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Emma is an Honorary Lecturer at the University, after working as a Clinical Tutor and Lecturer for the Doctorate in Clinical Psychology Programme (2013-2021).

Emma completed her Masters in Research Methods at the University of Bristol in 1998. After working at the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Hull and then a Specialist Substance use and Psychosis NHS service, she completed her Doctorate in Clinical and Community Psychology at the University of Exeter. She qualified as a Clinical Psychologist in 2006 and is a chartered psychologist, The Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) registered and a British Association of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP) accredited Cognitive and Behavioural Psychotherapist. Emma worked with a specialist service working with individuals experiencing severe mental health and substance use problems from 2007 until 2013. During this time she completed a post-graduate diploma in cognitive behavioural therapy at Oxford University. Emma works for Avon and Wiltshire Partnership NHS Mental Health Trust (AWP) as the Head of Therapies for Specialised Services/Consultant Clinical Psychologist in Dual Diagnosis/Culture Change Programme Manager for AWP.

Emma is currently involved in research focusing on co-occurring severe mental health and substance use problems both nationally and internationally. She also has a keen interest in Leadership, currently focusing on Compassionate Leadership and evaluating the implementation of this.  

Research interests

  • co-occurring severe mental health and substance use problems
  • developing treatment approaches for individuals experiencing personality disorder, severe mental health and substance use problems
  • personality disorder
  • compassionate leadership
  • community psychology

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


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