Dr Patricia Gooding BSc, MSc, PhD

Senior Lecturer

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From April 2011 - present

  • Director of the School of Psychological Sciences Suicide Research Group 

From June 2014 - present

  • Director of Post-Graduate Taught Programmes in Psychological Sciences
  • Member of the School Executive Committee
  • Member of the Faculty PGT Committee 

From September 2013 - present

  • External Examiner for the University of Lancaster's Blended learning Taught PhD in Mental Health.

From September 2015

  • External Examiner for the University of Lancaster's MRes in Health and Wellbeing

Social responsibility

My research work involves addressing feelings of suicidality in vulnerable groups. Those groups include people suffering from experiences of psychosis, PTSD [trauma], unipolar depression, and bipolar disorder. All of these groups of people are marginalised. In addition, my work involves research into suicide in prisoners. Again, prisoners are a highly vulnerable, marginalised, group.

A key activity for me is public engagement. As part of that I took part (17th March 2015) in a debate about whether "suicide can be rational". See: www.sickfestival.com. Follow on Twitter @SICKFestival and Facebook: SICKFestivalMy work woth the SiCK festival is ongoing.

I collaborate with key mental health charities (e.g., Manchester Mind, YASP, Self Help, Samaritans), and Public Health Departments. I am a member of a Suicide Prevention Task and Finish Group which aims to integrate suicide prevention initiatives in Greater Manchester across mental health charities, NHS trusts, public health departments, transport networks, and local councillors.


  • PhD Psychology, University of Manchester
  • MSc Computer Science, U.M.I.S.T
  • BSc Psychology (First Class Hons), University of Manchester

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