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Dr Joanne Brown BA, MA, PhD, British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (Accredited)

Senior Lecturer in Mental Health (Psychological Therapies)

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Dr Joanne Brown is Senior Lecturer in Mental Health, Award Leader MSc in Mental Health Studies and MSc in Nursing Studies within Health Sciences at the University of Southampton.

I am interested in psychological therapies and in psychologically informed environments. I adopt a psychosocial approach to understanding mental health problems and well-being.

My academic background is in the social sciences and in psychosocial studies which I taught for 15 years before joining Southampton University in 2004. My clinical background is in long term psychodynamic counselling and short term psychodynamic therapy. I was trained in psychoanalytic observation methods at the Tavistock Clinic in London where I also taught psychoanalytic studies for many years. I work as a psychodynamic counsellor and dynamic interpersonal therapist and I have completed post-qualifying CBT training. I have a long-standing interest in psychosocial and psychotherapeutic approaches to understanding mental health distress and in societal stigma about emotional pain. I am interested in psychologically informed health and social care environments and at Southampton University I have worked on new worker roles in mental health as well as on the undergraduate and postgraduate mental health nursing programmes. I supervise MSc, MRES, MPhil and doctoral students from diverse fields of practice. My expertise is in qualitative approaches to mental health research. I have published in the areas of love and normative ideas about emotional maturity, pedagogy and new worker roles in mental health, acculturation, therapeutic use of self and therapy culture.






Research interests

PhD Completion

Wendy Turton (Completed) Living with Psychosis as a Long Term Condition: An Interpretative Phenomenological Study

Josh Turner (Completed) Telephone Versus Face-to Face Psychological Therapy in an IAPT Low-Intensity Service: The Views of Practitioners and Patients and Its Effectiveness

PhD Examination

I have examined doctoral dissertations in the areas of autism and pedagogy, adolescent mental health and educational provision, nursing students understanding of spirituality, infant observation and disrupted attachment, problem drinking in the home and the communication of emotional pain between suicidal patients and mental health professionals.

Postgraduate Research Supervision

Chris Vincent An Exploration of the Impact of a Diagnosis of Huntington’s Disease on Couple Relationships

Sandy Walker How Patients who have Self-harmed Experience Contact with Mental Health Services in a General Hospital

Jennie Eeles A Study of the Lived Experience of People Learning Mindfulness in DBT

James Wilson Student Nurse Perceptions of their Learning Experience Following a Forum Theatre Session

Hubert Fanka Black African Perceptions of Psychological Therapies in the UK

Louise Clark Negative Cognitions in Depression in People with Aphasia following Stroke.

National Institute Health Research MRES/PGDip:

Vicky Bright An Exploration of Children’s Experience of CBT for Anxiety

Gordon Gunnarsen Mentalisation Based Treatment in Groups for People with Complex Mental Health Problems

MSc in Mental Health

I have supervised numerous projects on psychosocial interventions in mental health (mindfulness, CBT, DBT, psycho-education, therapeutic groups). I have also supervised projects about specific mental health problems (borderline personality disorder, psychosis, depression, bipolar disorder) and about specific services (for the homeless, for forensic patients, for people who self-harm, etc.).

Research projects

2014- Experiences of Couple Relationships for People Diagnosed with Borderline Personality Disorder (University of Southampton)

2015- ‘My Mother was an Alcoholic’ An Autobiographical Play (The University of Southampton, The University of Winchester and Fluid Motion Arts Company)

2014- Advisory Group Member ‘Cancer Cachexia and Carers’: Cardiff University

2011-13 Couple Interventions following a Diagnosis of Cancer (University of Southampton and Cardiff University)

2007-9 New Worker Roles in Mental Health: The Principles of Therapeutic Care (NESC funded research project, University of Southampton)

Research group

Health Work


Supervisor: MSc, MRES, MPhil and PhD

Examiner: PhD Internal and External Examiner

Personal Tutor: Mental Health Nursing Undergraduates

Committee Member: Faculty Ethics

Reviewer for numerous journals (including The Journal of Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing, Counselling and Psychotherapy Research, British Journal of Psychotherapy)

Reviewer for Research for Patient Benefit NIHR

Lead Mental Health Doctoral Research Group

Editorial board member: Free Associations: The Journal of Psychoanalysis and Culture, Media, Groups and Politics

Mental Health Training, Education and Practice

Founding Member: Association of Psychosocial Studies

Senior Fellow Institute of Teaching and Learning

Accredited Member British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy

Member Tavistock Society of Psychotherapists and Allied Professionals

Post-Qualifying Training in CBT (Oxford Cognitive Therapy Centre) and Dynamic Interpersonal Therapy (Anna Freud Centre, London)

External Examiner on:

The MSc in Counselling and Psychotherapy

Advanced Certificate in Counselling for Depression

Advanced Certificate in Supervision for Counselling and Psychotherapy






Book Chapters



Module Lead Relational Therapy: The Psychology of Attachment Postgraduate Module.

Module Lead Interpersonal Therapy for Families, Young People and Couples Postgraduate Module.

Senior Lecturer in Psychological Therapy, Common and Complex Mental Health Problems, Disrupted Attachment, Trauma and Abuse, Research Methods and Research Philosophy.



Dr Joanne Brown
University of Southampton Faculty of Health Sciences Building 67 Highfield Southampton SO17 1BJ

Room Number:45/2036

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