Dr Nneamaka Ekebuisi

Dr Nneamaka Ekebuisi

Lecturer/Clinical Tutor

School of Psychology (Faculty of Health)



I moved to Cornwall over 8 years ago to undertake my Doctoral Training at Plymouth University. I am a Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) registered Clinical Psychologist and hold Chartered status with the BPS.
I have worked with children, young people and families for over 20 years, and specialise in working with families where there has been a history of trauma and abuse. My background prior to qualifying as a Clinical Psychologist includes working within residential drug rehabilitation units, prisons and criminal justice services, with homeless populations, and various roles within children’s homes, which provides me with a rich knowledge base to apply to my current work.
As a Clinical Tutor at the university I am responsible for supporting trainees within the Cornwall areas whilst they are on their placements. Clinical tutors remain with the same trainees throughout their training journey across the three years and act as their appraisers. Within this role, I also oversee the organisation and co-ordination of all placements within the Cornwall patch and am the link person for all of my tutees’ supervisors in terms of trainee assessment/progression issues and any other liaison, information or support they may need from the course. I am the module lead for the first year clinical practice strand. I am involved in teaching, including ‘Attachment Theory and Complex Trauma’ for year ones, and ‘Clinical Skills’ across the three years.
I am also involved in providing supervision to trainees for their major research projects. My research interests are fairly broad and include trauma and attachment theory as it applies to organisations; experiences of children within the care system, fostering and adoption; experiences of People of Colour within the UK; and issues relating to Forensic Psychology (substance misuse, domestic violence, homelessness, etc). I am also interested in community psychology ideas and in particular those who are disadvantaged/marginalised within society. I am part of the DDPi (Worldwide) Research Committee, and so would be particularly interested in supporting research exploring interventions which fall under the Dyadic Developmental Practice umbrella of approaches.
I see myself as coming from a social constructionist standpoint, and so view knowledge as evolving and shared, and within a historic and political context, of which power is a main feature. I am most experienced using Discursive approaches to research methodology, including conversational analysis and discourse analysis, and using an attachment lens when thinking about individual and societal discourses. I have also supervised research which have taken an IPA, Reflexive Thematic Analysis and Narrative Analysis approaches, and I am comfortable supporting trainees using a range of qualitative methodologies.

In addition to this main role, I am also involved in EDI funded work as part of the widening access scheme funded by Health Education England. Within this role, I run the Breaking Through Mentoring Scheme for Aspiring Clinical Psychologists of Colour. This was founded and set up by myself and an external colleague and brought into the Plymouth DClin Programme as part of the HEE funding bid. I additionally offer mentoring for trainees of Colour on DClin Courses across the South West. I am committed to raising the profile of People and Professionals of Colour locally, and celebrating the diversity that people with difference and intersecting identities can bring to the region.
Externally to the university, I work in clinical practice as a Clinical Psychologist. In my professional role, I specialise in working with trauma which is underpinned by attachment theory. I work mainly with looked after children, adoptive and foster families across Devon and Cornwall. 
I am also a founding member of Black Voices Cornwall, a charity working in Cornwall to promote ethnic diversity, champion the people of colour living and working in the county, and providing support to communities and schools in promoting anti-racist practice. 


Doctorate in Clinical Psychology, University of Plymouth, 2015-2018
MSc Forensic Psychology, Glasgow Caledonian University, 2010-2011
Postgraduate Diploma in Psychology (Conversion for Post-Graduates), Open University, 2007-2009
BA(Hons) Health Studies, Manchester Metropolitan University, 1997-2001

Professional membership

Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) 
Chartered Member of the British Psychological Society
Associate Fellowship - AFHEA


Teaching interests

I provide teaching across the DClin Programme on: 
  • Attachment Theory (Stage1); 
  • Intersectionality (Stage1), 
  • Importance of (working with) Parents/Carers/Guardians and Families (Stage1)
  • Reflecting on Whiteness (Stages 1, 2 and 3)


Research degrees awarded to supervised students

I have supervised a number of trainees completing their Doctorate in Clinical Psychology - Doctoral Research Theses: 
  • Evaluating anti-racism training: A community based participatory action research project
  • Young people's experience of moving homes whilst living in care: A narrative study
  • ‘Resistance to racism is hard because…’: A Critical Discursive Psychology Analysis of ‘White’ Clinical Psychologists’ Race Talk 
  • “My job is to help people”: AnInterpretative Phenomenological Analysis study of clinical psychologists’ experience of providing supporting evidence for Personal Independence Payment.
  • “Not Wanting to Make it All About Race, but Maybe it Kind of Was”: An Interpretive Phenomenological Analysis Study Exploring White Psychology Clinician’s Experiences of Discussing Race, Gender and Distress in CMHT Assessments with Black Women.