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  • Moore C, Jones L, Tang NKY. Submitted. Where to look for therapists to deliver a hybrid psychological intervention for chronic pain and insomnia? A survey of training provision from clinical psychology doctorate courses.
  • Afolalu EF, Ramlee F, Tang NKY. 2017 Effects of sleep changes on pain-related health outcomes in the general
    population: A systematic review of longitudinal studies with exploratory metaanalysis. SLEEP MEDICINE REVIEWS.
  • Ramlee F, Sanborn AN, Tang NKY. 2017. What sways people’s judgement of sleep quality? A quantitative choice-making study with good and poor sleepers. SLEEP, 40 (7): zsx091.
  • Valdes AM, Tang NKY, Walsh DA, Warner SC, Harvey HL, Jenkins W, Abhishek A, Doherty M. 2017. Bidirectional association between disturbed sleep and neuropathic pain symptoms: A prospective cohort study in post-total joint replacement participants. JOURNAL OF PAIN RESEARCH
  • Tang NKY. 2017. CBT in Pain and Psychological Disorders: Towards a Hybrid Future [Invited article for the Chronic Pain Special Issue]. PROGRESS IN NEURO-PSYCHOPHARMACOLOGY & BIOLOGICAL PSYCHIATRY.
  • Tang NKY, Fiecas M, Afolalu EF, Wolke D. 2017 Changes in Sleep Duration, Quality, and Medication Use are Prospectively Associated with Health and Wellbeing: Analysis of the UK Household Longitudinal Study. SLEEP, 40 (3): zsw079. DOI:
  • Winsper C. Tang NKY, Marwaha S, Lereya ST, Gibbs M, Thompson A, & Singh S. 2017. The sleep phenotype of Borderline Personality Disorder: A systematic review and meta-analysis. NEUROSCIENCE & BIOBEHAVIORAL REVIEWS, 73: 48-67.
  • Blågestad T, Pallesen S, Grønli J, Tang NKY, & Nordhus IH. 2016. How Perceived Pain Influence Sleep and Mood More Than The Reverse: A Novel, Exploratory Study with Patients Awaiting Total Hip Arthroplasty. FRONTIERS IN PSYCHOLOGY. 7:1689.
  • Afolalu EF, Moore C, Ramlee F, Goodchild CE, Tang NKY. 2016. Development of the Pain-Related Beliefs and Attitudes about Sleep (PBAS) scale for the assessment and treatment of insomnia comorbid with chronic pain. JOURNAL OF CLINICAL SLEEP MEDICINE, 12(9):1269–1277.
  • Ramlee F, Afolalu EF, Tang NKY. 2016 Do people with chronic pain judge their sleep differently? A qualitative study. BEHAVIORAL SLEEP MEDICINE. DOI: 10.1080/15402002.2016.1188393
  • *Lereya ST, *Winsper C, Tang NKY, Wolke D. 2016. Prospective associations between nightmares, sleep-onset and maintenance problems, and Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) symptoms at 11 to 12 years. JOURNAL OF ABNORMAL CHILD PSYCHOLOGY. *Joint first author. 10.1007/s10802-016-0158-4
  • Sandhu H, Bernstein CJ, Davies G, Tang NKY, Belhag M, Tingle A, Field M, Foss J, Lindahl A, Underwood M, and Ellard DR. 2016. A combined behavioural and mindfulness programme for people living with Dystonia. A pilot study. BMJ OPEN; 6:e011495 doi:10.1136/bmjopen-2016-011495
  • Berstein CJ, Ellard DR, Davies G., Hertenstein E, Tang NKY, Underwood M, Sandhu H. 2016. Behavioural interventions for people living with adult-onset primary dystonia: a systematic review. BMC NEUROLOGY, 2016, 16:40 doi:10.1186/s12883-016-0562-y
  • Tang NKY, Beckwith P, Ashworth P. 2016. Mental defeat is associated with worst ever suicide intent in patients with chronic pain. CLINICAL JOURNAL OF PAIN, 32, 411-419. doi: 10.1097/AJP.0000000000000276
  • Hertenstein EC, Tang NKY, Berstein C, Nissen C, Underwood M, Sandhu H. 2016. Sleep in patients with dystonia: A systematic review on the state of research and perspectives. SLEEP MEDICINE REVIEWS, 26, 95-107 doi:10.1016/j.smrv.2015.04.004
  • Tang NKY, Lereya ST, Boulton H, Miller MA, Wolke D, Cappuccio FP. 2015. Non-pharmacological treatments of insomnia for people with long-term painful conditions. A systematic review and meta-analysis of patient-reported outcomes in randomized controlled trials. SLEEP, 38(11):1751–1764.
