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Research interests

I am a Professor in Clinical Psychology and the Health and Head of the Virtual Reality Research Lab, I am also a Hon. Consultant Clinical Psychologist at the South London and Maudsley NHS Trust. I am a Visiting Professor at KU Leuven and the Past-President of IEPA Early Intervention in Mental Health. 


My research has been in two areas; Early Intervention and Virtual Reality (VR) applied to mental health. I am committed to research that is clinically relevant and directly applicable to the delivery of clinical services and have directly integrated my research and clinical endeavours throughout my career. My work has focused on the prevention and early detection of mental health problems, in particular psychosis. I have extensive experience in service implementation in the community and I set up the first service for prevention and early detection of psychosis in a prison setting.

I lead the IoPPN Virtual Reality Research Lab (VR Lab), an interdisciplinary group of clinical academics, clinicians, neuroscientists, post-doctoral researchers working alongside a VR developer and industry partners. We conduct studies in psychosis, eating disorders, depression, autism, epidemiology, discrimination, prevention, and early intervention.



I contribute to all aspects of the Doctorate in Clinical Psychology programme (teaching, team meetings, research supervision, appraising students, marking, etc), in addition I am also a Research Tutor and the Head of Selection. 


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 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy, A randomised Controlled Trial of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy with Treatment Refractory Positive Symptoms of Schizophrenia, University of Manchester

Award Date: 1 Jan 2003

Master of Science, Clinical Psychology, University of Groningen

Award Date: 1 Jan 1995

External positions

Visiting Professor, KU Leuven

1 Mar 2019 → …

President of IEPA-Early Intervention in Mental Health

1 Jan 20191 Jan 2021

President-Elect, IEPAEarly Interevention in Mental Health https://iepa.org.au/

1 Jan 201731 Dec 2019

External examiner for the Mental Health Sciences Research/Clinical Mental Health Sciences , UCL University College London



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