Dr Kerry Hughes

B.A.(Swansea), P.G.C.E. (Swansea), B.Sc. (Open University), P.G.C.I.M.H. (Birmingham), DClinPsy (Coventry and Warwick), CPsychol, AFBPsS

Senior Tutor, School of Natural & Social Sciences
Lecturer in Psychological Sciences

+44 (0)1242 714796

After initially graduating with a B.A. in History (1991) and then a P.G.C.E. in Early Years/Primary Education (1992), a change of focus led to graduation in 2003 with a B.Sc. in Psychology, a Post Graduate Certificate in Integrated Mental Health (2005) and a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology (2009).  My work between 1993 and 2001 has ranged from residential and day services with children and adults with learning disabilities to primary school teaching, college lecturing with adults with learning disabilities and NVQ assessing with care staff before moving into working for the NHS with adults with mental health difficulties in 2003.

As a Clinical Psychologist working in the NHS (up to October 2014), my work has ranged from community work with adults with learning disabilities and mental health issues, to inpatient mental health wards. Alongside this I have also taught as an Associate Lecturer for The Open University since 2010, on psychology and counselling courses.
Current Research Interests

My research interests in the NHS focussed on working with inpatient staff on their knowledge and attributions about Borderline Personality Disorder, and how education on working with these patients may impact on staff and patient experiences of care.

I also have a growing interest in music, emotion and wellbeing, and hope to develop research in this area.



Meaden, A., Hacker, D.A. & Spencer, K. (2012). The use of Early Warning Signs of risk in forensic mental health. The British Journal of Forensic Practice. Issue Number Awaited.