Doctorate in Clinical Psychology : Main Research Portfolio
: 1) Psychosocial Interventions for Hoarding Disorder: A Systematic Review ; 2) Improving Outcome Measure Reporting in a Psychological Therapy Service: A PDSA Cycle Quality Improvement Project ; 3) Do objects influence how people with Hoarding Disorder remember their experiences?.

  • Daisy Twigger

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Clinical Psychology (DClinPsy)


My main research project was limited by the impact of the pandemic. Prior to the pandemic, discussions around the project had considered whether face to face administration of the research with participants would be more in line with research aims, enabling use of physical objects rather than images, with a plan for a Masters’ student to pilot in-person testing. However, due to the pandemic this was not possible. Thankfully, this change occurred prior to seeking ethical approval for the study, enabling a fully online version of the study to be developed. The pandemic additionally impacted on the responsiveness of other professionals, for example, when seeking consent to make use of specific measures for the research, which required permission to be acquired before their use. This led to further delays, and changes to the planned research, which may not have occurred had COVID-19 not disrupted standard proceedings. These issues combined led to substantial delays in the onset of recruitment. The impact of COVID-19 intersected with the impact of a change of research supervisor during the pandemic. This added additional challenges to the process of the main research project, through familiarising another supervisor who was not a specialist in the topic of any of my three projects. Whilst this worked out well, it added additional stressors throughout the remainder of the project that had not been anticipated.
Date of Award10 Oct 2022
Original languageEnglish
Awarding Institution
  • University of Bath
SupervisorJosie Millar (Supervisor)

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