research student

Samuel Grimwood

Postgraduate Research Student

Samuel wearing a jacket outdoors


College of Science and Engineering

Research centre

Human Sciences Research Centre





I graduated with a BSc (Hons) in Psychology from Anglia Ruskin University in 2014. I then went on to working on a research project specialising in FeNO (fractional exhaled nitric oxide) for patients with respiratory conditions such as asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).

After this, I worked for the NHS as an assistant psychologist recruiting patients for mental health studies focusing on bipolar, alcoholism, schizophrenia and the autism spectrum.

In 2017, I was an assistant clinical psychologist assessing patients for depression, generalised anxiety disorder, OCD (obsessive compulsive disorder) and PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder). I conducted one-to-one and group cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) sessions, which included elements of compassion-focused therapy (CFT).

Following this, I then went to complete my MSc Foundations in Clinical Psychology in 2019.

Within my PhD I am conducting three studies:

  1. Quantitative investigation regarding COPD and the psychological/physiological impact of the condition
  2. Qualitative exploration through PhotoVoice and semi-structured interviews how the condition impacts quality of life.
  3. Double-Blind Randomised Clinical Trial (RCT) investigating whether a SoeMac device (singlet oxygen energy non-pharmacological device) is safe to use and is effective in improving quality of life/COPD symptomology. I am the co-principal investigator and trial researcher for the RCT. For further information please see the latest research collaboration video produced by The University of Derby.

Thesis title

Profiling the physiological and psychological effectiveness of singlet oxygen in the management of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disorder (COPD).