Photograph of Prof Paul Bennett.Prof Paul Bennett

Honorary professor


Phone: +44 (0)29 2091 7805

Teaching Areas

Health and clinical psychology


Impact of disease or risk of disease on psychological well-being. Development of brief, simple to implement, interventions targeted at reducing distress and worry in health settings. Post-traumatic Stress Disorder. Implicit measures of cognitive processing.


Prof Paul Bennett holds an honorary professorship in the Psychology Department. He has worked as an academic and clinical health psychologist in the Universities of Cardiff, Swansea and Bristol. He is presently based in the Nursing, Health and Social Care Research Centre at the University of Cardiff, where he is involved in the development of coping interventions for people undergoing genetic risk assessment and with long-term health problems.

Staff Publications


Bennett  P. (1993) Counselling in heart disease. Leicester: BPS.

Bennett P. &  Murphy S. (1997) Psychology and health promotion. Buckingham: Open University Press

Bennett P. (2000) Introduction to clinical health psychology. Buckingham: Open University Press. 

Bennett P. (2006) Abnormal and clinical psychology: an introductory text. 2nd edition. Buckingham: Open University Press.

Morrison V. & Bennett P. (2008). An introduction to health psychology.  2nd edition London: Pearson Publishin

Morrison, V., Bennett, P., Butow, P., Mullan, B. & White, K. (2007). An introduction to health psychology in Australia. Pearson Education Australia.

Selected book chapters since 2005

Bennett, P.  (2006) Managing stress. Chapter reprint in Fearon, J., McCamley, A. & Woodhill, R. (eds.) Social science perspectives for nursing. Pearson: Harlow.

Bennett P. (2007). Inflammatory Bowel Disorders.  In S. Ayers et al. (eds) Cambridge Handbook of Psychology, Health and Medicine. 2nd edition.  Cambridge: CUP

Bennett P. (2007). Gastric and duodenal ulcers. In S. Ayers et al. (eds)  Cambridge Handbook of  Psychology, Health and  Medicine. 2nd edition. Cambridge: CUP

Bennett P. (2007).  Coronary Heart Disease: impact.  In S. Ayers et al. (eds) Cambridge Handbook of Psychology, Health and Medicine.  2nd edition. Cambridge: CUP.

Bennett P. (2007). Irritable Bowel Syndrome. In S. Ayers et al. (eds) Cambridge Handbook of Psychology, Health and Medicine. 2nd edition. Cambridge:  CUP

Bennett P. (2007).  Cardiac rehabilitation. In P Kennedy (ed.) Psychological care of patients with chronic disease. 

Bennett, P. (2007). Stress management. In, J. Perk, H. McGee et al.  The Springer textbook on cardiovascular prevention and rehabilitation. Berlin: Springer.

Selected publications since 2005

Rees K., Bennett P. et al. (2005) Stress management for coronary heart disease. The Cochrane Library, Issue 2. Chichester: John Wiley & Sons

Bennett, P. et al. (2005) Associations between work factors and emotional distress in emergency ambulance personnel. British Journal of Clinical Psychology, 44, 215-26.

Griffiths, G.L., Tudor-Edwards, R., Gray, J., Wilkinson, C., Turner, J., France, B. & Bennett, P. (2005). A micro costing of NHS cancer genetic services. British Journal of Cancer, 92, 60-71.

Phelps, C., Bennett, P., Iredale, R. et al. (2005). The development of a distraction-based coping intervention for women waiting for genetic risk information: a phase 1 qualitative study. Psycho-Oncology, 15, 169-73.

Williams, D., Chestnutt, I., Bennett, P. & Lowe R. (2006). Attitudes to fluorosis and dental caries by response latency. Community Dentistry and Oral Epidemiology, 34, 153-9.

Chalder, M., Edgar, F.J. & Bennett, P. (2006) Drinking and motivations to drink among adolescent children of parents with alcohol problems. Alcohol and Alcoholism, 41, 107-13.

Byrne-Davis, L.M.T., Bennett, P.D. & Wilcock, G.K  (2006) How are quality of life ratings made? Towards a model of quality of life in people with dementia. Quality of Life Research, 15, 855-6.

Williams, D.M., Chestnutt, I.G., Bennett, P.D., Hood, K & Lowe, R.  (2006) Characteristics attributed to persons with dental fluorosis. Community Dental Health, 23, 209-216.

Carroll, D., Bennett, P. & Vedhara, K. (2007). Minds and gaps. (editorial). British Journal of  Health Psychology, 12, 159-60.

Bennett, P., Phelps, C. et al. (2007). A randomised controlled trial of a brief self-help coping intervention designed to reduce distress when awaiting genetic risk information. Journal of Psychosomatic Research, 63, 59-64.

Phelps, C., Wood, F., Bennett P. et al. (2007). Knowledge and expectations of women undergoing cancer genetic risk assessment: a qualitative analysis of free-text questionnaire comments.  Journal of Genetic Counseling, 16, 505-514.

Bennett, P., Wilkinson, C. et al. (2007). The impact of breast cancer genetic risk assessment on intentions to perform cancer surveillance behaviors.  Journal of Genetic Counseling, 16, 617-623.

 Bennett, P., Williams, D., Chestnutt, I., Hood, K., Lowe, R. & Heard, P. (2008).  A reaction-time study of social, health, and personal attributions in relation to fluorosed teeth. Psychology Health and Medicine, 13, 75-86.

Bennett, P. & Lowe, R. (2008). Emotions and their cognitive precursors: responses to spontaneously identified stressful events among hospital nurses. Journal of Health Psychology, 13, 537-46.

Phelps, C.  &  Bennett, P. (in press). Understanding emotional responses to breast/ovarian cancer genetic risk assessment: an applied test of a cognitive theory of emotion. Psychology Health and Medicine

Bennett, P., Wilkinson, C., Turner, J. et al. (2008) Psychological factors associated with emotional responses to receiving genetic risk information. Journal of Genetic Counseling, 17, 234-41.

Calitri, R., Lowe, R.P., Eves, F. & Bennett, P. (in press) Associations between visual attention, implicit and explicit attitude, and behaviour for physical activity. Psychology and Health

Bennett, P., Wilkinson, C., Turner J. et al. (in press) Factors associated with intrusive cancer-related worries in women undergoing cancer genetic risk assessment. Familial Cancer

Griffith, G. L., Edwards, R. T., Williams, J. M. G., Gray, J., Morrison, V., Wilkinson, C., Turner, J., France, B., Bennett, P. (in press). Patient preferences and National Health Service costs: A cost-consequences analysis of Cancer Genetic Services. Familial Cancer