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Alice Kennedy

Dr Alice Kennedy


Phone: +44 (0)113 2837100 ext. 687

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Education / Academic qualification

  • Bachelor of Science, Open University

    Psychology (First)

  • Bachelor of Arts, Royal Holloway, University of London


  • University of Exeter

    Doctorate in Clinical Psychology

  • Postgraduate Certificate, University of Sheffield

    Psychological Therapies

Professional Qualifications

  • Healthcare Professionals Council, Registered Practitioner Psychologist

  • Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society, AFBPsS

  • Chartered Psychologist, CPsychol


I am a Lecturer for the BSc (Hons) Counselling Psychology Degree and a Chartered Clinical Psychologist with a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the University of Exeter, in addition to further postgraduate study and professional training in psychological therapies. My thesis explored the online social identities of people with chronic fatigue syndrome/myalgic encephalomyelitis. I continue to research in the area of experiences of ill-health and in medically unexpected symptoms and invisible illnesses.


Prior to joining Leeds Trinity University, I worked both in the Medical School and Lifelong Learning Centre (widening participation) for the University of Leeds. These roles included designing and leading several modules for those applying mental health and counselling skills in the workplace.


Before entering academia, I spent around a decade working in the NHS. As a Clinical Psychologist I led a project implementating holistic needs assessment for cancer patients across an NHS Trust. I used psychological approaches and project management skills to bring about change. This work included scoping the project, developing project plans, drawing on Prince2 methodology, working with the project team and clinical staff across services to implement plans, designing and facilitating series of teaching sessions and involving a wide range of stakeholders including patients, clinical staff, managers, the clinical commissioning group and external NHS, statutory and voluntary providers. I also worked therapeutically with people living with or beyond cancer, drawing on a number of approaches depending on the needs and goals of the client. These approaches included CBT, systemic, acceptance and commitment therapy, compassionate mind and mindfulness. 

My clinical work has covered a range of settings and working with clients across the lifespan. This ranged from community settings to assertive outreach, IAPT CBT time-limited work to longer integrative work with people experiencing serve and enduring mental health difficulties. It also included youth work, neuropsychological assessments across multiple client groups, working with carers and much staff supervision, consultancy and training. Whilst working in the research and innovation department at Leeds Partnerships NHS Trust, I was involved in several large scale research projects including a randomised control trial. My work in clinical effectiveness saw me leading projects across an NHS Trust and involved in quality improvement and clinical effectiveness projects at Board level.

I enjoy bringing this applied experience to my teaching and helping students to apply psychology from across their degrees to their placement experiences and future careers


Teaching and Administration

PSY5362 Counselling Psychology Theory and Practice - Module Lead

PSY4462 Introuction to Counsellling Psychology

PSY4992 Ethics, Society & Employability

PSY4012 Research Methods 1

PSY5012 Research Methods 2

PSY6472 Psychology, Mental Health and Distress

PSY6532 Applied Counselling Psychology

PSY6462 Counselling Psychology

PSY7015 Clinical Psychology

PSY6122 Psychology Special Subject

PSY6114 Major Research Project

PSY7086 MSc Thesis


Libary Liason for Psychology, Criminology and Sociology

Personal Tutor across L4, L5 & L6

Placement Tutor

Committee member for SHSS Pedagogical Research Group

External Examiner for BSc (Hons) Psychology at Bishop Grosseteste University

Committee member for British Psychological Society Division of Clinical Psychology (BPS DCP) Yorkshire and Humberside


Postrgaduate Research Supervision

I act as a research co-supervisor to MSc, MbR and PhD students. I welcome PhD students in my areas of interest of medically unexplained symptoms and mental health.


Research Interests

My primary area is clinically impactful resarch into medically unexplained symptoms/persistent physical problems, invisible illnesses and mental health.

I am interested in research that examines the experiences, psychological wellbeing and mediating factors when people experience loss or transition. This includes the transition from healthy to chronic ill-health, transition to adulthood and transition to higher education.

I am interested in building long-lasting collaborations. For instance, I am currently working in a group of academics and clinical practitioners to evalaute and research interventions in severe and enduring mental health problems. I am also collaboarting with NHS partners in a programme of research about medically unexplained symptoms.



I am experienced in providing external consulatancy work and can bring a blend of clinical and research skills, experinece and knowledge. I am currently oraganising a Health Psychology Summit, with Dr Ben Morris, to be held at Leeds Trinity University on 8th June 2018. Please get in contact if you are seeking external consultancy, supervision, training or research.

Willingness to take PhD. students



I welcome enquiries from those interested in PhDs, particularly in the area of medically unexplained symptoms/persistent physical problems.