Dave Saxon BA (Hons), MSc

Research Fellow

Dave Saxon

Mental Health Research Unit
School of Health and Related Research (ScHARR)
University of Sheffield
Regent Court, 30 Regent Street
Sheffield S1 4DA

Office: 30__

Tel: (+44) (0) 114 222 0718
Fax: (+44) (0)114 222 0749

ORCiD: http://orcid.org/0000-0002-9753-8477 

Email: d.saxon@sheffield.ac.uk


From a background of psychology in social services and education I began as a research assistant/data manager in NHS counselling/psychotherapy services in 1999. Over the next 8 years I became gradually more involved with NHS/ScHARR research collaborations and became F/T at ScHARR in 2008.

Research Interests

The use of large sets of routinely collected clinical data for research purposes. I am interested in why some patients benefit more from psychological therapies than others. A particular interest is the use of multilevel modelling to study variability in the outcomes of therapists.

Teaching Interests

  • My teaching interests are in outcomes in psychological therapies, statistics and multilevel modelling
  • MSc Supervision: HAR679 (Masters in Public Health) and HAR6024 (Masters in Clinical Research) 
  • Statistical support for Clinical Psychology Unit doctoral students.

PhD supervision

I would be pleased to hear from potential PhD students who would like to work on quantitative or mixed methods projects which are related to my research interests, particularly practitioner variability in psychological therapy services and the analysis of large samples of routinely collected data.

Current projects

  • PRaCTICED: Non-inferiority trial of counselling for depression and CBT
  • CLAHRC-II: Mental health & long-term physical conditions
  • Adult Psychiatric Morbidity Survey
  • Analysis of routine service data including, IAPT services and CORE national dataset

Journal articles


Conference proceedings papers

  • Ricketts T, Wood E, Soady J, Saxon D, Hulin J, Ohlsen S & Mitchell C (2017) What is the effect of co-morbid depression on the use of unscheduled hospital care by people with a long term condition?. Society For Academic Primary Care National Conference Programme, 12 July 2017 - 14 July 2017. RIS download Bibtex download


  • Hutten R, Parry GD, Barkham , Brazier , Dent-Brown , Hardy , Rick J, Chambers , Connell , de Lusignan S , Mukuria et al (2011) An evaluation of a new service model: Improving Access to Psychological Therapies demonstration sites 2006-2009, Final Report. View this article in WRRO RIS download Bibtex download
  • Blackmore C, Beecroft C, Parry G, Booth A, Tantam D, Chambers E, Simpson E, Roberts E & Saxon D (2009) A Systematic Review of the Efficacy and Clinical Effectiveness of Group Analysis and Analytic/Dynamic Group Psychotherapy RIS download Bibtex download