Dr Suzanne Azer
Senior Lecturer in Clinical Psychology
Washington Singer Laboratories, University of Exeter, Perry Road, Prince of Wales Road, Exeter, EX4 4QG, UK
Dr Suzanne Azer trained as a Clinical Psychologist and has specialised in working with psychological trauma and advancing equity , diversity and inclusion in clinical and organisational practice. She has worked in NHS, private and third sector services as a clinician, clinical supervisor and trainer and in Higher Education as an educator and programme manager.
In the NHS , Suzanne worked clinically in secondary mental health services for 15 years with adults individually and in groups. She has a special interest in supervision, staff wellbeing, service development and training and held a post as Professional Lead for Training for the Psychology and Psychological Therapy service in Devon Partnership NHS Trust. She currently works as a Senior Lecturer leading on Clinical Skills and Reflective and Organisational Practice teaching on the Doctorate in Clinical Psychology programme and coordinating the psychological therapies teaching. She also holds a position as Clinical Lead and Progamme Manager for the Psychological Professions Network South West.
Suzanne is passionate about working to improve equity, inclusion and social justice and for co-production to be at the heart of all our work. She has led on raising the profile of the impact of marginalisation and racial trauma in particular in her NHS role, including developing staff training for NHS clinicians and supervisors in cultural competency and racial trauma and led a team funded by Health Education England tasked with improving racial equity and widening access within the DClin Programme at Exeter. Since then she has continued to lead in this area, developing and delivering training on racial trauma to HM Prison service.
External Engagement and Impact
Evidence of impact on policy and professional practice
Development and delivery of trauma informed training, clincal risk trainig
Development and delivery of racial trauma informed anti-racism training for NHS clinicians and clincial supervisors.
Development and delivery of racial trauma informed anti-racism in clinical practice and supervision for HM Prison service.
External Supervisor at Devon Rape Crisis and Sexual Abuse Services
Trauma Informed Care
Reflective and Organisational Practice
Leadership and Consultancy
Anti-racism, EDI and inclusive practice