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The University of Southampton

Dr Thomas Richardson B.A.(Hons), D.Clin.Psych

Associate Professor of Clinical Psychology

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I am a Clinical Psychologist who works in teaching and research in the School of Psychology around Adult Mental Health

I am a Clinical Psychologist who works on the Doctorate in Clinical Psychology and Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy.


• Doctorate in Clinical Psychology, University of Southampton.
• B.A. (Hons), Psychology at Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland [2008].
• Registered Clinical Psychologist with Health Care Professions Council.
• Accredited CBT Therapist with the British Association of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapy.

Research interests

  • Relationship between Financial Difficulties such as Debt and Impulsive Spending and Mental Health.
  • Psychological understanding and treatment of Bipolar Disorder.
  • Cannabis Use and Psychosis.
  • Psychological Interventions in Homeless Populations.
  • Computer-based/digital interventions (e-mental health).


  • Awarded £14,461 Transitional/Bridging Award from Health Education England Wessex/National Institute Health Research [2019].
  • Awarded £14,705 from Research Capability Fund to test a Cognitive Model of Relationship between Cannabis use and Paranoia [2016].
  • Awarded £8000 Team Research Award from Health Education England Wessex to study a ‘Worry’ group for people with psychosis and predictors of drop-out [2016].
  • Awarded £7985.20 from Research Capability Fund for Research Assistant for study on Debt in Bipolar Disorder [2015].
  • Awarded £9954.27 through Economic and Social Research Council Impact Acceleration Account (via University of Southampton) to develop resource packs and deliver training to universities, public sector and charities on relationship between debt and mental health in students [2015].
  • Awarded £10k by Solent NHS Trust (via Research Capability Fund) for ‘Research and Academic Career Development Grant’ to fund overtime and mentorship to develop research [2014]

Research projects

  • I am currently working with Dr. Katherine Newman-Taylor within the University to develop a psychological model of why cannabis use leads to psychosis.
  • I am working on applying for grants to extend my research on how psychological mechanisms such as hope and shame link money and mental health problems. I am also working to extend my previous research on psychological mechanisms underlying financial difficulties in particular impulsive spending in Bipolar Disorder.
  • I am working with Dr. Nick Maguire within the University on psychological interventions in Homeless populations.
  • I currently supervise undergraduate, masters and doctorate theses.

The publications tab lists my publications conducted since starting my Doctorate in Clinical Psychology at the University of Southampton. For a full list of my publications please visit Thomas Richardson Researchgate page.

Research group

Centre for Innovation in Mental Health (CiMH)

Affiliate research group

Solent NHS Trust Academy of Research and Improvement

Research project(s)

CBT for cannabis related psychosis

Financial difficulties and mental health problems

This project aims to examine the relationships between financial difficulties and mental health problems.    

Psychological approaches in Bipolar Disorder

This programme of research aims to identify the psychological mechanisms associated with Bipolar Disorder. This includes looking at the importance of factors such as self-esteem and dysfunctional assumptions.  

I work across the Doctorate in Clinical Psychology and Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy.
I started this full-time post in November 2021 having been working in the NHS and linked to the University as a Visitor since I qualified from the University of Southampton as a Clinical Psychologist in 2013.

My time is split between teaching and research. I act as supervisor on the CBT diploma and lead teaching on Bipolar Disorder. I am a clinical tutor for D.Clin students. I teach on a range of areas around specific therapies, adult mental health and research.
I am actively involved in a number of research projects and supervise undergraduate, masters and doctorate research thesis.
I work in private practice as a clinical psychologist and am an honorary clinical psychologist with Solent NHS Trust.

I have my own lived experience of Bipolar Disorder, I am open about this in my teaching and research, and I try to support other mental health professionals with their own lived experience.

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I do guest lecturing for the Masters in Foundations of Clinical Psychology, Doctorate in Clinical Psychology and Diploma in CBT for Psychosis on the following topics:

  • CBT for Bipolar Disorder.
  • How to Write an Essay.
  • Looking after yourself.
  • Adapating CBT for multi-cultural cases
  • Various case presentations around formulation, cultural adaptations. Role of a Clinical Psychologist Case Presentation.
  • Transdiagnostic formulation and CBT case presentation
  • Introduction to Acceptance and Commitment Therapy.
  • Mindfulness and Dialectical Behaviour Therapy.
  • Introduction to OCD.
  • Evidence Based Practice and Practice Based Evidence.
  • Writing up for publication.

Press and media contributions


Research on Impulsive Spending in Bipolar covered by Portsmouth News

Space from Money Worries Press coverage with quote from me in Irish TimesFT Online and Forbes Magazine Online

Interviewed for the Psychologist Guide to University Life

Interviewed by Solent TV about research on finances and mental health

Interviewed by voice of Islam DAB radio
Quoted in The Guardian responding to findings that more students seeking counselling

Paper on eating disorders and financial stress on student's number of online articles, including:

Paper on tuition fees and mental health discussed in time higher education online 


A number of videos about my research and clinical work, including a number of mindfulness excercises developed by myself and my NHS colleagues can be found on Solent NHS Trust YouTube Channel.



Reports and Government Consultations

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Twitter: @DrTomRichardson

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