Emily Arden-Close

Dr Emily Arden-Close

  • 01202 965529
  • eardenclose at bournemouth dot ac dot uk
  • Senior Lecturer (Academic)
  • Poole House P127, Talbot Campus, Fern Barrow, Poole, BH12 5BB
Back to top


I completed my BSc (Hons) in Psychology from the University of Warwick in 2001. I then went on to complete an MSc in Health Psychology and a PhD in Health Psychology Research and Professional Practice at the University of Southampton. My PhD research involved testing the effect of a written emotional disclosure intervention on distress and quality of life in women with ovarian cancer and their partners.

After my PhD, I worked at the University of Sheffield on a Cancer Research UK funded grant exploring the impact of sperm banking before cancer treatment on immediate and longer-term quality of life. I then returned to Southampton, where I was employed on a HTA funded grant entitled 'BREATHE: Breathing Retraining for Asthma Trial of Home Exercises. This involved developing a booklet and DVD for use in a trial of breathing training, which I qualitatively piloted on people with asthma.

I was appointed to a mixed academic post at Southampton in 2012, and promoted to Lecturer in May 2013. I joined the university in September 2014...



My research focuses on the impact of chronic illness (particularly cancer and asthma) on quality of life in both patients and their partners/ families, and the development of interventions to improve quality of life in these conditions, including web-based interventions. I use both qualitative and quantitative methods to achieve these aims. I am also interested in exploring the ways in which people use internet-based interventions. I am currently looking for PhD students to supervise in these areas.

Current projects I am involved in are as follows:

PROACTIVE: This is an intervention for men diagnosed with prostate cancer being managed by active surveillance, which consists of three group-based sessions supplemented by a website, in a randomized controlled feasibility trial. This work is being carried out in conjunction with colleagues at the University of Southampton. MOVA: Mindfulness in Recurrent Ovarian Cancer - A Feasibility Study This project looks at the effects of a group-based mindfulness programme on mental health and wellbeing in patients with recurrent ovarian cancer.

Journal Articles

  • Bruton, A., Arden-Close, E. et al., 2018. Physiotherapy breathing retraining for asthma: a randomised controlled trial. LANCET RESPIRATORY MEDICINE, 6 (1), 19-28.
  • Miles, C., Arden-Close, E., Thomas, M., Bruton, A., Yardley, L., Hankins, M. and Kirby, S.E., 2017. Barriers and facilitators of effective self-management in asthma: systematic review and thematic synthesis of patient and healthcare professional views. NPJ PRIMARY CARE RESPIRATORY MEDICINE, 27.
  • Arden-Close, E., Yardley, L., Kirby, S., Thomas, M. and Bruton, A., 2017. Patients' experiences of breathing retraining for asthma: a qualitative process analysis of participants in the intervention arms of the BREATHE trial. NPJ PRIMARY CARE RESPIRATORY MEDICINE, 27.
  • Thomas, M., Arden-Close, E. et al., 2017. A randomised controlled study of the effectiveness of breathing retraining exercises taught by a physiotherapist either by instructional DVD or in face-to-face sessions in the management of asthma in adults. HEALTH TECHNOLOGY ASSESSMENT, 21 (53), I-+.
  • Arden-Close, E. and McGrath, N., 2017. Health behaviour change interventions for couples: A systematic review. BRITISH JOURNAL OF HEALTH PSYCHOLOGY, 22 (2), 215-237.
  • Morrison, L., Arden-Close, E., Bradbury, K., Smith, E., Michaelides, D., Hargood, C., Weal, M., Little, P. and Yardley, L., 2015. How does usage of a weight-management intervention vary by context? The story of POWeR. European Health Psychologist, 17 (S).
  • Arden-Close, E., Smith, E., Bradbury, K., Morrison, L., Dennison, L., Michaelides, D. and Yardley, L., 2015. A visualisation tool to analyse usage of web-based interventions: The example of Positive Online Weight Reduction (POWeR). Journal of Medical Internet Research Human Factors.
  • Yardley, L., Ainsworth, B., Arden-Close, E. and Muller, I., 2015. The person-based approach to enhancing the acceptability and feasibility of interventions. Pilot Feasibility Stud, 1, 37.
  • Eiser, C., Merrick, H., Arden-Close, E., Morris, K., Rowe, R. and Pacey, A.A., 2014. Why don't some men with banked sperm respond to letters about their stored samples? Hum Fertil (Camb), 17 (4), 278-284.
  • Pacey, A.A., Merrick, H., Arden-Close, E., Morris, K., Tomlinson, M., Rowe, R. and Eiser, C., 2014. How do men in the United Kingdom decide to dispose of banked sperm following cancer treatment? Hum Fertil (Camb), 17 (4), 285-288.
  • Yardley, L., Arden-Close, E.J. et al., 2014. Randomised controlled feasibility trial of a web-based weight management intervention with nurse support for obese patients in primary care. International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity, 11, 67.
  • Bradbury, K., Watts, S., Arden-Close, E., Yardley, L. and Lewith, G., 2014. Developing digital interventions: a methodological guide. Evid Based Complement Alternat Med, 2014, 561320.
  • Arden-Close, E., Teasdale, E., Tonkin-Crine, S., Pitre, N., Stafford-Watson, M., Gibson, D., Bruton, A., Thomas, M. and Yardley, L., 2013. Patients' perceptions of the potential of breathing training for asthma: a qualitative study. Prim Care Respir J, 22 (4), 449-453.
  • Yardley, L., Arden-Close, E. et al., 2013. Evaluation of a web-based intervention to reduce antibiotic prescribing for LRTI in six European countries: quantitative process analysis of the GRACE/INTRO randomised controlled trial. Implement Sci, 8, 134.
  • Arden-Close, E., Gidron, Y., Bayne, L. and Moss-Morris, R., 2013. Written emotional disclosure for women with ovarian cancer and their partners: randomised controlled trial. Psychooncology, 22 (10), 2262-2269.
  • Bruton, A., Arden-Close, E. et al., 2013. The BREATHE study: Breathing REtraining for Asthma--Trial of Home Exercises. a protocol summary of a randomised controlled trial. Prim Care Respir J, 22 (2), PS1-PS7.
  • Pacey, A., Merrick, H., Arden-Close, E., Morris, K., Rowe, R., Stark, D. and Eiser, C., 2013. Implications of sperm banking for health-related quality of life up to 1 year after cancer diagnosis. Br J Cancer, 108 (5), 1004-1011.
  • Pacey, A.A., Merrick, H., Arden-Close, E., Morris, K., Barton, L.C., Crook, A.J., Tomlinson, M.J., Wright, E., Rowe, R. and Eiser, C., 2012. Monitoring fertility (semen analysis) by cancer survivors who banked sperm prior to cancer treatment. Hum Reprod, 27 (11), 3132-3139.
  • Arden-Close, E., Absolom, K., Greenfield, D.M., Hancock, B.W., Coleman, R.E., Eiser, C. and Late Effects Group Sheffield, 2011. Gender differences in self-reported late effects, quality of life and satisfaction with clinic in survivors of lymphoma. Psychooncology, 20 (11), 1202-1210.
  • Eiser, C., Arden-Close, E., Morris, K. and Pacey, A.A., 2011. The legacy of sperm banking: how fertility monitoring and disposal of sperm are linked with views of cancer treatment. Hum Reprod, 26 (10), 2791-2798.
  • Arden-Close, E., Eiser, C. and Pacey, A., 2011. Sexual functioning in male survivors of lymphoma: a systematic review (CME). J Sex Med, 8 (7), 1833-1841.
  • Arden-Close, E., Moss-Morris, R., Dennison, L., Bayne, L. and Gidron, Y., 2010. The Couples' Illness Communication Scale (CICS): development and evaluation of a brief measure assessing illness-related couple communication. Br J Health Psychol, 15 (Pt 3), 543-559.
  • Arden-Close, E., Pacey, A. and Eiser, C., 2010. Health-related quality of life in survivors of lymphoma: a systematic review and methodological critique. Leuk Lymphoma, 51 (4), 628-640.
  • Arden-Close, E., Gidron, Y. and Moss-Morris, R., 2008. Psychological distress and its correlates in ovarian cancer: a systematic review. Psychooncology, 17 (11), 1061-1072.


