jo beckett

Dr Jo Beckett

Research Tutor and Principal Clinical Psychologist

Faculty and Department

  • Faculty of Health Sciences
  • Department of Psychological Health, Wellbeing and Social Work

Summary

Dr Jo Beckett is currently a research tutor on the Clinical Psychology Doctorate Programme, which involves teaching research methods and supervising clinical doctoral research.

Jo is a Chartered Principal Clinical Psychologist with over 20 years’ experience working in the NHS. She has worked with people across the lifespan suffering with emotional distress, mental illness, cognitive impairment and physical ill health in both community and acute medical settings. She has also provided staff support via reflective practice groups and psychological skills training.

Jo has postgraduate training in a variety of theory driven and empirically supported therapeutic approaches (e.g. Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Compassion Focused Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing, Systemic Therapy, Motivational Interviewing). She has extensive knowledge, skills and experience in neuropsychology and psychometric assessment, and also training in leadership approaches, supervision, mentoring, coaching and service improvement.

Jo is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and has previously worked as a university lecturer teaching psychology students on both undergraduate and postgraduate degree programmes, and also medical students.

Jo is a member of the Division of Clinical Psychology and Neuropsychology in the British Psychological Society, and is registered with the HCPC and EMDR Association UK.

Jo set up Time to Thrive Ltd in 2018 to offer private psychological assessment and intervention, and consultation and mental wellbeing awareness / psychological skills training in schools and private businesses both locally and nationally. Most recently she presented at the VetsNow 16th Emergency & Critical Care Congress.

Education:

• University of Nottingham - MSc Clinical Neuropsychology (2010)

• University of Hull - ClinPsyD Doctorate in Clinical Psychology (2003), BSc Psychology (2000)

Further Professional Training:

• Group Work & Staff Support - York Group Work - Compassionate Mind Foundation (Kate Lucre)

• ACT - Psychological Medicine - York Teaching Hospitals Foundation Trust (Dr David Gilanders)

• CFT Introduction - Compassionate Mind Foundation (Dr Mary Welford)

• CFT Advanced - Compassionate Mind Foundation (Prof. Paul Gilbert), Compassionate Mind Foundation (Dr Chris Irons)

• EMDR parts 1, 2 & 3 - EMDR Extra (Dr Manda Holmshaw)

• Leading from the Front - Out of Hospital Directorate & York St Johns University

• SAGE & THYME Facilitator (SATFAC) - University Hospital of South Manchester Foundation Trust

• Clinical Supervision (Introductory & Advanced) - Various

• Motivational Interviewing - MI Cardiff (Prof. Steve Rollnick)

Professional Accreditation:

• Health and Care Professions Council - Practicing Clinical Psychologist

• British Psychological Society - Chartered Clinical Psychologist

o Divisions: Clinical Psychology & Neuropsychology

o Position: Honorary Secretary – Yorkshire & Humber Branch DCP

• Higher Education Academy - Fellow

• EMDR Association UK & Ireland - Practicing Member

Research interests

• Cognitive impairments and psychological distress across all organic and functional neurology patient groups

• Psychological sequelae and experiences of physical ill health and disability

• Psychological trauma reactions

• Staff and student wellbeing and resilience

• Workplace wellbeing

• Psychological health promotion

• Compassion in healthcare and education

Published Papers:

• Lowe, G., Beckett, J. & Lowe, G. (2003). Poetry writing and secretory immunoglobulin A. Psychological Reports, 92, 847-848.

Completed Research:

• Predictors of mood disturbances in Multiple Sclerosis patients (MSc Clinical Neuropsychology)

• The overlap between post-concussive symptoms following traumatic head injury and symptoms of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (Literature Review -ClinPsyD)

• Implicit emotional memory formation with concurrent midazolam amnesia following colonoscopy (ClinPsyD)

• Poetry writing and secretory immunoglobulin A (BSc)