Shirley’s broad research interest in is the psychological aspects of physical illness and disability, in particular mood problems and emotional adjustment. She is interested in identifying what factors are related to people developing mood problems, the tools for assessing mood and evaluating psychological interventions. Her research has been concerned particularly with people who have had a stroke. She completed a multicentre randomised controlled trial evaluating behavioural therapy for treating low mood in people with aphasia (communication difficulties) following a stroke.
In terms of methodology she has a particular interest in the development and validation of assessments and evaluating complex interventions