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Academic Biography

I am a Chartered Psychologist, Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society and Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. My principal teaching responsibilities within the university are to teach low intensity cognitive behavioural therapy. This includes the Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner training courses as well as practitioner focused CPD modules such as the long term conditions and supervision. Alongside these, I regular teach low intensity CBT to nursing associates, pre-registration nursing and the private sector.

My academic background is psychology, with a specific interest in low intensity CBT interventions and digital pedagogy. I have a first-class undergraduate degree and a master’s in forensic psychology, and I am currently undertaking a Doctorate in Education. My doctoral thesis is investigating the use of virtual patients in the training of therapists.

I previously worked as a senior psychological wellbeing practitioner in a community NHS Talking Therapies Service. I continue to work clinically as across the UK, usually within forensic settings. Alongside these roles I also provide private clinical and supervisory work, I am a PWP Apprenticeship End Point Assessor, the Head of Assessments for the PWP Register with British Psychological Society and I am the Director of the Psychological Practitioner Development Hub: where we aim to support practitioners along every stage of their career journey.

Summary of Research Interests

My research interests include the impact and effectiveness of low intensity CBT in primary care, psycholgical practitiner develoment, and digital pedagogy. 

My doctoral thesis is investigating the use of virtual patients (VPs) in the training of therapists. Based upon the principals of cognitive psychology, more specifically information processing models, cognitive affective theory of multimedia learning and the cognitive load model, I am investigating whether the use of VPs promote higher order thinking skills and aid with cognitive development as well as behavioural skills development.

Research Projects & External Funding

Developing Positive Psychological Capital to Enhance Thinking Skills in Brief Mental Health Assessment for Trainee Psychological Wellebing Practitioners with Virtual Patients

Research Projects & External Funding

A Predisposition for Perfectionsim: Are Trainee Psychological Wellbeing Practitioners Well Beings? 

Learning and Teaching Interests and Activities

  • Digital Pedagogy
  • Technological Innovation
  • Mental Health 
  • Assessment and Treatment of Common Mental Health Problems
  • Psychological Therapies
  • Clinical Supervision
  • Low Intensity Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
  • Multi-Morbid Mental Health & Long Term Physical Health Conditions
  • Forensic Mental Health

Education/Academic qualification

Post Graduate Certificate in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education, Teesside University

Oct 2015Jan 2017

Award Date: 4 May 2017

Post Graduate Certificate in Primary Mental Healthcare, Teesside University

Oct 2011Jul 2012

Award Date: 13 Jul 2012

Master, Forensic Psychology, Teesside University

Award Date: 27 Jul 2011

Bachelor, Forensic Psychology, Teesside University

Award Date: 13 Jul 2009

Professional Doctorate, Doctorate in Education, Teesside University

1 Oct 2017 → …

External positions

Director, Psychological Practitioner Development Hub

12 Sept 2023 → …

Head of Assessments: Wider Psychological Workforce Register, British Psychological Society

1 Jun 2023 → …

NENC Psychological Professions Expert Reference Group Member

25 Nov 2022 → …

Workforce Council Member, Psychological Professions Network

6 Sept 2022 → …

PWP End Point Apprenticeship Assessor, British Psychological Society

1 Sept 2022 → …

Steering Group Member, Psychological Professions Network

1 Jun 20216 Sept 2022

Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner, Rethink Mental Illness

30 Oct 2019 → …

Clinical Reviewer, Royal College of Psychiatrists

1 Oct 2018 → …

Owner, Therapology Psychological Services

Nov 2017 → …

Clinical Supervisor , Help For Heroes

Jan 2015 → …

Senior Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner, County Durham and Darlington NHS Foundation Trust

17 Oct 20117 Oct 2019

Chartered Psychologist , British Psychological Society

Fellow, Higher Education Academy


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