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Dr Ross White BSc, PhD, DClinPsy, CPsychol, FHEA, FACBS

Reader in Clinical Psychology Psychological Sciences


Personal Statement

I am the Research Director on the Doctorate of Clinical Psychology training programme at the University of Liverpool. I lead the 'Mental Health in Context' research group at the Institute of Psychology, Health and Society, University of Liverpool ( which investigates how mental health is affected by dynamic interactions between people, places & spaces.

My research has explored people’s emotional adaptation following psychosis, with a particular focus on acceptance-based approaches. I have conducted randomised control trials of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy for addressing depression following psychosis. I am an Association of Contextual Behavioural Science ( peer-reviewed trainer of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), and I am qualified (as per UK Good Practice Guidelines for Mindfulness-Based Teachers) to teach 8-week Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) courses.

I have a keen research interest in Global Mental Health. I was lead editor of ‘The Palgrave Handbook of Socio-cultural Perspectives on Global Mental Health’ ( which was released in February 2017. My Global Mental Health research interests include a focus on evaluating the efficacy of psychological interventions in low- and middle-income countries. This includes investigating processes involved in the linguistic/cultural adaptation of psychological interventions. I am also involved in research evaluating the acceptability, efficacy and cost-effective of psychological interventions for refugees and asylum-seekers.

Personal Distinctions

  • Health Humanities Best International Research (Prize, AHRC and Wellcome Trust 2018)
  • Honorary Consultant Clinical Psychologist (Mersey Care NHS Trust 2018)
  • Fellow of the Association of Contextual Behavioral Science (Association of Contextual Behavioral Science 2018)

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