Catherine O'Neill

Catherine O'Neill

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Academic Biography

Catherine is a Senior Lecturer at Teesside University in the School of Social Sciences, Humanities and Law. She is a HCPC registered Clinical Psychologist and course leader for the BSc (Hon) Psychology and Counselling and Psychology with Clinical Psychology course. Her experience and areas of interest are as follows:

Suicide and self-harm

Member of the National Suicide Prevention Alliance and locally the Tees Valley Suicide Prevention Task Force.

Catherine has undertaken research into the relationship between self-criticism, self-eteem and suicidality. This includes a systematic review and empirical research on these topics (in press).


Homelessness, addictions and eating disorders

Catherine has experience working in the housing sector with individuals who are homeless, with addictions and complex needs. This included The Salvation Army (hostels), Great Places Housing Group, Homes of Hope and Oasis Centre Gorton. Work has included consultancy around the 'Psychologically Informed Enviroments' (PIE) model, research into relationships within the homeless community and training to housing staff teams around team based formulation.

Worked as a therapist in a Drug and Alcohol Service, developed a manualised group therapy intervention using compassion focused therapy techniques and addictions.

Specialist placement at Manchester Mental Health and Social Care Trust in Eating Disorders. 


Anxiety, Depressive Disorders and IAPT

Catherine was part of the guideline development group for the NICE guideline for Generalised Anxiety Disorder (2011), part of the National Collaborating Centre for Mental Health.

She also spent 4 years as the Services Manager for Anxiety UK, a national service user lead organisation. The role involved membership of a number of key strategic boards including the national IAPT steering board and work on the national audit for psychological therapies (RC Psych) as an external consultant.

Set up a tier 2 emotional wellbeing service for 5-12 year old children with anxiety and depression while at Just Psychology. Commissioned by NHS Trafford.


Culture, BAME, refugee and asylum seekers

Catherine worked for Just Psychology, a social enterprise specialising in applying knowledge of culture and diversity in relation to mental health, social care and community psychology. Whilst here Catherine lead on a ‘Cultural Consultants’ project. working with the Somali, Eastern European and Chinese communities to increase cultural knowledge and understanding in health and social services. This was in partnership with Survivors Manchester (an IAPT service specialising in the support of men who have experienced sexual abuse).

Summary of Research Interests

Community Psychology and Community based interventions

Catherine has a specialist interest in community based interventions in relation to loneliness and mental health. Catherine is currently working with local neighbourhood organisations to document the imact of community development on wellbeing.


Suicide and self-harm

O’Neill, C, Pratt D, Kilshaw, M, Ward, K and Haddock, G (2020) The relationship between self-criticism, self-reassurance and suicide probability, Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy(In press)

O’Neill, C, Pratt D, Kilshaw, M, Ward, K and Haddock, G (2020) Self-esteem and suicide: a systematic review, Clinical Psychology Review (in preparation)

Member of the National Suicide Prevention Alliance and locally the Tees Valley Suicide Prevention Task Force.

Mental Health of Children and Young People

Catherine has undertaken research into the mental health needs of young people in the North East, in partnership with local voluntary and community organisations.


Enterprise Interest and Activities

Self-Harm and Suicidality

Catherine has lead on an evaluation project around self-harm in young people. The project examined a community and school based self-harm project in Sunderland, interviewing young people in schools, their parents and professionals about a self-harm support network for young people


Schools based mental health

Consultation around a 'whole schools approach' to mental health and wellbeing, using compassion focused approaches.


Homelessness and Psychologically Informed Environments

Consultation around organisational approaches to using psychological knowledge when working with homeless individuals. To include trauma informed approaches, team based support planning and staff support groups, development of evaluation reports around implementation of these approaches.

Education/Academic qualification

Professional Doctorate, University of Manchester

26 Sep 201310 Dec 2017

Award Date: 12 Jun 2018


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