Dr Gary Urquhart Law

School of Psychology
Associate Professor
Clinical Psychology Doctorate Programme Director
MSci Psychology & Psychological Practice Programme Director

Contact details

School of Psychology
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT


Dr Law is interested in child & family beliefs regarding physical ill-health and mental ill-health. Specifically, the use of self-regulation theory to explore self-management and adjustment in child chronic illness and mental health. Additional interests include the stigma of child mental health; specifically, perceived competencies, attitudes, attributions, behavioural intentions for children/adolescents labelled with psychiatric/diagnostic symptoms and predictors of help-seeking.

Research grants

ESRC Knowledge Transfer Grant: Improving Knowledge Transfer of Psychosocial Issues to Young People with Coeliac Disease via a new Multi-media DVD resource - £100K (Howard, Law & Petty; 2011-2012)

Coeliac UK - £75K (Howard, Oyebode & Law; 2008-2011): Psychosocial Factors Associated with Coeliac Disease: A UK-based study

Other activities

External Examiner for the University of Teesside, Doctorate in Clinical Psychology (2005-2009)

Accredited Practitioner for:

  • Group Triple P
  • Group Teen Triple P
  • Stepping Stones Triple P
  • Enhanced Triple P
  • Pathways Triple P

Accredited FRIENDS practitioner and trainer
Solihull Approach Practitioner
Solihull Approach Trainer
Solihull Approach Parenting Practitioner


  • British Psychological Society (BPS)
  • Division of Clinical Psychology (DCP)
  • Division of Clinical Psychology - West Midlands Branch Committee Member
  • Faculty for Children & Young People
  • British Association for Behavioural & Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP)
  • Association for Child & Adolescent Mental Health - ACAMH - formerly the Association of Child Psychology & Psychiatry (ACPP)
  • PsychoSocial Aspects of Diabetes (PSAD)
  • Association for Child Psychology & Psychiatry
  • Association for Child and Adolescent Mental Health


Recent publications


Howard, R, Law, G & Hobday, V 2015, 'A Tale of Two Diagnoses: An Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis of Healthcare Professionals Working with Children with Type 1 Diabetes and Coeliac Disease.', International Journal of Celiac Disease, vol. 3, no. 4, pp. 139-147. https://doi.org/10.12691/ijcd-3-4-10

Law, G, Butterworth, R, Vella, L & Johnson, R 2015, 'Parents' experiences of being in the Solihull Approach parenting group, 'Understanding Your Child's Behaviour': An interpretative phenomenological analysis', Child: Care, Health & Development, vol. 41, no. 6, pp. 882-894. https://doi.org/10.1111/cch.12284

Law, G, Nouwen, A & Queralt, V 2013, 'Adolescent and parent diabetes distress in type 1 diabetes: The role of self-efficacy, perceived consequences, family responsibility and adolescent–parent discrepancies.', Journal of Psychosomatic Research, vol. 74, 74 (2013), pp. 334-339. <http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jpsychores.2012.12.009>

Law, G, Rostill-Brookes, H & Goodman, D 2009, 'Public stigma in health and non-healthcare students: Attributions, emotions and willingness to help with adolescent self-harm', International Journal of Nursing Studies, vol. 46, no. 1, pp. 108-119. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ijnurstu.2008.08.014

Nouwen, A, Breton, MC, Law, G & Descoteaux, J 2007, 'Stability of an empirical psychosocial taxonomy across type of diabetes and treatment', Diabetic Medicine, vol. 24, pp. 41-47. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1464-5491.2007.02009.x

Law, G, Sinclair, S & Fraser, N 2006, 'Children's attitudes and behavioural intentions towards a peer with symptoms of ADHD: Does the addition of a diagnostic label make a difference?', Journal of Child Health CareLa.

Law, G 2002, 'Dissimilarity in adolescent and maternal representations of Type 1 Diabetes: Exploration of relations to adolescent well-being', Child: Care, Health & Development, vol. 28 (5), pp. 369-378.

Law, G, Kelly, TP, Huey, D & Summerbell, C 2002, 'Self-management and well-being in adolescents with diabetes mellitus: Do illness representations play a regulatory role?', Journal of Adolescent Health, vol. 31, no. 4, pp. 381-385. https://doi.org/10.1016/S1054-139X(02)00397-X


Howard, R & Law, G 2014, Psychological well-being of children and young people with coeliac disease. in C Martin & T Dovey (eds), Paediatric Gastrointestinal Disorders: a psychosocial perspective. Paediatric Psychology, Radcliffe Publishing, pp. 186-207.

Howard, R & Law, G 2012, Coeliac Disease: Psychosocial Factors in Adults and Children. in CE Lloyd & T Heller (eds), Long -Term Conditions: Challenges in Health & Social Care. SAGE Publications, London, pp. 108-124.


Theodosi, E, Law, G & Howard, R 2009, 'Am I allowed that? A qualitative stidy of young people's experiences of living with Coeliac Disease', DCP Conference, 1/01/09.

Review article

Rose, C, Law, GU & Howard, RA 2023, 'The psychosocial experiences of adults diagnosed with coeliac disease: a qualitative evidence synthesis', Quality of life research : an international journal of quality of life aspects of treatment, care and rehabilitation. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11136-023-03483-1

Law, G, Tolgyesi, C & Howard, R 2012, 'Illness beliefs and self-management in children and young people with chronic illness: a systematic review', Health Psychology Review, vol. 8, no. 3, pp. 362-380. <http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/17437199.2012.747123>

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