Staff Profile


Dr. John McGowan

Year Director

School: School of Psychology, Politics and Sociology

Campus: Salomons

Tel: 01227 927107

Profile summary

Dr John McGowan  is the Year 1 Director and Academic Director of the Clinical Psychology Training Scheme.

John completed his degree in psychology from Strathclyde University in 1990. and a PhD University of Wales (Cardiff) in 1995. His research area was failures in skilled performance and attentional mechanisms. This was followed by two years as a post-doctoral researcher at the University of Sussex in the psychopharmacology specialty looking at the effects of hormone replacement therapy on cognitive performance in aging. He completed the clinical psychology training at Salomons in 2000.

Since qualifying he has worked in the NHS in Kent and Sussex predominantly as a Psychologist attached to inpatient psychiatric wards. His interests include presentations labelled as personality disorders, issues in risk assessment and management, formulation in complex care, the role of psychological practitioners in multi-disciplinary teams and the role of psychological thinking in inpatient environments. He has also published work considering aspects of cognitive-behaviour therapy for psychosis. His clinical orientation is primarily psychodynamic and he has had specialist training in cognitive-analytic therapy, psychoanalytic psychotherapy and mentalisation-based therapy.

Research and knowledge exchange

Current activities include: Research on suicide and clinical decision making in high risk situations, personality disorders and recovery and the role of psychology in medical settings.

Recent grants include and award from the BPS Division of Clinical Psychology to co-ordinate the production of a review document encompasing recent advances in the thinking about and treatment of depression.

John is the editor of, and a frequent conrtibutor to, the Salomons Centre blog Discursive of Tunbridge Wells.

Teaching and subject expertise

Main areas

-Introduction to counselling and assessment.

-Psychodynamic thinking and practice.

-Consideration of risk in suicide and self-harm.

-Personality disorders.

-Integrative therapies.

External activities

Recent conference presentations

McGowan, J & Hickey, L. (2012). Responding to suicidal risks: Bridging between research and clinical practice. Paper Presented to the 14th European Symposium of Suicide and Suicidal Behaviour, September, Tel-Aviv.

McGowan, J. F. (2009). Corner shops, NICE Guidelines and mothers of invention: clinical psychology and public policy. Paper presented to the annual British Psychological society Division of Clinical Psychology Conference , December, London.

McGowan J. F. & Hall, R. (2008). Should there be greater access to psychological therapies in acute care. European Psychiatry, 23 (supp), 301.

McGowan, J. F. (2007). Psychological thinking on Acute Psychiatric Wards. Workshop facilitated at Sussex Partnership Trust Acute Care Conference, Burgess Hill.

McGowan J. F. (2007). Doing research in the acute environment. Paper presented to the British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies Annual Conference, University of Sussex.

McGowan, J. F. (2007). Acute psychiatric wards: A place for research? Paper accepted for the Fifth World Congress of Behavioural and Cognitive Therapies, Barcelona.

Also currently secretary of the Division of Clinical Psychology, South East Coast Branch.

Publications and research outputs

Hart, N., John McGowan, J., Minati, L. & Critchley, H. D. (2012). Emotional regulation and bodily sensation: interoceptive awareness is intact in borderline personality disorder. Journal of Personality Disorders

McGowan, J (2012). Lance Armstrong: It's not about the doping. The Science of Sport, October 2012. Retrieved from

McGowan, J. F. (2010). The NHS could do with some conservative innovation.  Retrieved 5th Feb from

McGowan, J. F. (2009). Use your loaf: Open up choice. Health Service Journal, 2 July, 15.

McGowan, J. F. (2009). IAPT – more pertinent questions.  The Psychologist, 22, 467.

McGowan, J, F. & Hall, R. (2009). The role of psychological therapies in acute psychiatric care. Clinical Psychology Forum, April, 14-18.

McGowan J. F.  (2008). Working with personality disorders in an acute environment. Clarke, I. & Wilson, H. (Eds.) Cognitive Behaviour Therapy for Acute Psychiatric Inpatient Unit: Working with Clients, Staff and the Milieu. London: Routledge.

McGowan, J. F., Lavender, A. & Garety, P. A. (2005). Factors in outcome of cognitive-behavioural therapy for psychosis: Users’ and clinicians’ views. Psychology and Psychotherapy: Theory, Research and Practice, 78, 4, 513-529.

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