I am a Senior Lecturer/Clinical Tutor and Clinical Psychologist. I joined the Doctorate in Clinical Psychology (DClinPsy) course with the University in June 2022, two days per week, and continue to work locally in NHS Adult Learning Disability services.
Prior to my career in Clinical Psychology, I worked for an Italian gaming company who had established a small base of operations in the UK. I ran numerous online gaming platforms remotely (e.g. Mir 2, Soma) and held the position of community manager, leading a small team of community support associates. After several years, due to changes in the industry, I had an opportunity to retrain and chose Psychology.
I completed my undergraduate degree with the Open University and gained experience working for the Samaritans and support services for people with Learning Disabilities, then numerous Assistant Psychologist roles within Worcestershire Health and Care NHS Trust, before securing a place on the Doctorate in Clinical Psychology.
Since qualifying as a Clinical Psychologist, I have worked in Clinical Health Psychology providing specialist bariatric pre-surgery psychological assessment and working with individuals diagnosed with lifelong/enduring conditions and long-term pain. I also worked in a children’s Autism diagnostic service. Currently, I work in the local NHS Adult Learning Disabilities Intensive Support Team, but also provide input across the majority of the Learning Disability services in the Trust. My clinical role is now primarily focused on providing clinical leadership, supervision and consultation with a focus on systemic interventions to improve quality of life for clients. My interests and approaches include EMDR, ACT, CAT, positive behaviour support, critical perspectives on diagnostic models of development, clinical research, and organisational influence within NHS settings.
In addition to my main roles, I also provide independent consultation to the UK Sports Association for applicants looking to participate in the Paralympic games or Virtus games within the Intellectual Disabilities eligibility categories. I am also a SEND governor for a local secondary school.
Professional memberships and activities
- Professional Doctorate in Clinical Psychology (DClinPsy), Staffordshire University
- Psychology BSc (Hons), Open University
- Clinical Psychology
- Clinical supervision and consultation
- Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR)
- Acceptance and Commitment therapy (ACT)
- Positive Behaviour Support (PBS)
- Clinical practice and Intellectual Disability/Learning Disability
- Technology and Clinical Psychology
Lines, J., Combes, H., & Richards, R. (2021). Exploring how support workers understand their role in supporting adults with intellectual disabilities to access the Internet for intimate relationships. Journal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disabilities, 34(2), 556-566.
Lines, J., & Crank, S. (2021). An evaluation of an intellectual disabilities intensive support team's interventions–A practice paper. International Journal of Positive Behavioural Support, 11(2), 37-43.