Dr Veronica Nicky Thomas

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Dr Veronica Joan Thomas (commonly known as Nicky) is currently working as a Consultant Health Psychologist within the Department of Haematology at Guy’s & St Thomas hospitals Trust, London UK and was appointed in 1997.

Nicky is also an Honorary Lecturer in health psychology department in the department of Psychology at the Institute of Psychiatry Kings College.

She started the specialist health psychology service for people with Sickle Cell disease (SCD) in 1997 and this specialist service has now been extended to provide health psychological input for medical haematology and haemophilia patients. She has specialist knowledge & experience in, undertaking a multi-centred RCT trial evaluating the efficacy of Cognitive Behaviour Therapy to manage pain in sickle cell disease and evaluation of communication skills, cultural awareness and motivational interviewing training for health care professionals.

She has lectured on Sickle cell disease at national and international conferences, such as British Psychological Society, as well as the annual SCD disease conference in USA.

Specialist interests

  • The psychological aspects of sickle cell disease
  • Pain management
  • Coping with haemophilia and other long term conditions
  • Cultural differences in the experience of pain
  • Communication & cultural awareness training for health care professionals

Research interests

  • The psychological aspects of sickle cell disease
  • Stigma in SCD
  • Communication & cultural awareness training for health care professionals
  • Communication skills & motivational interviewing training for doctors and nurses working in cancer care

Publications

Education and training

  • PhD in Health Psychology
  • Post Graduate Diploma in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy
  • Post Graduate Diploma in Psychodynamic Counselling.

 

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