Personal profile


My current role involves a range of research and teaching activities along with leading Patient & Public Involvement (PPI) initiatives within the Division. My main research interests concern uderstanding service user and staff experiences and perceptions of suicidality and the development of psychological interventions to prevent suicide. I am passionate about involving people with 'lived expeience' of the issues that we teach about and research. I have taken a leading role in facilitating Patient & Public Involvement in research and in education throughout the Division and co-ordinater the Community Liaison Group attached to the Doctorate in Clinical Psychology. I am particularly keen to support and contribute to research that directly addresses the unmet needs and priorities of people who use clinical services.  I provide clinical and methodological supervision to post-graduate research students and junior researchers. I am a Registered Nurse with extensive experience of working in the NHS. I am also a Director for Stockport & District Mind.


I am a Registered Nurse with over 30 years experience of working in senior positions in the NHS  including Ward Manager, Clinical Nurse Specialist and Consultant Nurse. I grew up in Cheshire but have spent some time living abroad.

Research interests

Development of psychological treatments for suicide prevntion 

Psychosis and suicide

Qualitative methodologies

Non-pharmacological treatments for mental health conditions 




I teach on the Doctorate in Clinical Psychology for which I am co-lead for the Privilege, Power, Position & Intersectionality module. I teach Patient & Public Involvement in Research, Engaging the Commiunity in psychological interventions, and Social determinents of mental health. I also provide in-house training for research assistants and students regarding participant care and safety focussing of identifying and managing suicide self-harm. I offer qualitative methodological expertise during research supervision including specialist tutorial guided learning for particular methods (e.g., Grounded Theory, IPA etc)

My collaborations

Professor Gillian Haddock

Dr Sara Tai

Dr Filippo Varese

Prof Katherine Berry

Dr Daniel Pratt

Prof Peter Kinderman

Dr Patricia Gooding

Dr Adam Danquah

Dr Emma Stanmore

Dr Sarah Peters

Dr Richard Brown

Prof Roger Webb

Prof Navneet Kapur

Memberships of committees and professional bodies

Fellow Health Education Academy

Registrant Nursing & Midwifery Council

Manchester Psychology Qualitative Research Methods Group

Psychological Understanding of Suicide Research Group

Institute of Brain Behaviour and Mental Health

Centre for New Treatments and Understanding in Mental Health

Former Co-chair NIHR RDS North West People in Research Working Group for Training


Methodological knowledge

Qualitative methods

Mixed methods within RCTs


PhD Clinical Psychology

MPhil Nursing

BSc Nursing Studies

Registered Nurse

Orthopaedic Nursing Certificate

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 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

External positions

Director, Stockport and District Mind

1 Sept 2011 → …

Registered Nurse, NHS England


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