Dr Lesley Glover

Senior Lecturer/ Research Tutor

Faculty of Health Sciences

School of Health and Social Work


01482 464117

Lesley Glover is an HPCP-registered clinical psychologist and health psychologist.

Since qualifying as a clinical psychologist, she has worked in both NHS and university settings and has specialised in working with people with physical health problems, particularly chronic pain and reproductive psychology.

Lesley's current interest is in improving wellbeing and preventing distress and disease, particularly in older people through working with whole person mind / body approaches.

She is a STAT-registered Alexander Technique teacher and also has an interest in creative approaches to improving wellbeing.


Research Interests

  • Wellbeing in older people

  • Wellbeing in the perinatal period

  • Mind / body approaches, specifically the Alexander Technique

Research groups

  • Member of the Social and Psychological Research into Long Term Conditions (SPARC) research cluster at the University


Glover L., Kinsey D., Clappison D.J. Gardiner E. and Jomeen J., '"I never thought I could do that...”: Findings from an Alexander Technique pilot group for older people with a fear of falling', European Journal of Integrative Medicine (in press)

Campion M. and Glover L., 'A qualitative exploration of responses to self-compassion in a non-clinical sample', Health & Social Care in the Community, 25, pp 1100-1108 (2017)

Kinsey, D., Pretorius, S., Glover, L and Alexander, T., 'The psychological impact of overactive bladder: A systematic review', Journal of Health Psychology, 21, pp 699-81 (2016)

Glover L., Jomeen J., Urquhart T. and Martin C., 'Puerperal psychosis – a qualitative study of women’s experiences', Journal of Reproductive and Infant Psychology, 32, pp 254–269 (2014)

Jones T. and Glover L., 'Exploring the psychological processes underlying touch: Lessons from the Alexander Technique', Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy, 21, pp 140-153 (2014)

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Programmes taught on

Modules list

  • Research methods

Research PhDs

  • Wellbeing in older people

  • Perinatal wellbeing

  • Alexander Technique

Completed PhDs

  • 3D Ultrasound In Pregnancy: Discourses, Women’s Experiences And Psychological Understanding

Completed ClinPsyDs include:

  • The experiences of fathers in the perinatal period

  • Discussing risk during pregnancy: the experiences of midwives and women with pre-existing diabetes

  • Understanding the experiences of pregnancy in women with epilepsy

  • A global perspective on mental health; the role of clinical psychology and the interaction between traditional healing and formal mental health systems

  • Knowing your body and being compassionate with yourself

  • Experiences of the relationship between hospital staff and people who self harm

  • Exploring the psychological processes underlying touch: lessons from infant massage and the Alexander technique

Current PhD supervisions 

Lesley Glover currently supervises PhD and clinical psychology doctoral students researching topics including:

  • Alexander Technique and wellbeing in the pregnancy

  • Choices made by Women in Pregnancy and Birth, after a Previous Traumatic Birth

  • Exploring how staff construct their understanding of perinatal mental illness

  • Understanding Self Harm: explaining possible continua in the experience of individuals who self-harm

  • Experiences of decision making in young women who have ended a pregnancy

  • Exploring the narratives of individuals with medically unexplained symptoms and the doctors who treat them

Professional highlights

Academic qualifications

  • PhD Psychology, University of London

  • MSc Clinical Psychology, UCL

  • BSc Biology with Education, University of York

  • BA Creative Writing, University of Hull

External roles

  • External examiner for UCL Doctorate in Clinical Psychology

  • Member of International Advisory Board for the Journal of Reproductive and Infant Psychology