I was 16 and an A-level student when I first studied psychology. The content of those lectures helped shape my future and led to my graduation in the year 2000 with a first class psychology degree from the University of Warwick. I then set out to become a clinical psychologist, working first as an assistant psychologist before undertaking my doctoral training in Bristol under the University of Plymouth.
Qualifying as a clinical psychologist in 2005, I spent the next five years working full time in the NHS with adults, adolescents and their families at the Bath Centre for Pain Services at the BCPS. Here, under leading psychologists such as Lance McCracken and Kevin Vowles, I learnt how contextual behavioral science (ACT and RFT) could influence the lives of individuals suffering from chronic pain and provide me with a wider understanding of human behaviour more generally.
In 2012, I began work as senior lecturer in psychology at Canterbury Christ Church University (CCCU). Since 2015, I have been working as a senior lecturer in psychology at the University of the West of England (UWE; see my UWE staff profile here).
My clinical doctoral thesis explored the relationship between clinical and critical community psychology (see here and here). Since working at the BCPS, my publications strongly featured contextual therapies like ACT, especially in the area of chronic pain. More recently I completed a PhD at Goldsmiths, University of London examining the potential role of ACT in the area of global poverty and human rights.
Amongst other things, I am registered as a Practitioner Psychologist with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC), a fellow of the Higher Education Academy (HEA) and a charter member of the Association for Contextual Behavioral Science (ACBS).
© 2015 Miles Thompson