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 (https://www.liverpool.ac.uk/psychology-health-and-society/research/mental-health-in-context/) 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 (https://contextualscience.org/acbs) 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’ (http://link.springer.com/book/10.1057%2F978-1-137-39510-8) 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.
- 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)