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Academic Biography

Dr Alan Bowman is an HCPC registered Clinical Psychologist. Alan completed his undergraduate degree at Durham University (St. Cuthbert’s Society) in 2009, and further developed his academic interests with a masters degree in Cognitive Neuroscience in 2010, also at Durham University.

He works part-time as Clinical Director for an independent pain management service. He has experience working with a range of clinical areas including chronic pain management, diabetes, cardiology, and functional neurological symptom disorders. His therapeutic interests include Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, and Existential Psychotherapy. 

Alan was appointed Academic Tutor for the Doctorate in Clinical Psychology in September 2016. He is involved in the delivery of the research strand of the course and as well as providing teaching on statistics, research methods, and critical thinking, supervises a number of doctoral theses.

Throughout his clinical and academic roles, Alan has emphasised the reciprocal nature of clinical science and clinical practice; one cannot exist without the other. He believes that psychological theory and evidence has an important practical role to play in healthcare; through developing and refining clinical work, informing service design, and supporting staff.

Summary of Research Interests

  • Psychological approaches to pain management 
  • Social factors in pain management and other long-term physical health conditions
  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy
  • Psychological Flexibility 
  • Adjustment to long-term health conditions 

PhD and Research Opportunities

If you are an NHS clinician who is interested in contributing to a clinical doctoral thesis please contact me and I would be happy to discuss further.

If you are interested in undertaking a PhD under my supervision, please contact me to discuss. 

External Roles and Professional Activities

Division of Clinical Psychology North East Branch: Ordinary member.

Psychological Professions Network Physical Health Expert Advisory Group: External reference group member

Education/Academic qualification

Professional Doctorate, Doctorate in Clinical Psychology , Teesside University

Award Date: 1 Sept 2015

Master, MSc Cognitive Neuroscience , Durham University

Award Date: 1 Sept 2010

Bachelor, BSc (Hons) Psychology, Durham University

Award Date: 1 Sept 2009

External positions

Chartered Psychologist, British Psychological Society


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