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Advisors and Clinical Advisors

Amo Kalar

Since his first stint as an AUK helpline volunteer where he helped to set-up Destigmatize, our BME service, to his recent chairmanship of Anxiety UK and other third sector boards, Amo Kalar has shown huge commitment to mental health issues. He has published on ethnicity and mental health. Amo is the former Chair of Anxiety UK’s board (2008-2015) and helped steer the charity to its current strong position. He has also been a Board member of Advance UK and the Mental Health Helplines Partnership (MHHP). He works for the Foreign Office.

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Professor David Clark

David M Clark is Professor of Experimental Psychology at the University of Oxford and National Clinical Advisor for the government’s Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) programme. David is well-known for his pioneering work in developing effective cognitive therapy programmes for anxiety disorders. The treatments developed by his team are currently recommended by NICE as among the first line interventions for panic disorder, social anxiety disorder and PTSD. He has also worked closely with Richard Layard (an economist) to lobby for increased public access to evidence-based psychological treatments. Many of their arguments are summarized in Thrive: the power of evidence-based psychological therapies (Penguin Books).

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Professor Cary Cooper CBE

Professor Sir Cary L. Cooper, CBE, is The 50th Anniversary Professor of Organizational Psychology and Health, Manchester Business School, University of Manchester. He is also the President of RELATE, President of the British Academy of Management and President of the Institute of Welfare. He is the author of over 125 books (on occupational stress, stress medicine and industrial and organizational psychology, mental health in the workplace), has written over 400 scholarly articles for academic journals, and is a frequent contributor to national newspapers, TV and radio.

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Professor Robert Edelmann

Professor Robert J. Edelmann is a Chartered Psychologist and an HCPC registered Clinical, Forensic and Health Psychologist currently working predominantly in independent practice. From 1986 until 1997 he was involved in Clinical Psychology training at the University of Surrey.  For the ensuing ten years he was in full-time independent practice and since 2007 has been Professor of Forensic and Clinical Psychology on a part-time basis (0.2) at the University of Roehampton where he directs a Practitioner Doctorate in Forensic Psychology.

Professor Edelmann is a Fellow of the British Psychological Society and a member of the British Association of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapy. He is the author of books on anxiety research and blushing. His main anxiety related research interests concern chronic blushing and social phobia and he has published two books and many articles and book chapters on these topics.

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Professor David Baldwin

David Baldwin is Professor of Psychiatry and Head of the Mental Health Group in the Clinical and Experimental Sciences Academic Unit of the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Southampton in the UK. He leads an NHS Mood Disorders Service based at College Keep in Southampton. He trained in medicine at Charing Cross Hospital Medical School, London and then in psychiatry at St Mary’s Hospital Medical School and the Maudsley Hospital, London. He is an Honorary Professor in the University of Cape Town in South Africa and Visiting Professor at Suzhou University Guangji Hospital in China.

Professor Baldwin was Secretary for External Affairs of the British Association for Psychopharmacology between 2000/03 and 2005/07, and Chair of the Psychopharmacology Special Interest Group of the Royal College of Psychiatrists between 2007/11. He is a Past President of Depression Alliance and is a Medical Patron of Anxiety UK.  He became Editor-in-Chief of Human Psychopharmacology in January 2011.

Through his research activity and clinical practice, he aims to improve clinical outcomes in patients with mood and anxiety disorders: by investigating the role of neurobiological and psychological factors in causing and maintaining illness; through improving trial design when evaluating efficacy and tolerability of treatment interventions; by assessing the effectiveness and acceptability of treatment interventions in wider clinical practice; through identifying more accurately those patient groups at particular risk of poor outcomes; and by offering a tertiary referral specialist clinical service to patients with chronic and treatment-resistant conditions.

Professor Baldwin leads the Anxiety Disorders Research Network, an international multi-centre independent collaborative cross-disciplinary research grouping, with support from the ECNP and European Commission. He is the author of 240 full articles in peer-reviewed scientific journals, and author or co-author of 9 books and 40 chapters in books.

