Dr Claire Wicks

Senior Research Officer
School of Health and Social Care
Dr Claire Wicks



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 School of Sport, Rehabilitation and Exercise Sciences. 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.


Journal articles (7)

Wood, C., Wicks, C. and Barton, J., (2023). Green spaces for mental disorders. Current Opinion in Psychiatry. 36 (1), 41-46

Wicks, C., Barton, JL., Andrews, L., Orbell, S., Sandercock, G. and Wood, C., (2023). The Impact of the Coronavirus Pandemic on the Contribution of Local Green Space and Nature Connection to Mental Health. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 20 (6), 5083-5083

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, CJ., Barton, JL. and Wicks, CL., (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

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



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