Celebrity Patrons & Ambassadors
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.
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).
Professor Sir Cary L. 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 175 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.
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. From 2007 to 2016 he was Professor of Forensic and Clinical Psychology on a part-time basis (0.2) at the University of Roehampton where he is currently Emeritus Professor directing 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.
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 and Anxiety Disorders Service based at College Keep in Southampton. He trained in medicine at Charing Cross Hospital Medical School, London in psychiatry at St Mary’s Hospital Medical School and the Maudsley Hospital, London, and in medical humanities at Birkbeck College, 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. He is the author of over 260 full articles in peer-reviewed scientific journals, and author or co-author of 9 books and almost 50 chapters in books.
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 Adrian Wells
Adrian Wells is Professor of Clinical and Experimental Psychopathology at Manchester University, Professor II in Clinical Psychology at the Norwegian University Trondheim, and Consultant Clinical Psychologist in Greater Manchester Mental Health NHS Foundation 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 therapy and director of the Metacognitive Therapy Institute: www.mct-institute.com. He has contributed widely to the development of cognitive behaviour therapy for anxiety disorders and he has published many peer review papers books and leading treatment manuals in this area. His treatments for generalised anxiety disorder and for social anxiety disorder are recommended in NHS NICE guidelines.
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.
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.
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.
Professor Karina Lovell
Karina is a Professor of Mental Health and Director of Research for the Division of Nursing, Midwifery and Social Work at the University of Manchester. She is an NIHR Senior Investigator and her main research areas are developing and evaluating complex psychological interventions in primary and secondary care mental health. She works as a volunteer CBT therapist for Anxiety UK.
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.
Professor Chris Williams
Chris Williams is Emeritus Professor of Psychosocial Psychiatry University of Glasgow and Director Five Areas Ltd. 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 www.calipso.co.uk.
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 www.llttf.com – 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.
Prof 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.
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 master’s 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. He believes 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.
Haleh Moravej – Nutritional Clinical Advisor
@HalehMoravej is a multi-award winning senior lecturer in Nutritional Sciences at Manchester Metropolitan University. She is a nutrition entrepreneur and an active member of enterprise educators in UK.
Haleh is a fellow of Royal Society of Arts (RSA) and an active member of Nutrition Society. Haleh is a registered nutritionist with Association for Nutrition (RNutr).
Haleh has a BSc in Biomedical Science and a masters degree in Nutrition and Medical Science both from The University of Sheffield. Haleh is a very experienced media nutritionist with an extensive portfolio of having worked with BBC Radio Manchester, Radio 5, BBC Breakfast TV, Sheffield Calendar News, Rip of Britain, Granada News, ITV News, Manchester Evening News, Daily Mail, Daily Express and The Times.
Haleh is passionate and seriously committed to innovative nutrition education, teaching and provision of exceptional student experience at Manchester Met University. She has been nominated for numerous MMUnion awards for outstanding innovation in teaching and teaching for employability since 2010. She has won various MMUnion teaching awards for the best supervisor in 2011, best teacher in 2012, outstanding teaching for sustainability 2015, outstanding teaching for employability 2016. She has received Green Impact Gold award for MetMunch in 2014 and Green Impact Environmental Champion of 2014.
Haleh has been a senior food consultant working with food industry and small to medium size enterprises at Manchester Food Research Centre. She has been instrumental in many brands going from inception all the way to supermarket shelves. Her recent research projects are future food trends, healthy diets and exploring links between student health, nutrition, food waste and sustainability.
Before embarking on an academic career Haleh was the managing director of a highly successful nutrition consultancy and eating disorder clinic based at Claremont Hospital in Sheffield. As the director and founder of her own company Haleh has worked with The University of Sheffield Health Service, Sheffield Hallam University, St Georges Eating Disorder Hospital, Nottingham and Worksop Council, various schools, Sheffield Counselling Service, Health Action Zone and Sheffield PCT to offer patients in particular children & young people an exceptional one stop holistic health and nutrition self- empowering service.
