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Matthew Horrocks

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 Wellbeing and Mental Health.

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

Career overview

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

Academic Qualifications:

  • MSc Rehabilitation.
  • PG Diploma Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapy.
  • PG Diploma Health Services Research.
  • Diploma in Humanistic Counselling Practice.
  • BSc. (Hons) Psychology with Management.

Clinical expertise:

  • Matt has previously worked in clinical roles within the NHS, including primary-care mental health services, the Centre for Trauma Resilience and Growth, Psychosocial rehabilitation, and Community-Forensic mental health services.
  • Matt worked closely with colleagues in Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust and Primary Integrated Community Services Ltd. to develop integrated physical and psychological healthcare services for adults with Long Term Health Conditions.
  • Matt has also gained significant experience working with adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse as both a former counsellor and trustee with Nottinghamshire Incest and Sexual Abuse Survivors.

Academic expertise:

  • Matt provides teaching in relation to counselling practice, cognitive behavioural therapy, personal development, mental health and evidence-based psychological therapy.
  • Matt previously worked in NHS Research and Development infrastructure, as a Clinical Studies Officer with the NIHR Mental Health Research Network. In this role Matt helped national and international clinical trials and other high quality research projects gain ethical and R&D favourable opinions, recruit NHS staff and patients into research studies and disseminate research findings.
  • Matt has also undertaken previous roles in applied healthcare research, as a research associate within NIHR CLAHRC-NDL, a faculty member of NIHR CLAHRC-EM and a PhD student affiliated with NIHR ARC-EM.

Research areas

Research Interests:

  • 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,
  • Practitioner-client views of psychotherapy outcome.
  • Applied Critical Realism.

Previous research:

  • Matt’s 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 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 MSc. research explored the way in which fluctuating symptoms associated with Chronic Fatigue / Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (CFS/ME) are understood and managed within personal relationships.
  • Whilst working for the NIHR Mental Health Research Network 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 experienced by medical patients.

External activity

Matt holds psychological therapist registrations including:

  • Registered Person-Centred Counsellor - British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP).
  • Accredited Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapist - the British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP).
  • Registered member, Increasing Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) register - British Psychological Society (BPS).

Professional Memberships:

  • BPS Division of Clinical Psychology, Division of Counselling Psychology, Psychotherapy Section.
  • BACP Faculty of Healthcare Counsellors.
  • BABCP.
  • European Branch American Counselling Association (Eb ACA).
  • International affiliate, American Psychological Association (APA).

Matt is also an ad-hoc reviewer for several academic journals.

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