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Clare Bradley, PhD, BSc

Clare Bradley is Professor of Health Psychology and Head of the Health Psychology Research Unit at the University of London and CEO of Health Psychology Research Ltd.

Dr. Bradley received her PhD. at the University of Nottingham for studies of the effects of stress on people with diabetes and those with ischaemic heart disease compared with healthy individuals. Dr. Bradley earned her BSc with Honours in Psychology at the University of London, Bedford College. She is a Practitioner Psychologist registered with the Health and Care Professions Council. She received Good Clinical Practice training via Addenbrooks’ Hospital in 2011 and via Kings / SLaM in 2015.

Dr. Bradley is the Head of the Health Psychology Research Unit and Professor of Health Psychology at the Royal Holloway, University of London. Dr. Bradley set up her company, Health Psychology Research Ltd. (HPR) in 2004, at Royal Holloway, to manage the linguistic validation and licensing of questionnaires and fund further development work.

Dr. Bradley’s most long-standing research interest has been in diabetes and psychological aspects of diabetes management. She has specialized in the design and development of quality of life, treatment satisfaction, symptom and other patient-reported outcome measures which are used world wide in clinical trials and in clinical practice.

Dr. Bradley developed the Well-being Questionnaire (W-BQ) and Diabetes Treatment Satisfaction Questionnaire in the early 1980s. The success of these instruments is reflected in funding to provide comparable measures for other conditions, endorsement and use of instruments by the World Health Organisation and International Diabetes Federation, and the linguistic validation of the measures into more than 100 languages worldwide. She is about to embark on the design of quality of life (QoL) and treatment satisfaction measures for people with dementia and those with Parkinson’s Disease. Dr. Bradley has supervised to successful completion 15 doctoral students (including 12 PhDs, one MD and two clinical doctorates). Dr. Bradley is currently supervising a PhD student funded by the Macular Society.

Dr. Bradley is a Fellow of the British Psychological Society, and one of their Chartered Psychologists. She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Medicine.

Dr. Bradley has approximately 300 publications including three edited books.

Employment History / Recent Positions

Present, Professor
Professor of Health Psychology / Head of the Health
Psychology Research Unit, Royal Holloway, University of London

2004–Present, CEO
CEO of Health Psychology Research (HPR) Ltd based in the
Enterprise Centre, Orchard Building, at RHUL

1996–2011, Professor
Professor of Health Psychology, Department of Psychology, (RHUL), Director of the Health Psychology Research Group, Seconded from undergraduate teaching since 1998 funded initially by research and consultancy income to RHUL and, more recently, from spin-out company, HPR Ltd


University of Nottingham
1978 : Psychology : PhD

University of London
1973 : Psychology : BSc Honours

Recent Publications

  • Peach G, Romaine J, Wilson A, Holt P, Thompson M, Hinchliffe R and Bradley C (2016) Design of new patient-reported outcome measures to assess quality of life, symptoms and treatment satisfaction in patients with abdominal aortic aneurysm. British Journal of Surgery, in press.
  • Oniscu GC, Ravanan R, Wu D, Gibbons A, Li B, Tomson C, Forsythe JL, Bradley C et al. on behalf of the ATTOM investigators (2016) Access to Transplantation and Transplant Outcome Measures (ATTOM): study protocol of a UK wide, in-depth, prospective cohort analysis. BMJ Open 2016 Feb 25;6(2):1-10
  • Boxell E and Bradley C (2015) Increase in patient satisfaction within diagnostic consultations: the Macular Society survey 2013. Digest, Journal of the Macular Society, 64-65.
  • Boxell E and Bradley C (2014) Understanding the experiences of people with macular conditions. Digest, Journal of the Macular Society, 78-79.
  • Dawsey R, Sweeney E, Plowright R, Wilson A and Bradley C (2014) Linguistic validation of the DTSQ: challenges with Arabic and French for Algeria. Value in Health 17 (issue 3) pages A196-A197. DOI: 10.1016/j.jval.2014.03.1147.
  • de Pablos-Velasco P, Parhofer KG, Bradley C, Eschwège E, Gӧnder-Frederick L, Maheux P, Wood I and Simon D (2014) Current level of glycaemic control and its associated factors in patients with type2 diabetes across Europe: data from the PANORAMA study. Clinical Endocrinology 80, 47-56. DOI: 10.1111/cen.12119.

Research Support:

  • Bradley, C. Design and development of the HIV Dependent QoL (HIVDQoL) measure of the impact of HIV on quality of life and the HIV Symptom Rating Questionnaire (HIVSRQ): UK and USA design and development work
  • Bradley, C. Design and preliminary UK development of the HIV Dependent QoL (HIVDQoL) measure of the impact of HIV on quality of life and the HIV Symptom Rating Questionnaire (HIVSRQ)
  • Bradley, C. Experiences of Macular Disease: follow up survey
  • Bradley, C. Development of new Patient Reported Outcome Measures (PROMs) for patients with abdominal aortic aneurysms (AAAs)

Signature Publications:

  • Bradley-Gilbride J and Bradley C (2010) Partially Randomized Preference Trial Design. In Neil J. Salkind (Ed) Encyclopedia of Research Design. USA: Sage, Vol 2, 1009-1015.
  • Bradley C, Plowright R, Stewart J, Valentine J and Witthaus E (2007) The Diabetes Treatment Satisfaction Questionnaire change version (DTSQc) evaluated in insulin glargine trials shows greater responsiveness to improvements than the original DTSQ. Health and Quality of Life Outcomes 5:57. doi:10.1186/1477-7525-5-57.  
  • Mitchell J and Bradley C (2006) Quality of life in age-related macular degeneration: A review of the literature. Health and Quality of Life Outcomes 4:97. doi: 10.1186/1477-7525-4-97. 
  • DAFNE Study Group* (2002) Training in flexible, intensive insulin management to enable dietary freedom in people with type 1 diabetes: the dose adjustment for normal eating (DAFNE) randomised controlled trial. British Medical Journal, 325, 746-749 (full 6 page version of paper published on BMJ website). doi: 10.1136/bmj.325.7367.746.
  • Bradley C (2001) Importance of differentiating health status from quality of life. The Lancet, 357, 7-8. doi: 10.1016/S0140-6736(00)03562-5.
  • Brewin CR and Bradley C (1989) Patient preferences and randomised clinical trials. British Medical Journal, 299, 313-315.
  • Bradley C (1988) Clinical trials – time for a paradigm shift? Editorial. Diabetic Medicine, 5, 107-109. doi: 10.1111/j.1464-5491.1988.tb00954.x