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Prof Richard Whittington PhD, CPsychol, BA, AFBPsS, PGCert, PGDip

Professor of Mental Health Health Services Research

    Biography

    Personal Statement

    I am a researcher with a focus on the relationship between mental health and harmful behaviours and an interest in improving care and treatment in inpatient mental health services. I lead a research programme on these topics and collaborate closely with local mental health service providers. I am an Honorary Research Fellow at Mersey Care NHS Trust, a Professor at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology and a Research Adviser to St. Olav's University Hospital, Trondheim. I am also an HPC-registered forensic psychologist and an Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society. I came to Liverpool University in 2000 after training in psychology, mental health nursing and research methods in London and Manchester, and following a period of teaching and researching in Chester. I became part of the Institute of Psychology, Health and Society when it was established in 2011 and have worked with others to develop a programme of collaborative mental health research projects at local, national and international levels using both quantitative and qualitative approaches.

    Personal Distinctions

    • Honorary Research Fellow (Mersey Care NHS Trust 2013)
    • Visiting Professor (NTNU Norwegian University of Science and Technology 2013)
    • Invited keynote: International Symposium on Forensic Psychiatry, NTNU Trondheim 2011 (Invitation to Speak, NTNU Norwegian University of Science and Technology 2011)
    • Member of Scientific Committee (4th. European Congress on Violence in Clinical Psychiatry 2011)
    • Invited presentation: The Psychology of ‘Takedown’ (Invitation to Speak, Organising Committee 2010)
    • Member of Scientific Committee (Organising Comittee 2010)
    • Symposium chair: 2nd. International Conference on Violence in the Health Care Sector, Amsterdam 2010 (Organising Committee 2010)
    • Invited presentation: Containing violence in mental health care settings (Invitation to Speak, Organisng Committee 2009)
    • Keynote: Psychological approaches to the treatment of violence (Keynote Speech, Organising Committee 2009)
    • Member of Scientific Committee (Organising Committee 2009)
    • Invited presentation: European Research on Training Outcomes: EViPRG and other initiatives (Invitation to Speak, Organising Committee 2008)
    • Invited presentation: Are risk assessment and risk management proven safety interventions? (Invitation to Speak, Organising Committee 2008)
    • Invited presentation:Recent Research on Responding to Violence in Mental Health Settings (Invitation to Speak, Organising Committee 2008)
    • Member of Scientific Committee (Organising Commitee 2007)
    • Invited presentation: Best Practice in Managing Risk in Mental Health Services (Organising Committee 2007)
    • Invited presentation: Research on Responding to Violence in Mental Health Settings (Invitation to Speak, Organising Committee 2007)
    • Invited presentation: Best Practice in Managing Risk (Invitation to Speak, Organising Committee 2007)
    • Welcome address (Invitation to Speak, Orgainsing Commitee 2007)
    • Invited presentation: The European Violence in Psychiatry Research Group (EViPRG) (Invitation to Speak, Organising Committee 2007)
    • Symposium co-chair: Association of European Psychiatrists Congress, Madrid (Scientific Committee 2007)
    • Invited presentation: Psychological disorders associated with clinical incidents: violence and PTSD (Invitation to Speak, University College London 2006)
    • Invited presentation: Interactional aspects of violent behaviour (Invitation to Speak, North Eastern Health Board, Ireland 2006)
    • Invited presentation: Attitudes of nurses and service users toward coercive measures (Invitation to Speak, Merseycare NHS Trust 2006)
    • Member of Scientific Committee (Organising Committee 2005)
    • Keynote: Coercive practices in acute mental health care (Invitation to Speak, Organising Committee 2005)
    • Invited presentation: Violence in Psychiatry: the European Perspective (Invitation to Speak, Westfalische Klinik Munster, Germany 2005)
    • Keynote: Management of Violence Today: which issues should be discussed, developed and researched? (Keynote Speech, University of Bern, Switzerland 2004)
    • Invited presentation: Violence by mentally disordered inpatients: just another workplace hassle? (Invitation to Speak, University of Trondheim, Norway 2003)
    • Invited presentation: Violence in psychiatry (Invitation to Speak, Slovenian Psychiatric Association 2003)
    • Keynote: Aggression in healthcare settings: rights, reality and rhetoric (Keynote Speech, Royal College of Surgeons, Dublin, Ireland 2002)
    • Invited presentation: Aversive stimulation by staff and aggression by psychiatric patients (Invitation to Speak, Delta Psychiatrisch Ziekenhuis, Rotterdam, Netherlands 2002)
    • Invited presentation: Violence risk assessment (Invitation to Speak, Rampton Hospital, Retford, UK 2001)
    • Invited presentation: Violence risk assessment (Rampton Hospital, Retford, Uk 2000)
    • Invited presentation: Violence in health care settings: risk factors and psychological effects, (Invitation to Speak, University College London 2000)

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