Dr Helen Scott

Research Director

School of Life Sciences and Education

I completed a BSc (Hons) degree in Psychology with German, and in 2004 completed my doctoral training in Clinical Psychology at Birmingham University. After completing my first degree, and prior to embarking on my doctorate, I held a variety of research posts in London. My research was primarily focused on the area of ‘dual diagnosis’ – people deemed to have serious mental health problems as well as alcohol and/or drug misuse issues. As a researcher I worked at the Institute of Psychiatry, as well as for voluntary organisations such as the Sainsbury Centre for Mental Health. After completing my clinical training, and up until July 2010, I worked in an Adult Community Mental Health Team in South Staffs. I still undertake some clinical work.

Professional memberships and activities

Registered with the Health and Care Professions Council

Fellow HEA

Academic qualifications

  • PgDip in Psychodynamic Psychotherapy

  • DClinPsy in Clinical Psychology

  • BSc (Hons) in Psychology with German

  • PgC in Higher and Professional Education


  • Adult Mental Health

  • Psychodynamic Therapy

Research interests

  • Adult Mental Health

  • Psychodynamic Psychotherapy

  • Service User Involvement

  • Personality issues

  • Critical approaches to mental health care


Postgraduate teaching – Doctorate in Clinical Psychology.
I teach on the range of modules comprising the Doctorate in Clinical Psychology, with a particular focus on research methods.


Neech, S., Scott, H., Priest, H., Bradley, E., & Tweed, A. (2018) Experiences of user involvement in mental health settings: User motivations and benefits. Journal of Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing, 1-11.

Murray, J., Scott, H., Connolly, C., & Wells, A. (2018) The Attention Training Technique improves children’s ability to delay gratification: A controlled comparison with progressive relaxation. Behaviour Research and Therapy, 104, 1-6.

Hanley, B., Scott, H. & Priest, H. (2017) The impact of organisational change on professionals working within a Community Mental Health Team (CMHT): A psychodynamic perspective. Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy.

Shead, J., Scott, H. & Rose, J. (2016) Investigating predictors and moderators of burnout in staff working in services for people with intellectual disabilities: The role of emotional intelligence, exposure to violence, and self-efficacy. International Journal of Developmental Disabilities, 62 (4), 224-233.

Kelly, J., Scott, H. & Bryan, H. (2014) Emotional intelligence, coping style, and social support as predictors of post-traumatic stress disorder. Journal of Search & Rescue, 1 (3), 29-45.

Darongkamas, J., Scott, H. & Taylor, E. (2011) Kick-starting men’s mental health: An evaluation of the effect of playing football on mental health service users’ well-being. International Journal of Mental Health Promotion, 13 (3), 14-21.

Scott, H. (2010) The Medical Model: The right approach to service provision? Mental Health Practice, 13 (5), 27-30.

Reid, Y., Johnson, S., Bebbington, P., Kuipers, E., Scott, H. & Thornicroft, G. (2001) The longer term outcomes of community care: A twelve year follow-up of the Camberwell high contact survey. Psychological Medicine, 31, 351-359.

Scott, H., Minghella, E. & Ford, R. (2001) Working with people with dual diagnosis in the voluntary sector: Training and support needs of practitioners. Mental Health Care, 41 (9), 297-301.

Scott, H., Sathyamoorthy, G., Minghella, E. & Ford, R. (2000) Evaluation of Services Funded by the Department of Health, Drugs and Alcohol Specific Grant Programme. London: Sainsbury Centre for Mental Health.

Slade, M., Scott, H., Truman, C. & Leese, M. (1999) Risk Factors for Tenancy breakdown for mentally ill people. Journal of Mental Health, 8 (4), 361-371.

Scott, H., Johnson, S., Menezes, P., Thornicroft, G., Marshall, J., Bindman, J., Bebbington, P. & Kuipers, E. (1998) Substance misuse and risk of violence among the severely mentally ill. British Journal of Psychiatry, 172, 345-350.

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