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Lucy Cooper


School of Health & Wellbeing

01752 636700


Role Summary


I am a lecturer on the BSc (Hons) Psychotherapy and Counselling degree at Plymouth Marjon University, as well as a BACP Accredited Counsellor/Psychotherapist and PhD student at Sheffield Hallam University.

The majority of my clinical experience is in supporting students within Higher Education; as a Counsellor/Psychotherapist, a Specialist Mental Health Mentor, or in other Student Support and Welfare roles. I have worked in a variety of mental health charities and services across South Yorkshire as a counsellor or service manager.

I have also volunteered as a research ethics application reviewer for universities. These different, but often related experiences have helped inform my research interests.



  • PhD in Psychology (in progress), Sheffield Hallam University
  • MSc in Integrative Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP Accredited), University of Derby
  • PG Certificate in Counselling Skills, University of Derby
  • BSc (Hons) in Psychology, University of Sheffield



  • Counselling and Psychotherapy
  • Psychology
  • Research methods (quantiative and qualitative)



My experience in working with students has inspired my current PhD research; investigating Perfectionism, Anxiety and Wellbeing in UK Undergraduates. My thesis has involved analysing a large survey data-set I obtained in 2018, measuring multi-dimensional perfectionism, anxiety, worry, resilience, wellbeing and social media use in students. This has been analysed using various statistical tests, including regression, factor analysis and structural equation modelling. I also developed, implemented and evaluated a dual-factor intervention for students with perfectionism, combining Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy and Positive Psychology.

My research interests include:

  • Higher Education students' wellbeing trends and contributing factors, including; student mental health, transitions, social media use, academic attainment and wider socio-political and contextual factors
  • Higher Education professional and student support services; trends, challenges and solutions for delivery
  • Multi-dimensional perfectionism, wellbeing and procrastination
  • Counselling and psychotherapeutic interventions
  • Mental health and wellbeing
  • Positive Psychology

I have also worked as a research assistant for projects such as GrowPlus (positive psychology interventions for university students) and a project funded by Royal College of Nursing; a mixed-methods investigation exploring mental health nursing provisions for children and young people.




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Other Interests


Other than enjoying teaching and research, I'm also a keen rock climber, a caffeine-obsessive, a travel-enthusiast, a film-watcher, an occasional walker/cycler/swimmer and a frequent-music-festival-goer. Rarely am I seen without music or the radio on.

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