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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 to students within the department, working primarily with students and colleagues involved in the mental health pathway.

Career overview

Matt is a member of the British Psychological Society’s, register of psychologists who have completed training within the Increasing Access to Psychological Therapies programme (IAPT). Matt is also 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.

Matt’s therapeutic practice 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, 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 ongoing 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.

Before undertaking his PhD, Matt previously conducted research looking at the way in which fluctuating symptoms associated with Chronic Fatigue / Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (CFS/ME) are understood and managed within personal relationships.

Matt has also worked in research support roles to help set-up research studies in NHS organisations, and recruit staff and service-user participants to research studies. This has included studies in the areas of vocational rehabilitation after stroke, inpatient staff morale, digital CBT interventions and CBT to help reduce symptoms of health anxiety amongst medical patients.