Brian Hughes

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Brian Hughes

Brian M. Hughes, Ph.D., is a specialist in stress psychophysiology and a Professor of Psychology, National University of Ireland, Galway, Ireland. He has written methodological critiques of the PACE Trial and other ME research, as well as conducting empirical research on treatment harm in National Health Service specialist ME centres in England.[1] He is a member of the Science Advisory Board of DecodeME, a UK-based study to investigate DNA profiles of people with myalgic encephalomyelitis and chronic fatigue syndrome. He is also a member of the Republic of Ireland's National Working Group on ME, administered by Ireland's Health Service Executive, and an Advisor to the Northern Irish charity, Hope 4 ME & Fibro NI. In 2021, he was made an Honorary Fellow of the advocacy group, Doctors With ME.

Hughes's work specialises in stress psychophysiology, health psychology, the public understanding of psychology and science, and the application of psychology to social issues. A prominent advocate for scientific psychology, evidence-based policy, and the role of psychology in society, he writes widely on the psychology of empiricism and of empirically disputable claims, especially as they pertain to science, health, medicine, and politics.

He is currently chairing a global research team on behalf of the International Prader-Willi Syndrome Organisation (IPWSO). He is Associate Editor of the International Journal of Psychophysiology' and a member of the inaugural Editorial Board of J-STAR: Journal of Stress, Trauma, Anxiety and Resilience.' From 2014 to 2016 he served as President of the International Stress and Anxiety Research Society. A past President of the Psychological Society of Ireland, he currently sits on the PSI's Science and Public Policy Committee. 

Education[edit | edit source]

  • 1993, B.A. degree in Psychology, National University of Ireland, Galway[2]
  • 1998, Ph.D. degree in Psychology, National University of Ireland, Galway[2]
  • 2009, Ed.M. degree in Science Education, University at Buffalo, State University of New York, US[2]

Relevant Books[edit | edit source]

  • 2018, Psychology in Crisis
  • 2016, Rethinking Psychology: Good Science, Bad Science, Pseudoscience

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PACE trial A controversial study which claimed that CBT and GET were effective in treating "CFS/ME", despite the fact that its own data did not support this conclusion. Its results and methodology were widely disputed by patients, scientists, and the peer-reviewed scientific literature.

stress Stress can by either physical or psychological, or both. Stress is either 1) a state of emotional or psychological strain or 2) the physical stress (pressure or tension) that a physical object such the human body is placed under, e.g., a stress test is a medical test that monitors the cardiovascular system during strenuous exercise.

NICE guidelines Clinical guidelines used in the UK.

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