Haleh is the founder of @MetMUnch, a globally recognised award winning student social enterprise bringing community, creativity, employability and sustainability together while enhancing the student experience and belonging at MMU. @MetMunch (www.metmunch.com ) is an award winning globally recognised, student-led social enterprise based at Manchester Met, which promotes sustainable, healthy and nutritious food. @MetMUnch educates, informs and entertains through food and fun, providing skills and training that develop MetMunchers into confident, passionate global citizens. They apply knowledge learned in the lecture theatre to university and community events, providing on-the-spot nutritional advice, running pop-up stalls, cooking nutritious meals and leading fun, interactive activities around food, nutrition and food waste. @MetMunch’s commitment to sustainable food saw them win the highly acclaimed national and international 2014 EAUC Green Gown awards for Student Engagement with Sustainability.
Professor Cathy Creswell
Professor Cathy Creswell is Professor of Developmental Clinical Psychology and NIHR Research Professor at the University of Reading, an Honorary Consultant Clinical Psychologist and Joint Director of the University of Reading Anxiety and Depression in Young people (AnDY) clinical research unit. She was awarded the British Psychological Society May Davidson award for outstanding contribution to Clinical Psychology within 10 years of qualifying and was the first clinical psychologist to be awarded an NIHR Research Professorship (2014-2019). Cathy has particular research and clinical interests in the development and treatment of anxiety disorders in children and young people, and applies experimental, longitudinal, and clinical trial methodologies with children, in both community and clinical settings, with the ultimate aim of improving access and outcomes for children with these common conditions. In addition to academic publications, she has co-written self-help books for parents, including ‘Overcoming your child’s fears and worries’ (Little Brown), and a recent practice guide for clinicians, ‘Parent-Led CBT for Child Anxiety: Helping Parents Help Their Kids’ (Guilford Press).
Dr Linda Dubrow-Marshall
Dr Linda Dubrow-Marshall is a Clinical and Counselling Psychologist (HCPC Registered) and a BACP registered accredited Counsellor/Psychotherapist in the United Kingdom and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. In the USA, she is a licensed psychologist (Pennsylvania), is listed on the National Register of Health Service Psychologists, and has certifications in clinical hypnosis and consultation, EMDR, and treatment of substance use disorders. Linda is an integrative psychotherapist with extensive experience in a variety of settings, including universities, prisons, addiction agencies, psychiatric hospitals, veteran agencies, and private practice. Her interest in helping people with anxiety disorders was sparked when she completed a one year placement (as part of her PhD programme) at the Agoraphobia Treatment and Research Programme, Department of Psychiatry, Temple University School of Medicine led by Dr Alan Goldstein where she also had the opportunity to attend trainings by Dr Edna Foa.
She has presented several papers at the Anxiety Disorders Association of America conferences, including on anxiety disorders among the elderly. Linda is the Programme Leader for the MSc Psychology of Coercive Control and the MSc Applied Psychology (Therapies) programmes at the University of Salford. She conducts research on the psychology of undue influence and coercive persuasion and control (e.g. cults and extremist groups) with her husband Professor Rod Dubrow-Marshall. Her other areas of research include the therapeutic application of virtual reality, ethical psychotherapy, single session psychotherapy, practitioner self-care, cognitive behaviour therapy, mindfulness, and recovery from trauma.
Prof Ted Dinan
Ted Dinan is Professor of Psychiatry and a Principal Investigator in the APC Microbiome Institute at University College Cork. He was previously Chair of Clinical Neurosciences and Professor of Psychological Medicine at St. Bartholomew’s Hospital, London. Prior to that, he was a Senior Lecturer in Psychiatry at Trinity College Dublin. He has worked in research laboratories on both sides of the Atlantic and has a PhD in Pharmacology from the University of London. He is a Fellow of the Royal Colleges of Physicians and Psychiatrists and a Fellow of the American College of Physicians. His main research interest is in the role of the gut microbiota in stress related disorders. He has also worked extensively on the regulation of the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis. In 1995 was awarded the Melvin Ramsey Prize for research into the biology of stress. His current research is funded by Science Foundation Ireland, the Health Research Board and European Union FP7. He has published over 500 papers and numerous books on pharmacology and neurobiology. He is on the Editorial Boards of several journals.