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Qualifications

2012 – Post Graduate Certificate in Higher Education
2009 – PhD Psychology (‘Exploring the beliefs and underlying functional deficits associated with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and the identification of predictors of recovery and illness management’)

About

Dr Marie Thomas is a Chartered Psychologist and Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. She joined The Dyscovery Centre team in October 2010 following many years as a Research Fellow at Cardiff University, School of Psychology and two years as a senior researcher at Swansea University. Whilst at Cardiff, she managed several commercially sponsored projects at the Centre for Occupational and Health Psychology as well as the Cardiff Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Project (which forms the basis for her PhD by Publication).

As well as teaching on the Masters level programmes run by the Centre, she is a visiting lecturer in Psychology at both Cardiff Metropolitan and the University of West of England.

Experience

2008 – 2010 Trial Manager – Centre for Health Information, Research and Evaluation, School of Medicine, Swansea University

2007 – 2008 Research Portfolio Development Fellow – Centre for Health Information, Research and Evaluation, School of Medicine, Swansea University

1999 – 2007 Research Fellow – Centre for Occupational and Health Psychology, School of Psychology,
Cardiff University

1994 – 1999 Research Associate – Health Psychology Research Unit, Department of Experimental Psychology, University of Bristol

1991 – 1994 Research Assistant – Health Psychology Research Unit, School of Psychology, University of Wales College Cardiff

1986 – 1991 Research Technician – Department of Surgery, University of Wales College of Medicine,
University Hospital of Wales

Responsibilities

Leading the research strategy of the Dyscovery Centre.
Managing the research team.
Deputy to the Centre Director.

Publications

Koelewijn, L., Hamandi, K., Brindley, L., Brookes, Routley, Muthukumaraswamy, S., Williams, N., Thomas, M., Kirby, A., te Water Naude, J., Gibbon, F., Singh. K. (2015). Resting-State Oscillatory Dynamics in Sensorimotor Cortex in Benign Epilepsy With Centro-Temporal Spikes and Typical Brain Development; Human Brain Mapping

Smith, A. & Thomas, M. (2015). Chronic fatigue syndrome and increased susceptibility to upper respiratory tract infections and illnesses; Fatigue: Biomedicine, Health & Behaviour

Thomas, M., Williams, N. & Kirby, A. (2015). Supporting students with Specific Learning Difficulties in Higher Education: a preliminary comparative study of Executive Function skills. Journal of Inclusive Practice in Further and Higher Education

Williams, N., Thomas, M. & Kirby, A (2015). The lived experiences of female adults seeking a diagnosis of Developmental Coordination Disorder. The Dyspraxia Foundation Professional Journal

Evans, A., Bedson, E., Bell, P., Hutchings, H., Lowes, L., Rea, D, Seagrove, A., Siebert, S., Smith, G., Snooks, H., Thomas, M., Thorne, K. & Russell, I (2013). Including service users in trials: developing a standard operating procedure. Trials, 14, 219.

McCarney, D., Peters, L., Jackson, S., Thomas, M. & Kirby, A. (2013). Does Poor Handwriting Conceal Literacy Potential in Primary School Children? International Journal of Disability, Development and Education, 60(2), 105-118

Kirby, A., Williams, N., Thomas, M. & Hill, E. (2013). Self-reported mood, general health, well-being and employment status in adults with suspected DCD. Research in Developmental Disabilities, 34, 1357-1364.

Thomas, M., Williams, N. & Kirby, A. (2013). Working with DCD: supporting adults with DCD in the workplace. Occupational Health at Work, 10, 33-35.

Archer, F., Woollard, H, Snooks, H., Evans, A., Wells, B., Perconi, J. & Thomas, M. (2012). What are the highest priorities for research in emergency prehospital care? Results of a review and Delphi consultation exercise. Australasian Journal of Paramedicine, 6.

Kirby, A. & Thomas, M. (2011). The Whole Child with Developmental Disorders. British Journal of Hospital Medicine, 72, 120-125.

Evans, A., Bedson, E., Bell, P., Hutchings, H., Lowes, L., Rea, D, Seagrove, A., Siebert, S., Smith, G., Snooks, H., Thomas, M., Thorne, K. & Russell, I (2011). Including service users in trials and rigorous studies in health and social care: developing a standard operating procedure for researchers. Trials, 12, 1-2.

Snooks, H., Russell, D., Brown, C., Nair, A., Moore, C., Lewis, A., Thomas, G., al-Sulaiti, M.,Thomas, M. and Griffith-Noble, C. (2011). How can we prevent overdoses and what works? a systematic review of interventions for non-fatal poisonings. Emergency Medicine Journal, 28.

Simkiss, D.E., Snooks, H.A., Stallard, N., Davies, S., Thomas, M.A., Anthony, B., Winstanley, S., Wilson, L. & Stewart-Brown, S. (2010). Measuring the impact and costs of a universal group based parenting programme: protocol and implantation of a trial. BMC Public Health, 10, 364-375.

Snooks, H., Evans, A., Wells, B., Perconi, J., Thomas, M., Woollard, M., Guly, H., Jenkinson, E., Turner, J. & Huntley-Sharpe, C. (2010). What are the highest priorities for research in emergency prehospital care? Emergency Medical Journal, 26, 549-550.

Smith, A., Thomas, M. & Sadlier, M. (2009). Multi-convergent therapy: a possible intervention to aid return to work. Occupational Health at Work, 6.

Christopher, G. & Thomas, M. (2009). Social problem solving and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. Stress & Health, 25, 161-169.

Thomas, M. & Smith, A. (2008). An investigation into the cognitive deficits associated with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. Open Neurology Journal, 2, 78-88.

