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Dr Alison Bennetts BSc (Hons), MSc, DClinPsych, CPsychol

Senior Teaching Fellow in Clinical Psychology

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Dr Alison Bennetts is a Senior Teaching Fellow in Clinical Psychology at The University of Southampton. She also works as a Chartered Clinical Psychologist in the National Health Service (NHS).

I completed my Doctorate in Clinical Psychology at The University of Southampton, with specialist skills in Family Therapy for Anorexia Nervosa (FT-AN) and a research thesis comprising a systematic review of experimental investigations of paranoia and original empirical research into the role of mental imagery in non-clinical paranoia.

Since qualifying, I have worked primarily in adult mental health acute care services, specialising in psychiatric intensive care. I have also worked in a qualified capacity in a CAMHS specialist eating disorders team. In my career to date, I have trained in Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), family and systemic approaches. I have disseminated practice-based evaluations relevant to acute-care practice and presented my original research into mental imagery and non-clinical paranoia at the British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP) conference in 2018.

Prior to training, I gained experience in a variety of clinical settings including neurorehabilitation, dementia care and eating disorders services, and contributed to research in neuroimaging, conversation analysis and brief intervention for eating disorders.

Since joining the Doctorate in Clinical Psychology programme at The University of Southampton, I have been appointed Module Lead for Transdiagnostic Processes (ongoing) and Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (interim) modules. Other responsibilities include research supervision, teaching, and personal clinical tutoring for Trainee Clinical Psychologists.


Registered with the Health Care Professions Council (HCPC; Practitioner Psychologist) and The British Psychological Society (Chartered member; Division of Clinical Psychology; Faculties of Psychosis and Complex Mental Health, and Holistic Psychology; Male Psychology Section)

Research interests

Psychosis, acute mental healthcare, mechanisms of change and transdiagnostic processes in treatments for mental health, attachment in severe and enduring mental illness, yoga practice and theory and the relationship to psychological intervention.

  • Personal Clinical Tutor for Trainee Clinical Psychologists.
  • Research supervisor of Trainee Clinical Psychology research projects.

Module Lead for Transdiagnostic Processes (ongoing) and Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (interim) on the Doctorate in Clinical Psychology programme.

Dr Alison Bennetts
Building 44 Highfield Campus University of Southampton SO17 1BJ

Room Number: 44/3107

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