Dr Vyv Huddy
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
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.
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
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
- 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
A list of key publications can be found below. For a full list of publications please click here
- To mix or not to mix? A meta-method approach to rethinking evaluation practices for improved effectiveness and efficiency of psychological therapies illustrated with the application of perceptual control theory. Frontiers in Psychology, 10. View this article in WRRO
- The component structure of the scales for the assessment of positive and negative symptoms in first-episode psychosis and its dependence on variations in analytic methods. Psychiatry Research, 270, 869-879. View this article in WRRO
- Individual psychological therapy in an acute inpatient setting : service user and psychologist perspectives. Psychology and Psychotherapy: Theory, Research and Practice, 91(4), 417-433. View this article in WRRO
- A new generation computerised metacognitive cognitive remediation programme for schizophrenia (CIRCuiTS): a randomised controlled trial. Psychological Medicine, 47(15), 2720-2730. View this article in WRRO
- Improving professional psychological practice through an increased repertoire of research methodologies : illustrated by the development of MOL.. Professional Psychology Research and Practice, 48(3), 175-182. View this article in WRRO
- Early detection and early intervention in prison : improving outcomes and reducing prison returns. Journal of Forensic Psychiatry & Psychology, 28(1), 91-107. View this article in WRRO
- The Feasibility and Acceptability to Service Users of CIRCuiTS, a Computerized Cognitive Remediation Therapy Programme for Schizophrenia. Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapy, 44(3), 288-305.
- Psychological Therapy for At Risk Mental State for Psychosis in a Prison Setting: A Case Study. Journal of Clinical Psychology, 72(2), 142-151.