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Dr Gareth Abbey
CPsychol, AFBPsS


Department of Social Sciences and Nursing

Portrait of Gareth Abbey


Gareth completed his BSc (Hons) in psychology and MSc in Psychological Research at the University of Wales, Bangor. Gareth then completed his PGCert in Low-Intensity Psychological Therapies at the University of Exeter, and worked as a Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner (PWP) in NHS primary care, before completing his PhD at Bournemouth University.

Gareth subsequently completed his PGDip in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) for Anxiety & Depression at the University of Southampton, and has since been working in clinical practice treating anxiety and depressive disorders in an NHS setting. He is a CBT therapist, Chartered Psychologist, and an Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society.

Further information

Gareth's recent publications include A meta-analysis of prevalence rates and moderating factors for cancer-related post-traumatic stress disorder and ...

Abbey, G., Thompson, S.B.N., Hickish, T., & Heathcote, D. (2014). A meta-analysis of prevalence rates and moderating factors for cancer-related post-traumatic stress disorder. Psycho-Oncology, DOI: 10.1002/pon.3654

Cherry, MG, Salmon, P., Byrne, A., Ullmer, H., Abbey, G., & Fisher, P. (2019). Qualitative Evaluation of Cancer Survivors’ Experiences of Metacognitive Therapy: A New Perspective on Psychotherapy in Cancer Care. Frontiers in Psychology. 10.949. doi:10.3389/fpsyg.2019.00949.

Fisher, P., Byrne, A., Fairburn, L., Abbey, G., Ullmer, H., & Salmon, P. (2019). Brief Metacognitive Therapy for Emotional Distress in Adult Cancer Survivors. Frontiers in Psychology,

Taught courses

BSc (Hons) Psychology

Psychology is about the study of mind, behaviour, experience and relationships. Become a Chartered Psychologist with our BPS accredited degree.

BSc (Hons) Psychology and Sociology

Explore the fascinating behaviours of individuals, as well as the cultural and political issues that shape collective experiences, on this BPS accredited degree.

BSc (Hons) Psychology with Counselling and Mental Health

Combine your skills in psychology and counselling to influence behaviour change and recovery on our BPS accredited degree.

BSc (Hons) Sport and Exercise Psychology

Understanding performance and wellbeing is essential for helping athletes to cope with pressure and regulate their emotions. Prepare for your future in sport psychology on this BPS accredited degree.

BA (Hons) Education

Explore the fascinating area of child development practices, how children and young people learn while gaining practical experience in school placements, and prepare for your future in education.