Tony Morrison is a Professor of Clinical Psychology at the University of Manchester and is also Associate Director for Clinical Research at Greater Manchester West Mental Health Foundation Trust. He has published over 150 articles on cognitive approaches to understanding and treating psychosis and related topics, including an influential cognitive model of psychosis, and has conducted several treatment trials of cognitive therapy for people with psychosis and for people at high risk of developing psychosis.
Paul is currently the Clinical Lead for Early Intervention in Psychosis services across Greater Manchester, Mental Health Clinical Lead for Greater Manchester and East Cheshire Strategic Clinical Network, NHSE North Clinical Lead for Early Intervention in Psychosis for the North West and Honorary Professor at Liverpool University.
In April 2013 Ann joined PRU and the number of trials carried out here have rapidly expanded since she joined the team. Ann has been involved in developing our admin systems as the unit has grown. She is one of two PRU administrators and provides confidential secretarial and administrative support for the various research projects within PRU. She is the first point of contact for enquiries.
After receiving a first class honours degree in Psychology from the University of Manchester Ann went on to continue her Psychology studies at the University of Oxford. Here she completed a Masters in Research in Psychology, followed by a PhD exploring the development of literacy, numeracy and other cognitive skills in children with developmental disorders with the Attention, Brain and Cognitive Development (ABCD) group.
David Shiers a former GP in Leek, North Staffordshire, became involved in the early intervention reform of the mid 90s after his daughter’s experience of a severe psychotic illness in her adolescence motivated him to initially complain about the lack of appropriate service.
Dr Eleanor Longden is the Postdoctoral Service User Research Manager at PRU and the current chair of its Service User Reference Group (SURG). Throughout her career she has drawn on her own experiences of recovery from psychosis to promote more creative, person-centred approaches to complex mental health problems
Emma is an Assistant Research Psychologist working primarily on the IFCBT trial. This randomised control trial is looking at combined individual and family therapy in comparison to the usual treatment offered to people at risk of psychosis. We are investigating whether this combined approach is an acceptable, feasible and potentially effective treatment. Emma has been involved with this trial from the onset with the initial ethics application, and is now focussing on recruitment, referrals and liaising with different organisations and departments, as well as carrying out assessments for potential clients.
Emmeline is an assistant psychologist/research assistant on the Bipolar At Risk Trial (BART). BART is a pilot randomised controlled trial of cognitive behavioural therapy vs treatment as usual, for young adults at risk of developing bipolar disorder. Emmeline works with young people experiencing difficulties with mood swings, and is passionate about being able to offer as much support as she can to the young people she meets in the course of her job.
Ernie works across all the current research trials including COMPARE (Cognitive therapy or medication for psychosis: a randomised evaluation), IFCBT (Individual and family CBT for people at risk of psychosis), BART (Bipolar at risk trial), PRODIGY (Prevention of long-term social disability in young people with emerging psychological difficulties) and STEPWISE (a physical health intervention for people taking antipsychotic medication). Ernie will also be involved with new up-and-coming trials when they start.
Heather studied for a degree in psychology at the University of Manchester before moving to work at Greater Manchester West Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust in 2007. To begin with, Heather worked as a research assistant in the child and adolescent services in Prestwich mainly on studies looking at assessment and care pathways for young people in contact with the criminal justice system.
Jasper is a clinical psychologist delivering cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) as part of the randomised controlled trials (e.g. COMPARE, PRODIGY, BART) conducted at the Psychosis Research Unit. He previously completed his PhD and ClinPsyD at the University of Manchester, where he also worked as a postdoctoral researcher. In additional to delivering psychological therapy, Jasper helps to facilitate the voice hearing course delivered through the local NHS Recovery Academy.
Karmen is an Assistant Psychologist working on the PRODIGY (Prevention of Long Term Social Disability Amongst Young People with Emerging Psychological Difficulties) trial. Before working full-time, Karmen was volunteering for PRU, assisting on the COMPARE trial and also helped on the conference: Challenging the Stigma of Psychosis 2016. Karmen is enjoying her first post as an Assistant Psychologist and hopes to build on her research and clinical skills.
Laura is an Assistant Research Psychologist working on the IFCBT trial. This randomised control trial is looking to find out whether combined individual and family Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) is an acceptable, feasible and beneficial treatment option for people at risk of psychosis.
