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Research in Clinical Psychology: how we can contribute and why we should

Friday 10th August 2018 at BPS London Offices, Tabernacle Street, London

Please note, this event is now fully booked and we are operating a wait list. To be added to the wait list, please complete the booking form and a member of the team will be in touch if a place becomes available.

The event aims to highlight the benefits of engaging in research, the ways it can greatly inform clinical practice, and how individuals in different roles, and at different stages of their careers, are able to contribute to clinical research, service evaluations and audits.

A number of exciting and influential speakers who have contributed to clinical research will be presenting throughout the event to help demonstrate how beneficial it can be for individuals to actively engage in research, regardless of whether you're an undergraduate or postgraduate student, Assistant Psychologist, Expert by Experience, Trainee, Researcher, Clinical Psychologist or other Mental Health Professional.

We aim to provide attendees with some ideas and a space to think about how they can contribute to research in their current roles, whilst overcoming the inherent challenges of this work in the current climate, where finding the time and appropriate support to undertake research can be difficult. A reflective space at the end of the event will help attendees to think more about how we can overcome some of these challenges and work in partnership with Experts by Experience.

We hope that running an event at this pre-qualification level will help instil more confidence and enthusiasm about research which attendees can carry with them on their clinical journeys.

Learning outcomes and objectives

  • Explore why it's important to engage and contribute to research in clinical psychology
  • Explore how individuals in different roles and at different stages of their careers can contribute to research in clinical psychology
  • Increase awareness of clinical research, as well as improve research skills, confidence and interest at a pre-qualification level
  • Explore how individuals can work in partnership with Experts by Experience to undertake impactful research that influences clinical policy and practice
  • Reflect on how individuals may overcome the challenges of undertaking research in the midst of busy clinical work

Who is the course intended for?

  • Undergraduate and post-graduate psychology students (e.g. Clinical Doctorate Trainees)
  • Individuals currently working in clinical psychology and/or clinical research settings (e.g. Assistant Psychologists, Mental Health Support Workers, Psychological Wellbeing Practitioners, Researchers, etc).
  • Anyone who has an interest in pursuing clinical psychology training


All delegates are invited to attend the annual general meeting which begins at 09.30. Here, the delegates will have the opportunity to meet the committee and learn more about what we do. There will also be an opportunity to express interest in joining the committee and find out what being a committee member entails if this is of interest.

Delegates are encouraged to provide feedback and ask any any questions throughout the day. Our committee members will be identifiable and happy to help.

Please note, this event is now fully booked and we are operating a wait list. To be added to the wait list, please complete the booking form and a member of the team will be in touch if a place becomes available.

If you have any queries please contact us via the event hotline on 01332 224507.


Friday 10th August 2018

Please note, all speakers, timings and content are subject to change.

09:30AGM - Open to all
10:30Paul Salkovskis
11:45Suzy & Steph - Peer Researchers
13:30Peter Fonagy
14:45Edel & Jane-Louise - Newly Qualified and Trainee
15:45Zoe - Trainee
16:30Panel discussion reflecting on the day and group exercise to think about next steps
17:00Event Close

Speakers and Facilitators

Stephanie Allan

Steph is a first year PhD student within the Department of Mental Health and Wellbeing at Glasgow University, supervised by two clinical psychologists. Her specific research focuses on implementation of digital psychosocial interventions for psychosis, utilising the EMPOWER trial as a case study. This research involves extensive qualitative work with mental health staff, people who have experienced psychosis and their carers/supporters to discover what implementation outcomes are considered important. Having accessed mental health services, Steph is interested in how service users, carers and mental health staff can work together in the production and use of evidence from research. An adult returner to education, and the first in her working-class family to attend university, Steph is particularly driven by inequalities in access to knowledge and is curious if peer researchers could help close that gap.

