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Olivia Hughes   BA, MSc, GMBPsS

Olivia Hughes BA, MSc, GMBPsS

Research student

School of Psychology

Tower Building, 70 Park Place, Cardiff, CF10 3AT


My research focuses on investigating mindfulness-based online interventions to support families affected by skin conditions. For more information about my work, please see the 'Research' tab.

Undergraduate Education

2016 - 2019: Bachelor of Arts (Hons) Counselling Studies and Psychology - University of Wales Trinity Saint David (First Class Honours).

Postgraduate Education

2020 - Present: Doctor of Philosophy (Psychology), School of Psychology, Cardiff University.

2019 - 2020: Master of Science (MSc) Clinical Psychology and Mental Health - Swansea University (Distinction).


2019: British Psychological Society Best Undergraduate Dissertation.

2019: Swansea University Taught Masters Excellence Scholarship.


Mindfulness in Schools Project (MiSP) 'Teach Paws B' to 7-11 Year old Children: Qualified Teacher. 

Graduate Member of The British Psychological Society (GMBPsS).






My research interests include visible difference and the psychological impact of living with a skin condition (e.g. psoriasis, eczema, acne, vitiligo, ichthyosis, etc.). I am passionate about raising awareness of the need for psychological support in routine dermatological care across the UK, and my PhD research focuses on mindfulness-based support for families affected by skin conditions.

I am a Trustee to Skin Care Cymru, and featured in BBC article "Instagram: From boy bullied for acne to beauty guru." I was also part of the Welsh Senedd Cross Party Group on Skin, working with Skin Care Cymru and the Welsh government to address issues relating to skin conditions. I am a Patient Associate Editor for the British Journal of Dermatology and produce plain language summaries of research articles, as highlighted in our editorial: Patient Engagement with the BJD: Encouraging the patient voice and readership. Additionally, I am a Patient Representative for the British Association of Dermatologists Biologics Intervention Register (BADBIR). I have co-delivered a workshop on the 'Psychological and Psychosocial Impact of Living with Ichthyosis' for the Ichthyosis Support Group, and I worked as part of the report writing team for the Global Atlas for Atopic Dermatitis (GADA).

I have had several empirical studies published, including my undergraduate dissertation: stigma, social appearance anxiety and coping in men and women with skin conditions, and my masters dissertation: the experiences of anger in the onset and progression of psoriasis. I have also had some of my doctoral research published, investigating the parent and child experience of skin conditions: relevance for the provision of mindfulness-based interventions (author video here), and a systematic review of mindfulness-based interventions for children, adolescents, and their parents.

I previously worked as an Honorary Assistant Psychologist in the Welsh Centre for Burns and Plastic Surgery, Morriston Hospital, Swansea (February - December 2020), and co-authored a study investigating the use of inpatient goal planning in a regional burns centre: A thematic analysis of staff and patient experiences.


Mindfulness Based Online Support for Children and Families Affected by Skin Conditions.


Katherine Shelton

Katherine Shelton

Head of School

Research themes


  • Skin Conditions
  • Visible Difference
  • Psychodermatology
  • Mindfulness