Liz is a research clinical psychologist at the Psychosis Research Unit (PRU). Her role is to provide cognitive therapy to people who are participating in research trials. Since Liz joined the team in early 2014, she has provided therapy across a range of trials, including RESPECT (Reducing Self-stigma in Psychosis by engagement in Cognitive Therapy), FOCUS (Focusing On Clozapine Unresponsive Symptoms), COMPARE (COgnitive behavioural therapy or Medication for Psychosis – A Randomised Evaluation), BART (Bipolar At-Risk Trial) and PRODIGY (Prevention of Long-Term Social Disability in Young People with Emerging Psychological Difficulties).
Lucy has worked as a research assistant at PRU since August 2013. Although she has worked on a number of different projects, her main role has been as an assistant on the COMPARE trial. This is a randomised controlled trial comparing cognitive behavioural therapy to medication to a combination of them both in people who have experience of psychosis. As a phase one study, the primary objective is to investigate the feasibility and acceptability of these treatments as part of a research trial.
Lydia is an Assistant Research Psychologist working on the Bipolar At Risk Trial (BART). Lydia has been involved with this trial since it started in April 2015, supporting with duties that include the ethics application, liaison with services for referrals, the assessment process, and retention of the participants. Before working on the BART study, Lydia worked as a volunteer within the Psychosis Research Unit (PRU) and then as an Assistant Research Psychologist with the TEAMS study (Thinking Effectively About Mood Swings), which has now finished.
Measha Bright joined PRU in 2013 when she started working on the Prevention of Long-Term Social Disability in Young People with Emerging Psychological Difficulties (PRODIGY) study pilot, under the supervision of Sophie Parker (Clinical Psychologist Principal) and Paul French (Principle Investigator of the PRODIGY study). The PRODIGY study is a randomised controlled trial with young people aged 16-25 years experiencing early mental health (e.g. at-risk for psychosis, anxiety and/or depression) and social functioning (e.g. difficulties attending work or college, socialising with friends) problems.
Melissa started her career at PRU as an assistant research psychologist (RA) working on two feasibility trials. The first was an open-trial of CBT for people with experience of psychosis who chose not to take anti-psychotic medication. This study was affiliated with partners Professor Douglas Turkington at Newcastle, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust and Dr Alison Brabban at Tees, Esk and Wear NHS Foundation Trust.
Peter Haddad is a Consultant in Community Psychiatry at Greater Manchester Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust. He is also an Honorary Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Manchester.<br /> His main research interests are the management of affective disorders, schizophrenia and psychosis with an emphasis on widening treatment choice and improving outcomes for people with these disorders.
Rachel has worked as an Assistant Psychologist at PRU since 2013. She has worked on several different trials and is grateful for the opportunity to be involved with a diverse range of research activities. Her primary role at present is working as a research assistant on the COMPARE (Cognitive Therapy Or Medication for Psychosis: A Randomized Evaluation) trial. Rachel is also part of a wider research team that is in the final stages of a systematic review and meta-analysis of Cognitive Behaviour Therapy for psychosis.
Rebecca graduated from the University of Chester in 2013 with a BSC Honours degree in Psychology with English Language. Upon graduating from her undergraduate degree Rebecca worked in the community as a Mental Health Support Worker supporting young adults with complex mental health and learning difficulties. Rebecca then went on to complete a Master’s of Research Degree in Psychology at the University of Manchester in 2015. During this time, Rebecca continued to work in the community supporting individuals with severe and enduring mental health difficulties.
Rory is a postdoctoral user-researcher at the Psychosis Research Unit (PRU), currently involved as a co-applicant with the following ongoing clinical trials: FOCUS, COMPARE, PRODIGY, BART, and IFCBT. He contributed to the development of these trials with a particular focus on the priorities and preferences of trial participants, and contributes to the ongoing development of research materials, trial management, qualitative sub-studies, and the publication of trial results.
Sarah works full time in the Psychosis Research Unit (PRU) as a Research Assistant Psychologist. Currently, Sarah works on the FOCUS (Focussing on Clozapine Unresponsive Symptoms) Trial. This involves conducting research assessments with participants who are taking clozapine but are still experiencing some difficulties.
Dr Sophie Parker is a Clinical Psychologist working at the Psychosis Research Unit (PRU) at Greater Manchester West Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust. Sophie completed an undergraduate psychology degree in London and spent the early years of her career working with people with learning disabilities prior to gaining her first role in working with people who experience psychosis.