Robert Griffiths

Robert Griffiths


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I am a Lecturer in Mental Health at the University of Manchester. I also hold an honorary position at Greater Manchester Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust (GMMH), where I am Director of the Mental Health Nursing Research Unit.

I have a clinical background in Assertive Outreach and Early Intervention in Psychosis mental health services. I have worked in a variety of clinical roles in these services, mainly focusing on the delivery of psychological interventions.

I am a former HEE/NIHR Clinical Doctoral Research Fellow (2016-2019). As part of my PhD in Clinical Psychology, I conducted a feasibility randomised controlled trial of a new talking therapy, called Method of Levels, for people experiencing first-episode psychosis (

My current research interests are as follows:

  • Improving outcomes for people experiencing first-episode psychosis and their relatives.
  • Developing and evaluating a transdiagnostic approach to cognitive therapy known as Method of Levels.
  • Developing clinical applications of a theory of human behaviour called Perceptual Control Theory. 
  • Reducing the use of restrictive practices for children in mental health inpatient settings.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy, The University of Manchester

Award Date: 3 Jul 2019

Master of Science, The University of Manchester

Award Date: 1 Aug 2007

Bachelor of Science, Coventry University

Award Date: 1 Aug 1998


  • Psychosis
  • Method of Levels
  • Perceptual Control Theory
  • Transdiagnostic approaches


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