Prof Gerry Humphris

Prof Gerry Humphris
Professor of Health Psychology

I graduated from University of Reading (BSc Hons degree in Psychology), awarded a PhD from Guy’s Hospital, University of London as a result of my investigations into parental and child attitudes and behaviour with regard to health. I obtained my clinical psychology training from Liverpool University (MClinPsychol) and worked as a NHS clinical psychologist before becoming a full-time Lecturer at the University of Liverpool in 1991, where I became the Director of Communication Skills for the School of Medicine. While at the University of Manchester, I continued my interest in health provider/patient communication before taking up the post of Chair in Health Psychology at the University of St Andrews.

My undergraduate and postgraduate teaching focuses on the application of psychological principles in the delivery of health care, with a link to cognitive and behavioural outcomes. I am keen to encourage the study of health psychology in medicine and other health care professions, including applied psychologists.

I continue to develop the field of communication and health. I collaborate with members of the European Association for Communication in Health Care, with partners in two recent EU projects (ORION, TRIP) and a CIHR funded project (HeNCeLIFE) in Montreal.

The fields of health I concentrate on are oral health, head and neck cancer and health behaviour. Through the discovery of underlying processes to promote training and change in practice, I hope to demonstrate that the detailed analysis of person-to-person interaction improves outcomes.

School Roles:

  • Director of MSc Health Psychology
  • Convenor of School Ethics Committee

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Research Overview from research@st-andrews

The Humphris Group is interested in the psychological aspects of oral health including dental phobia, chronic facial pain and oral cancer. We have completed a controlled trial of a new intervention specifically designed for patients following treatment of orofacial cancer. The association of mental health status and various functions of the face following initial treatment, and the psychological effects of providing information about oral cancer to patients are our current fields of interest

