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Simon Clarke

Lecturer/Senior Lecturer

School of Social Sciences

Staff Group(s)


Simon is a lecturer / senior lecturer within the Department of Psychology where he teaches in the fields of mental health, clinical psychology and qualitative research methods.

Career overview

Prior to joining NTU in 2016, Simon worked as an academic tutor/senior lecturer on the Trent Doctorate in Clinical Psychology (DClinPsy) training programme at University of Lincoln where he taught on various modules and supervised postgraduate research projects.

Simon qualified as a clinical psychologist from the Salomons Centre of Applied Psychology in 2009. Following qualification, he worked as a clinical psychologist in early intervention for psychosis services for Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust. In 2012, Simon joined Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust in a split clinical/research role where his time was spent between chronic pain services at King’s Mill Hospital, Sutton-in-Ashfield and the Arthritis Research UK Pain Centre at the University of Nottingham.

Research areas

Simon’s main research interests are in the psychology of long-term conditions including both physical and mental health. He is also interested in the use of narrative methodologies (especially autoethnography) and psychosocial theory (e.g. psychoanalysis and critical theory) to understand personal experiences of distress and the use of health services.

Simon has been involved in developing psychological interventions for arthritis and was a co-applicant on the NIHR-RfPB funded Home-based Pre-surgical Psychological Intervention for Knee Osteoarthritis (HAPPiKNEES) trial. He has published in the areas of physical health, clinical psychology, therapeutic communities, addictions and service user involvement in research and training.

External activity

Board member, The Consortium of Therapeutic Communities (TCTC)

Registered Clinical Psychologist (Health and Care Professions Council)


Capone, G., Schroder, T., Clarke, S.P., & Braham, L. (2016). Outcomes of therapeutic community treatment for personality disorder. Therapeutic Communities: The International Journal of Therapeutic Communities, 37, 84-100. doi:

Clarke, S.P., Pouli, N.P., Moreton, B.J., Walsh, D.A., & Lincoln, N.B. (2016). Evaluation of an acceptance-based group Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for people with osteoarthritis: A pilot randomised controlled trial. Disability and Rehabilitation, 25, 1-8. doi: 10.3109/09638288.2016.1160295.

das Nair, R., Anderson, P., Clarke, S. Leighton, P., Lincoln, N., Mhizha-Murira, J., Scammell, B. & David Walsh (2016). Home-administered pre-surgical psychological intervention for knee osteoarthritis (HAPPiKNEES): A single blind feasibility randomised controlled trial. Trials, 17, 54

Sahar, K., Thomas, S.A. and Clarke, S.P. (2016). Adjustment to fibromyalgia: The role of domain-specific self-efficacy and acceptance. Australian Journal of Psychology, 68, 29-33. doi: 10.1111/ajpy.12089

Sheldon, Clarke, S., & Moghaddam, N. (2015). Clinical effectiveness of a pain psychology service. Mental Health Review Journal, 20(3), 166-176

Macey, K., Clarke, S.P., Moghaddam, N., & das Nair, R. (2015). Evaluating a person-centered chronic pain service using indices of reliable and clinically significant change. European Journal for Person Centered Healthcare, 3(1), 19-25

Clarke, S., Sharma, D., & Salter, D. (2015). Examining fast and slow effects for alcohol and negative emotion in problem and social drinkers. Addition Research & Theory, 23(1), 24-33. DOI: 10.3109/16066359.2014.922961

Clarke, S.P., das Nair, R., Moreton, B., Walsh, D., & Lincoln, N. (2014). Personal experience of osteoarthritis and pain questionnaires: Mapping items to themes. Disability and Rehabilitation, 36(2), 163-169. DOI: 10.3109/09638288.2013.782364.

Clarke, S.P., & Holttum, S. (2013). Staff experiences of service user involvement on two clinical psychology training courses. Psychology, Learning & Teaching, 12(1), 32-43

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