I qualified as a Clinical Psychologist in 1984 completing a three-year MSc at University of East London. This training was characterised by great experience in a range of approaches and therapies (Systemic, Couple Therapy, Group Analysis, Sex Therapy and CBT,) including neuropsychological experience and practice. This training fostered a deep respect for social constructionist thinking and paradigms.
I worked as a Clinical Researcher at the National Hospital for Nervous Diseases in Queen Square, completed my PhD (Neuropsychological Investigation of MS and MRI Correlates) under the supervision of Professor Elizabeth Warrington (FRS) awarded by the Institute of Neurology at the University of London. Concurrent with this I undertook Systemic Therapy training at the Institute of Family Therapy in London and so began my life-long interest and passion for Systemic Psychotherapy and thinking.
My research and clinical practice have been rooted in professional (e.g. supervision, team building, compassionate approaches) and interpersonal areas of interest. Further training in Process Consultancy and Interpersonal Psychotherapy underpins my current work in Staff Development and Support through Compassionate Process Supervision. My clinical work has spanned Neuropsychology (Kings College Hosiptal) and Primary Care (Institute of Psychiatry) and Adolescent Services. Currently my psychotherapeutic work is support of individuals with serious mood disorder and couples in relationship breakdown. I have Level 1 and Level 2 training in Emotion Focused Therapy, as well as training in Emotion Focused Couple Therapy. I have been a trainer in Clinical Psychology since joining Salomons in 1990 - chairing the BPS national Committee on Training in Clinical Psychology amongst other roles in the BPS. I supervise a wide range of disciplines and grades within healthcare. I was awarded a Chair in Clinical Psychology in 2010. Currently I am the Director of the Salomons Institute for Applied Psychology and the Programme Director of the Clinical Psychology Doctorate.
Research and knowledge exchange
I have taken the lead role in Knowledge Exchange activity within Clinical Psychology since 1999; undertaking commissioned work within public sector services at organisational, team and individual levels. Projects have included Knowledge Transfer work for the NHS R&D department, development of CPD frameworks for a large Mental Health Foundation Trust, provision of supervision to Health specialists and to third sector practitioners. This commissioned work also included providing a Psychological Therapies Support Service for staff within a Mental Health Trust. As I am now Director of Salomons Institute, and Director of the Clinical Psychology Doctorate Programme, I no longer take the lead role but I continue to engage in Knowledge Exchange activity around Process Supervision (training and consultancy provision in this model and provision of supervision to practitioners). A major contracst included work with the Family Nurse Partnership programme in Kent for whom I provided monthly psychological consultancy until early 2019. Currently I provide clinical supervision and mentoring for senior practitioners.
Teaching and subject expertise
I provide workshops in Supervision, Individual and Group provision, which is pan-discipline in nature. I have provided workshops on Reflective Practice and Consultancy in the Clinical Psychology Paradigm. I am an active member of the Group of Trainers in Clinical Psychology of the British Psychological Society. I am HCPC registered (PYL03321) and a member of the International Society for Emotion Focused Therapy.
Publications and research outputs
Vosmer S., Hackett S. & Callanan M. (2009) "Normal" and "inappropriate" childhood sexual behaviours: findings from a Delphi Study. Journal of Sexual Aggression, 15(3) 1-14
Moriarty, A, Jolley, S, Callanan, M.., Garety, P (2012)Understanding reduced activity in psychosis: Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology ISSN: 0933-7954
Mueller, J., Callanan, M. & Greenwood K. (2013) "Parents’ communication to primary school-aged children about mental health and ill-health" accepted by Journal of Public Mental Health ISSN: 1746-5729
Mueller, J., Callanan, M. & Greenwood K. (2014) "Parents’ communication to primary school-aged children about mental health and ill-health" Journal of Public Mental Health. Volume 13, No. 1, pp 13-19. ISSN: 1746-5729Mueller, J., Callanan, M. & Greenwood, K. (2015) "Communications to children about mental illness and their role in stigma development: An integrative review" Journal of Mental Health. Early Online 1-9, ISSN: 0963-8237 (print) 1360-0567
Cook, A., Drennan, G. & Callanan, M. (2015) “A Qualitative Exploration of the Experience of Restorative Approaches in a Forensic Mental Health Setting” Journal of Forensic Psychiatry and Psychology, Vol 26, Issue 4, pp 501-531
Griggs, C., Fernandez, A. & Callanan, M. M. (2017) “Nursing and the barriers to Sustainable Healthcare: a review of the literature.” British J. of Nursing, Vol 26, no.22 pp1230-1237
Griggs, C., Fernandez, A. & Callanan, M. M. (2017) “The impact of Healthcare on Global Warming and Human Health: connecting the dots.” British J. of Healthcare Assistants, 11 (7) pp 348-353
Wagg, A., Callanan, M. and Hassett, A. (2018) The use of computer mediated communication in providing patient support: a review of the research literature” International Journal of Nursing Studies (accepted)
Flux, L., Hassett, A. & Callanan, M. (2019) How do employers respond to employees who return to the workplace after experiencing the death of a loved one? A review of the literature. Journal of Policy and Practice in Health and Safety. ESSN:1477-3996.