Biography

Biography

I completed my undergraduate degree in Experimental Psychology at the University of Sussex, and my PhD and doctorate in Clinical Psychology at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience (IOPPN), Kings College London. I specialised in psychosis research and have subsequently worked clinically and academically in the IOPPN, South London and Maudsley NHS foundation trust and Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust. I returned to the University of Sussex in an honorary capacity in 2010, and formally in 2018.

Research 

I have been awarded over £2.2 million in grant income as CI and I am co-applicant on grants worth a further £9.7million, with a strong track record in publications (recent publications). The main focus of my research is on improving social and functional outcomes (including physical health) for people with psychosis, through:

(i)            understanding the role of cognition, metacognition and self-beliefs on recovery and functional outcomes;

(ii)           improved implementation of and engagement with novel and evidence based psychological interventions

(iii)          appropriate evaluation, including service user-led evaluation and outcomes.

Clinical Expertise

I am clinically trained and hold a joint post as Clinical Research Fellow & Consultant Clinical Psychologist in Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, where I am trust lead for Psychosis Research, Chair of the Psychosis Clinical Academic Group and research lead for the Digital Board.

Public Engagement

I am director of the Sussex Psychosis Research interest Group (SPRiG) which runs a monthly open seminar series for clinicians, service users, carers, academics and students. 

Role

I am co-lead for Mental Health Research. I convene the MSc module on Research Method in Clinical Psychology and the Advanced Research Methods mini-module on Service User Involvement in Research. 

Community and Business

My research in the NHS has developed models, interventions, training programmes and resources to increase engagement with and implementation of therapeutic, psychological interventions; effectively evaluate these interventions; and improve recovery, quality of life, social and functional outcomes. 

I have led a national collaboration to develop a new systemic engagement model for clinicians in mental health services, supported by manuals, website, 5-booklet series and training programme. The programme has so far been delivered to 336 NHS clinicians in 10 NHS trusts, working with over 3500 patients. Clinicians have reported increases in confidence in using engagement approaches with psychosis patients to shape care planning and treatment delivery. Preliminary findings suggest impacts on engagement with treatments, wellbeing, recovery, social and functional outcomes for psychosis service users and their families. A large multi-centre trial is now underway to evaluate the impact with 950 psychosis service users.

I am co-applicant on trials of several novel psychological interventions for psychosis in the NHS including face to face and blended digital therapies, and work with NHS colleagues to enhance their implementation in the real-world NHS.  

I have worked with NHS England and Health Education England to develop national NHS e-learning training modules based on my research, to improve use of outcome measures in routine NHS services. My novel patient-led outcome measure for psychosis, CHOICE, has been taken up as a routine outcome measure by a large number of NHS trusts and high profile research trials nationally and internationally.