2013 with a PhD from the University of Bath in the Psychology of Child Pain before working as a postdoctoral researcher at the University of the West of England and a senior research fellow at the Louis Dundas Centre for Children’s Palliative Care at the UCL Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health.

Since 2020 Ellen has worked as a lecturer in health psychology at Ulster University. 

Research Interests

  • Self-management of chronic, acute or end-of-life pain in children
  • Improving clinical and research practice in the management of pain and other symptoms in children
  • The health of parental caregivers of children with medically complex conditions 

Current and Recent Grants

Henderson EM (PI). A collaborative workshop to discuss pathways to intervention to improve sleep of parents of children with life-limiting conditions: A pilot study of guidance and engagement plan development. Parent Support, Alice’s Arc, Dec 2021-Jun 2022 (£7,750)

Teaching Interests

Module co-ordinator and lecturer:

  • Health Psychology MSc Module PSY717: Social, Cultural and Family Perspectives in Health Psychology 

 Lecturer on: 

  • 1st year BSc module PSY105: Introduction to Research Methods 
  • Health Psychology MSc module PSY855: Social, Cultural and Family Perspectives in Health Psychology 

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities


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