Collaborative Research in the Clinical Psychology UnitPicture of glass ball

The Clinical Psychology Unit (CPU) houses a group of research active clinical academics who are committed to enhancing clinical research through publication in quality journals, contributing to developments in clinical practice through the dissemination of research findings, and providing excellence in professional training and the local provision of clinical services.

The CPU is uniquely placed to advocate for and disseminate the contribution of Psychology throughout the University and the local NHS. Accordingly, many staff collaborate with other clinical academics within the University and within the NHS, often leading to cross-cutting interdisciplinary research and publication in non-psychology journals. Staff also have national and international collaborations. Clinical tutor staff, although not returned through the REF exercise, are also research active, publishing across a range of refereed and professional journals.

The CPU is part of the Department of Psychology and provides NHS-funded training in clinical psychology and IAPT services. The Department of Psychology is among the largest in the UK, and has been consistently ranked as one of the outstanding research departments.

Clinical Psychology Unit BuildingCurrent Research Areas

There are five broad themes that capture the research activity of staff: Clinical Health Psychology; Psychological Therapies; Continuum of Cognitive Processes & Experiences; Embedding Mindfulness Early; and Intellectual & Developmental Disabilities

Find out more about our research themes

ScHARR magazinesKey Publications & Grant Award Successes

Further information about recent key publications and grant awards

See key publications & grant awards

ScHARR libraryService Evaluation & Consultancy

Information about trainee service evaluations and the process of commissioning a potential project.

Commission a Potential Service Evaluation Project


Information for local clinicians, service users, carers or interested members of the community about how we define diversity and encourage involvement within the clinical psychology training programme.


students in lectureSeminars & Events

We hold a number of research seminars through the year with a variety of external speakers.

Clinical Psychology Seminars

The CPU has close links with local NHS Trusts and many of the members of the Unit are clinically active. If you would like to discuss potential research collaborations please contact the relevant member of the team directly or if you have a general query about trainee research please contact Dr. Andrew Thompson.