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Alice Kennedy

Dr Alice Kennedy


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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


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 have also presented at a number of conferences and am research active in medically unexpected symptoms and invisable 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.

 Research Interests


My primary  area is clinically impactful resarch into medically unexplained and invisible illnesses.

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 also interested in the history of mental health. 

I am interested in building long-lasting collaborations.



I am also interested in external consulatancy work and can bring a blend of clinical and research skills, experinece and knowledge. I am expereinced in providing psyhcological and service evaluation consultation and staff training to external organisations.

Willingness to take PhD. students