Staff Profile


Ms Anne Cooke

Clinical Director

School: School of Psychology and Life Sciences

Campus: Salomons

Tel: 01227 927096

Profile summary

Anne is Prinicipal Lecturer and Clinical Director of the Doctoral Programme in Clinical Psychology at the Salomons Institute for Applied Psychology.  Prior to joining the university in 1999, she worked for many years as a consultant clinical psychologist in the NHS, leading psychology services in mental health teams. 

In 2017 Anne was named British Psychological Society Practitioner of the Year, recognising in particular her work to make available good quality public information about mental health. She led and edited the Society’s major public information report ‘Understanding Psychosis‘ , leading a group of 24 contributors drawn from eight universities and six NHS trusts, together with people who had experienced psychosis.

Anne is interested in critical and community psychology and oversees teaching in these areas on the doctoral programme. She is particularly interested in the power of ideas in society and in services, and specifically the idea of 'mental illness'. She has published extensively in these areas - see 

Research and knowledge exchange


The research questions that Anne is interested in include:

•              Epistemological, historical, political and cultural perspectives on clinical psychology and related institutions. 

•              The debate about the role of psychology in our society.  For example, is psychological therapy just ‘the opium of the people’?  Would efforts directed at changing individuals be better directed at changing society?

•              Ethical Issues for the profession.  For example, clinical psychologists often work as part of wider systems that are arguably damaging to clients. Is it best to work for change from within or to leave and work elsewhere?            

•              Service user perspectives on services, including clinical psychology. 

Knowledge Exchange

Anne has been involved in a number of significant knowledge exchange projects in the area of public education about mental health, both on a local and a national level.  She has edited or co-edited  a number of public information reports for the British Psychological Society:

  • Recent Advances in Understanding Mental Illness and Psychotic Experiences (2001).  This report, aimed at the public, journalists, policymakers and service users was widely read and cited. 
  • Psychosis Revisited: A workshop for Mental Health Workers (2007) . Anne was awarded a grant by the UK Department of Health to produce a training course for mental health workers based on the BPSreport.  
  • Understanding Bipolar Disorder: Why some people experience extreme mood states and what can help. (2011)    
  • Understanding Psychosis and Schizophrenia (2014, 2017). This report has been highly influential and widely discussed internationally,

Anne is also in demand nationally and internationally as a speaker and in the media: for example she has appeared on Radio 4's Today and All in the Mind programmes. She is active on Twitter ( and writes for the Institute's blog which aims to inform and involve the public and service users in current debates.

Teaching and subject expertise

Anne convenes the following teaching units:

  • Biological and Medical Approaches
  • Psychology and Society
  • Critical Psychology

She is a Chartered Member of the British Psychological Society's Division of Clinical Psychology and in 2017 was named its 'Practitioner of the Year' for her work promoting good quality public information about mental health.

She undertakes and offers supervision in the areas of critical approaches to mental health and suicide.

Anne is committed to increasing the involvement of service users and survivors in the education of mental health professionals.  She has published on this and also takes a lead on service user and carer involvement wthin the Doctoral Programme in Clinical Psychology.

She is interested in the cross-over between arts and mental health and has collaborated with several artists, notably the visual artist Anita Klein on 'Understanding Psychosis' and the experimental theatre company Ridiculusmus, with whom she was a co-applicant on a successful grant application to the Wellcome Foundation.

She is very active on social media, particularly Twitter where she has overy 10 000 followers.

External activities

Anne is a regular invited speaker at national and international conferences. She led on the British Psychological Society public information project 'Understanding Psychosis' and was named the Society's Practitioner of the Year in 2017.

Publications and research outputs

Anne has published extensively.

A full list in date order can be viewed here:


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