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Olivia Hewitt

BSc (Hons), D. Clin Psych

Research Tutor

  • Clinical Psychologist

What I do

Olivia is a research tutor at OXICPT. She also convenes the module for working with people with Intellectual Disability. She provides teaching around various aspects of research as well as working with people with intellectual disability.

Olivia is particularly interested in using qualitative methodologies to hear the voices of those who have been marginalised or silenced historically, and ensure this research is disseminated.

Olivia is a peer reviewed for a number of journals with the field of intellectual disabilities and qualitative  methodologies.

Olivia also works as a clinical psychologist in Berkshire Healthcare Foundation Trust in the service for people with a  learning disability.

Recent publications

Professional Interests

Dr Hewitt is particularly interested in involving people with intellectual disability as well as their families and people working with them in research. She has focused on using qualitative research methodologies with this population, especially Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis (IPA). Dr Hewitt is enthusiastic about promoting publication rates with both qualified and unqualified staff and is the lead psychologist for research in people with intellectual disabilities in Berkshire.


Kaushal, P., Hewitt, O., Rafi, A., Piratla, M., Maddock, S., Moye, B., Fountoulaki, G., Chaplin, R. Training and service provision for people with intellectual disability and mental illness: the views of psychiatrists (in press). International Journal of Developmental Disabilities

Owen, K., Evers, C. & Hewitt, O. What are the experiences of people using a health Community Team for People with a Learning Disability (CTPLD)? (in press) Learning Disability Practice.

Hewitt, O., Gurney-Smith, B. & Golding, K. (in press). A qualitative exploration of the experiences of adoptive parents attending ‘Nurturing Attachments’, a Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy informed group. Clinical Child Psychology and Psychiatry.

Tomlinson, S. & Hewitt,O. (2017) Adults With Mild Intellectual Disabilities’ Experiences of Mental Health Problems: A Qualitative Study Using Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis, Journal of Mental Health Research in Intellectual Disabilities, 11:1, 16-29, DOI: 10.1080/19315864.2017.1370045

Bundock, K. E., & Hewitt, O. (2017). A review of social skills interventions for adults with autism and intellectual disability. Tizard Learning Disability Review, 22(3).

Crossland, T, Hewitt, O & Walden, S (2017) Outcomes and experiences of an adapted Dialectic Behaviour Therapy skills training group for people with intellectual disabilities. British Journal of Learning Disabilities ;00:1–9.

Mole, J., Hewitt, O., Pearce, M. & Crossland, T. (2017). Evaluation of the effectiveness of a person-centred planning intervention in assessment and treatment units for people with intellectual disabilities  The Bulletin of the Faculty of People with Intellectual Disabilities Vol 15 No. 1 April 2017

Hewitt, O. and Clarke, A. (2016), A qualitative investigation into the experiences of having a parent with a learning disability. British Journal of Learning Disabilities. doi: 10.1111/bld.12163

Bartle, J., Crossland, T. and Hewitt, O. (2016), ‘Planning Live’: using a person-centred intervention to reduce admissions to and length of stay in learning disability inpatient facilities. British Journal of Learning Disabilities. doi: 10.1111/bld.12161

Dawson, J. & Hewitt, O. (2016) Mind Your Head. Hot Key Books: London.

Hewitt, O., Keeling, N. and Pearce, M. (2015) Training a family in physical interventions as part of a positive behaviour support intervention for challenging behaviour. British Journal of Learning Disabilities. doi: 10.1111/bld.1213

Jennings, C. & Hewitt, O. (2015) The use of cognitive behaviour therapy to treat depression in people with learning disabilities: a systematic review. Tizard Learning Disability Review, 20(2), 54-64

Hewitt , O. (2014) A survey of experiences of abuse. Tizard Learning Disability Review, 19(3), 122 - 129

Marwood, H. & Hewitt, O. (2013). Evaluating an anxiety group for people with learning disabilities using a mixed methodology. British Journal of Learning Disabilities, 41(2), 150–158.

Dale, R & Hewitt, O. (2011) Richard’s magazine article. Clinical Psychology & People with Learning Disabilities, 9 (2 & 3)

‘Amy’ and Hewitt, O. (2009) ‘Amy’s’ story. Clinical Psychology and People with Learning Disabilities, 7(2)

Hewitt, O. & Merrick, K. (2009). A qualitative study into the experiences of inpatient services for people with learning disabilities. Clinical Psychology and People with Learning Disabilities,

Hewitt, O. Roose, G. & John, A.M. (2008). A valid point of view. Young Minds Magazine, 96, 32-33.

Hewitt, O. M. (2008). Using Psychological Formulation as A Means of Intervention In A Psychiatric Rehabilitation Setting. International Journal of Psychosocial Rehabilitation. 12 (1).

Hewitt, O. (2007). What is the Effect on a Child of Having a Parent with Learning Disability? Tizard Learning Disability Review, 12(2), 33-44.

Hewitt, O. (2005). For better or worse. Young Minds Magazine, 78, 19.

Grison, S. Tipper, S. & Hewitt, O. (2005). Long-term negative priming:Support for retrieval of prior attentional processes. The Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology: Section A, 58(7), 1199-1224.

Roose, G., John, A.M., Hewitt, O. & Yazdani, A. (2003). A focus group investigation into young children's understanding of mental health and their views on appropriate services for their age group. Child: Care, Health and development, 29(6), 545-550.