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Clinical Psychology

The vision of the  Clinical Psychology Unit is to be a nationally and internationally renowned research and training centre in the clinical applications of psychology and, through this, to enhance the psychological health and wellbeing of people across the lifespan. We are committed to delivering new and cutting-edge clinical research of international standard that informs developments in clinical practice and national policy through the dissemination of research findings, that provide the basis for the delivery of high quality evidence-based professional training.

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.

Professor Nigel Beail

Professor Nigel Beail

  • Evaluation of psychological therapies
  • New measures for evaluating outcomes of psychological therapies.
  • The role of cognitive factors in offending behaviour
  • Understanding the use of restrictive physical interventions
Professor Michael Barkham

Professor Michael Barkham

  • Outcome of Psychological therapies
  • Practice based research as a compliment to trials methodology.
  • Therapist effects and factors influencing therapy outcome
Professor Richard Bentall

Professor Richard Bentall

  • Psychiatric classification
  • The mechanisms involved in hallucinations, delusions and other symptoms
  • The social determinants of mental ill-health
  • Psychological treatments
Dr Jaime Delgadillo

Dr Jaime Delgadillo

  • The use of CBT for depression, anxiety, and addiction problems
  • The development of methods to predict and prevent poor treatment outcomes
  • Optimal matching of patients to specific interventions.
Professor Gillian Hardy

Professor Gillian Hardy

  • Psychological treatments for depression
  • The processes and mechanisms of individual change, and the factors that influence these processes
  • How client, problem and relationship characteristics influence therapy outcomes
Dr Stephen Kellet

Dr Stephen Kellett

  • Psychotherapy outcome
  • Compulsive hoarding and compulsive buying
  • Clinical competency and therapist effects in routine practice.
Dr Georgina Rowse

Dr Georgina Rowse

  • How adverse life experiences, both in early childhood or adult life, are coped with
  • Cognitive processes involved in the formation of persecutory ideas and paranoia
  • Exploring experiences, beliefs and behaviours that in certain contexts are deemed `normalĀ“ and in other contexts labeled as mental health difficulties
Dr Andrew Thompson

Dr Andrew Thompson

  • Understanding psychosocial adaptation to trauma and illness
  • The development of self help psychosocial interventions for the management of appearance concern/stigma and anxiety in long term conditions 
Dave Saxon

Dave Saxon

  • The use of large sets of routinely collected clinical data for research purposes.
  • Why some patients benefit more from psychological therapies than others.
  • The use of multilevel modelling to study variability in the outcomes of therapists.
Professor Glenn Waller

Professor Glenn Waller

  • Cognitive content and processes that underlie and maintain the eating disorders
  • Treatment of eating disorders, focusing on cognitive-behavioural approaches
  • The translation of evidence-based approaches into real-life clinical settings, and the clinician variables that enhance or impede that process