Peter Fonagy

Peter Fonagy is Head of the Division of Psychology and Language Sciences at UCL; Chief Executive of the Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families, London; Consultant to the Child and Family Programme at the Menninger Department of Psychiatry and Behavioural Sciences at Baylor College of Medicine; and holds visiting professorships at Yale and Harvard Medical Schools. His clinical interests centre on early attachment relationships, social cognition, borderline personality disorder and violence. He has published over 500 scientific papers, 260 chapters and has authored/co-authored 19 books. He is a Fellow of the British Academy, the Academy of Medical Sciences, the Academy of Social Sciences and the American Association for Psychological Science, and was elected to Honorary Fellowship by the American College of Psychiatrists. He has received Lifetime Achievement Awards from several national and international professional associations including the BPS, the International Society for the Study of Personality Disorder, the British and Irish Group for the Study of Personality Disorder, the World Association for Infant Mental Health and was in 2015 the first UK recipient of the Wiley Prize of the British Academy for Outstanding Achievements in Psychology by an international scholar.

Zoe McAndrews

Zoe is a final year trainee Clinical Psychologist at the University of Southampton, where she also completed her MSc in Research Methods in Psychology before starting training. She was member of the organising committee for the 2018 University of Southampton Postgraduate Research Conference. Zoe’s research interests include using statistical approaches to test models underlying clinical theory, and to improve psychometric measurement of psychological constructs. Zoe is interested in promoting research opportunities alongside clinical practice; supporting evidence-based and evidence-generating practice while reducing practitioner burden.

Paul Salkovskis

Paul Salkovskis is the Director of the Oxford Institute for Clinical Psychology Training and Oxford Cognitive Therapy Centre.

He qualified as a clinical psychologist in 1979 at the Institute of Psychiatry and Maudsley Hospital. He worked for six years in Yorkshire as a full time NHS clinical psychologist who did research before moving to Oxford in 1985 as a Research Clinical Psychologist who did clinical work. He left in 2000 to work at King’s College London Institute of Psychiatry as Professor of Clinical Psychology and Applied Science and Clinical Director in the Centre for Anxiety Disorders and Trauma (2000-2010).

In 2010 he was appointed Programme Director for the Clinical Psychology Doctorate at Bath, with the brief of starting an entirely new programme based on best practice. In Bath, Paul also set up and ran an NHS Clinic. Paul is strongly committed to the continued improvement of psychological treatments and dissemination of evidence-based and empirically grounded approaches in partnership with stakeholders.

His main area of research and clinical work is in the understanding and treatment of anxiety disorders in general, and more specifically in OCD, Panic and Agoraphobia, and health anxiety. He has contributed to psychological understanding and treatment and has published extensively in all of these areas. He was awarded the British Psychological Society Division of Clinical Psychology MB Shapiro Prize for Distinction in Clinical Psychology in 2017.

Suzy Syrett

Suzy Syrett has combined a career as a personal storyteller and autobiographer of her lived experience of mental illness with work as a peer researcher at the Department of Mental Health and Wellbeing at Glasgow University where she strives to ensure the participant’s perspective is at the center of the studies and trials she works on.

She recently authored an article published in the British Medical Journal on the impact on identity and other personal aspects that receiving a change in psychiatric diagnosis can bring and, in that capacity, was interviewed by The Guardian in June this year.

She is a co-author on the Cognitive behavioural therapy in clozapine-resistant schizophrenia (FOCUS) trial and continues Peer Researcher role on the a Safety Planning Intervention with Follow-up Telephone Contact to Reduce Suicidal Behaviour:

(SAFETEL) feasibility study.

Suzy is a well know commentator and speaker on mental health issues and the author of three books based on her lived experience of psychiatric inpatient and community care. She lives in Helensburgh Scotland with her husband, who also has lived experience of mental illness.”

Steph and Suzy are both interested in using their Lived Experience to help remove the hurdles that can exist between research outcomes and the implementation of new treatments and approaches for both Clinical Staff and their patients.


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