Samantha Bowe is a Clinical Psychologist and Assistant Clinical Director at the Psychosis Research Unit (PRU). Her role at PRU involves providing clinical supervision and cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) across research trials and has a role in maximising therapists’ fidelity to treatment protocols. She manages the team of PRU therapists and evaluates the quality of the CBT delivered on research trials, using competency measures. She also works with Eleanor Longden delivering voice dialogue therapy on The Talking with Voices Trial. She contributes to PRU research and provides training on CBT for psychosis, CBT for preventing psychosis, and CBT supervision.
Since joining PRU in 2014, Samantha has worked on the following trials: FOCUS (Focusing On Clozapine Unresponsive Symptoms), RESPECT (Reducing Self-stigma in Psychosis by engagement in Cognitive Therapy), COMPARE (Cognitive behavioural therapy or Medication for Psychosis – A Randomised Evaluation), BART (Bipolar At-Risk Trial), PRODIGY (Prevention of Long-Term Social Disability in Young People with Emerging Psychological Difficulties), IFCBT (Combined Individual and Family Therapy), MAPS (Managing Adolescent first episode Psychosis Study) and Talking with Voices Trial (TWV).
As part of her role at PRU, with Sophie Parker and Alison Yung, she has provided regional training to Early Intervention teams to assess and identify people considered to be at high risk of developing psychosis. This ‘Train the Trainers’ approach was funded by Health Education England, and involved training staff to use the Comprehensive Assessment of At-Risk Mental States assessment measure (CAARMS). Prior to working at PRU, for a decade she worked with young people at high risk of developing psychosis and was employed in GMMH as the Clinical Lead for EDIT Services.
Samantha also works at the GMMH Psychological Therapies Training Centre. She developed and set up CBT for psychosis and bipolar training courses. She was previously the Pathway Lead for the CBT for Psychosis Advanced Postgraduate Certificate and the CBT for Psychosis Pathway Lead for the Post Graduate Diploma in CBT. These training courses are for staff in Early Intervention Teams. They have been funded by Health Education England, to increase access to psychological interventions recommended in the NICE guidelines for Schizophrenia. She currently works there as a CBT Supervisor and continues to provide some workshops.
Samantha is passionate about reducing the distress associated with psychosis, improving quality of life and reducing stigma and discrimination. She is also interested in preventing the development of mental health problems and increasing access to evidence-based psychological treatments for psychosis.
Samantha completed her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology Training in 2002 at Leeds University. In 2007, she was awarded a distinction in her Post Graduate Diploma in Cognitive Therapy, from Bolton, Salford and Trafford NHS Trust.
Since qualifying as a clinical psychologist Samantha has worked in a Community Mental Health Team, an Early Intervention Team and an At-Risk of psychosis service for young people. In 2007 she was appointed as Clinical Lead for EDIT services in GMW Trust, running an ‘at-risk of psychosis’ service in Salford and setting up the Wigan EDIT service in 2008. In 2007, Salford EDIT service was awarded 1st Prize in the North West NHS Innovation Awards for Service Developments. In 2007 it was also Highly Commended by Care Services Improvement Partnership (CSIP) for a Positive Practice Awards for High Impact Changes in Mental Health.