Nuno Ferreira

Lecturer, Advanced Practice Seminars & Research 1 and 2 Coordinator


After graduating from a Licenciature in Clinical Psychology in Portugal in 2004 and working as a Clinical Psychologist in an Alcohol Service for 1 year, I was invited to participate in a research project looking at emotion and emotion regulation in Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder at the University of Edinburgh. Between 2006 and 2007 I have also worked in several services across Lothian in clinical capacities. In 2007 I began a PhD by Research in the use of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy for Irritable Bowel Syndrome. After completing my PhD I have worked for the University of Edinburgh in a small project looking at e-learning materials for the MSC in Child and Adolescent Psychology.

In my current position as Lecturer in Clinical Psychology,I coordinate the Advanced Practice Seminars, and teach on research methods and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy in the DClin Programme. I also provide some teaching  across several courses in the MSc in Applied Psychology for Children and Young People, and for the MSc Children & Young People's Mental Health and Psychological Practice.

Further to my teaching I supervise MSc and doctoral students across all programmes.

Research summary

I am interested in the use and development of Third Wave Cognitive Behavioural approaches in particular the applications of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) for long-term or chronic health conditions.

I am interested in developing intervention models based on ACT across all populations and age groups.

I am also interested in Contextual Psychology basic research such as the study of the impact of concepts such as values, acceptance/ avoidance, cognitive fusion and mindfulness on psychosocial and physical outcomes.

Further to my main research interests I am also interested in the areas of emotion, emotion regulation, alexythimia, PTSD, eating disorders and e-learning.

Research activity

Low intensity interventions for IBS (Co-applicant)

This project is a continuation of my PhD and will be investigating the efficacy of a purely self-help intervention for patients with long-standing IBS. This project is being funded by the Moray Endowment Award (£676) 

On-line training of clinical psychology post-graduates in Good clinical Practice Research principles (Chief Investigator)

This project aims to develop and evaluate a novel on-line training module of GCP for non-drug trials with a particular focus on Clinical Psychology.  This project is being funded by the Principal's Teaching Award Scheme (PTAS) (£1482)

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