Dr Vyv Huddy

Department of Psychology

Lecturer in Clinical Psychology


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Dr Vyv Huddy
Department of Psychology
Cathedral Court
1 Vicar Lane
S1 2LT

I qualified in Clinical Psychology at Royal Holloway (University of London) in 2008. My first post as clinical psychologist was in research, where I joined a team developing Cognitive Remediation Therapy for psychosis. We then tested the therapy in a randomised control trial. During this post, and subsequently working in a prison and acute inpatient mental health settings, I became interested in developing patient perspective therapy for secondary care, inpatient and other secure settings.

Very recently, I have also become interested in taking a community psychology approach to working alongside communities and organisations to develop their resources and agency - 64 Million Artists (https://64millionartists.com) are a key partner in a line of research on this topic.

  • BSc (Hons) Psychology
  • PhD Experimental Psychology
  • Doctorate in Clinical Psychology
Research interests

Developing trans diagnostic psychological therapy for supporting people in mental health inpatient settings, prisons and other secure settings. This work follows the Method of Levels (MOL) technique and takes a principle-based approach guided by Perceptual Control Theory (http://www.methodoflevels.com.au). This effort involves:

  • Understanding the psychological mechanisms of how people experience relief from distress during episodes of talking therapy. This work using quantitative methods examining change trajectories in routinely collected outcome data and qualitative methods focused on experiences of psychological change.
  • Investigating the feasibility and, in the longer term, effectiveness of the MOL therapy. With colleagues at the University of Manchester.

Helping communities to develop psychologically informed resources that support people through hardships, with a specific focus on creativity. This involves:

  • Examining how online, and face-to-face, social interaction helps people to generate novel perspectives on hardships and distress.
  • Determining how cooperation emerges in social groups and its vital role in fostering recovery.
Teaching activities
  • I contribute to the Undergraduate PSY1003 on Ethical Research in Clinical Psychology
  • My role on the Doctorate in Clinical Psychology Program entails a number of teaching and tutoring responsibilities.

Current postgraduate students

  • Sareeta Vyas (DClinPsy) Refugees and asylum seekers’ experiences of using peer support
  • Harvey Gutest (DClinPsy) Using goal exploration to enhance implementation intentions interventions
  • Eirill Sodal (DClinPsy) Barriers and Facilitators to Assessing Adverse Childhood Experiences
Professional activities and memberships
  • Registered with the Health Professions Council (Practitioner Psychologist: PYL24052)
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (HEA)
  • External Examiner Doctorate in Clinical Psychology, University of Liverpool
  • Member of the British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP)
  • Chairman of the BABCP Control Theory Special Interest Group
  • Member of the International Association for Perceptual Control Theory

Public Engagement and Media

  • Playback Festival 2018 – part of panel discussion for the session Mental Health on Screen
  • Anxiety Arts Festival London – Introduction to the screening of Solaris (1973) at the Barbican Cinema