Programme Staff A-Z
Dr Christine Blincoe, Academic Tutor
I grew up in the London area, but much of my adult life has been spent in the Midlands. Having completed my clinical psychology training in Newcastle in 1981, I then worked as a clinician and a manager within adult mental health and learning disability psychology services in the North East of England and in the Midlands. Since 2002 I have been involved in clinical psychology training and I worked on the programme teams of the clinical psychology doctorates in Teesside and Staffordshire, before getting involved in CBT training as part of the IAPT initiative and working at Lancaster University. Having joined the team at Bangor as an academic tutor in October 2015, I am responsible for the coverage of socialinclusion and diversity within the curriculum. I also contribute to CBT teaching on the programme and continue to work within adult mental health services in North Staffordshire as part of my clinical role.
Dr Elizabeth Burnside, Academic Director & Deputy Programme Director
Having grown up in Yorkshire and lived in various parts of England, I arrived in North Wales in 1998 to begin my clinical psychology training and have settled in this lovely part of the world ever since. As an NHS clinician, I worked in a busy child and adolescent mental health team, using Third Wave Therapies for young people, particularly Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). Before returning to Bangor in my current post, I was clinical lead for CAMHS in North East Wales where I learned a lot about the complexity and challenges of strategic development of an NHS service, and the valuable contribution that psychologists can make. I joined NWCPP team in August 2015 and I see my role here as an exciting opportunity to influence the development of our future clinical psychologists, in oder to bring psychological theory to life in practice, for the benefit of our clients, colleagues and systems. As academic director, I am responsible for overseeing the syllabus as a whole to ensure that we provide trainees with all that they need to learn in order to leave the programme as confident and competent professionals!
Ms Fiona Greenly-Jones, Senior Administrator & P.A. to Programme Director
Prior to my appointment as Senior Administratior & P.A. to Programme Director, I provided admin support to the NWCPP research team and was the programme’s finance administrator. There were many other aspects to that role, such as organising the annual Research Fayre, monitoring equipment and psychological tests, processing trainee requests for study leave, updating the Programme’s register of clinical psychologists, monitoring library resources, organising and co-ordinating the WAIS-IV pass-out day and assisting the then Senior Administrator with any general office duties. In my current role I deal with all aspects of the trainees’ recruitment and subsequent HR requirements.
Mrs Mared Davies Hill, Administrative Assistant ( Research & Selection)
I was previously a student at the School of Linguistics and English Language at Bangor University. My main study interests included Welsh linguistics and bilingualism. I was awarded my Marts in Linguistics in July 2016. I joined the Programme in may 2018 and my duties include processing applications and providing general admin support to the Research and Selection Teams. I also arrange many events such as the Annual Research Fair and the WAIS Passouts. I am a fluent Welsh speaker.
Dr Lee Hogan, Assessment Director
I completed my BSc, PhD, and DClinPsy all here at Bangor University, so I definitely feel part of the furniture! I began my working life in the local area as construction worker and only started my university studies as a mature student with a young family. Rather accidentally, I became interested in the development of substance addiction and interventions to treat such challenging difficulties, which became the focus of my PhD. Qualifying with a DClinPsy in 2008, I initially began work in a psychosis service before moving to the private sector in the North of England to work with substance misuse services. I returned to the NHS in 2013 to work in the Substance Misuse Service and to lecture in the School of Psychology here at Bangor on their MSc programme. As a clinician, I primarily use an Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) approach and I have an additional interest in group-based intervention. I have led on the co-production of a group-based recovery programme called Moving On In My Recovery alongside people who have lived experiences of addiction and recovery. My research interests typically focus on substance addiction and ACT. I am looking forward to joining the NWCPP team for two days per week in January 2020.
Dr Mike Jackson, Research Director
I completed my DPhil in Oxford in 1990 exploring the relationship between spiritual and psychotic experiences. I was on the first D.Clin Psych course in Bangor, qualifying in 1994. Finding myself unable to leave the charms of North Wales behind, I have worked here in adolescent and adult mental health ever since, initially in a generic CMHT role, and after a time, in a specialist role establishing the Gwynedd Pain Management Programme, and then the Early Intervention in Psychosis (EIP) service, which I have recently retired from leading. I have long-standing research interests in the psychosis continuum, the function and value of psychotic experience, and psychological interventions which address these areas. In my time in North Wales I have been privileged to have had so much opportunity to experience the wilderness of the mountains, lakes and rivers we live amongst, and to indulge my passion for the sea in sailing the local waters, and I have long wanted to find ways to share these experiences with the young people I have worked with. This has led me to explore outdoor and adventure therapies for young people with psychosis, and I am currently excited to be involved in organising and evaluating sailing based therapy with other EIP services across the UK.
