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Dr Claire Wicks

Research Officer
Department of Psychology
Senior Research Officer
School of Health and Social Care
Research Assistant
School of Sport, Rehabilitation and Exercise Sciences
Dr Claire Wicks

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Biography

Claire completed her PhD in Health Studies at the University of Essex and currently holds research posts in the School of Health and Social Care and Department of Psychology. Claire has worked alongside University colleagues to evaluate various nature-based initiatives at local and national level. Research interests: The psychological health benefits of green exercise, nature-based public health interventions, and green social prescribing. Current Projects: Applied Research Collaboration East of England, Mental Health Research Capacity Building: Working with community stakeholders, we aim to identify mental health and care inequalities affecting residents of the East of England. Secondary analysis of the Understanding Society dataset will be used to explore the priority areas identified by stakeholders. This project is funded by the NIHR. Angling for Good: Randomised controlled trial to evaluate the effectiveness of a weekend fishing intervention for military veterans dealing with post-traumatic stress disorder. This project is funded by the NIHR.

Publications

Journal articles (6)

Wicks, C., Barton, J., Orbell, S. and Andrews, L., (2022). Psychological benefits of outdoor physical activity in natural versus urban environments: A systematic review and meta‚Äźanalysis of experimental studies.. Applied Psychology: Health and Well-Being. 2022 (3), 1037-1061

Wood, CJ., Polley, M., Barton, JL. and Wicks, CL., (2022). Therapeutic Community Gardening as a Green Social Prescription for Mental Ill-Health: Impact, Barriers, and Facilitators from the Perspective of Multiple Stakeholders. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 19 (20), 13612-13612

Wood, C., Wicks, C. and Barton, J., (2022). The Impact of Therapeutic Community Gardening on the Wellbeing, Loneliness, and Life Satisfaction of Individuals with Mental Illness. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 19 (20), 13166-13166

Wood, C., Barton, J. and Wicks, C., (2022). Green spaces for mental disorders. Current Opinion in Psychiatry. Publish Ahead of Print

Hobbs, M., Moltchanova, E., Wicks, C., Pringle, A., Griffiths, C., Radley, D. and Zwolinsky, S., (2021). Investigating the environmental, behavioural, and sociodemographic determinants of attendance at a city-wide public health physical activity intervention: Longitudinal evidence over one year from 185,245 visits. Preventive Medicine. 143, 106334-106334

McPherson, S., Wicks, C. and Tercelli, I., (2020). Patient experiences of psychological therapy for depression: a qualitative metasynthesis. BMC Psychiatry. 20 (1), 313-

Book chapters (1)

Wicks, C., Barton, J. and Rogerson, M., (2021). Developing integrated conceptual green exercise models. In: Nature and Health: Physical Activity in Nature. 95- 111. 9780367723323

Contact

cwicks@essex.ac.uk

Location:

Colchester Campus

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