Mr Matthew Ridley

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  • Qualifications:Psychology/Applied Psychology & Psychological Research Methods: BSc (Hons), PGDip, MSc (University of Nottingham)
  • Position:PhD Candidate
  • Department:HAS - Health and Social Sciences
  • Telephone:+4411732 81890

About me

A Psychologist and PhD candidate in the Centre for Appearance Research (CAR), currently writing up my thesis (Factors contributing towards psychological resilience in individuals with and without Cleft Lip and or/Palate [CL/P]; supervised by Professor Nichola Rumsey, Dr. Amy Slater, & Dr. Nicola Stock). I have expertise in resilience - both condition-specfic and general resilience (as well as in the synthesis of these), and meaning (e.g., meaning-making) in adversity. 

ESRC doctoral centre school trained in both qualtiative and quantitative research methods. I like to use a mixed methods approach. I gained my Masters (MSc) in Psychological Research Methods (University of Nottingham). Specific expertise in narrative approaches/methods (qualitative), predictive analytics (e.g., regression), and process analyses (e.g., mediation) (quantitative). 

Having previously worked as an Assistant Psychologist (NHS) with people with a wide variety of psychological needs, from varied age groups, and in different settings (e.g., Child Adolescent Mental Health Outpatient & Adult inpatient Services), and with experience using a variety of therapeutic modes/models (e.g., CBT, narrative/systemic, dialectical, mindfulness), my research is applied in nature. I represented England (and GB) at Schoolboy level for football and played elite junior level up until the age of 18 years old. These diverse experiences planted a seed of curiosity with regards to how individuals (and groups/teams) cope with adversity as well as the factors (e.g., character strengths) that facilitate coping/resilience.

Going forward, I am particularly interested in the role of meaning (e.g., personal meaning, eudaimonic well-being) and how its factors and processes contribute towards an individuals resilience and "the meaningful life", including the utility of meaning-centred and narrative approaches in helping individuals and groups to find/make meaning and make sense of life, especially in times of adversity. 

A graduate member of the British Psychological Society, and a member of the International Network on Personal Meaning (and a member of the positive psychology 2.0 special interest group) and the European Network for Positive Psychology. 

Area of expertise

Areas of interest/expertise include resilience, condition-specific resilience, coping, meaning in adversity and meaning making, optimism, self-compassion, passion, psychological flexibility, positive psychology, positive psychology 2.0, trauma, performance psychology, narrative therapy, meaning therapy, cognitive behavioural therapy; applied research, narrative approaches, meaning-centred approaches, predictive analytics, systematic reviews, and meta-analyses; qualitative, quantitative, and mixed methods research.


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