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Professor Adrian Wells

Adrian Wells is a Professor of Clinical and Experimental Psychopathology at Manchester University, Professor II in Clinical Psychology at the Norwegian University Trondheim, and Consultant Clinical Psychologist at the Manchester Mental Health and Social Care NHS Trust. His research interests include cognitive factors in the cause and maintenance of emotional disorders, cognitive theory and cognitive therapy of anxiety disorders. He is the originator of metacognitive theory and therapy and director of the the Metacognitive Therapy Institute ( He has contributed widely to the development of cognitive behaviour therapy for anxiety disorders and has published many peer review papers and books in this area.

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Dr Fred Penzel

Fred Penzel, is a licensed psychologist who has specialised in the treatment of OCD and related disorders since 1982. He is the executive director of Western Suffolk Psychological Services in Huntington, Long Island, New York, a private treatment group specializing in OCD and O-C related problems, and is a founding member of both the OCF and TLC Science Advisory Boards. Dr. Penzel is the author of books dealing with the subjects of OCD, O-C and Trichotillomania. He is also a frequent contributor to OC Foundation’s newsletter and In Touch, the newsletter of TLC.

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Professor David Nutt

Professor Nutt heads a group called the Psychopharmacology Unit in Bristol University. This is researching the biological basis of anxiety and phobias and trying to understand how current effective treatments work. Using these two approaches it is hoped that even better interventions will be developed.

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Professor Paul Salkovskis

Mr Salkovskis Professor of Clinical Psychology and Applied Science at the Institute of Psychiatry, King’s College, London and Clinical Director at the Centre for Anxiety Disorders and Trauma, South London and Maudsley NHS Trust since October 2000. He is the editor of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapy and has published over 170 articles, mainly on anxiety disorders.

Research has focussed on the importance of distorted thinking in the understanding of emotional disorders, and on ways of modifying such negative thinking in order to change problematic behaviours and control negative emotional reactions. This has involved the development, validation and evaluation of cognitive-behavioural theories of and treatments for anxiety disorders.

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Professor Karina Lovell

Karina is a Senior Lecturer in Mental Health Nursing at the University of Manchester. She is an accredited cognitive behaviour therapist and is a past president of the BABCP. Her main research interests are developing alternative and accessible interventions for people with common mental health problems. Karina has a particular interest in self help materials for people experiencing anxiety and depression.

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Professor Ursula James

Ursula James is the premier hypnotherapy practitioner and teacher in the UK. She lectures at eight UK medical schools, including Oxford and Cambridge, and has helped thousands of people overcome phobias, remove unwanted habits, and optimise their performance through her unique fusion of hypnosis and coaching. Ursula has recently been appointed as the Visiting Professor, School of Health and Social Science, Robert Gordon University Aberdeen.

She is a regular contributor to radio and television, including ‘This Morning’, where she is the phobia expert, and she has her own series on Channel 5. Author of two books, the Clinical Hypnosis Textbook, and You Can Be Amazing – change your life with hypnosis, she has been a long time supporter of Anxiety UK and helped establish the popular hypnotherapy volunteer scheme seven years ago. She currently runs workshops for Anxiety UK (“Phobic No More” and “Tric No More”) and has produced a “Controlling Anxiety” CD approved by Anxiety UK, which has shown to be very helpful for anxiety sufferers.

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Professor Chris Williams

Chris Williams is Professor of Psychosocial Psychiatry at the University of Glasgow, Scotland, UK. His main clinical and research interest is in the area of Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) and in particular in looking at ways of disseminating this approach more widely. He has developed written and computer-based self-help treatments for anxiety, depression and bulimia and is a well-known CBT researcher, trainer and teacher. He is a Past-President of the British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies – the lead body for CBT in the United Kingdom and also a past Governing Board member of the United Kingdom for Psychotherapy (UKCP). He is Director of Glasgow Institute of Psychosocial Interventions (GIPSI) – which has a focus on training and research in evidence-based psychosocial interventions. He is Director of Glasgow Institute of Psychosocial Interventions (GIPSI) – which has a focus on training and research in evidence-based psychosocial interventions. He is also a Trustee of the charity Triumph over Phobia – a user-led self-help organisation addressing self-management of anxiety and a Patron of the National Phobics Society – the anxiety disorders charity.