  • Tang NKY, McBeth J, Jordan K, Blagojevic-Bucknall, M, Croft P, & Wilkie, R. 2014. Impact of musculoskeletal pain on insomnia onset: a prospective cohort study. RHEUMATOLOGY. doi: 10.1093/rheumatology/keu283
  • Winsper C. & Tang NKY. 2014. Linkages between insomnia and suicidality: Prospective associations, high-risk subgroups, and possible psychological mechanisms. Invited Review commissioned by INTERNATIONAL REVIEW OF PSYCHIATRY, 26(2):189-204. doi: 10.3109/09540261.2014.881330.
  • Tang NKY & Sanborn, AN. 2014. Better quality sleep promotes daytime physical activity in patients with chronic pain? A multilevel analysis of the within-person relationship. .PLoS ONE 9(3): e92158. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0092158
  • Tang NKY, McBeth J, Jordan K, Blagojevic-Bucknall, M, Croft P, & Wilkie, R. 2013. The role of pain, physical disability, and reduced social participation in insomnia onset in community dwelling older adults: a prospective cohort study. The LANCET, Volume 382, Issue , Page S95, 29 November 2013 doi:10.1016/S0140-6736(13)62520-9
  • Campbell P, Tang NKY, McBeth J, Lewis M, Main CJ, Croft PR, Morphy H, and Dunn KM. 2013. The role of sleep problems in the development of depression in those with chronic pain: a nested prospective cohort study. SLEEP, 36 (11), 1693-1698. doi: 10.5665/sleep.3130
  • Tang NKY, Shum SH, Leung PL, Chen PP, Salkovskis PM. 2013. Mental defeat predicts distress and disability in Hong Kong Chinese with chronic pain. CLINICAL JOURNAL OF PAIN, 29(9), 830-836. doi: 10.1097/AJP.0b013e3182778153
  • Tang NKY, Goodchild CE, Salkovskis PM. 2012. Hybrid cognitive-behaviour therapy for individuals with insomnia and chronic pain: A pilot randomised controlled trial. BEHAVIOUR RESEARCH AND THERAPY, 50 (12), 814-821. doi: 10.1016/j.brat.2012.08.006
  • Harvey AG and Tang NKY. 2012. (Mis)perception of Sleep in Insomnia: A Puzzle and a Resolution. PSYCHOLOGICAL BULLETIN, vol. 138(1), 77-101. doi: 10.1037/a0025730
  • Tang NKY, Goodchild CE, Sanborn AN, Howard J, Salkovskis PM. 2012. Deciphering the temporal link between sleep and pain in a heterogeneous chronic pain patient sample: A multilevel daily process study. SLEEP, vol. 5(35), 675-687. doi: 10.5665/sleep.183 * Vitiello, MV (2012) A step toward solving the sleep/pain puzzle. Commentary on Tang et al. Deciphering the temporal link between pain and sleep in a heterogeneous chronic pain patient sample: A multilevel daily process study. SLEEP, 35:675-687
  • Tang NKY, Goodchild CE, Hester J, Salkovskis PM. 2012. Pain-related insomnia versus primary insomnia: A comparison study of sleep pattern, psychological characteristics, and cognitive-behavioural processes. CLINICAL JOURNAL OF PAIN, 28, 428-436. doi: 10.1097/AJP.0b013e31823711bc
  • McCracken LM, Williams JL, Tang NKY. 2011. Psychological Flexibility May Reduce Insomnia in Persons with Chronic Pain: A Preliminary Retrospective Study. PAIN MEDICINE, 12(6), 904-912. doi: 10.1111/j.1526-4637.2011.01115.x.
