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University Counselling Service

Student Counselling

The University Counselling Service is involved in a number of research projects.


Mindful Student Study

 Mindful Student Study

The service continues its involvement with the  Mindful Student Study:


Galante J, Stochl J, Dufour G, et al.  Effectiveness of providing university students with a mindfulness-based intervention to increase resilience to stress: 1-year follow-up of a pragmatic randomised controlled trial.  J Epidemiol Community Health Published Online First: 10 September 2020. doi: 10.1136/jech-2020-214390


Galante, J., Dufour, G., et al. Effectiveness  of  providing  a mindfulness-based  intervention  to  increase  resilience  to  stress  in  university students: a pragmatic randomised controlled trial. Lancet Public Health


Galante, J.,  Dufour, G., et al. A randomised controlled trial of the provision  of  a mindfulness  intervention to support  university  students’  wellbeing   and   resilience   to   stress:   Preliminary   results.   The Lancet, 388 (Supplement 2), 29


Galante,  J.,  Dufour,  G.,  Benton,  A.,  Howarth,  E.,  Vainre,  M.,  Croudace,  T.  J., Wagner, A. P., Stochl, J. & Jones, P. B. Protocol for the  Mindful Student Study: a randomised controlled trial of the provision of a mindfulness intervention to support university students’ well-being and resilience to stress  BMJ Open, 6.


SCORE Consortium

The service continues its involvement as a founding member of the SCORE Consortium, contributing to the collection of outcome measures for University Counselling Services. SCORE, which means Student Counselling Research Outcomes and Evaluation (SCORE), aims to establish a shared routine outcomes database for University and College Counselling Services. Cambridge is part of six founding universities: Birkbeck University of London, Keele University, King’s College London, University of Sheffield and University of Oxford. The project partnership also involves consultancy expertise from Professor Michael Barkham & Dr Emma Broglia (University of Sheffield). SCORE receives support from the BACP research team and is a collaborative project between BACP and UKCP, two of the main professional bodies for counsellors and psychotherapists.

Barkham, M, Broglia, E, Dufour, G, et al; on behalf of the SCORE Consortium. Towards an evidencebase for student wellbeing and mental health: Definitions, developmental transitions and data sets. Couns. Psychother. Res. 2019; 00: 1– 7.


Other Research Papers

Dufour, G. Current challenges in student mental health and counselling provision: How practice‐based research can help demonstrate effectiveness. Couns Psychother Res. 2020; 00: 1– 6.

Emma Broglia, Gemma Ryan, Charlotte Williams, Mark Fudge, Louise Knowles, Afra Turner, Géraldine Dufour, Alan Percy, Michael Barkham & on behalf of the SCORE Consortium (2021) Profiling student mental health and counselling effectiveness: lessons from four UK services using complete data and different outcome measures, British Journal of Guidance & Counselling, DOI: 10.1080/03069885.2020.1860191