Dr Mark Hoelterhoff (PhD)

Lecturer in Clinical Psychology and Programme Director for Staff Learning and Teaching Development

Contact details

Address

Street

School of Health in Social Science
Medical School, Doorway 6
Teviot Place

City
Edinburgh
Post code
EH8 9AG

Availability

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Background

I have been in the field of mental well-being for over 25 years. As a counselling psychologist, my experience includes working alongside people in both  private practise and third sector organisations around the world. I promote developing psychological capital (PsyCap) to enable individuals and communities to thrive. My therapeutic work is based on positive psychology which is founded on the belief that people want to find meaning, develop their potential and live fulfilling lives. In addition to health care settings, I’ve worked at several higher education institutions before coming to the University of Edinburgh. 

Qualifications

PhD Psychology at University of Plymouth

MA Psychology at Alliant University

MA Counselling Psychology at Trinity International University

BA Psychology at University of Dayton

Responsibilities & affiliations

British Psychological Society Chartered Psychologist

Health and Care Professioal Council Registered Practitioner Psychologist (Counselling Psychology)

Higher Education Academy Senior Fellow

Undergraduate teaching

Psychological Therapies for the BSc in Psychology

Postgraduate teaching

Psychological Therapies for the MSc in Psychology of Mental Health

Trauma Across the Lifespan for the Doctorate in Clinical Psychology

Open to PhD supervision enquiries?

Yes

Research summary

I am interested in why psychological capital (PsyCap) matters and how can we develop it through an agentic strengths-based education strategy among young people at risk of vulnerability in a global context. This includes students and new career professionals in demanding environments and young people in low and middle-income countries/communities (LMIC). 

I will collaborate and supervise projects on:

• Flourishing in the academic community; the role of Hope, Efficacy, Optimism, Resilience (HERO) in intra-personal and inter-personal transformation.

•Understanding the role of PsyCap as a protective factor that enables positive re-settlement and thriving among refugees.

•The role of PsyCap and meaningful engagement for vocations with high burn-out.

•Agentic protective factors that contribute to greater posttraumatic growth.  

 

 

 

Current project grants

2020 (£15,000) Cara Syria Programme Larger Grant
Project title: The effect of electricity shortage on social well-being in people living in northern Syria (Principal Investigator).

2018-2020. Erasmus+ KA2 – Strategic partnership for innovation in the adult field
Project: Support well-being among potential entrepreneurs with a migrant/refugee background to start and develop business initiatives in the Blue Growth economy on behalf of the Scottish Islands Federation (Consultant).

Past project grants

2019 (£80,500) College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences SFC Official Development Assistance Global Challenges Internal Fund
Project Title: Leadership in Ethics, Integrity and Research Conduct in Complex LMIC-UK partnership projects (Co-Investigator).

2019 (£50,000) College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences SFC Official Development Assistance Global Challenges Internal Fund
Project Title: Strong minds, strong lives: Building enduring partnerships through co-design of a rural mental health service and research strategy in Malawi (Co-Investigator).

2018 (£14,981) The Global Academies and Edinburgh Global Research and Partnership Fund (LMIC).
Project: Growing strong kids in Malawi: A collaborative needs analysis between a Scottish research team and MamaLita School in Namwera, Malawi (Co-Investigator).

2018 (£9123). The College of Radiographers
Project: Studying resilience among newly qualified radiographers (Co-Investigator).

2016 (£5,000) University of Cumbria Research and Development Funding
Project: Exploring the role of social capital in the Storm Desmond flood (Co-Investigator).

2012 (£1200) University of Cumbria Research and Development Funding
Project: The impact of sustainable development activities on health and well-being in a Senegalese population (Principal Investigator).

2005-2010 (£21,075) University of Plymouth PhD Scholarship funding

2006 ($25,000) Lions Club International Start Up Grant
Project: Lions Quest well-being pilot programme for Lithuanian primary school children (Co-Investigator).

View all 21 publications on Research Explorer

Invited speaker

Keynote Speaker

Hoelterhoff, M. (2019). Developing resilience through an agentic strengths-based education strategy promoting well-being among young people at risk of vulnerability in a global context.   Conference of International Society of Psychology, Counselling and Education (ISPCE). University of Malaysia, Sabah.

https://icpce2019.ums.edu.my

 

Papers delivered

2015-2020

Sloane, C., Miller, P., De Witt, J., Hoelterhoff, M., Marland, A. (accepted). Don’t Fear the Theatre? Dark tales from recently-qualified diagnostic radiographers. UK Imaging and Oncology Congress: Pathways and Communication, Liverpool ACC, 1-3 June 2020

 

Hoelterhoff M, Sloane C, Miller, PK, Marland A, Barclay M, and De Witt J, (accepted).  ‘Looking back at my student years now…: Recently-qualified radiographers’ retroactive understandings of key resilience sources’. UK Imaging and Oncology Congress: Pathways and Communication, Liverpool ACC, 1-3 June 2020

 

Hoelterhoff, M. (2019). Developing resilience through an agentic strengths-based education strategy promoting well-being among young people at risk of vulnerability in a global context.   Conference of International Society of Psychology, Counselling and Education (ISPCE). University of Malaysia, Sabah.

 

Hoelterhoff, M. (2019).  The role of protective factors on flourishing vs. burn-out in the work force: a strengths-based perspective on resilience. Radiography Curriculum Development & Workforce Recovery Conference, Lancaster, UK.

 

Hoelterhoff, M. & Chibwana, K., (2019). Strong minds, strong lives: Building enduring partnerships through co-design of a rural mental health service and research strategy. Malawi Mental Health Conference, Blantyre, Malawi.

 

Calia, C. , Yucelli, S. ,Hoelterhoff, M, Amos, A, Chibwana, K., Kawale, P., Johnston, S., ,Magowan, R., Taylor, E., Reid, C.(2019) The challenges and opportunities of informed consent in LMIC. The 3rd European Congress of Qualitative Inquiry. Edinburgh, UK.

 

Hellmold, R. , East, A., ,Sandhu, S., Mark Hoelterhoff, M. (2019). A qualitative exploration of students' experiences of trauma - a dialectical perspective. The 3rd European Congress of Qualitative Inquiry. Edinburgh, UK.

 

Taylor, E., Hoelterhoff, M., Reid, C., Calia, C., Johnstone, S. (2018). Implementing the principles of child-sensitive social protection in programmes designed to improve child psychosocial wellbeing and resilience: a review and case study. What Works for Africa’s poorest children? Social Policies and Programmes for Children Living in Extreme Deprivation. Kampala, Uganda

 

Jackson, I., & Hoelterhoff, M. (2017). What change processes does team formulations facilitate in Intellectual disability (ID) staff teams? A practitioner’s perspective. Paper presentation at the Seattle Club annual conference on intellectual and developmental disabilities. Durham, UK

 

Hoelterhoff, M. & Smith, D. (2017). The role of social capital in developing flood resilience. Paper presentation at the 38th Annual Conference of the Stress and Anxiety Research Society, Hong Kong.

 

Hoelterhoff, M., & Chung, M.C. (2015). Resilience against death anxiety in relationship to post-traumatic stress disorder and psychiatric co-morbidity. Paper presentation at the 36th Annual Conference of the Stress and Anxiety Research Society, Tel Aviv, Israel.