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Translational, stress and psychosomatic research

The research theme incorporates a number of projects at the interface of physical and mental health. The studies involve a mixture of quantitative and qualitative research methods, and have translational applications. Projects include the development of novel personalised treatments for somatic symptom disorders; the evaluation of health services delivery for individuals with physical and mental health comorbidities; and the exploration of psychological, biological and environmental mechanisms underpinning stress and stress-related mental health conditions.

The team has strong expertise in the areas of physical and mental health comorbidities including somatic symptom disorders, complex intervention development and health services research within this population, in addition to expert knowledge of stress mechanisms and stress-related disorders.


Conversion And Neuro-inflammation Disorder Observational (CANDO) study

This is the first study in a programme of work aiming to explore the causes and treatments for conversion disorder/functional neurological disorder.

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An exploration of the relationship between social exclusion and pain in the UkBiobank

This project aims to explore the relationship between social exclusion and chronic pain, and the influence of related psychological problems, using data from the UKBiobank.

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Estimating the relative treatment effect for comorbid depression in people with Diabetes Mellitus

This project aims to update a review of the literature examing the effectiveness of treatments for people with diabetes and comorbid depression.

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English validation of a Dutch Physical Symptoms Questionnaire

This project involves the translation and validation of a Dutch physical symptoms questionnaire that is used in studies of somatic symptom disorders, for use in English-language based research.

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Comorbid cardiovascular disease and mental disorder

This involves collaboration with Kings College in the UPBEAT study, that followed 803 primary care patients with CHD every 6 months for 3 years.

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A European platforM to PromOte Wellbeing and HEalth in the workplace (EMPOWER)

A European collaborative project aimed at reducing work stress started January 1st 2020, in which the University of York is one of the collaborating partners. It is led by the Spanish partner in Barcelona, funded with € 3.99M by the EU Horizon 2020 programme.  EMPOWER envisions improving workplace conditions and employee mental health and well-being at the workplace.

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Official Dutch version of the English Recovering Quality of Life (ReQoL) Questionnaire

ReQoL was developed by a Scientific Group led from The University of Sheffield and funded by the Department of Health Policy Research Programme in England for use in the NHS.  It is a new Patient Reported Outcome Measure (PROM) that has been developed to assess the quality of life for people with different mental health conditions. Together with Dutch researchers of Erasmus and Leiden University, and licensed by the Sheffield and Oxford ReQol group, we developed the official Dutch version of this questionnaire.

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Work stress and resilience study in the COVID-19 era

During mental health week 2020 Professor Christina van der Feltz-Cornelis and her research team, based in the Department of Health Sciences, will launch an academic study which aims to explore how individuals respond to work stress and differ in terms of resilience. This will include the impact of COVID-19 on work and studying. 

The study is funded by the University of York, and by the European Union funded EMPOWER project, a European platforM to PromOte Wellbeing and HEalth in the workplace. It is supported by HR and by the students organisations of the University of York and Hull York Medical School (HYMS). The study received ethical approval of the Health Sciences Research Governance Board of the University of York.

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Research priority setting for Medically Not Yet Explained Symptoms (MNYES) in an Anglo-Dutch partnership with the James Lind Association

The University of York, the James Lind Association and Tilburg University launched a joint project aimed at establishing research priorities for Medically Not Yet Explained Symptoms.

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