Catherine HitchSwansea University and The Open University · School of Medicine
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Catherine Hitch is currently a PhD researcher at the School of Psychology, Queens University Belfast. She is connected to the Veterans Health and Wellbeing project. Catherine does research in Community Psychology, Social Psychology and Health Psychology, specifically relating to veterans (physical and mental health). A key consideration of her PhD will be veteran help-seeking.
Many veterans suffer chronic pain, which may be exacerbated by military shaped attitudes to health. There is a paucity of research that explores veterans’ experiences of developing coping strategies to manage chronic pain. This study employed a qualitative, Grounded Theory (GT) approach with seven participants. The participant involvement was via i...
Background: Little research has examined the impact of working within the context of COVID-19 on UK healthcare professionals (HCPs) mental health and well-being, despite previous pandemic findings indicating that HCPs are particularly vulnerable to suffering PTSD and other mental health difficulties due to the nature of healthcare work. Specificall...
Systematic review into using acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) to treat PTSD and co-occurring gambling issues in military populations
Background: Trauma is often experienced comorbidly, especially for military veterans. Veterans exposed to political/post-political conflict may experience unique trauma comorbidities. Many Northern Ireland (NI) veterans were impacted by the Troubles conflict and remain within a society that is shaped by the Troubles’ legacy. It is useful to underst...
Background Childhood adversities can have a deleterious impact on mental health. Elevated levels of such adversities have been reported in veteran populations. Levels of resilience may be protective but early adverse experiences may impact on the development of resilience in the first instance. Objective This study aims to identify classes of chil...
Systematic review of enablers to barriers to help-seeking; quantitative approach for those who have ceased service
Background: Little research has examined mental health and well-being in the context of healthcare professionals (HCP) working during the COVID-19 pandemic within the UK. To our knowledge, no research has employed qualitative methodologies in order to examine this. We therefore aim to address this gap in research by qualitatively examining the live...
This project was undertaken as part of my MSc in Health Psychology. For the research element of the course I investigated how Army veterans cope with chronic pain, and applied a grounded theory approach to account for coping. I found through considering the themes it seems it is overall experience, and unique experience, that suggests how pain will...
Many veterans suffer chronic pain, which may be exacerbated by military shaped attitudes to health. However, to form a more accurate understanding of veteran pain management the purpose of the study was to explore the relationship between coping and chronic pain qualitatively. A grounded theory approach found that pain management is determined by p...
This is a presentation poster based upon an intervention I created through my Health Psychology MSc at the University of Ulster. The aim is to bring awareness and reduce excessive alcohol consumption in male Army veterans between the ages of 25-40. It uses Self-Empowerment theory to promote efficacy and group cohesion, which occurs via a specially...