Lydia Poole

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Lydia is a Senior Lecturer in Psychology at the University of Surrey, within the DClinPsy programme. She holds a BSc in Psychology from the University of Bath, an MSc in Health Psychology from the University of London (KCL and UCL) and a PhD in Psychobiology from UCL. The aim of her PhD was to examine the effect of biological processes involved in psychological recovery from cardiac surgery using a longitudinal design. Having completed her PhD in 2012, she gained a fellowship under the ESRC Future Leader scheme allowing her to investigate the psychobiology of depression across multiple physical illnesses. She joined the University of Surrey in 2022. Her research interests include depression, anxiety, mental health, wellbeing, stress, long-term conditions, diabetes, coronary heart diseases, multimorbidity, psychobiology, epidemiology, and laboratory stress studies.


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The caring dyad: how patients and their informal carers experience severe mental illness and cardiometabolic disease


Lydia Poole considers the caring dyad (the relationship experience of the patient and their informal carer) and the realities of living with cardiometabolic risk, metabolic syndrome and severe mental illness.

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Metacognitive therapy for depressive symptoms in cardiac patients: new findings from the PATHWAY trial


Lydia Poole reviews a recent randomised controlled trial evaluating group metacognitive therapy for depression and anxiety in cardiac patients.

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Multimorbidity: does depression predict the onset of physical illness?


Lydia Poole reviews a recent Canadian study examining depression as a risk factor for physical illness and multimorbidity in a cohort with no prior comorbidity.

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