Dr Dean M Thompson PhD, CPsychol, FHEA

Dr Dean M Thompson

Institute of Applied Health Research
Research Fellow

Contact details

Address
Murray Learning Centre
University of Birmingham
Edgbaston
Birmingham
B15 2TT
UK

Dean is a Chartered Psychologist and Research Fellow at the Institute of Applied Health Research with an interest in mental health and mixed methods research.  He is an advisor for the Research Design Service (RDS), offering consultation with health and social care researchers on study design and delivery, patient and public involvement, and training and career opportunities.

Dean is Chair of the Early Career Researcher Academic Group (ECRAG) at IAHR.

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Qualifications

  • Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education, University of Birmingham, 2021 
  • 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, Aston University, 2011

Biography

Dean is a Chartered Psychologist trained to deliver cognitive behavioural interventions in the NHS where he previously worked in mental health services. Dean is interested in research focused on developing mental health support in settings outside of traditional mental health professions and services, and he was awarded a competitive PhD studentship in 2014 to join the NIHR Nottingham Hearing Biomedical Research Unit to develop and evaluate a psychological intervention for use in audiology settings. During his time in Nottingham, he won the American Auditory Society Student Research Award and the Sue Watson Presentation Prize for his work, and was a guest lecturer at UCL and an expert advisor for the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA).

Dean joined University of Birmingham in 2018 to develop his portfolio of research and work as an Advisor for NIHR Research Design Service (RDS), where he has consulted on over 150 grant and fellowship applications worth over £10m in successful research proposals across a wide range of subject areas and research methodologies. Dean is an NIHR RfPB West Midlands Regional Advisory Committee Member, NIHR reviewer, and reviewer for the RDS Public Involvement Fund. He continues to work on peer support research while teaching on the medical programme and consulting on service evaluation via University of Birmingham Enterprise.

Teaching

Dean is module coordinator for the Health Improvement Evidence Review in Medicine and Surgery (MBChB), and teaches on the following 

Dean has guest lectured at UCL on the Modular MSc in Advanced Audiology/Masterclass in Tinnitus and Hyperacusis in Adults and Children; and the IDA Institute Learning Hall’s Effective Information Sharing module.

Postgraduate supervision

Dean is interested in supervising postgraduate students in mental health, peer support and psychosocial interventions, paediatric burns, and tinnitus and hearing research. Please reach out to Dean directly if you would like to discuss a PhD. Dean is also available to mentor colleagues undertaking the PGCHE.

Research

Dean’s research interests include mental health, peer support and psychosocial interventions, paediatric burns, and tinnitus and hearing research. His past and present collaborations include:

  • REPS (Review of Reviews of Peer Support)

The REPS project collates peer support intervention components and outcome domains used to evaluate peer support, synthesises evidence of effectiveness, and identifies mechanisms of effect for people with chronic conditions.

  • Bowel Buddies

The aim of Bowel Buddies was to summarise the evidence on peer support interventions for people with Inflammatory Bowel Diseases.

  • UPSIDES (Using Peer Support in Developing Empowering Mental Health Services)

UPSIDES is a collaboration between academics, mental health professionals, patients, and peer support workers across Europe, Africa, and Asia 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.

  • PAD (Parent-Administered Dressing Changes in Paediatric Burns Aftercare)

In partnership with Birmingham Children’s Hospital, the PAD project explored the current state of play in paediatric burns services. PAD explored the support on offer to parents, and parents’ experiences of administering dressing changes for their children’s burns. 

  • CTiB (COVID Testing in Birmingham)

In collaboration with Birmingham City Council, Birmingham residents were surveyed and interviewed to explore the reasons underpinning the variable uptake on lateral flow tests for COVID with a view to generating findings to inform testing programmes and the associated information provided to the public.

