Dr Filippo VaresePhD, ClinPsyD

Clinical Lecturer in Psychology

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I am a Lecturer in Clinical Psychology, and a HCPC registered clinical psychologist. I contribute to Clinical Psychology teaching on the BSc Psychology, MSc Clinical & Health Psychology and MRes Psychology programmes offered by the School of Psychological Sciences. I also supervise several doctoral research project carried out by ClinPsyD (Doctorate in Clinical Psychology) students.  

My research interests focus primarily on the psychological and cognitive underpinnings of psychotic experiences (in particular auditory verbal hallucinations) in non-clinical and clinical populations. I am also particularly interested in studying the impact of adverse life experiences (e.g. childhood trauma) on severe mental difficulties (e.g. psychosis), and the psychological mechanisms that might account for these associations. As a practitioner clinical psychologist, I am also interested in psychosocial interventions for psychosis/severe mental health difficulties, in particular CBT and Methods of Levels therapy. I have expertise in a variety of quantitative research methods, including meta-analysis, questionnaire/survey methods, experience sampling, secondary analysis of epidemiological datasets and experimental psychopathology. 


2014 - Doctorate in Clinical Psychology (ClinPsyD); University of Manchester

2012 - PhD in Psychology; University of Wales, Bangor 

2007 - MRes in Psychology; University of Manchester

2006 - Laura Triennale (BSc) in Psychology; University of Parma (IT)

Memberships of committees and professional bodies

Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC)

British Association for Behavioural & Cognitive Psychotherapies

British Psychological Society 

External positions

External examiner for the University College London (UCL) Doctorate in Clinical Psychology (DClinPsy) programme, University College London (UCL)

Jul 2016 → …

Expert panel member for the Undergraduate Awards (Psychology board), The University of Manchester

Jun 2016 → …

External examiner for the Royal Holloway University of London Doctorate in Clinical Psychology (DClinPsy) programme, Royal Holloway, University of London

Jun 2015 → …

Areas of expertise

  • BF Psychology - Psychosis, Schizophrenia, Clinical Psychology, Hallucinations, Trauma, Meta-analysis

Biology, Medicine and Health (BMH) Domains

Education / academic qualifications

  • 2014 - Doctor of Clinical Psychology, Voices, conflict and personal goals: A Perceptual Control Theory perspective on auditory verbal hallucinations, The University of Manchester (2011 - 2014)
  • Doctor of Philosophy, Cognitive, metacognitive and dissociative factors underling psychotic hallucinations and hallucination-proneness, Bangor University (2007 - 2011)
  • Master of Research, Dispositional mindfulness, attentional control and selective attention, The University of Manchester (2006 - 2007)
  • Bachelor of Science, Attentional biases in anxiety, University of Parma (2002 - 2006)

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