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Vincent Deary


Senior Lecturer

Research Group/Centre: Health in Action


Vincent Deary is a senior lecturer in health psychology. He is also a practitioner health psychologist and a practicing cognitive behavioural therapist. His research work draws upon his clinical experience to develop new psychosocial interventions for physical and emotional health complaints. He is founder member of the Northern Association for Persistent Physical Symptoms, a clinical network aimed at supporting the care of people with long term physical symptoms.

Research Themes and Scholarly Interests

Vincent was awarded a personal MRC Fellowship in 2006 to develop an intervention for medically unexplained voice disorders. Current projects include: a four year NIHR funded study to develop an intervention for fear of falling in the elderly; an NIHR funded study to look at the development of new psychosocial and nutritional interventions in head and neck cancer survivors;  with a team of collaborators from Aberdeen University, a CSO grant to undertake a feasibility study to train GPs in dealing with medically unexplained symptoms. He is also part of the mentorship and research design team of two fellowships: an Arthritis Research UK fellowship to develop a new psychosocial intervention for Sjogren’s Disease and a NIHR fellowship to design a new Cognitive Behavioural Therapy intervention for dysphagia in cancer survivors. He is also working on new interventions for chronic cough and snoring.

Sponsors and Collaborators

Vincent is currently involved in projects funded by the NIHR, the Chief Scientist Officer of Scotland, Arthritis Research UK, The ME Association and Action for ME. He works with collaborators at Newcastle, Aberdeen and Durham Universities and with Newcastle, Sunderland and Northumbria NHS trusts.

Current/Recent Projects

Multiple Symptoms Study 2. A feasibility study to manualise, teach and demonstrate the delivery of the Symptoms Clinic intervention. Chief Scientist Office Scotland

Burton, C; Elliot A; Cleland J; Thomas R; Deary, V.                                £139,962

Development of a sleep intervention for people with ME/CFS. ME Association

V Deary, J Ellis, J Newton, M Wetherell, Z Gotts.                                 £15,130

A case controlled study exploring the qualitative experience of sleep, the roles of sleep architecture, and diurnal patterns of salivary cortisol in M.E./CFS. Action for ME

Jason Ellis, Zoe Gotts, Mark Wetherell, Julia Newton, Vincent Deary     £11, 500

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Key Publications


Parry, Steve, Finch, Tracy and Deary, Vincent (2013) How should we manage fear of falling in older adults living in the community? British Medical Journal, 346. f2933. ISSN 0959-8138

Bamford, Claire, Parry, Steve, Deary, Vincent and Finch, Tracy (2013) How do older people make sense of and accomodate fear of falling in everyday life- a qualitative view. Age and Ageing, 42 (S2). p. 20. ISSN 0002-0729

Gotts, Zoe, Ellis, Jason, Deary, Vincent and Newton, Julia (2013) Are there sleep-specific phenotypes in patients with chronic fatigue syndrome? A cross-sectional polysomnography analysis. BMJ Open, 3 (6). e002999. ISSN 2044-6055

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