Research groups and centres

Publications

Recent publications

Article

Thompson, DM, Bernard, M, Maxfield, B, Halsall, T & Mathers, J 2023, 'Focusing a realist evaluation of peer support for paediatric mental health', Discover Mental Health, vol. 3, no. 1, 18. https://doi.org/10.1007/s44192-023-00045-2

Mathers, J, Poyner, C, Thompson, D, Rudge, G & Pritchett, R 2022, 'Exploration of the uptake of asymptomatic COVID-19 lateral flow testing in Birmingham, UK: survey and qualitative research', BMJ open, vol. 12, no. 4, e056606. https://doi.org/10.1136/bmjopen-2021-056606

Thompson, D, Thomas, C, Hyde, L, Wilson, Y, Moiemen, N & Mathers, J 2021, 'At home parent-administered dressing changes in paediatric burns aftercare: a survey of burns centres’ practice', Burns. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.burns.2021.03.012

Thompson, D, Thomas, C, Hyde, L, Wilson, Y, Moiemen, N & Mathers, J 2021, 'At home parent-administered dressing changes in paediatric burns aftercare: interviews on parents’ experiences of treatment', Burns. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.burns.2021.06.005

Charles, A, Thompson, D, Nixdorf, R, Ryan, G, Shamba, D, Kalha, J, Moran, G, Hiltensperger, R, Mahlke, C, Puschner, B, Repper, J, Slade, M & Mpango, R 2020, 'A typology of modifications to peer support work for adults with mental health problems: systematic review', British Journal of Psychiatry , vol. 216, no. 6, pp. 301-307. https://doi.org/10.1192/bjp.2019.264

Taylor, JA, Thompson, D, Hall, DA, Walker, D-M, McMurran, M, Casey, A, Featherstone, D, MacDonald, C, Stockdale, D & Hoare, DJ 2020, 'The TinMan study: feasibility trial of a psychologically informed, audiologist-delivered, manualised intervention for tinnitus', International journal of audiology.

Ibrahim, N, Thompson, D, Nixdorf, R, Kalha, J, Mpango, R, Moran, G, Mueller‑Stierlin, A, Ryan, G, Mahlke, C, Shamba, D, Puschner, B, Repper, J & Slade, M 2019, 'A systematic review of influences on implementation of peer support work for adults with mental health problems', Journal of Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology. https://doi.org/10.1007/s00127-019-01739-1

Thompson, DM, Taylor, J, Hall, DA, Walker, D-M, McMurran, M, Casey, A, Stockdale, D, Featherstone, D & Hoare, DJ 2018, 'Patients' and Clinicians' Views of the Psychological Components of Tinnitus Treatment That Could Inform Audiologists' Usual Care: A Delphi Survey', Ear and Hearing, vol. 39, no. 2, pp. 367-377. https://doi.org/10.1097/AUD.0000000000000492

Taylor, JA, Hall, DA, Walker, D-M, McMurran, M, Casey, A, Stockdale, D, Featherstone, D, Thompson, DM, MacDonald, C & Hoare, DJ 2017, 'A psychologically informed, audiologist-delivered, manualised intervention for tinnitus: protocol for a randomised controlled feasibility trial (Tin Man study)', Pilot and Feasibility Studies, vol. 3, 24. https://doi.org/10.1186/s40814-017-0137-8

Abstract

Mathers, J, Poyner, C, Thompson, D, Rudge, G & Pritchett, R 2021, 'An exploration of the uptake of asymptomatic COVID-19 lateral flow testing in Birmingham, UK: cross-sectional survey and qualitative analysis', The Lancet, vol. 398, no. Supplement 2, S73. https://doi.org/10.1016/S0140-6736(21)02616-7

Review article

Thompson, D, Booth, L, Moore, D & Mathers, J 2022, 'Peer support for people with chronic conditions: a systematic review of reviews', BMC Health Services Research, vol. 22, no. 1, 427 . https://doi.org/10.1186/s12913-022-07816-7

Thompson, DM, Hall, DA, Walker, D-M & Hoare, DJ 2016, 'Psychological Therapy for People with Tinnitus: A Scoping Review of Treatment Components', Ear and Hearing, vol. 38, no. 2, pp. 149-158. https://doi.org/10.1097/AUD.0000000000000363

Hall, DA, Haider, H, Szczepek, AJ, Lau, P, Rabau, S, Jones-Diette, J, Londero, A, Edvall, NK, Cederroth, CR, Mielczarek, M, Fuller, T, Batuecas-Caletrio, A, Brueggemen, P, Thompson, DM, Norena, A, Cima, RFF, Mehta, RL & Mazurek, B 2016, 'Systematic review of outcome domains and instruments used in clinical trials of tinnitus treatments in adults', Trials, vol. 17, 270. https://doi.org/10.1186/s13063-016-1399-9

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