• 70 Cowcaddens Road, Glasgow Caledonian University

    G4 0BA Glasgow

    United Kingdom

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Research interests

Liza joined GCU in February 2022 as a Lecturer in Applied Psychology contributing to teaching and research supervision on the HCPC and BPS accredited, practitioner doctoral programmes in Counselling Psychology, Health Psychology and Sport and Exercise Psychology. 

Liza is a Chartered (BPS) and Registered (HCPC) Counselling Psychologist with extensive experience (NHS and Independent Practice) of providing assessment and psychological therapy for adults experiencing a wide variety of mental health and life difficulties. 

With a strong academic background and a PhD by research from the University of Glasgow, Liza's research interests include promoting psychologically informed healthcare to prevent medical trauma and improve mental health, in particular, for the growing population of people with congenital heart conditions.   Liza's recent work includes exploring disempowering aspects of medical care (such as the hospital gown) and developing a measure of psychological safety (NPSS), grounded in Polyvagal Theory, with international collaborators.  

For over a decade, Liza has been a passionate health advocate for improved healthcare, psychological support and social inclusion for people born with a heart conditon consistent with the civic and community commitments of GCU.  This includes sitting on various NHS health committees, successfully campaigning the Scottish Government for national healthcare standards, co-creating the Scarred FOR life photography exhibition and involvement in projects such as iSupport (an international, rights based collaborative to support paediatric patients during medical procedures). 

Liza's teaching and supervision across the practitioner doctoral programmes reflect her expertise in CBT, (complex) trauma, medical trauma, psychological safety and tackling ableism.   

Liza is a member of the Child and Adolescent Health and Ageing Well research groups. 

Liza co-authored 'Healing Hearts and Minds: A holistic approach to coping well with congenital heart disease' published by Oxford University Press in Jan 2023.


Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions
  • SDG 17 - Partnerships for the Goals

External positions

Member, Healthcare Improvement Scotland, Congenital Heart Disease Standards working group, Healthcare Improvement Scotland

Oct 2019Dec 2023

Committee member, British Psychological Society, Division of Counselling Psychology, Scotland, Division of Counselling Psychology Scotland

Mar 2019Jan 2022

Member, Scottish Obstetric Cardiac Network

Mar 2019Jan 2022

Health Professions Alliance Member, British Heart Foundation

Nov 2016 → …

Registered Psychologist, Health and Care Professions Council

Oct 2015 → …

Chartered Psychologist, The British Psychological Society

Aug 2015 → …

Member, Scottish Congenital Cardiac Advisory Board, NHS Scotland

Jan 2015 → …

Management Board Member, Somerville Heart Foundation

Aug 2012 → …


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