Emily Arden-Close

Dr Emily Arden-Close

  • Senior Lecturer
  • Poole House P127, Talbot Campus, Fern Barrow, Poole, BH12 5BB
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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.

Transparency and Explainability in Gaming Sites

Journal Articles


  • 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.




PhD Students

  • Liliana Moyers Ruiz, 2016. Chemo Brain and Prospective Memory in Breast Cancer Patients: A Mixed-Methods Study
  • Tessa Corner. Is it possible to map the disease of addiction as a spectrum disorder?
  • Agata Wezyk, 2020. Understanding stress and health through the use of metaphor
  • Deniz Cemiloglu
  • Louise Smith

Profile of Teaching PG

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

Profile of Teaching UG

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


  • Picturing and voicing responsible online gambling (Economic and Social Research Council, 11 Sep 2020). In Progress
  • Powerful Social Norms, Meaningful Transparency and Data-Informed Behavioural Change for Responsible Online Gambling (EROGamb 2.0) (GambleAware, 01 Mar 2020). In Progress
  • Participatory Design of Interactive Persuasive Gambling Awareness: Enabling Gambler-Centered Innovation (National Center for Responsible Gaming (NCRG), 01 Apr 2019). Awarded
  • 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

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

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)


  • Higher Education Academy, Fellow (2014-),
  • Health Professions Council, Health Psychologist (2013-),
  • British Psychological Society, Chartered Psychologist and Associate Fellow (2012-),
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