Clinical psychology - first choice for health

From the physical to the psychological, our broad range of courses that form part of our First Choice for Health suite includes Clinical Psychology. As one of the largest and best resourced psychology departments in the UK, we cover all areas of psychology, but here, we pick out the clinical and health-related work of our students and researchers.

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Research in the School of Psychology

Plymouth is a centre of excellence in psychological research. In the 2021 Research Excellence Framework assessment, 100% of our research environment and research impact was rated as either world-leading (4*) or internationally excellent (3*), along with 73% of our research outputs (publications). Within Psychology, Psychiatry and Neuroscience, the proportion of our research impact rated as 4* or 3* was equal to or higher than institutions such as Nottingham, Aberdeen, Bath, UCL, Cambridge, and York. Overall, we were ranked above Durham and Bath on 4* and 3* research, and were the top rated department in a modern university.
We have a thriving PhD community, with around 80 doctoral students, as well as purpose-built research facilities.
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Leo Russell – Doctorate in Clinical Psychology

The programme taught me how to hold a 'both-and' position, the value of integration and research, the importance of critical psychology perspectives, and also about working in complete collaboration with service-users.
Leo Russell talks to us about working in mental health services and his current role as a Principal Clinical Psychologist.
Leo Russell