Prof Penny Bee PhD, BSc(Hons), GIBiol


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Penny is a Reader in Health Services Research based in the School of Nursing, Midwifery & Social Work. She contributes to undergraduate and postgraduate (Masters & PhD) learning, particularly in relation to research methods, evidence synthesis methods and online e-learning enviroments. She is co-lead of the Mental Health Research Group, where her main research interests lie in the development and evaluation of innovative models of mental health service delivery, specifically telephone CBT (T-CBT).


Penny graduated from Loughborough University in 1997 with a first class honours degree in Human Biology. She was awarded a Loughborough University doctoral scholarship and in 2001 completed a PhD in reproductive psychology. In 2002 Penny moved to the University of Manchester to take up a research post in the School of Nursing, Much of the research with which she has been involved since then has been relevant to both the academic field and government policy. Key research areas include the development and evaluation of innovative models of mental health service delivery and in particular telephone CBT.

Penny has substantial experience in externally funded and commissioned systematic reviews, including   interventions for children of parents with serious mental illness and children and young people with long term conditions. She is co-applicant on a number of feasibility and definitive trials evaluating community interventions for parents and families living with mental illness, and workstream lead on an NIHR programme grant seeking to improve the quality of user involvement in care planning in adult mental health services. 

Penny is  involved in the co-supervision of postdoctoral students. Current projects include an examination of the acceptibility of telephone support services for cancer patients (Ms Sarah Liptrott), a investigation into treatment outcome predictors in OCD (Ms Yasmin Knopp) and the exploration of children's psychological illness models in families experiencing parental OCD (Ms Rebecca Pedley).  


PhD, BSc (1st Class)

Memberships of committees and professional bodies

  • Member of the Institute of Biology
  • Member of the Inernational Prato Consortium for Families with Mental Illness
  • Consultant for the Tavistock Centre for Realtionship Counselling

External positions

External Examiner, University College London (UCL)

1 Sep 2015 → …

Areas of expertise

Research Beacons, Institutes and Platforms


  • Psychological therapies, Mental Health, Systematic reviews, RCTs, Qualitative, Patient Experience

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