Dr Zachary Parker

Lecturer

School of Life Sciences and Education

After completing my undergraduate in psychology, I undertook a master’s degree in Clinical Behavioral Psychology – both in the US. During my master’s I worked as a psychotherapist in community mental health service focusing on treating psychosis spectrum disorders and anxiety/trauma disorders. After my master’s I continued my work as psychotherapist and behavioural analyst – working with Autistic children.

In 2013 I moved to the UK to do my PhD at the University of Sheffield. My research focused on how often adequate delivery of services were provided for individuals suffering from anxiety/trauma/obsessive disorders (at the time this was just ‘anxiety disorders’). This research also assessed what the barriers to adequate delivery of services are and why these barriers exist. In 2016 I completed my PhD and graduated in 2017. Since 2014 I have taught research methods and since 2016 I have been worked in universities in the UK as a lecturer teaching on mental health and psychotherapy/counselling programmes.

I joined Staffordshire University in 2019 as the course leader for the MSc of Foundations in Clinical Psychology.

Professional memberships and activities

I am a member of the BPS and a member of the British Association of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapists (BABCP). Currently, I am working to complete my KSA accreditation for the BABCP. I am also an honours member of Psi Chi.

Academic qualifications

PhD in Psychology, University of Sheffield, 2017
MSc in Clinical Behavioral Psychology, Eastern Michigan University, 2012
BA Psychology (cum laude), Salisbury University, 2010

Expertise

My area of expertise is primarily in clinical psychology. In particular I am trained and experienced in delivering and teaching clinical behavioural therapy (CBT). My training and my research have focused heavily on the behavioural aspect of CBT. I have designed and taught modules related to mental health, focusing on understanding the function of behaviours and cognitions over that of the topography. I have researched the frequencies of and barriers to the adequate delivery of CBT for treating anxiety/trauma/obsessive disorders. I have also conducted research on the impact of anxiety and depression on Guillain-Barré Syndome. In addition, I have been involved in a project looking at peer mentoring of statistics to reduce university student’s anxiety around statistics. I am also beginning to explore the use of virtual reality and augmented reality in the use of training and therapy. In addition, given my clinical practice, I am also experienced in working complex clinical cases.

Research interests

My research interests focus on anxiety/trauma experiences and improving treatments for these experiences (evaluating what may limit a therapist from engaging in best practice to developing new therapies using either virtual reality or augmented reality). I am interested in helping support research in related topics as well.

Enterprise and commercial interests

2019: Guillain-Barré & Associated Inflammatory Neuropathies (Co-investigator). Title: “Cross-sectional analysis of the current state of individuals with GBS post nadir”.

2017-2018: ILT Learning Enhancement and Innovation (Co-investigator). Proposal title: “Stats mentors”.

Teaching

Postgraduate
Currently, I am the course leader for the MSc in Foundations of Clinical Psychology.

I am module coordinator for Clinical Psychology: Science and Experience and co-module coordinator for the Clinical and Health MSc dissertation module.

I also supervise clinical psychology MSc research projects.

Undergraduate
Research Methods – both first and second year.

Publications

  • Parker, Z. J., & Waller, G. (2019). Psychotherapists’ reports of technique use when treating anxiety disorders: factors associated with specific technique use. The Cognitive Behaviour Therapist, 27. doi: 10.1017/s1754470x19000205
  • Parker, Z. J., Waller, G., Salas Duhne, P. G., & Dawson, J., (2018). The role of exposure in the treatment of anxiety disorder: A meta-analysis. International Journal of Psychology and Psychological Therapy, 18, 111-141.
  • Parker, Z. J. & Waller, G. (2017). Development and validation of the Negative Attitudes towards CBT Scale. Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapy, 45, 629-646. doi: 10.1017/S1352465817000170
  • Parker, Z. J. & Waller, G. (2015). Factors related to psychotherapists' self-assessment when treating anxiety and other disorders. Behaviour Research and Therapy, 66, 1-7. doi: 10.1016/j.brat.2014.12.010

Top 250 Young University

Times Higher Education Young University Rankings 2020

Top 15 for Teaching Quality

The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2021

Top 15 for Social Inclusion

The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2021

Midlands University of the Year

Midlands Business Awards 2020