He has published a number of self-help packages addressing depression, bulimia and anxiety – details of which are available at

Research interests focus on Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) and in particular in looking at ways of disseminating this approach more widely to non-CBT specialists. This has included the development and evaluation of a jargon-free CBT model (the so-called five areas approach) and linked training courses SPIRIT (Structured Psychosocial InteRventions In Teams) project in secondary care and the START project (Self-help training access resource team) in primary care. Linked to this, he has developed a series of training CD ROMs and online packages aimed at helping train health care practitioners in the detection and treatment of common mental disorders.

His main focus is on the evaluation of a series of written (Overcoming Depression and Overcoming Anxiety) and computerised (Overcoming Depression and Overcoming Bulimia) self-help packages for use by patients experiencing common mental health disorders. This includes a CSO funded randomised controlled trial of written Cognitive Behaviour Therapy self-help materials, two MRC-funded Brain Sciences Platform studies examining the treatment of bulimia in adolescents online and medically unexplained symptoms in neurology clinics, a current large HTA funded project examining CBT for treatment resistant depression in primary care, and current randomised controlled evaluations of the effectiveness of the Living Life to the Full, Overcoming anorexia and Overcoming bulimia websites.

His clinical work has focused on the local delivery of CBT self-help materials including running the University accredited SPIRIT training course in the use of CBT self-help materials, and the Living Life to the Full College course and website – which has averaged over a million “hits” a month and is recommended by various bodies such as CSIP.

He has a close interest in teaching and training and co-organises the delivery and examinations for the Undergraduate Psychiatry course.

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Dr Sam Cartwright-Hatton

Sam Cartwright-Hatton is a clinical psychologist who started her career with a D.Phil (PhD) in the Department of Psychiatry at Oxford, under the direction of Adrian Wells. The subject of this thesis was a MetaCognitive model of Generalised Anxiety Disorder in Adults.

During subsequent clinical psychology training in Manchester, she developed an interest in the far less well-researched area of anxiety in childhood. On qualifying, she joined the Manchester clinical course as academic tutor, whilst working half-time as a clinical psychologist in the Manchester Children’s Trust. Eighteen months after qualification, she was awarded a 3-year NHS executive fellowship to develop her research in anxiety in childhood, with Professor Richard Harrington, which was followed by a 4-year MRC Clinician Scientist Fellowship, to trial a new intervention for families of young anxious children.

Sam joined the University of Sussex in 2011 with an NIHR Career Development Award to develop and test a preventative intervention aimed at families with an anxious parent.  She was awarded the British Psychological Society Award May Davidson Award in 2009 in recognition of her research into anxiety of childhood.

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Dr Mike Capek

Dr Mike Capek has for the last 32 years been a general medical practitioner in South Manchester and is trainer of GPs. With a masters degree in health psychology from the City University London, he also sees himself as a general mental health practitioner. He is a practising hypnotherapist.

As a clinician his personal ethos is that to truly understand a person’s psychological difficulties it is often necessary to understand the present circumstances in the context of the person’s whole life from birth to as far into the future as one can see.

His interests include common mental health problems including anxiety and psycho-education. Much needs to be done to demystify mental health and he is a strong advocate for the production of clear and simple mental health educational aids. He specialises in the most complex of cases, including long standing patient symptoms that medical investigation has failed to explain, and those where mind and body interact. He also observes the nature of the doctor-patient and trainer-trainee relationships, and the communication subtleties that helps bring the best out of each.

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