Professor Barkham celebrated for career in psychotherapy research

Congratulations to Professor Michael Barkham, Department of Psychology, who was recently awarded the Senior Distinguished Research Career Award by the Society for Psychotherapy Research.

The prestigious international award honours a long career and a substantial body of scientific work that constitutes a major and significant contribution to psychotherapy research. The primary criterion for this award is the scientific merit of the nominee's contribution.

Professor Barkham was awarded in recognition of his significant contribution to the field of psychotherapy. His research focuses on understanding and improving therapy outcomes and is based on the use of large datasets to answer core questions in a definitive way and pioneering widely used clinical measures to build such datasets. He also continues to play an important role in understanding more about student mental health, supporting both the Counselling Service and Student Access to Mental Health Support (SAMHS).

On winning the prestigious award, Professor Michael Barkham, Chair in Psychological Therapies at the University, said: "I'm delighted to receive this award and I would like to thank all collaborators, past and present, who have contributed to the work reflected in this award. My work has always been a collective effort, working with great people, and each one of them has a substantial share in this award, long may it continue."

Michael has been a great supporter, collaborator and ally of the Counselling Service and Student Access to Mental Health Support.

Louise Knowles, University counselling service

Professor Glenn Waller, Head of Department, Department of Psychology, said: “The Department of Psychology is extremely proud of Michael, following this hugely prestigious international award from the leading international research society in the field. Michael's research output and impact are substantial, covering the fields of understanding and improving therapy outcomes, and the therapist factors that play a key role in clinical outcomes. His research is based on the use of large datasets to answer core questions in a definitive way, and he has been a pioneer in the development of widely used clinical measures that are used to build such datasets. His work is an inspiration to the field.”

Louise Knowles, Head of Counselling and Psychological Well Being Service, University Counselling Service, said: “Over the recent years Michael has been a great supporter, collaborator and ally of the Counselling Service and Student Access to Mental Health Support. Michael not only knows his subject matter but he is really committed to working at the coal face with clinical staff. It is a real privilege to know and work with him, he has made research so accessible, relative and meaningful to my work. He has pioneered a number of large scale studies and is currently supporting a number of institutions, including our own, to bring about a significant change in how university counselling services collaborate on the collection of clinical data.