Research and Publications


Adjusting to Brain Injury: Reflections from Survivors, Family Members and Clinicians.

This book focuses on hidden difficulties, identity following brain injury and the concept of hope - particularly trusting in a future despite not knowing what that future will look like.

All author royalties are going to the following charities: SameYou, Headway, Paul for Brain Recovery, Meningitis Now and Different Strokes.

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Sphere Memory and Rehab Team are pleased to nominate SameYou as our charity of choice.

They are creating the missing emotional and mental health recovery services essential for brain injury and stroke survivors.

Sphere are honoured to support and work alongside such a worthy cause.

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Current Research

1. Living with and caring for dementia: The effects of a novel intervention on quality of life in a case series (Sarah Parkinson, Dr. Carol Bolton & Tim Pattle, 2020)

2. A feasibility study of telerehabilitation in the East Riding of Yorkshire for patients with cognitive impairment following acquired brain injury. This study is in partnership with Hull University Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust and uses an avatar based VR system (Dr. Katherine Dawson, 2021)

Past Research

Publications (Dr. Clare Hilton, previous surname Hilton)

Hilton, A.C., & Moniz-Cook, E (2004) Examining the Personality Dimensions of Sociotropy and Autonomy in Older People with Dementia: Their relevance to Person Centred Care; Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapy, 32, 457-465

Hilton, A.C., Law, S & Edgar, N (2011) Where have all the older people gone…three years passing? When will we ever learn, when will we ever learn? Still Learning lessons in the East Riding of Yorkshire. PSIGE Newsletter, No 113 Feb 2011

Hilton, A.C. (2011) The perverse defences of an aging Man PSIGE Newsletter, 116, August 2012

Clark, M; Hilton, AC; Shiels, W; Green, C; Walters, C; Stead, M; Batty, K; Smyth, I; & Flahive, J (2013) Further steps to define and deliver high quality care for care clusters: the mental health care cluster and pathway website; Mental Health Review Journal; Volume 18, No1, 2013 pp 4-13

Dykes, K, Hilton, A.C. Ross, K (2017) – Psychological Best Practice in Inpatient Services for Older People – Chapter 1 – The Key Psychological Offer. British Psychological Society.

Patterson, K; Rewston, C; Hilton A.C., C & Reading, L (2021) – Working from home in lockdown, reporting on a staff survey - Division of Clinical Psychology, March (2021), Covid-19 Bulletin

Meet The Team

Our Key People Working For You

Dr. Clare Hilton

Director of Sphere
Consultant Clinical Psychologist

Dr. Katherine Dawson

Director of Sphere
Consultant Clinical Neuropsychologist

Tim Pattle


Tracey Charlton


Dr. Emma Donkersley

Clinical Psychologist

Dr. Carol Bolton

Clinical Psychologist

Hilary McDaid


Dr. Gemma Forshaw

Clinical Psychologist

Dr. Kirsty Patterson

Clinical Psychologist

Dr. Jayne Jackson

Clinical Psychologist

Dr. Lisa Keegan

Clinical Psychologist

Dr. Rachel Whitehead

Clinical Psychologist

Dr. Gina Wieringa

Clinical Psychologist

Dr. Sara Appleyard

Clinical Psychologist

Dr. Jack Garfield

Clinical Psychologist

Dr. Nicole Thomas

Clinical Psychologist

Dr. Robin Colley

Clinical Psychologist

Sarah Collier

Senior Rehabilitation Assistant

Alex Nesbitt

Senior Rehabilitation Assistant

Liz Gray

Senior Rehabilitation Assistant

Ali West

Senior Rehabilitation Assistant

Asha Walker

Senior Rehabilitation Assistant

Helen Adams

Junior Rehabilitation Assistant

Lucy Reading

Senior Rehabilitation Assistant

Harry Banyard

Senior Rehabilitation Assistant

Why Our Clients Trust Us

"The staff are really polite and friendly, nothing was too much to ask, and we adopted new ways of working due to the pandemic."

Our care home worked with the Sphere team with a resident that was discharged from a local hospital, from day one the teams worked really well together, we had regular meetings to update on progress made and also strategies that worked for the staff and the resident. All the staff were really knowledgeable in their field and would happily support the care staff, I would have no hesitation in working with Sphere again.

"Their amazing positivity over the 9 months of work with him have given us both hope and optimism for the future."

The Sphere Memory and Rehabilitation Team led by Dr Katherine Dawson have offered amazing support for myself and my husband after he suffered an ABI.

"Dr. Dawson's book on ABI has also been relevant and interesting."

I am very pleased with the support I have received from the Sphere Team. They have taken time to talk to me and ask me about the problems that I'm facing and need to overcome.

"When I first met Katherine, I told her I understood her role, but that she wouldn't be able to help me."

I have never been so wrong! She has helped me realise and understand the issues caused by my brain injury, most of which I wasn't conscious of at the start. A superb listener with an understanding of my issues, which in itself provides enormous help. Being able to discuss your personal issues with someone who understands is more helpful than can be described.

"I can't make things work in my brain and it's all XXXXXX and cloudy."

Session with you (Clare) sorts my head out. I can think a bit and you get what I am saying.

"My sincere thanks go to the Sphere Memory and Rehabilitation Team member, Carol Bolton, Clinical Psychologist who delivered a professional service."

Demonstrated both patience and persistence with my client who has been extremely difficult to communicate with, due to severe psychological symptoms, however Carol did not give up on her and my client was able to make progress.

"Katherine has helped me greatly in identifying what I can still do well and how to play to these strengths in daily life."

In turn, this has helped my family in understanding why I say and do certain things and identifying strategies to cope. I now feel more hopeful about the future.