Prof Sandra Bucci DClinPsy


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As Professor of Clinical Psychology, I am actively involved in research and training of Clinical Psychologists. My research is centred around examining psychological processes involved in the development and maintenance of psychosis and developing interventions for psychosis. My recent programme of research has focused on evaluating innovative methods to facilitate access to, and delivery of, interventions for severe mental health problems. My teaching role is focused on the Doctoral Clinical Psychology Training programme (ClinPsyD) at Manchester where I deliver a number of workshops on case formulation and psychosis. I also supervise a number of research dissertation projects at the Undergraduate, Masters, ClinPsyD and PhD levels. I also sit on a number of committee panels related to the running of the Clinical Psychology training programme. Alongside my University role, I am an Honorary Consultant Clinical Psychologist with Greater Manchester Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust where I am involved in supervising and training NHS clinicians. I am a Director of Affigo, CiC, a not-for-profit social enterprise company spun out of The University of Manchester.  I am also co-Director of the Complex Trauma and Resilience Research unit, a reserach unit in Greater Manchester Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust. 


I completed my clinical training in Australia. After starting out in a research assistant post working in the area of psychosis and substance misuse, I completed my clinical training (2006) and worked as a full-time practicing Clinical Psychologist at an Early Intervention for Psychosis service in Newcastle, Australia. I moved to Manchester, UK in 2007 and held a research fellow post in Clinical Psychology with Professor Tarrier before being appointed Lecturer in Clinical Psychology in 2008. Alongside my academic role I continued to work clinically firstly as a trial therapist on the MRC-funded COMMAND trial and then at the complex cases team in North Manchester. I have secured overlapping MRC grants to develop a programme of research around digital assessment and intervention in psychosis and collaborate with a number of other research groups to facilitate and expand this work. I was appointed Senior Lecturer in 2015 and Professor of Clinical Psychology in 2019 and have an active programme of research and teaching duties. I am Centre Lead for the Centre for New Treatments and Understanding in Mental Health (CENTRUM), UOA4 REF co-Lead and co-director of the Complex Trauma and Resilience Research Unit. My social responsibility activities extend to setting up a Community Interest Company (Affigo CiC) with colleagues at Manchester aimed at making mobile health solutions to self-management in mental health to the NHS and public sector more widely available.       


  • B.Science (Psychology), The University of Wollongong, Australia.
  • B. Science (Exercise Science), The University of Wollongong, Australia.
  • Doctor of Clinical Psychology, The University of Newcastle, Australia.

Memberships of committees and professional bodies

Member, Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA), Australia
Member, Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC), UK
Member, British Psychological Society, UK

Fellow, Higher Education Academy (FHEA), UK (2012)

External positions

External Examiner, Belnded PhD programme, Lancaster University

2018 → …

External Examiner, ClinPsyD programme, University College Dublin

2018 → …

Editor-in-Chief, Psychology and Psychotherapy: Theory, Research and Practice , The British Psychological Society (BPS)

2017 → …

External Examiner, ClinPsyD programme, University of Edinburgh

2017 → …

Honorary Consultant Clinical Psychologist, Manchester Mental Health & Social Care NHS Trust

2016 → …

External Examiner, ClinPsyD programme, University of Teesside

2016 → …

Research Networks and Beacons

Biology, Medicine and Health (BMH) Domains

Education / academic qualifications

  • 2006 - Doctor of Clinical Psychology The University of Newcastle, Australia (2003 - 2006)
  • 1998 - Bachelor of Science in Psychology, Hons, University of Wollongong (1995 - 1998)
  • 1998 - Bachelor of Science, Exercise Science, University of Wollongong (1995 - 1998)

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