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Lorena Covington

PhD Student in Psychology


After spending four years in the U.S. Navy, I earned my B.A. in psychology at Humboldt State university, (Arcata, California), and my MA in counselling psychology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. I was interested in feminist and masculinist psychology and the power dynamics of female/male relationships. My MA thesis was an exploration of how mens’ behaviour influenced the satisfaction of women in relationships. An offshoot of that work was looking at correlation between feminist identity, marital status, and womens’ satisfaction in relationships with men.

After moving to a remote area of Eastern Canada, I worked for many years as a freelance writer and researcher.  I also became interested in and began practicing mindfulness whilst studying Buddhism. Beginning my PhD work at Chichester, I wanted to focus on ways that simple mindfulness practices may increase quality of life.

PhD Research

I am investigating whether simple self-soothing touch and gratitude practices can have a positive effect on wellbeing, and hope to apply the early work to helping end-of-life professionals prevent or address burnout


Lori’s research is supervised by Dr. Moitree Banerjee, Head of Psychology Programmes, and Dr. Antonina Pereira, Co-Director – Institute of Education, Health and Social Sciences and Cross-Institutional Lead for Research.

Research Output


Covington, L., Banerjee, M., Price, M. and Pereira, A. (2022) Mindfulness-Based Interventions for Professionals Working in End-of-Life Care: A Systematic Review of the Literature. Journal of Palliative Care, 38 (2). pp. 225-238. ISSN 0825-8597 10.1177/08258597221100330

Other department members

Alex Rawlinson
Psychology Laboratory Technician
Alison Hounsome
Programme Administrator
Benjamin Sharpe
Dr Benjamin T. Sharpe
Lecturer in Cognitive Psychology, Programme Coordinator for the BSc Criminology and Forensic Psychology, and Academic Board Member

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