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Dr Peter Phiri BSc (Hons), CBT (Dip), DipHE RMN, PhD

Visiting Academic in the Faculty of Medicine, Research & Development Manager at Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust

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Dr Peter Phiri, is a Visiting Academic within the Faculty of Medicine in the School of Primary Care, Population Sciences and Medical Education and Research & Development Manager at Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust, a post he has held since 2015.  Based at the Tom Rudd Unit, Clinical Trials Facility, at Moorgreen Hospital. He has a wide range of clinical research experience of successfully designing, setting up and managing clinical trials within the field of mental health and physical conditions.

Dr Phiri completed his Diploma of Higher Education, Nursing in 2001 and his Bachelor of Science (Hons) in Nursing in 2002 from Kingston University.  He has been with the NHS for over 19 years, and has gained extensive clinical experience and expertise in working with adults of working age with severe mental illness in varied clinical settings including inpatient, community and forensic settings.  In 2007 he completed the Diploma in Cognitive Therapy for Severe Mental Health Problems with University of Southampton and gained accreditation with the British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP) and proceed to have a split post in the Trusts’ Psychological Therapy Services providing psychological interventions therapy to clients with mood, anxiety, depression, OCD, Psychosis and personality disorders until 2015. He continues to maintain his clinical skills as a cognitive behavioural psychotherapist in his successful private practice in Southampton, UK.



Visiting Academic, School of Primary Care, Population Sciences and Medical Education, Faculty of Medicine.

Research interests

Dr Phiri has a keen interest in research stemming from his first involvement in a pilot study providing CBT in a Primary Care setting to leading the first UK based randomised trial developing culturally adapted Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for Psychosis for ethnic minority communities. He completed his doctoral thesis at the University of Southampton in 2012.  He continues to maintain his interest in culture and psychotherapy with a focus on cultural adaptations of evidence based interventions for diverse populations and Global Health. Also interested in student mental health and wellbeing. He disseminates his work through publication to peer reviewed scientific journals and presents research activity at national and international workshops and conferences, including BABCP, WPA, PACT, WCCP & EABCT.

Together with leading experts in the field Dr Phiri has published the book: Cultural Adaptation of CBT for Serious Mental Illness: A Guide for Training and Practice (2015) -A comprehensive guide designed to enable CBT practitioners to effectively engage people from diverse cultural backgrounds by applying culturally-sensitive therapeutic techniques. He is a reviewer for the following journals: Schizophrenia Research; Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapy, Theory, Research and Practice, Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapy; The Cognitive Behaviour Therapy and BJPsychOpen.

He has also published several papers and book chapters in his area of expertise.

He has led as a Principal investigator on several NIHR grant funded trials (including POMET, STEPWISE and SCIMITAR Trials; which have recruited to time and target. He is currently CI on a Student Mental Health Wellbeing Study recruiting across the country and the Culture Free study. He is a Co-Investigator on several projects including the Southern Health Sponsor-led LOSE Weight Randomised Controlled Trial investigating obesity in the schizophrenia population.

PI :

  • COPe support RCT
  • Light Mind2 Trial
  • Early Youth Engagement in First Episode Psychosis (EYE-2) Randomised Controlled Trial
  • COVID related research exploring psychological impact of the pandemic on patients, general population and healthcare professions

He is also the lead for the innovative Clinical Research Interactive Search (CRIS). The novel CRIS system allows researchers to use anonymised data from clinical systems

Work in Progress

  • EPIC Project – A Systematic Review and narrative synthesis of evaluating the psychosocial impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on patients, general public and mental healthcare professionals.
  • Psychological impact of Covid-19 pandemic and experience: An International Survey IRAS #: 282858

MPhil/PhD Supervision

  • Doctorate in Clinical Practice (DClinP): Cross- cultural Therapeutic Work – An interpretive Phenomenological Analysis of White British and Black African Psychological Therapies in unalike Racial and Ethical Dyads.  Supervisors: Professor Ruth Bartlett and Dr Peter Phiri.
  • Doctorate in Clinical Psychology: “Discussions of Race and Ethnicity in Supervision: A Supervisee’s Perspective.” Supervisors: Dr Margo Ononaiye and Dr Peter Phiri.
  • MPhil/PhD: What do healthcare professionals and people with diabetes think about a community pharmacy diabetes support service to enhance diabetes healthcare engagement? Supervisors: Professor Richard Holt; Dr Hermione Price, Dr Peter Phiri

Research group

Dr Phiri is a Visiting Academic with University of Southampton, where he has been providing teaching to CBT Diploma, IAPT, Low Intensity and nursing programmes, MSc Foundations in Psychology and Dclin psychology. He is also a visiting lecturer with Queen Mary London University providing CBT and Cultural adaptions lectures. Also a Fellow with the Pakistan Association for Cognitive Therapy (PACT).  CBT supervision.

Dr Peter Phiri
Faculty of Medicine, Room AB215, Mailpoint 801, South Academic Block, University Hospital Southampton, Tremona Road, Southampton, SO16 6YD

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