Anne Cooke is a Principal Lecturer in the Department of Applied Psychology and Year 3 Director of the Doctoral Programme in Clinical Psychology.
Anne’s first degree was from Edinburgh University in Linguistics and German, and she initially worked for a television station based in the Netherlands. Following her decision to change direction and pursue a career in clinical psychology, her first post in mental health was as a nursing assistant on an inpatient unit for adolescents. She then completed a conversion course in psychology at London Metropolitan University, followed by a year as an assistant psychologist in a continuing care mental health unit. She trained as a clinical psychologist at the Institute of Psychiatry, qualifying in 1992. In 1999 she gained BABCP accreditation as a Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapist.
After qualifying she worked in inner city London for many years, mainly in a community mental health team and an acute mental health ward. She developed an interest in psychosis and also - in response to her experience of the complexities and limitations of offering mental health services to people in very difficult life situations - in critical approaches to mental health practice and in the service user/survivor movement. Alongside her clinical work she was manager of a psychology team and also worked part-time as Academic Tutor on the doctoral programme in clinical psychology at University College London. From 1996 to 2000 she was also Media Officer for the British Psychological Society Division of Clinical Psychology.
She came to Salomons/CCCU in 1999, initially as Academic and Research Tutor, and since 1995 as Principal Lecturer and Year 3 Director. In addition she has worked clinically in local NHS services and within the Department’s own Practice Consultancy service. She has also been a tutor and supervisor on the Department’s postgraduate programmes in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy.
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.
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 BPS Division of Clinical Psychology:
- Recent Advances in Understanding Mental Illness and Psychotic Experiences. This report, aimed at the public, journalists, policymakers and service users was widely read and cited.
- Psychosis Revisited: A workshop for Mental Health Workers . In 2001 Anne was awarded a grant by the UK Department of Health to produce a training course for mental health workers based on the DCP report. This resulted in a training pack, published by Pavilion Publishing, which became a best seller. A second edition was published in 2007.
- Understanding Bipolar Disorder: Why some people experience extreme mood states and what can help.
- Understanding Psychosis. In 2012 Anne was commissioned by the BPS Division of Clinical Psychology to produce a new and revised public information report on psychosis.
Anne also writes regularly for the Departmental blog www.discursiveoftunbridgewells.blogspot.co.uk which aims to inform and involve the public and service users in current debates about mental health and social care
Teaching and subject expertise
Anne convenes the following teaching units:
- Biological and Medical Approaches
- Psychology and Society
- Critical Psychology
Recent Conference Presentations
Problems Associated with the Concept of Mental Illness. Paper presented at the BPS History and Philosophy of Psychology Conference, Guildford, March 2013.
With Laura Lea: Service User Involvement in Placement Learning. Group of Trainers in Clinical Psychology Annual Conference, Stoke on Trent, November 2012.
With Cathy Amor, Annie Mitchell, Louise Goodbody, Steve Melluish and Dave Harper: Competencies for Clinical Psychologists: the wider context - Health inequalities, Critical and Community Perspectives. Group of Trainers in Clinical Psychology Annual Conference, Stoke on Trent, November 2012.
Publications and research outputs
Colbert, S., Cooke, A., Springham, N. & Camic, P (2013). The art-gallery as a resource for recovery for people who have experienced psychosis. The Arts in Psychotherapy, 40, 250-256. (Reports a project where NHS staff and service users jointly participated in a group held in an art gallery, reflecting on paintings and producing art).
Jackson, L., Hayward, M. & Cooke, A. (2011) Developing Positive Relationships with Voices: A Preliminary Grounded Theory Study. International Journal of Social Psychiatry. September; vol. 57, 5: pp. 487-495.
Jones, S., Lobban,. F. & Cooke, A. (co-ordinating eds) (2010) . Understanding Bipolar Disorder: Why Some People Experience Extreme Mood States and What Can Help. A Report by the British Psychological Society Division of Clinical Psychology. British Psychological Society. ISBN 978 1 85433 707 8 (co-produced with service users)
Hayward, M., Riddell, B. & Cooke, A (2009) . Involving service users and carers in clinical psychology placements. Higher Education Academy Psychology Network Newsletter, 52, June 2009.
Cooke, A. (2008) Problems associated with the use of the concept ‘mental illness’. In Stickley, T. & Basset, T. (eds.) Learning about Mental Health Practice, pp. 329-346. Wiley: ISBN 978 0 470 51227 2
May, R., Cooke, A. & Cotton, A (2008). Psychological Approaches to Mental Health. In Stickley, T. & Basset, T. (eds.) Learning about Mental Health Practice, pp. 463-47. Wiley: ISBN 978 0 470 51227 2 (chapter co-written with service users)