  • Arden-Close, E. and Eiser, C., 2010. Developmental and Family Factors. In: French, D., Vedhara, K., Kaptein, A.A. and Weinman, J., eds. Health Psychology. Chichester: Wiley-Blackwell, 372-383.


  • Arden-Close, E., Watts, S., Lewith, G., Doe, J., Wilde, B. and Bayne, L., 2017. The supportive management of depression and anxiety in ovarian cancer patients experiencing a first recurrence: A qualitative investigation. 81.
  • Lewith, G., Arden-Close, E. et al., 2016. PROACTIVE: PROSTATE Cancer Support Intervention for Active Surveillance: protocol for a multi-centre feasibility trial. 16.

PhD Students

  • Tessa Corner. Is it possible to map the disease of addiction as a spectrum disorder?
  • Liliana Moyers Ruiz, 2016. Chemo Brain and Prospective Memory in Breast Cancer Patients: A Mixed-Methods Study

Profile of Teaching PG

  • Psychological Therapy - lecture on Psycho-Oncology
  • Advanced Research Methods (ARMS) - lecture on Randomized Controlled Trials

Profile of Teaching UG

  • 3rd year project: Currently supervising 10 projects
  • Health Psychology (Level 6): Lecture on Psycho-Oncology
  • Experimental Methods and Statistical Analysis 2b (EMSA 2b) - Unit Leader and teach Qualitative Research Methods


  • MOVA: Mindfulness in Recurrent Ovarian Cancer – a feasibility study (NIHR National School for Primary Care Research, 01 Nov 2016). Awarded
  • PROACTIVE: PROSTATE Cancer Support Intervention for Managing ACTIVE Surveillance: a multi-centre feasibility trial (Prostate Cancer UK, 01 Sep 2015). Awarded
  • Managing Distress in Primary Care: a feasibility study into the design and evaluation of a novel psychological support intervention for managing distress in prostate cancer (NIHR National School for Primary Care Research, 01 Jun 2013). Completed
  • Managing Distress in Primary Care: a feasibility study into the design and evaluation of a novel psychological support intervention for managing distress in prostate cancer (NIHR National School for Primary Care Research, 01 Jan 2013). Completed

External Responsibilities

  • British Psychological Society, Continuing Professional Development Chair - DHP (2016-)

Internal Responsibilities

  • Member of the Athena SWAN Committee - Psychology, Psychology Department Athena SWAN Committee
  • Level 6 tutor, BSc Hons (Psychology) Year 3

Attended Training

  • BPS Supervision Skills workshops (4 workshops), 17 Jul 2015, Applied Psychology Practice Supervisor - British Psychological Society


  • Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice in Academic Practice (University of Southampton, 2014)
  • PhD in Health Psychology Research & Professional Practice (University of Southampton, 2009)
  • MSc in Health Psychology (University of Southampton, 2005)
  • BSc (Hons) in Psychology (University of Warwick, 2001)


  • British Psychological Society, Chartered Psychologist and Associate Fellow (2012-),
  • Health Professions Council, Health Psychologist (2013-),
  • Higher Education Academy, Fellow (2014-),
The data on this page was last updated at 10:42 on January 17, 2018.