Dr Berenice Mahoney

Berenice Mahoney

Principal Lecturer in Psychology and Social Science Lead Three Counties Medical School

Three Counties Medical School


School of Psychology

Department of Performance, Health and Wellbeing

Contact Details

email: b.mahoney@worc.ac.uk

Dr Mahoney is an experienced academic and interdisciplinary researcher who engages in research on patients’ experiences of living with long-term conditions, along with the experiences and training needs of healthcare professionals supporting these patients. With special interests in breast cancer and allergy, Dr Mahoney works with colleagues in the NHS, industry, and is a member of the British Society of Allergy and Clinical Immunology Psychology Working Group.

She is a strong advocate of interdisciplinary research using qualitative, quantitative, and mixed research in her work. Dr Mahoney also conducts research on sexuality, gender identity and physical and mental health, having been on the British Psychological Society’s Psychology of Sexualities Section Committee, and an expert witness working with human rights law firms and thus the Home Office in cases of individuals seeking asylum in the UK because of their sexuality.

Her current research projects include vaccine hesitancy among individuals diagnosed with, or who self-identify as having, an allergy; and the experiences of patients living with occult breast cancer. Dr Mahoney is also engaged actively as a reviewer, invited editorial writer and guest editor for international peer review health journals.


  • BSc (Hons) Psychology
  • PhD Psychology

Teaching Interests

  • PSYC3661
  • PSYC3668
  • MPSY4200
  • MPSY4254
  • MPSY4250
  • MBChB
  • Researcher Development Programme for academic staff and Doctoral students

Research Interests

  • Living with long-term conditions, focus on allergy and breast cancer
  • Transdisciplinary approaches to research and knowledge
  • Self-diagnosis of physical and mental health conditions

Recent Publications

Davis, Sarah K. , Morgan, Blaire and Mahoney, Berenice (2024) Educational and Cognitive Perspectives. In: Personality and Intelligence: The Psychology of Individual Differences. Oxford University Press, UK, Chapter 19. ISBN 9780198811398 (In Press)

Doughty, Angela, Keane, Gary, Wadley, Alex, Mahoney, Berenice , Bueno, Allain and Coles, Steven (2024) Plasma concentrations of thioredoxin, thioredoxin reductase and peroxiredoxin-4 can identify high risk patients and predict outcome in patients with acute coronary syndrome: a clinical observation. International Journal of Cardiology. Pp. 1-36. ISSN 0167-5273 (print) 1874-1754 (web)

Gordon-Smith, K., Hampshire, C., Mahoney, B., Perry, A., Lewis, K. J., Craddock, N., ... & Jones, L. (2024). Opportunities to engage in positive activities during the COVID-19 pandemic: Perspectives of individuals with mood disorders. Journal of Affective Disorders, 345, 186-191.

Mahoney, B. (2024). Geography and breast reconstruction: the complex business of using travel time to understand how patients access care after surgery. Annals of Breast Surgery. Ann Breast Surg 2024;8:13 https://dx.doi.org/10.21037/abs-23-24

Lea, Rosanna , Davis, Sarah K. , Mahoney, Berenice and Qualter, Pamela (2022) Do emotionally intelligent adolescents flourish or flounder under pressure? Linking emotional intelligence to stress regulation mechanisms. Personality and Individual Differences, 201 (111943). ISSN 0191-8869

Hampshire, Chloe, Mahoney, Berenice and Davis, Sarah K. (2022) Parenting Styles and Disordered Eating Among Youths: A Rapid Scoping Review. Frontiers in Psychology, 12 (802567). ISSN Online: 1664-1078

Membership of Professional Bodies

  • British Psychological Society Chartered Psychologist, Chartered Scientist, Associate Fellow
  • Advance HE Fellow (FHEA)
  • ONS Approved Safe Researcher
  • British Psychological Society Register of Chartered Psychologists & Register of Expert Witnesses

External Roles

  • Member Psychology Working Group of the British Society of Allergy and Clinical Immunology