Staff Profile


Dr Fergal Jones

Research Director

School: School of Psychology and Life Sciences

Campus: Salomons

Tel: 01227 927110

Profile summary

I'm a Reader in Clinical Psychology in Salomons Institute for Applied Psychology and the Research Director for the Institute's clinical psychology programme. I graduated from the University of Cambridge in 1996 with a psychology degree, and went on to study for a Ph.D. in experimental psychology at the university. The research area was sequence learning. Following this, I trained as a clinical psychologist at the University of Surrey, qualifying in 2003. For the next four years I worked full time in the NHS, dividing my time between a community mental health team for working age adults and a psychological therapies service. I joined Canterbury Christ Church University in 2008 and continue to work part-time in Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, currently as a Consultant Clinical Psychologist convening the Trust's mindfulness teacher training programmes.

My clinical work is with adults with common mental health problems and my main therapeutic approaches are cognitive behavioural therapy and mindfulness-based cognitive therapy. My recent research interests include mindfulness-based approaches, associative learning, and application of learning theory to clinical problems.

Other websites:   ResearchGate   Google Scholar

Research and knowledge exchange

Research and knowledge exchange funding:

2018 –20: Citizens Advice 1066 sub-contract of €5,900 of European Union Interreg 2 Seas funding. Sustainable Houses in Inclusive Neighbourhoods (SHINE) research evaluation service. Principle Investigator.

2017-20: NIHR RfPB grant of £349,471.  Low-intensity guided help through mindfulness (LIGHTMind); PB-PG-0815-20056. Co-investigator. (Principle investigator: Dr. Clara Strauss, Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust. Other co-investigators include: Prof. Michael Barkham, Prof Glenys Parry, Dr. Kate Cavanagh and others.) 

2015: British Academy / Leverhulme Small Research Grant of £9,980. Mindfulness and associative learning. (PI; Co-I: Prof. Ian McLaren)

2014: Consultation to Citizen’s Advice Bureau regarding the evaluation of a debt management project (up to £12,920). (PI)

2014: Hackney Council Integrated Gangs Unit provided £7,000 to support one of my doctoral student’s research into the development of a measure of risk of gang membership.

2013: Knowledge Transfer Partnership of £194,640 from the Technology Strategy Board and Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust. To redesign employment processes to ensure the sustainable implementation of individuals with lived experience of mental health as peer support workers  (with Dr Doug MacInnes [lead academic], Iain Dimond, Debbie Green and others.)

2011: Economic and Social Research Council Grant of £80,678. Dual process models of sequence learning and serial reaction time tasks; RES-000-22-4036. (Co-investigator; P.I.: Prof Ian McLaren, University of Exeter.)

2010: Knowledge Transfer Partnership with Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust; funding of £107,404 from the Technology Strategy Board and Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust. Improving communication, clinical decision making and working practices in the field of mental health (with Dr Doug MacInnes [lead academic], John Enser, Stephen Francis & Prof. Tony Lavender.)

Teaching and subject expertise

I currently teach on the clinical psychology and PhD in professional practice programmes, mainly in relation to research methods.

I'm registered as a Clinical Psychologist with the Health and Care Professions Council, a Cognitive Behavioural Therapist with the British Association of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies, a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, an Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society and a member of the Experimental Psychology Society, and I have a Post-Graduate Diploma and Certificate of Competence in Teaching Mindfulness-Based Courses from the University of Bangor.

External activities

Member of the editorial board of Mindfulness.

Member of the Sussex Mindfulness Centre.

Recent conference presentations:

Jones, F. W.,  McLaren, R., & McLaren, I. P. L. (2016, March). Mindfulness and fear conditioning. Paper presented at the Associative Learning Symposium, Gregynog, Wales.

Jones, F. W. (2014, July). Offering mindfulness to trainee therapists and NHS staff. Paper presented at the British Association of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies 42nd Annual Conference, University of Birmingham, Birmingham, UK. 

Jones, F. W. (2014, July). Mindfulness-based interventions: Lessons from the clinical literature. Paper presented at the 2014 Norwich Conference on Earth Systems Governance on Access and Allocation in the Anthropocene, University of East Anglia, Norwich, UK.

Jones, F. W., McAndrew, A., McLaren, R., & McLaren, I. P. L. (2012, January). Dissociating expectancy of shock and changes in skin conductance: an investigation of the Perruchet effect using an electrodermal paradigm. Paper presented at the 2012 Experimental Psychology Society London Meeting, University College London, London, UK.

Publications and research outputs

Selected publications:

Strohmaier, S., Jones, F. W., & Cane, J. E. (in press). Effects of length of mindfulness practice on mindfulness, depression, anxiety and stress: a randomized controlled experiment. Mindfulness.

Gammer, I., Hartley-Jones, C., & Jones, F.W.(2020). A randomized controlled trial of an online, compassion-based intervention for maternal psychological well-being in the first year postpartum. Mindfulness, 11, 928-939.

Strauss, C., Arbon, A., Barkham, M., Byford, S., Crane, R., de Visser, R., Heslin, M., Jones, A.-M. Jones, F., Lea, L., Parry, G., Rosten, C., & Cavanagh, K. (2020). Low-Intensity Guided Help Through Mindfulness (LIGHTMIND): study protocol for a randomised controlled trial comparing supported mindfulness-based cognitive therapy self-help to supported cognitive behavioural therapy self-help for adults experiencing depression. Trials 21, 374.

Cormack, D., Jones, F. W., & Maltby, M. (2018). A “collective effort to make yourself feel better”: The group process in mindfulness-based interventions. Qualitative Health Research, 28, 3-15.

Plant, D. T., Jones, F. W., Pariante, C. M., & Pawlby, S. (2017). The association between maternal childhood trauma and offspring childhood psychopathology: A mediation analysis from the ALSPAC cohort. British Journal of Psychiatry, 211, 144-150.

Jones, F. W., Strauss, C., & Cavanagh, K. (2016). Self-help mindfulness-based cognitive therapy. In S. Eisendrath (Ed.), Mindfulness-based cognitive therapy: Innovative approaches (pp. 113-121). New York: Springer.

Strauss, C., Lever Taylor, B., Gu, J., Kuyken, W., Baer, R., Jones, F.W., & Cavanagh, K. (2016). What is compassion and how can we measure it? A review of definitions and measures. Clinical Psychology Review, 47, 15-27.

Lever Taylor, B., Strauss, C., Cavanagh, K. and Jones, F. W. (2014). The effectiveness of self-­help mindfulness-­based cognitive therapy in a student sample: A randomised controlled trial. Behaviour Research and Therapy, 63, 63­-69.


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