  • Edwards MJ, Tang NKY, Wright AM, Salkovskis PM, Timberlake CM. 2011. Thinking about thinking about pain: a qualitative investigation of rumination in chronic pain. PAIN MANAGEMENT, vol. 1, 311-323. doi: 10.2217/pmt.11.29
  • Tang NKY. 2010. Brief CBT-I for Insomnia Comorbid with Social Phobia: A Case Study. BEHAVIOURAL AND COGNITIVE PSYCHOTHERAPY, vol. 38(1), 113-122.doi: 10.1017/S1352465809990488
  • Tang NKY, Goodchild CE, Hester J, Salkovskis PM. 2010. Mental defeat is linked to interference, distress and disability in chronic pain. PAIN, vol. 149(3), 547-554. doi: 10.1016/j.pain.2010.03.028
  • Tang NKY, Salkovskis PM, Hodges A, Soong E, Hanna MH, Hester J. 2009. Chronic pain syndrome associated with health anxiety: A qualitative thematic comparison between pain patients with high and low health anxiety. BRITISH JOURNAL OF CLINICAL PSYCHOLOGY, vol. 48, 1-20. doi: 10.1348/014466508X336167
  • Tang NKY. 2009. Cognitive-behavioral therapy for sleep abnormalities of chronic pain patients. CURRENT RHEUMATOLOGY REPORTS, vol. 11(6), 451-460. doi: 10.1007/s11926-009-0066-5
  • Tang NKY, Salkovskis PM, Hodges A, Weight KJ, Hanna M, Hester J. 2008. Effects of mood on pain responses and pain tolerance: An experimental study in chronic back pain patients. PAIN, vol. 138(2), 392-401. doi: 10.1016/j.pain.2008.01.018
  • Tang NKY. 2008. Insomnia co-occurring with chronic pain: Clinical features, interaction, assessments and possible interventions. BRITISH JOURNAL OF PAIN, vol. 2(1), 2-7. ; doi: 10.1177/204946370800200102
  • Tang NKY, Salkovskis PM, Poplavskaya E, Wright KJ, Hanna M, Hester J. 2007. Increased use of safety-seeking behaviors in chronic back pain patients with high health anxiety. BEHAVIOUR RESEARCH AND THERAPY, vol. 45(12), 2821-2835. doi:10.1016/j.brat.2007.05.004
  • Tang NKY, Salkovskis PM, Hanna M. 2007. Mental defeat in chronic pain: Initial exploration of the concept. CLINICAL JOURNAL OF PAIN, vol. 23(3), 222-232. doi: 10.1097/AJP.0b013e31802ec8c6
  • Tang NKY, Wright KJ, Salkovskis PM. 2007. Prevalence and correlates of clinical insomnia co-occurring with chronic back pain. JOURNAL OF SLEEP RESEARCH, vol. 16(1), 85-95. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2869.2007.00571.x
  • Tang NKY, Schmidt DA, Harvey AG. 2007. Sleeping with the enemy: Clock monitoring in the maintenance of insomnia. JOURNAL OF BEHAVIOR THERAPY AND EXPERIMENTAL PSYCHIATRY, vol. 38(1), 40-55. doi:10.1016/j.jbtep.2005.07.004
  • Tang NKY and Harvey AG. 2006. Altering misperception of sleep in insomnia: Behavioral experiment versus verbal feedback. JOURNAL OF CONSULTING AND CLINICAL PSYCHOLOGY, vol. 74(4), 767-776. doi: 10.1037/0022-006X.74.4.767
  • Stinson K, Tang NKY, Harvey AG. 2006. Barriers to treatment seeking in primary insomnia in the United Kingdom: A cross-sectional perspective. SLEEP, vol. 29(12), 1643-1646. PMID: 17252896
  • Tang NKY and Crane C. 2006. Suicidality in chronic pain: a review of the prevalence, risk factors and psychological links. PSYCHOLOGICAL MEDICINE, vol. 36(5), 575-586. doi: 10.1017/S0033291705006859
