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I am a clinical psychologist, with research interests in the therapeutic benefits of community groups particularly for populations who may struggle to access clinic-based services. My doctoral research explored the impact of a community arts project on the wellbeing of women who have experienced human trafficking, using a participatory approach. This has led to an interest in how such groups might foster a sense of belonging, identity and meaning for participants. Additional interests include early career wellbeing in mental health services, and the use of creative methods in research. 

During my six years’ experience of delivering psychological therapies in the NHS, I provided CBT, psychodynamic, narrative and systemic therapy to adults, children and young people, older adults and people with learning disabilities. I developed a particular interest in CBT for post-traumatic stress disorder, which informed my research into human trafficking. I greatly enjoy bringing my clinical and research experience to my teaching on undergraduate and postgraduate modules and have a passion for inspiring students in the real-world application of psychological theory. 

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, Canterbury Christ Church University

1 Oct 201530 Sep 2018

Master, London Metropolitan University

11 Sep 201310 Jul 2014


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Activities 2009 2009

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British Psychological Society (External organisation)

Joanna Birkett (Member)
1 Sep 2009

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