Professor Ed Watkins
Professor of Experimental and Applied Clinical Psychology/Director of Research for Professional Doctorates
Professor Watkins is a research clinical psychologist, with an MSc and Chartership in Clinical Psychology (1995) and a PhD (1998), both from the Institute of Psychiatry , London . From 1995-2003, he worked as a cognitive therapist at the Affective Disorders Unit, Maudsley Hospital, London, a national unit specialising in the treatment of depression, working in in-patient, out-patient and primary care settings.
From 1998-2003, Prof. Watkins held the position of Research Fellow in Cognitive Clinical Psychology of Depression, a position split between the Department of Psychology, Institute of Psychiatry and the Medical Research Council – Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit. In this role, Prof. Watkins collaborated with Professor John Teasdale in investigating cognitive processes in depression. He was also a core supervisor on the Institute of Psychiatry, Department of Psychology Diploma Course in Cognitive Therapy from 1998-2003.
Prof. Watkins joined the University of Exeter as a Senior Lecturer in October 2003, and was promoted to Reader in Clinical Psychology in 2005.
Prof. Watkins was awarded the British Psychological Society's May Davidson Award for 2004. This award is for “a clinical psychologist who has made an outstanding contribution to the development of clinical psychology within the first 10 years of his/her work as a qualified clinical psychologist. The contribution may be through clinical research or other professional work. It should be innovative and of an order sufficient to become widely recognised as an important development in British clinical psychology”.
Prof. Watkins currently works as a researcher, teacher and clinical practitioner within the Mood Disorders Centre, which is a partnership between the University of Exeter and Devon Partnership NHS Trust. He is the director of the Study of Maladaptive to Adaptive Repetitive Thought (SMART) lab.
He currently serves as an expert member of the NICE Guidelines for Depression in Adults from 2015-2017.
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Psychology, Institute of Psychiatry, University of London, 1998
Dissertation: “Contextual Awareness and the Maintenance of Depressed Mood”.
1994-1995 Institute of Psychiatry one year Diploma Course in Cognitive Therapy
Chartered Clinical Psychologist, Institute of Psychiatry, University of London, 1995
MSc in Clinical Psychology, University of London, 1994
BA (Hons) Psychology and Physiology 1st Class (Congratulatory) University of Oxford, 1992
From September 2005 to August 2007: Reader in Clinical Psychology, School of Psychology, University of Exeter
From October 2003 to September 2005: Senior Lecturer in Clinical Psychology, School of Psychology, University of Exeter
From October 1998 to September 2003: Research Fellow in Cognitive Clinical Psychology of Depression, Jointly held between Department of Psychology, Institute of Psychiatry, London & MRC Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit, Cambridge
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