Dr Chris Sanderson

Academic Tutor

Faculty of Health Sciences


01482 463378

Chris Sanderson qualified as a Clinical Psychologist in 2010 and is also an accredited Cognitive Behavioural Therapist.

He works in the NHS for an early intervention in psychosis service. He is passionate about psychological and social approaches to understanding and promoting mental and emotional well-being.


Research Interests

  • Personal recovery, positive psychology and the psycho-social understanding of distressing psychosis


Sophie Hannah Lewis, Chris Sanderson, Anjula Gupta & Claire Klein (2018) “Maybe it’s kind of normal to hear voices”: The role of spirituality in making sense of voice hearing, Journal of Spirituality in Mental Health, DOI: 10.1080/19349637.2018.1520183

Simon Watkins, Chris Sanderson, Victoria Richards, (2018) "Service user perspectives of an early intervention in psychosis service: a service evaluation", Mental Health Review Journal, Vol. 23 Issue: 3, pp.156-164,

Dixon L, Sanderson C, Alexander T, Holt L (2018) A Weird but Interesting Journey: Personal Traumatic Growth for Individuals with Hallucinations. J Psychol Psychother 8: 343. DOI: 10.4172/2161-0487.1000343


Programmes taught on (2019)

Modules list

  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (Clinical Psychology Doctorate)

  • CBT for Psychosis (PGDip in CBT for)

Research PhDs

  • Personal recovery, positive psychology and the psycho-social understanding of psychosis.

Completed PhDs

  • Scane C, Trauma, dissociation and psychosis: Investigating the role of cognitive inhibition during threat processing (2016)

  • Dixon L, Contributions to individual distress and personal growth following the experience of hallucinations (2016)

  • Lewis S, Mental health through a spiritual lens: recognising its role in psychological interventions and in how we make sense of our difficulties (2017)

Current PhD supervisions 

  • Watkins S, Disclosure of voice hearing and mental health problems: experiences and effects

  • Snuggs A, The meaning of recovery and its role in the therapeutic relationship for people with early psychosis

  • Parratt G, The experience of family interventions for parents of those deemed At Risk of Psychosis (ARMS)     

  • Cleasby J,Understanding men's experience of seeking help for mental health difficulties

Teaching awards and accolades

  • Inspiring Adult Learning, 2016. Workers' Educational Association (WEA)

Professional highlights

Academic qualifications

  • Implementing Recovery through Organisational Change (ImROC). Centre for Mental Health (2012)

  • Postgraduate Diploma in CBT for Secondary Care. University of Hull (2013)

  • Foundation Course in Systemic Practice. Humber NHS FT (2017)

  • Intermediate Course in Systemic Practice. Humber NHS FT (ongoing)