Dr Jo Heyes

Job Title and Responsibilities

Clinical Director

I am currently module lead for the 3 placement modules on the programme, and also act as admissions/selection tutor for the award.
Member of the Programme Operations Board, Course Advisory Board and West Midlands Strategic Training Group for placements, and chair of the selection committee.

About Me

I graduated from Reading University with a Psychology degree in 1996, and then pursued my ambition to be a clinical psychologist by working as an assistant psychologist in a variety of different clinical services for a couple of years.  I then went on to complete my Doctorate in Clinical Psychology at Southampton University in 2001.  After graduating I worked as a clinical psychologist in adult mental health and substance misuse NHS services for 4 years before moving back to Staffordshire to work with children and families.

Working with children and families in the NHS since 2005 I have focused mainly on early intervention and prevention services with young children and families, although more latterly my role was as team leader for a local Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service.  Since joining Staffordshire University in September 2012 as clinical tutor on the Clinical Psychology Doctorate my role is now to support and train new clinical psychologists.  I have also provided training and consultancy/supervision input for the Department of Health’s Family Nurse Partnership programme.  I have completed the Post Graduate Certificate in Higher and Professional Education with the University.


DClinPsy (Southampton University)
BA (Hons) Psychology (Reading University)

Professional Memberships and Activities

Member of:
Health Professions Council
British Psychological Society
Division of Clinical Psychology
British Association of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies


I have special interest and expertise in the behaviour of and parenting approaches with young children; also with early intervention programmes and supporting the development of early attachment relationships. I also have expertise in clinical supervision.

I primarily take a Cognitive Behavioural approach when working clinically.

Enterprise and Commercial Activities

I have been involved with the Department of Health Family Nurse Partnership as a psychology consultant since 2008 and have provided training for them on understanding toddler development and behaviour.

Research Interests

My areas of interest for research are early attachment relationships, parenting programmes and early childhood behaviour difficulties.  I also have an interest in perinatal mental health and in the supervisory relationship.

Current Teaching

I currently teach on the Personal and Professional Issues module for the Doctorate in Clinical Psychology.  I also provide input on the teaching for the award in the areas of placement preparation, models of supervision, attachment, child and family services, and child therapies. 
I have had opportunity to provide teaching on the undergraduate psychology Developmental Psychopathology modules.


Dr Joanna Heyes
Clinical Director
Professional Doctorate in Clinical Psychology,
Psychology Department,
School of Life Sciences and Education
Staffordshire University
Science Centre
Leek Road
t: +44 (0)1782 294774
m: 07787856707
e: joanna.heyes@staffs.ac.uk