The University of Southampton

Dr Adam Geraghty BSc, MSc, PhD, CPsychol.

Senior Research Fellow

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Dr Adam Geraghty is Senior Research Fellow within Medicine at the University of Southampton. His research involves the application of psychological science to challenging issues in primary medical care. As a research psychologist, Dr Geraghty has developed interventions to support patients in self-managing problems such as back pain, severe emotional distress and chronic dizziness. He is interested in how digital interventions can be used to deliver and increase access to treatment, and also how they can help researchers understand why interventions work. Dr Geraghty draws on a diverse range of approaches including randomised controlled trials, cross sectional studies and qualitative methods to address questions with the aim of improving the health of patients.

My research involves the application of psychological science in developing interventions and improving treatment in primary medical care



Throughout his training and his PhD, Dr Geraghty has investigated psychological processes involved in the use of self-directed interventions. In the latter half of his PhD this led to the development of a strong interest in the use of the internet to deliver interactive tailored interventions for health problems. Dr Geraghty is committed to designing research studies that alongside feasibility and effectiveness also explore why interventions work through both quantitative and qualitative methodologies. In recent years, he has become increasingly interested in distinctions between psychological disorder and emotional distress and the potential effect of this distinction on treatment in primary care. Dr Geraghty is currently on a Postdoctoral Career Track Award.





Research interests

Dr Geraghty’s interests focus broadly around:

  1. The psychology of self-management (including placebo response)
  2. Digital interventions for primary care and public health
  3. Self-management of somatic symptoms including low back pain and chronic dizziness in primary care
  4. Mental health

These interests are reflected in his current grant projects:

Grants as PI or Co-PI:

Geraghty A (PI), Little P, Yardley L, Roberts L, Hay E, Foster N, Hill J, Turner D, Leigh L. Internet intervention supporting management of low back pain in primary care: A feasibility study (SUPPORT BACK). 2013-2016. NIHR RfPB: £249,934.

Geraghty A (PI), Moore M, Little P, Yardley L, Muñoz R. Internet-based distress reduction in primary care. 2012-2015. NIHR School of Primary Care Research (NSPCR): £45,094.

Geraghty A (PI), Little P, Stuart B, Moore M. Distinguishing emotional distress from emotional disorder in primary care: A cross sectional study of the Four Dimensional Symptom Questionnaire (4DSQ) in consecutive attenders. 2013-2015. NIHR SPCR: £19,779.

Yardley, L. Geraghty A, (Co-PIs) Kirby, S. Little, P. Bronstein, A. Andersson, G. Carlbring, P. Stuart, B. Turner, D. Online dizziness intervention for older adults. 2012-2015. Dunhill Medical Trust: £155,380.

Grants as Co-applicant:

Lewith, G. Bishop, F. Little, P. Everitt, H. Geraghty A. Creating a taxonomy to harness the placebo effect in UK primary care. 2012-2013. NIHR School of Primary Care Research (NSPCR): £48,555.

Eyles C, Copson E, Foster C, Richardson A, Hoffman C, Lewith G, Fenlon D, Leydon G, Geraghty A, Watts S, Davies, Turner L. Understanding and perceptions of mindfulness-based interventions and development of an adapted mindfulness intervention for breast cancer patients. 2014-2015. Breast Cancer Care: £20,000.

Thomas M, Brien S, Leydon G, Wilkinson T, Lewith G, Geraghty A. Evaluating adjunctive MBSR on quality of life and mood symptoms for patients significantly affected with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Phase 1: A qualitative exploration £26,339.

Yardley L, Little P, McManus R, Bruton A, Thomas M, Murray E, Michie S, May C, Mair F, Geraghty A, Williams B, Smith P, Weal M, Raftery J. Integrating digital interventions into patient self-management support (DIPSS). 2014-2018. NIHR PGfAR: £1,999,311.

Kendrick A, Dowrick C, Geraghty A, Gilbody S, Lewis G, Leydon G, Moore M, Pilling S, Stuart B, Yao GL. Feasibility study for a randomised controlled trial of patient reported outcome measures (PROMS) in the assessment and follow-up monitoring of patients with depression in primary care. Submitted to NIHR RfPB: £249,792.

Research group

Primary Care & Population Sciences Academic Units

Affiliate research group

Primary care Research group

Research project(s)

Healthy Paths - Exploring primary care patients’ experience of an internet intervention ‘Healthy Paths’ for emotional distress


The DIPSS (Integrating Digital Interventions into Patient Self-Management Support) project has received funding of £2 million from the NIHR to examine patient digital self-management with healthcare professional support in primary care. Our aim is to develop digital behaviour change interventions for asthma and hypertension self-management, which will be examined in feasibility studies and full RCT (hypertension only). Issues surrounding the feasibility, acceptability, effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of digital intervention delivery will be explored with patients and healthcare professionals for each condition.

REDUCE (REviewing long term anti-Depressant Use by Careful monitoring in Everyday practice)

There is considerable concern about increasing antidepressant use in England. GPs are giving out more than 50 million prescriptions a year, to more than 1 in 10 adults.




Dr Geraghty’s teaching and mentoring is currently focused around supervision. He is co-supervising two PhD students on diverse projects including internet-based self-management and behavioural infection control. He supervises 4th year medical students each year.

Dr Adam Geraghty
Primary Care and Population Sciences
Faculty of Medicine
University of Southampton
Aldermoor Health Centre
Aldermoor Close
Southampton SO16 5ST
T: 023 8059 1770
F: 023 8070 1125

Room Number:9590 AHC/120/S2

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