Dr Dean M Thompson PhD, CPsychol, FHEA

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 with an interest in mental health, psychosocial interventions and peer support. He is an advisor for the Research Design Service (RDS), offering consultation with health and social care researchers to produce competitive grant applications.

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

Between 2007 and 2012, Dean studied human psychology and clinical psychology at Aston University and University of Birmingham respectively. During this time, he worked in labs designing experiments and running neuroimaging studies while delivering service evaluation for the NHS and teaching undergraduate psychology. Dean took up his first clinical post delivering cognitive behavioural interventions at Nottingham Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust in 2013, and later at Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health Foundation Trust.

In 2014, Dean was awarded a PhD studentship at NIHR Nottingham Biomedical Research Centre (University of Nottingham), where he won the American Auditory Society Student Research Award and the Sue Watson Presentation Prize for his work in developing and evaluating a package of training and intervention manual for audiologist-delivered psychological treatment for people with tinnitus. During this time, Dean was a guest lecturer at UCL and an expert advisor for the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA).

In 2018, Dean began working on peer support research before being appointed as a Research Fellow at the Institute of Applied Health Research (University of Birmingham). He continues to work on peer support research while teaching on the medical programme and consulting on research at the Research Design Service, and service evaluation via University of Birmingham Enterprise.

Teaching

Dean teaches evidence-based medicine and research methods, and co-leads the Health Improvement Evidence Review module on the medical programme.

Dean has guest lectured at UCL on the Modular MSc in Advanced Audiology/Masterclass in Tinnitus and Hyperacusis in Adults and Children.

Please contact Dean directly with any external teaching queries.

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, 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 . 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

Review article

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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