Dr Dean M Thompson PhD, CPsychol

Dr Dean M Thompson

Institute of Applied Health Research
Research Fellow

Dean is a Chartered Psychologist and Research Fellow at the Institute of Applied Health Research. He is a Research Design Service (RDS) Advisor, offering consultation with health and social care researchers across England on all aspects of developing a grant application.

Dean’s PhD focused on the development of an audiologist-delivered psychological treatment for people with tinnitus, and has since focused on developing international best practice for peer support work for people with mental health problems with colleagues in Tanzania, Uganda, India, Israel and Germany. Prior to this, he worked as a clinician in a psychological therapies service with people with mental health problems. These experiences inspired his interest in improving access to and quality of psychological treatment by empowering patients and other clinicians outside of traditional mental health settings to provide support for people who need it.


  • PhD in Otorhinolaryngology, University of Nottingham, 2018
  • PGCert in Psychological Therapies, University of Nottingham, 2014
  • MRes in Clinical Psychology, University of Birmingham, 2012
  • BSc in Human Psychology with Integrated Placement Year, Aston University, 2011

Postgraduate supervision

Dean is interested in supervising PhD students in areas related to his current research interests.


Dean’s current and previous projects include:

UPSIDES (Using Peer Support In Developing Empowering Mental Health Services)

The primary objective of UPSIDES is to widen access to peer support interventions for people with mental health problems, by researching sustainable best practice in high-, middle- and low-resource settings. The UPSIDES project involves scientists, mental health professionals, peer workers and service users from six countries in Europe, Africa and Asia.


TinMan (Audiologist-delivered Psychological Tinnitus Management)

The primary objective of TinMan was to develop and evaluate the feasibility of a manualised psychological treatment for people with tinnitus.

COMiT (Core Outcome Measures in Tinnitus)

The primary objective of COMiT was to establish standards for outcome measurements in tinnitus clinical trials


Research groups and Centres:


Thompson, D. M., Taylor, J., Hall, D. A., Walker, D-M., McMurran, M., Casey, A., Stockdale, D., Featherstone, D. & Hoare, D. J. Patients' and Clinicians' Views of the Psychological Components of Tinnitus Treatment That Could Inform Audiologists' Usual Care: A Delphi Survey. Ear and Hearing 2017; 39, 2, p. 367-377; DOI: 10.1097/AUD.0000000000000492 

Taylor, J. A., Hall, D. A., Walker, D-M., McMurran, M., Casey, A., Stockdale, D., Featherstone, D., Thompson, D. M., MacDonald, C. & Hoare, D. J. A psychologically informed, audiologist-delivered, manualised intervention for tinnitus: protocol for a randomised controlled feasibility trial (Tin Man study). Pilot and Feasibility Studies 2017; 3, p. 24; DOI: 10.1186/s40814-017-0137-8 

Thompson, D. M., Hall, D. A., Walker, D-M. & Hoare, D. J. Psychological Therapy for People with Tinnitus: A Scoping Review of Treatment Components. Ear and Hearing 2016; 38, 2, p. 149-158; DOI: 10.1097/AUD.0000000000000363

Hall, D. A., Haider, H., Szczepek, A. J., Lau, P., Rabau, S., Jones-Diette, J., Londero, A., Edvall, N. K., Cederroth, C. R., Mielczarek, M., Fuller, T., Batuecas-Caletrio, A., Brueggemen, P., Thompson, D. M., Norena, A., Cima, R. F. F., Mehta, R. L. & Mazurek, B. Systematic review of outcome domains and instruments used in clinical trials of tinnitus treatments in adults.Trials. 2016; 17, 1, p. 270; DOI: 10.1186/s13063-016-1399-9

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