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Dr Peter Lawrence MA (Cantab), MSc, D Clin Psych, CPsychol, AFBPsS, FHEA

Lecturer in Clinical Psychology

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Dr Peter Lawrence is a Lecturer in Clinical Psychology in the School of Psychology at the University of Southampton.

I am a clinical psychologist interested in conducting research in child and adolescent development, and translating this into interventions to enhance children’s development and support their families. (Please see the ‘Research’ tab for more information about this.)

I am chartered by the British Psychological Society (CPsychol); registered with the Health and Care Professions Council as a Practitioner psychologist; and accredited as a Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapist with the British Association for Behavioural & Cognitive Psychotherapies.

I am a member of the Association for Child and Adolescent Mental Health (ACAMH), and am vice chair of its Oxford and Reading Branch committee.


2014 –  Present  Lecturer in Clinical Psychology, University of Southampton

2015 – 2018 NIHR Research Training Fellow, University of Reading

2010 – 2014 Psychological Therapist, Department of Psychiatry, University of Oxford.

2009 – 2010 Locum Clinical Psychologist, Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services, Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust.

2006 – 2009 Trainee Clinical Psychologist, Oxford Doctoral Course in Clinical Psychology, Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust.

2005 – 2006 Assistant Psychologist, Child and Adolescent Mental Health, Great Ormond Street Hospital NHS Foundation Trust.

2003 – 2004 Assistant Psychologist, Social Work with Abused and Abusive Youth (SWAAY), Berkshire.



2015 –  Present  PhD, Anxiety and Depression in Young People Clinical Research Unit, University of Reading

2006 – 2009 D.Clin.Psych, Harris Manchester College, University of Oxford.

2004 – 2005 MSc, Institute of Psychiatry, King’s College London.

2000 – 2003 BA (Hons), Downing College, University of Cambridge.


Research interests

My main area of research concerns the development of young children in the face of adversity. My ultimate aim is to develop psychological prevention and intervention programmes to enhance children’s early development and support their families.

My work in Southampton is based within the Centre for Innovation in Mental Health (CIMH). I would be pleased to hear from students interested in pursuing research in line with my interests.

Most recently, I have been working on a PhD under the supervision of Profs Cathy Creswell and Lynne Murray at the University of Reading. My work has focused on anxiety disorders in young people, risk factors for developing these and prevention programmes for those at risk of developing anxiety disorders. (See Lawrence, Rooke & Creswell, 2017; Lawrence, Murayama & Creswell, 2018; Lawrence, in press, for papers arising from this work.)

Previously, I worked in Oxford with Profs Alan Stein, Lynne Murray and Peter Cooper to examine infants’ development in the context of maternal post-natal depression. (See Stein et al., 2018 and Lawrence, Craske, et al., 2017 for papers arising from this work.)

Research group

Centre for Innovation in Mental Health (CiMH)

Affiliate research groups

Section of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, University of Oxford, Anxiety and Depression in Young People Research Clinic, University of Reading

Admissions Tutor, DClinPsych
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My primary teaching duties are on the Doctorate in Clinical Psychology and the cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) programmes.
Specifically, I lead two modules: Evidence Based Practice (PSYC6117) and CBT for Depression (PSYC6089).

I also contribute to:
Introduction to CBT Theory & Skills (PSYC6104),
CBT Theory and Skills II (PSYC6088),
CBT Supervision 1: Introduction to Evidence Based Treatments for People with common mental health problems (PSYC6095),
CBT Supervision 2: Disorder-Specific Treatments for People with Anxiety Disorders (PSYC6096), and
CBT Supervision 3: Evidence-Based Treatments for People with Depression (PSYC6097).

Dr Peter Lawrence
Building 44 Highfield Campus University of Southampton SO17 1BJ

Room Number: 44/4066

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