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Richard Trigg

Richard Trigg

Principal Lecturer

School of Social Sciences

Staff Group(s)


Principal Lecturer in Psychology

Dr Richard Trigg is the lead for taught postgraduate provision, fulfilling a role as the central coordinator for all taught postgraduate courses within the Psychology Department. Richard's teaching responsibilities currently focus on undergraduate and postgraduate research methods. He also teaches aspects of health psychology and chronic illness.


  • 2008-2010, BRACE, £150K, for a project entitled A longitudinal study of changes in the subjective quality of life of people with dementia (with Professor Roy Jones, RICE, Bath)
  • 2003, Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership R&D, £4.3k, for a project entitled, A Pilot Randomised Controlled Trial Assessing the Effectiveness of a Group-based Cognitive Rehabilitation Programme, for People with Mild Cognitive Impairment, in Delaying Functional and Cognitive Decline
  • 2001-2004, Alzheimer's Society, £98k, for a project entitled Development of a Disease-specific, Patient-administered Measure of Quality of Life for People with Dementia (with Professor Roy Jones and Professor Suzanne Skevington, University of Bath)
  • 1998-1999, NHS Executive Northern and Yorkshire Region, £20.4k, for a project entitled Validation of the Subjective Index of Physical and Social Outcome (with Dr Vicky Wood, University of Bath)

Career overview

Dr Trigg has a particular interest in supervising students who wish to undertake studies in the following areas:

  • Quality of life assessment for people with dementia
  • Definition, measurement and use of outcomes in health psychology research (especially Quality of Life)
  • Care, management and assessment of people with dementia
  • Successful ageing
  • Stress, coping and adaptation to illness
  • Psychometrics and questionnaire design
  • Development and evaluation of psychosocial interventions in healthcare

Research areas

Psychological Wellbeing and Mental Health

  • Health Psychology
  • Quality of Life (particular interests in QOL assessment, the QOL of people with dementia, the QOL of older adults and QOL as a dynamic construct)
  • Management of chronic illness (with particular reference to dementia)
  • Psychometrics and scale development

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