  • Ree MJ, Harvey AG, Blake R, Tang NKY, Shawe-Taylor M. 2005. Attempts to control unwanted thoughts in the night: development of the thought control questionnaire-insomnia revised (TCQI-R). BEHAVIOUR RESEARCH AND THERAPY, vol. 43(8), 985-998. doi:10.1016/j.brat.2004.07.003
  • Harvey AG, Tang NKY, Browning L. 2005. Cognitive approaches to insomnia. CLINICAL PSYCHOLOGY REVIEW, vol. 25, 593-611. doi:10.1016/j.cpr.2005.04.005
  • Tang NKY and Harvey AG. 2005. Time Estimation Ability and Distorted Perception of Sleep in Insomnia. BEHAVIORAL SLEEP MEDICINE, vol. 3(3), 134-150. doi:10.1207/s15402010bsm0303_2
  • Tang NKY and Harvey AG. 2004. Correcting distorted perception of sleep in insomnia: a novel behavioural experiment?. BEHAVIOUR RESEARCH AND THERAPY, vol. 42(1), 27-39. doi:10.1016/S0005-7967(03)00068-8
  • Tang NKY and Harvey AG. 2004. Effects of cognitive arousal and physiological arousal on sleep perception. SLEEP, vol. 27(1), 69-78. PMID:
  • Harvey AG and Tang NKY. 2003. Cognitive behaviour therapy for primary insomnia: Can we rest yet?. SLEEP MEDICINE REVIEWS, vol. 7(3), 237-262. doi: 10.1053/smrv.2002.0266


Book Chapters

  • Cheatle MD, Foster S, Tang NKY. under review. Pain and Suicide: Epidemiology, Risk Factors, Mediators and Interventions. In OVERLAPPING PAIN AND PSYCHIATRIC SYNDROMES - GLOBAL PERSPECTIVES. Incayawar M, Clark MR, Maldonado-Bouchard S (Eds). Oxford University Press.
  • Tang NKY, Afolalu EF, Ramlee F. under review. Sleep and Pain. In SLEEP HEALTH AND SOCIETY - FROM AETIOLOGY TO PUBLIC HEALTH, Second Edition. Cappuccio FP, Miller MA, Lockley SW (Eds). Oxford University Press.
  • Tang NKY, Goodchild CE, Webster LR. 2013. Sleep and Chronic Pain. In Comprehensive Treatment of Chronic Pain by Medical, Interventional, and Behavioral Approaches: The AMERICAN ACADEMY OF PAIN MEDICINE Textbook on Patient Management. Deer TR, Leong MS, Buvanendran A, Gordin V, Kim PS, Panchal SJ, Ray AL (Eds.). Springer. p.947-962. doi: 10.1007/978-1-4614-1560-2_85
  • Tang NKY and Smith MT. 2009. Nonpharmacologic management of insomnia and pain. In SLEEP MEDICINE FOR DENTISTS: A PRACTICAL OVERVIEW. Lavigne GJ, Cistulli PA, Smith MT (Eds.). Quintessence.


Others Publications

  • Moore C, Tang NKY. 2016. Getting a good night's sleep. A patient leaflet for PAIN CONCERN.
  • Tang NKY. 2012. The future of CBT. CBT TODAY.
  • Tang NKY. 2006. Cognitive therapy with chronic pain patients. BEHAVIOURAL AND COGNITIVE PSYCHOTHERAPY, vol. 34(1), 123-124.
  • Tang NKY. 2003. The Relaxation Therapy Manual. BEHAVIOURAL AND COGNITIVE PSYCHOTHERAPY, vol. 31(2), 223-224.
  • Tang NKY. 2002. Mental Healthcare Matters in Primary Care. BEHAVIOURAL AND COGNITIVE PSYCHOTHERAPY, vol. 30(4), 511-512.
  • Tang NKY. 2002. Treating Anxiety and Stress: A Group Psycho-Educational Approach Using Brief CBT. BEHAVIOURAL AND COGNITIVE PSYCHOTHERAPY, vol. 30(3), 375-376.