Snooks, H., Evans, A., Wells, B., Perconi, J. & Thomas, M. (2008). What are the highest priorities for research in emergency prehospital care? Results of a review and Delphi consultation exercise. Journal of Emergency Primary Health Care, 6.

Thomas, M.A., Sadlier, M.J. & Smith, A.P. (2008). A multi-convergent approach to the rehabilitation of patients with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome: a comparative study. Physiotherapy, 94, 35-42.

Thomas, M.A. & Smith, A.P. (2007). The evaluation of counselling and rehabilitation courses for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome patients. Counselling and Psychotherapy Research, 7, 164-171.

Thomas, M.A. & Smith, A.P. (2006). An investigation of the long term benefits of antidepressant medication in the recovery of patients with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. Human Psychopharmacology: Clinical and Experimental, 21, 503-509.

Kerr, J.R, Petty, R., Burke, B., Fear, D., Montgomery, J., Richards, S.C.M., Thomas, M., Smith, A.P., Harrison, T.J., Kellam, P. & Holgate, A.T. (2006). Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. European Neuropsychopharmacology, 16, S187-S188.

Kerr, J.R., Christian, P., et al., & the Collaborative Clinical Study Group. (2006). Current research priorities in CFS/ME: disease mechanisms, a diagnostic test and specific treatments. Journal of Clinical Pathology, 60, 113-116.

Thomas, M.A., Sadlier, M.J. & Smith, A.P. (2006). The effect of Multi Convergent Therapy on the psychopathology, mood and performance of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome patients: A preliminary study. Counselling and Psychotherapy Research, 6, 91-99.

Thomas, M.A. & Smith, A.P. (2005). Primary healthcare provision and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome: a survey of patients’ and general practitioners’ beliefs. BMC Family Practice, 6, 49.

Smith, A.P., Thomas, M. & Whitney, H. (2000). The after effects of the common cold on mood and performance. Ergonomics, 43, 1342-1349.

Smith, A.P., Thomas, M. & Whitney, H. (2000). Effects of upper respiratory tract infection on mood and performance over the working day. Ergonomics, 43, 752-763.

Smith, A.P., Thomas, M., Borysiewicz, L. & Llewelyn, M. (1999). Chronic fatigue syndrome and susceptibility to upper respiratory tract illnesses. British Journal of Health Psychology, 4, 327-335.

Smith, A.P., Borysiewicz, L., Pollock, J., Thomas, M., Perry, K. & Llewelyn, M. (1999). Acute fatigue in chronic fatigue syndrome. Psychological Medicine, 29, 283-290.

Smith, A.P., Thomas, M., Kent, J. & Nicholson, K. (1998). Effects of the common cold on mood and performance. Psychoneuroendocrinology, 23, 733-739.

Smith, A.P., Thomas, M., Perry, K. & Whitney, H. (1997). Caffeine and the common cold. Journal of Psychopharmacology, 11, 319-324.

Smith, A.P., Whitney, H., Thomas, M., Perry, K. & Brockman, P. (1997). Effects of caffeine and noise on mood, performance and cardiovascular functioning. Human Psychopharmacology, 12, 27-34.

Smith, A.P., Pollock, J., Thomas, M., Llewelyn, M. & Borysiewicz, L. K. (1996). The relationship between subjective ratings of sleep and mental functioning in healthy subjects and patients with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. Human Psychopharmacology, 11, 161-167.

Smith, A.P., Whitney, H., Thomas, M., Brockman, P. & Perry, K. (1995). A comparison of the acute effects of a low dose of alcohol on mood and performance of healthy volunteers and subjects with upper respiratory tract illnesses. Journal of Psychopharmacology, 9, 225-230.

Smith, A.P., Whitney, H., Thomas, M., Perry, K. & Brockman, P. (1995). Effects of regular alcohol intake and stress on mental performance, mood and cardiovascular function. Human Psychopharmacology, 10, 423-431.

Smith, A.P., Harvey, I., Richmond, P., Peters, T.J., Thomas, M. & Brockman, P. (1994). Upper respiratory tract illnesses and accidents. Occupational Medicine, 44, 141-144.

Smith, A.P., Brockman, P., Flynn, R., Maben, A. & Thomas, M. (1993). An investigation of the effects of coffee on alertness and performance during the day and night. Neuropsychobiology, 27, 217-233.

Smith, A.P., Thomas, M. & Brockman, P. (1993). Noise, respiratory virus infections and performance. Actes INRETS, 34, 311-314.

Smith, A.P., Thomas, M., Brockman, P., Kent, J. & Nicholson, K.G. (1993). Effect of Influenza B virus on human performance. British Medical Journal, 306, 760-761.

Puntis, M., Jiang, W., Thomas, M., Mathews, M. & Hughes, L. (1991). Effect of monocyte production of tumour necrosis factor in jaundice. British Journal of Surgery, 78, 759.

Scriven, M., Thomas, M., Manku, M., Steward, J., Horribin, D. & Puntis, M. (1990). Essential fatty acid metabolism is abnormal in obstructive jaundice. Journal of Hepato-Biliary-Pancreatic Surgery.

External

British Psychological Society (BPS)
BPS Division of Health Psychology
Higher Education Academy
The Dyspraxia Foundation Professional

Research

Expertise or Interest

Developmental Disorders / Specific Learning Difficulties
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
Psychopathology
Cognition / cognitive performance

Grants Awarded

CELT – Teaching and Learning Grant
QWEST

Supervision

Currently supervising 2 Dissertation MSc students

Centre or Group

The Dyscovery Centre

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