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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 Postgraduate Course Coordinator, fulfilling a role as the central coordinator for all taught postgraduate courses within the Division of Psychology. He is also the Programme Leader for the MSc/PgDip Psychology and for the MSc/MRes Psychological Research Methods. Richard's teaching responsibilities currently focus on undergraduate and postgraduate research methods. He also teaches aspects of health psychology and chronic illness to 3rd year undergraduates.


  • 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

Sponsors and collaborators


  • Professor Roy Jones at the Research Institute for the Care of Older People (RICE), Bath
  • Dr Simon Watts, NTU


  • Bristol Research into Alzheimer's and the Care of the Elderly (BRACE)
  • The Alzheimer's Society
  • National Health Service Executive Research and Development Programmes