Job Title and Responsibilities
Principal Clinical Lecturer
I graduated from Bangor University with a first class BSc in Psychology and Health. After completing my undergraduate degree I went to work as an assistant psychologist with Prof C Cullen in North Staffordshire. I completed my DClinPsy at Sheffield University, and my final year dissertation used Q methodology to identify the values of people with learning disabilities (and their circle of support). I joined the programme team on the Staffordshire and Keele Universities doctorate in clinical psychology in 2004. I have supervised a number of qualitative research projects on recovery and wellbeing and I am especially interested in supervising systematic single-case methodologies. Since working on the programme I have completed my post-graduate diploma in CBT at Oxford University and have completed a post-graduate certificate in higher education and an MA in education at Staffordshire University.
BSc (Psychology & Health) 1st Class. University of Wales, Bangor.
DClinPsy. University of Sheffield
PGDiploma CBT, Oxford University
PGCHPE, Staffordshire University
Professional Memberships and Activities
HCPC – Accredited Practitioner.
BPS – Chartered Psychologist.
BABCP – Member and Accredited Therapist.
Member of the Division of Clinical Psychology (West Midlands Branch) Committee.
Member of the British Psychological Society’s Awards Committee.
Diversity and Difference in Multi-professional learning.
Single case methodology – including Q method, grounded theory and single case experimental designs.
Third Wave, contextual psychotherapie (Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and Functional Analytic Psychotherapy).
Enterprise and Commercial Activities
I work in independent practice in North Staffordshire.
Sexuality and People with Learning Disabilities
Multi-professional differences in understanding psychological distress.
The systematic application of single case methodology, especially Q methodology and relational frame theory.
Emancipatory research paradigms.
Combes, H., and Cullen, C. N. (In Press). Formulation in Behavioural Work. In N. Tarrier: Case Formulation in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy. Brunner-Routledge.
Combes, H., and Tan, R. (2009). Involving Vulnerable People in Research. In P. Roberts and H. Priest (eds). Healthcare Research: A textbook for students and practitioners. Wiley Blackwell.
McClimens, A. and Combes, H. (2010). Sex and Sexual Health. In G. Grant, M Richardson, P. Goward and P Ramcharan: A Handbook of Learning Disability. A lifestyle approach to valuing people. Open University Press.
Stokes, L,. Combes, H,. Stokes, G. (2011) Understanding the dementia diagnosis: the impact on the caregiving experience. Dementia. The International Journal of Social Research and Practice.
Tan, R., Gould, R., Combes, H., and Lehman, S. (2012). Distress, Trauma and Recovery: Adjustment to First Episode Psychosis. Psychology and Psychotherapy; Research and Practice. (Accepted for publication June 2012).
Social Role Valorisation
Single case designs
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy
The BPS and the HCPC – statutory regulation and professional standards
Service Evaluation and the NHS
Evaluating Outcomes in casework
ContactDr Helen Combes
Principal Clinical Lecturer
School of Psychology, Sport & Exercise (P/G, Partnerships & Distance Learning)
Faculty of Health Sciences
t: +44 (0)1782 295803