Recent publications listed in research@st-andrews
25 (of 206 published available) for gmh4 (source: University of St Andrews PURE)
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Automated screening for distress Rajib Rana, Saddique Latif, Raj Gururajan, Anthony Gray, Geraldine Mackenzie, Gerald Michael Humphris, Jeff Dunn
European Journal of Cancer Care 2019 vol.28 
Communication skills training for the radiotherapy team to manage cancer patients’ emotional concerns Mara Myrthe van Beusekom, Josie Cameron, Carolyn Bedi, Elspeth Banks, Gerald Michael Humphris
BMJ Open 2019 vol.9 
Dental anxiety, communication and the dental team Ruth Freeman, Gerald Michael Humphris
Journal of the California Dental Association 2019 vol.47 pp.495-500
Developing the International Association for Communication in Healthcare (EACH) to address current challenges of health communication Sara Rubinelli, Jonathan Silverman, Karolien Aelbrecht, Myriam Deveugele, Arnstein Finset, Gerald Michael Humphris, Peter Martin, Marcy Rosenbaum, Sandra van Dulmen, Evelyn van Weel-Baumgarten
Patient Education and Counseling 2019 vol.102 pp.1217-1221
Fear of cancer recurrence in adolescent and young adult cancer survivors Yuan Yang, Wen Li, Yunhong Wen, Hongmei Wang, Henwen Sun, Weijiang Liang, Bin Zhang, Gerald Michael Humphris
Psycho-Oncology 2019 vol.28 pp.675-686
Modelling reassurances of clinicians with Hidden Markov models Valentin Mina Popov, Alesha Bradley, Gerald Michael Humphris
BMC Medical Research Methodology 2019 vol.19 
Patient centred consultation, satisfaction and young patients Gerald Michael Humphris
Patient Education and Counseling 2019 vol.102 pp.782-789
Prevalence and clinical and psychological correlates of high fear of cancer recurrence in patients newly diagnosed with head and neck cancer Spela Mirosevic, Belinda Thewes, Carla van Herpen, Johannes Kaanders, Thijs Merkx, Gerald Michael Humphris, Robert J. Baatenburg de Jong, Johannes A. Langendijk, C. René Leemans, Chris H. J. Terhaard, Irma M. Verdonck-de Leeuw, Robert Takes, Judith Prins,
Head and Neck  vol.Early View 
Psychometric properties of the Chinese version Fear of Cancer Recurrence Questionnaire-7 (FCR-7) Yuan Yang, Gerald Michael Humphris, Hengwen Sun, Wengao Li, Yanli Hao, Ting Li, Jingying Zhang, Hongmei Wang, Bin Zhang
Professional Psychology: Research and Practice  vol.Online First 
Specialist breast cancer nurses' views on implementing a fear of cancer recurrence intervention in practice Susanne Cruickshank, Emma Steele, Debbie Fenlon, Jo Arnes, Elspeth Banks, Gerald Michael Humphris
Supportive Care in Cancer  vol.First Online 
The psychometric properties of the CFSS-DS for schoolchildren in Saudi Arabia Amjad Alharbi, Gerald Michael Humphris, Ruth Freeman
International Journal of Paediatric Dentistry  vol.Early View 
A mixed-methods feasibility study protocol to assess the communication behaviours within the dental health professional-parent-child triad in a general dental practice setting Siyang Yuan, Gerald Michael Humphris, Al Ross, Lorna MacPherson, Yuefang Zhou, Ruth Freeman
Pilot and Feasibility Studies 2018 vol.4 
A single session intervention (the Mini AFTERc) for fear of cancer recurrence J Davidson, M Malloch, Gerald Michael Humphris
Psycho-Oncology 2018 vol.27 pp.2668-2670
Defining features of clinical fear of cancer recurrence Brittany Mutsaers, Sophie Lebel, Phyllis Butow, Andreas Dinkel, Gerald Michael Humphris, Christine Maheu, Gozde Ozakinci, Judith Prins, Louise Sharpe, Allan 'Ben' Smith, Belinda Thewes
Psycho-Oncology 2018 vol.27 pp.52-52
Design and development of a complex narrative intervention delivered by text messages to reduce binge drinking among socially disadvantaged men Linda Irvine, Ambrose J. Melson, Brian Williams, Falko F. Sniehotta, Gerald Michael Humphris, Iain K. Crombie
Pilot and Feasibility Studies 2018 vol.4 
Development, acceptability and feasibility of a communication skills training package for therapeutic radiographers to reduce fear of recurrence development in breast cancer patients (FORECAST2) Mara Myrthe van Beusekom, Josie Cameron, Carolyn Bedi, Elspeth Banks, Tom Kelsey, Gerald Michael Humphris
Pilot and Feasibility Studies 2018 vol.4 
Does emotional talk vary with fears of cancer recurrence trajectory? A content analysis of interactions between women with breast cancer and their therapeutic radiographers L Barracliffe, Y Yang, J Cameron, C Bedi, Gerald Michael Humphris
Journal of Psychosomatic Research 2018 vol.106 pp.41-48
Emotional talk of patients with breast cancer during review appointments with therapeutic radiographers Gerald Michael Humphris, Y Yang, L Barracliffe, J Cameron, C Bedi
Supportive Care in Cancer  vol.First online 
Fear of cancer recurrence in oral and oropharangeal cancer patients Gozde Ozakinci, Brooke Swash, Gerald Michael Humphris, Simon N Rogers, Nick Hulbert-Williams
European Journal of Cancer Care 2018 vol.27 
Fear of cancer recurrence trajectory during radiation treatment and follow-up into survivorship of patients with breast cancer Yuan Yang, Josie Cameron, Carolyn Bedi, Gerald Michael Humphris
BMC Cancer 2018 vol.18 
High levels of socioeconomic deprivation do not inhibit patients’ communication of concerns in head and neck cancer review clinics Sarah Allen, Rebecca V Harris, Stephen L. Brown, Gerald Michael Humphris, Yuefang Zhou, Simon N Rogers
British Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 2018 vol.56 pp.536-539
INTERVAL (investigation of NICE technologies for enabling risk-variable-adjusted-length) dental recalls trial Jan E. Clarkson, Nigel B. Pitts, Debbie Bonetti, Dwayne Boyers, Hazel Braid, Robert Elford, Patrick A. Fee, Ruth Floate, Beatriz Goulão, Gerald Michael Humphris, Ian Needleman, John D. T. Norrie, Fiona Ord, Marjon van der Pol, Craig R. Ramsay, David N. J. Ricketts, Helen V. Worthington, Linda Young, Tony Anderson, Trevor Burke, Philip Dolan, Gail Douglas, Ruth Freeman, Ronald Gorter, Richard Herbert, Penny Hodge, Dirk Mettes, Wendy McCombes, Margaret Ross, Debbie White,
BMC Oral Health 2018 vol.18 
Implementing an oral health intervention for people experiencing homelessness in Scotland Laura Beaton, Isobel Anderson, Gerald Michael Humphris, Andrea Rodriguez, Ruth Freeman
Dentistry Journal 2018 vol.6 
Improving quality of life through the routine use of the patient concerns inventory for head and neck cancer patients Simon N. Rogers, Derek Lowe, Cher Lowies, Seow Tien Yeo, Christine Allmark, Dominic Mcavery, Gerald Michael Humphris, Robert Flavel, Cherith Semple, Steven J. Thomas, Anastasios Kanatas
BMC Cancer 2018 vol.18