Welcome to the Mental Health group of ScHARR

Our aim is to improve mental health and social care services in the UK and internationally through research, consultancy and teaching.
MH Group
The Mental Health group is led by Professor Glenys Parry. The group was created from the former Centre for Psychotherapeutic Studies and the Section of Forensic Psychiatry, and moved to the Health Services Research section in 2007. There continues to be a strong research and consultancy commitment to psychological treatment and to forensic mental health. Many members of the group are psychotherapists or other mental health practitioners, and contribute to the health service directly, as well as through their own research.


Major programmes of research are being carried out in:

  • IQuESTS- improving Quality & Effectiveness of Services, Therapies & Self-management of long-term depression (CLAHRC)
  • AdEPT- Understanding & preventing Adverse Effects of Psychological Therapies (NIHR RfPB)
  • the evaluation of innovative methods of teaching
  • PRaCTICED - Pragmatic, Randomised Controlled Trial assessing the non-Inferiority of Counselling and its Effectiveness for Depression

Much of of our research involves the use of both quantitative and qualitative methods.

There are currently 14 doctoral students within the group, and we welcome applications from suitably qualified postgraduates, particularly but not necessarily from applicants interested in research in these major areas.

Centre for Psychological Services Research

The Centre for Psychological Services Research is an interdisciplinary collaboration between ScHARR and the Department of Psychology. The Centre is headed by Professor Michael Barkham together with an executive team comprising Professors John Brazier (ScHARR), Gillian Hardy (Clinical Psychology Unit) and Glenys Parry (ScHARR).

The aim of the Centre is to improve decision-making, quality, and outcomes of services providing psychological treatment to people who have mental or physical health problems. It will do this by establishing interdisciplinary and collaborative research activity via a range of research programmes operating at local, national, and international levels. Its name reflects the unique positioning of Psychological Services Research (PSR) which combines the techniques and disciplines of Health Services Research together with those of psychological research.


The group makes a strong contribution to teaching throughout the School, and has taken a particular lead in the development of distance-learning with two Masters available entirely by distance-learning: the MA in Psychoanalytic Studies, and the MSc in Psychotherapy studies. Both of these programmes have now closed for recruitment.

Many of the group's modules are available as short courses and students may also register for individual modules, as well as one year PG Certificates, two year, part-time PG Diplomas, and three year part-time Masters courses.


Further information about the Mental Health group can be obtained from the Group Secretary, Abby Constantine: +44 (0)114 22 20753

email : Abby Constantine