Hugo Senra

Senior Lecturer in Psychology

Faculty:Faculty of Science and Engineering

Department:School of Psychology and Sport Science

Location: Cambridge

Areas of Expertise: Psychology , Health and wellbeing

Hugo is a clinical psychologist conducting research in two main areas: psychological implications of medical conditions, particularly in ophthalmological conditions; and mental health and psychotherapy in adults.

hugo.senra@anglia.ac.uk

Hugo's ResearchGate Profile

Background

Hugo has worked as a qualified clinical psychologist since 2001, with a particular focus on general mental health in adults, mental health in the context of chronic medical conditions, and psychotherapy. His clinical experience was accumulated in Portugal and more recently in the UK (including in the NHS). Since 2008, he has focussed his career on research with a particular interest in understanding the underlying psychological mechanisms of coping with disabling medical conditions. His current research interests include: factors underlying depression and anxiety in people with disabling conditions (particularly vision loss); tailored psychological interventions for people with age-related vision loss; interplay between psychological and visual / perceptual variables in the context of interdisciplinary research in vision sciences. Additionally, he has also developed interest in understanding the psychotherapeutic process and why / how psychotherapy works in several patient groups. Prior to joining Anglia Ruskin University he completed four post-docs, the last two at Faculty of Medical Sciences of University of Manchester.

Spoken Languages

  • English
  • Portuguese
  • Spanish

Research interests

  • Depression, anxiety and stress in adults with chronic medical conditions.
  • Mental health implications of vision loss and serious ophthalmological conditions.
  • Interdisciplinary research across vision sciences and psychology.
  • Tailored psychological interventions for adults with chronic medical conditions.
  • Psychotherapeutic outcomes in long-term psychotherapies.

Areas of research supervision

  • Psychological implications of chronic medical conditions;
  • General mental health in adolescents and adults;
  • Psychological assessment;
  • Psychotherapy;
  • Interdisciplinary research with vision sciences.

Teaching

  • Abnormal and Clinical Psychology BSc (Hons)
  • Psychology BSc (Hons)
  • Psychology and Criminology BSc (Hons)
  • Foundations in Clinical Psychology MSc

Qualifications

  • PhD in Clinical Psychology, ISPA-IU (Lisbon, Portugal)
  • MSc in Developmental Psychology, University of Santiago de Compostela (Galicia, Spain)
  • BSc in Applied Psychology, ISPA-IU (Lisbon, Portugal)

Memberships, editorial boards

  • Member of the editorial board of Journal “Disability and Rehabilitation”, Taylor and Francis.
  • Member of the editorial board of Journal “Sexuality and Disability”, Springer Link.
  • Chartered Membership – British Psychological Society
  • Qualified Clinical Psychologist – Health and Care Professions Council, UK
  • Full Membership – Ordem dos Psicologos Portugueses (Portuguese Psychological Society)

Research grants, consultancy, knowledge exchange

  • Post-doc grant (main applicant), Portuguese Foundation of Science and Technology (FCT), 2014, Project on depression in adults with visual impairment (€53 820).
  • International Psychoanalytic Association grant (Co-applicant) to fund the project: “Lived experiences of the psychotherapeutic process in Psychoanalysis and Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy” (Outcomes in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy); 2008 ($3000)
  • Doctoral grant (main applicant), Portuguese Foundation of Science and Technology (FCT), 2007; Project on experience of disability, depression and anxiety in two patient groups: adults with lower limb amputation; and adults with irreversible vision loss. (€54 000).

Selected recent publications

Senra H, Balaskas K, Mahmoodi N, Aslam T. Experience of Anti-VEGF Treatment and Clinical Levels of Depression and Anxiety in Patients with Wet Age-Related Macular Degeneration. American Journal of Ophthalmology 2017;177:213–224.

Senra H, Ali Z, Balaskas K, Aslam T. Psychological impact of anti-VEGF treatments for wet macular degeneration-a review. Graefes Arch Clin Exp Ophthalmol. 2016;254(10):1873-1880.

Senra H, Barbosa F, Ferreira P, Vieira CR, Perrin PB, Rogers H, Rivera D, Leal I. Psychologic Adjustment to Irreversible Vision Loss in Adults: A Systematic Review. Ophthalmology. 2015;122(4):851–61.

Baptista LC, Senra H, Oliveira RA,. The Therapeutic Relationship in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy -Lived experiences from ex-patients (qualitative study). Brazilian Journal of Psychotherapy 2014; 16(3):1-15.

Senra H, Oliveira RA, Leal I, Vieira C. Beyond the body image: a qualitative study on how adults experience the lower limb amputation. Clin Rehabil 2012; 26:180-191.

Recent presentations and conferences

Senra H, Balaskas K, Mahmoodi N, Aslam T. Patient experience of anti-VEGF treatment for Wet Age-Related Macular Degeneration (Preliminary Findings) – Annual Conference of the EURETINA conference – September 10th., Copenhagen, Denmark. 2016.

Senra H, Balaskas K, Mahmoodi N, Aslam T. The Psychological Impact and experiences of anti-VEGF treatment for Wet Age-Related Macular Degeneration – Research Registrar event on 24th Feb 2016 – Manchester Royal Eye Hospital / Faculty of Medical Sciences of the University of Manchester.

Senra H, Balaskas K, Mahmoodi N, Aslam T. The Psychological Impact and experiences of anti-VEGF treatment for Wet Age-Related Macular Degeneration (Preliminary Findings) – Annual Conference of the European Association of Psychosomatic Medicine, 2016.

Senra, H. The role of Psychology in Vision Rehabilitation – International Conference of Optometry and Vision Sciences – University of Minho, Braga – May 2014

Senra, H. “Educational implications of visual impairment in children and adolescents – cues for practice” – Iberian Seminar on Education and Special Needs – March 2014 – Braga, Portugal