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Mike is Professor of Clinical Psychology at the University of Huddersfield and Honorary Consultant Clinical Psychologist in Research at the South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (SWYPFT). He was Associate Director of Research in SWYPFT until he retired from the NHS in 2022.

He graduated with a BSc (Hons) in Psychology at the University of Leeds in 1979 and trained as a clinical psychologist at the University of Leeds between 1983 and 1985. He then completed a PhD in health anxiety and medical reassurance at the University of Leeds in 1994 whilst working full time as a clinical psychologist and completed a post graduate certificate in cognitive therapy at the University of Durham and the Newcastle Cognitive Therapy Centre in 1997.  He has worked in NHS and community mental health services since 1979 and as a clinical psychologist in adult mental health and primary care settings, and was an NHS psychological therapies service manager for over ten years. 

Mike has been involved in training cognitive behavioural therapists, graduate primary care mental health workers, and primary care practitioners in self-help support for common mental health problems. His main research activity has been focused on self-help/self-management in mental health and psychological therapies process and outcome research in routine NHS service settings. This includes the development and evaluation of self-help interventions for people with common mental health problems and those with more severe and long term mental health problems. His research has involved a range of methodological approaches, including RCTs, practice based evidence and qualitative research.

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 1 - No Poverty
  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Research Expertise and Interests

  • Psychological Therapies
  • mental health
  • self-help
  • self-management
  • Mental health and wellbeing
  • Mental Health assessment,
  • Self-help approaches to mental health problems
  • Psychological therapies process and outcomes research


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