Mrs Debbie Jones, Administrative Assistant (Curriculum & Clinical)
I joined NWCPP in October 2010. I am responsible for providing admin support to the academic director and senior academic tutors. I work with the module organisers and lecturers to produce academic timetables, as well as processing all trainee assignments and teaching feedback from trainees and lecturers. I am responsible for maintaining the academic part of the Blackboard website, used by programme staff and trainees. I work alongside the research and clinical admin assistant and the senior administrator in the day-to-day running of the programme office.
Mrs Kathryn Morgan Jones
I joined the NWCPP team at the beginning of December 2021 and am currently settling into my role as an Administrative Assistant dealing with academic and assessment matters. I will however also be involved in other administration duties as and when required.
Prior to joining the team, I worked in the banking industry for over 30 years. The last 11 years as a Service and Sales Manager in a local branch.
I shall be working Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday every week and am a fluent Welsh speaker.
Dr Carolien Lamers, Selection and Recruitment Director
I qualified as a social gerontologist in 1988 in the Netherlands. Having worked as a researcher and a care-home consultant, I moved to Britain in 1990 and obtained my Statement of Equivalence with the British Psychological Society. Since then, I have also obtained my Doctorate in Clinical Psychology. From 2002 till 2021, I have worked two days a week for Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board, in the psychology service for older people with organic and functional difficulties. The other three days I worked and continue to work on the training programme where I am selection and recruitment director. I am the training coordinator for several trainees, which is one of the best parts of this post: seeing people unfold their wings during their training. I also deliver several of the teaching sessions related to older adults, as well as other professional subjects. Working with trainees on developing research ideas and seeing these emerge as papers is another thrill of my work on the programme. My research and clinical interests are in the psychological consequences of cognitive changes for people, carers’ experiences, end of life decision and organisational change, often using qualitative methods.
Ms Donna-Marie Pierce, Programme Manager
I joined the NWCPP in November 2016, having previously worked as an Assistant Registrar at the University’s Academic Registry for 18 years, in the Postgraduate Admissions and Student Records sections respectively. My role as Programme Manager is to monitor and co-ordinate the various aspects of the NWCPP, working closely with colleagues both within the University, external stake holders and service providers.
Dr Renee Rickard, Clinical Director
I was born in the North of Ireland, completed my undergraduate degree in Manchester and my clinical psychology training on our very own North Wales programme. It was rather a lot smaller then with one cohort of four trainees every two years! I qualified as a clinical psychologist in 1992 and worked in adult mental health until my retirement from the NHS in December 2020. I joined the programme team in 2003 initially as a clinical tutor, later becoming clinical director and I can honestly say that I have loved my work in clinical psychology training from the outset. I have a particular interest in schema therapy and am an accredited schema therapist. My clinical work over the years has focused primarily on trauma-focused interventions, usually with people with complex trauma histories. I also have an interest in qualitative research methods. In particular Interpretavie Phenomenological Analysis.
Mrs Anna Roberts, Administrative Assistant (Curriculum & Clinical)
I joined NWCPP in September 2016 and enjoy a job share post with Debbie Jones, providing administration support to the Academic Director and Senior Academic Tutors. I am responsible for processing trainees assignments, maintaining the academic timetable and the academic section of the Blackboard website. I enjoy working alongside Fiona and Donna in the day to day running of the office. In my spare time I enjoy spending time outdoors with my family and our dog and enjoy assisting with a local weekly scout group.
Dr Chris Saville, Research Tutor
As research tutor, I am responsible for providing research training and support for clinical trainees. I completed my PhD in Bangor, and worked as a post-doc between Bangor and a child and adolescent psychiatry department in Freiburg in Germany before joining the NWCPP in 2015. My background is in cognitive neuroscience, but I have an interest in translating techniques from basic science to clinical and applied research questions. I am especially interested in electroencephalography and what it can tell us about different neurodevelopmental conditions. Dwi’n dysgu Cymraeg.
Professor Michaela Swales, Programme Director
I qualified as a clinical psychologist in 1992. Since then I have delivered clinical services in CAMHS, specialising in the treatment of suicidal and self-harming adolescents. For over twenty years I held a joint appointment clinical and academic appointment with both Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board and the School of Psychology. This combination facilitated the development of research within my clinical service, leading to my PhD on the role of psychological change processes in adolescents undergoing residential treatment. Subsequently, I developed and now lead a national training programme in Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), a psychological treatment for individuals with suicidal and self-harm behaviour in the context of borderline personality disorder. I have developed a local network of teams that deliver DBT in CAMHS, AMHS and inpatient settings. My main research interests are in the effective implementation of DBT in clinical settings. Throughout my time in North Wales I have contributed to the academic curriculum on the doctoral programme as well as supervising trainees both in clinical placements and research projects both small and large! In 2014 I joined the programme team on a part-time basis, contributing to the delivery of the third wave curriculum and leading on assessment and marking whilst continuing my role in the development and delivery of training and supervision in psychological therapies in the local health board and further afield. I was appointed as Programme Director in 2019.