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Matthew Horrocks

Lecturer/Senior Lecturer

School of Social Sciences

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Matt is a senior lecturer in Psychology and Psychological Therapies, in the Department of Psychology, within the School of Social Sciences. Matt provides teaching, tutorial support and research supervision, working primarily with students and colleagues involved in the BSc. (Hons.) Psychology with Counselling, BSc. (Hons) Psychology (Mental Health) and MSc. Psychological Well Being and Mental Health.

Matt is also a practising psychological therapist working in a local NHS primary care mental health service.

Career overview

Matt joined NTU in 2019, and has previously worked at University of Nottingham and local NHS organisations.

Matt qualified as a counsellor in 2007 with a distinction from the University of Nottingham. In 2011 Matt completed a further professional training in Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapy at the University of Derby.  Matt’s clinical experience includes significant work within the NHS and third sector organisations, using psychological therapy to help adults experiencing anxiety and depression related difficulties, people adjusting to living with long-term health conditions, and adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse.

Research areas

Matt’s research interests include clinical decision making in the context of perceived suicide risk in primary-care, critical suicide studies, cultural/interpersonal determinants of mental health status, socially constructed elements of living with a long-term health condition, and practitioner-client views of psychotherapy outcome.

Matt’s current PhD research was funded by the NIHR Applied Research Collaboration East Midlands (ARC-EM) and the East Midlands Patient Safety Collaborative / Academic Health Science Network. Matt’s research has designed an electronic Clinical Decision Support System (e-CDSS) to support and guide the identification, assessment and care planning for people who may be at risk of suicide in primary care.

Matt’s prior research has explored the way in which fluctuating symptoms associated with Chronic Fatigue / Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (CFS/ME) are understood and managed within personal relationships. Previously Matt worked for the NIHR Mental Health Research Network within the NHS to help research studies obtain research governance approvals, increase participant recruitment, complete data collection and disseminate clinically relevant findings. In this role Matt contributed to eleven national and international research studies concerned with novel adaptations in the delivery of psychological therapies, including digital CBT interventions and CBT to help reduce symptoms of health anxiety amongst medical patients. Other areas of research Matt has been involved with include Vocational Rehabilitation after stroke, Inpatient mental health staff morale, and shared care between primary care and mental health services.

External activity

Matt is a registered counsellor with the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and an accredited Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapist with the British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP). Matt is also a member of the British Psychological Society (BPS) register of psychologists who have completed training within the NHS Increasing Access to Psychological Therapies programme (IAPT).

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