Dr Kim Dent-Brown

Senior Lecturer

Faculty of Health Sciences


+44 (0) 1482 462021

Kim is a chartered psychologist who previously trained as an occupational therapist, a dramatherapist and a practitioner of cognitive analytic therapy (CAT).

He worked for 25 years in the NHS in Hull and the East Riding in areas such as common mental health problems, personality disorders and functional syndromes (medically unexplained symptoms).

Kim's PhD in clinical psychology looked at the use of creative story making activity with people with borderline personality disorder.

He maintains an interest in the intersection of the arts and mental health. Subsequent research used a health services research model to evaluate psychological services.



Research Interests

  • Mental health
  • Evaluation of psychological services
  • Use of the arts in therapy
  • Language use as a psychological marker
  • Mixed methods research
  • Military and veterans' mental health
  • Use of patient-reported outcome measures (PROMs) in delivering psychotherapy
  • Borderline personality disorder

Research groups

Co-ordinates a mailing list of mental health researchers in Hull and East Yorkshire, aiming to bring together researchers from all areas of the University with NHS colleagues (principally in Humber NHS Foundation Trust) and the third sector. New members welcome.



Lahad, M., and Dent-Brown, K (2012). 'Six-Piece Story-Making Revisited'. Chapter in : Johnson, D., Pendzik, S. and Snow, S (eds) Assessment in Drama Therapy, Edition: 1st, Publisher: Charles C Thomas. ISBN: 9780398086848

Taylor Buck, E., Dent-Brown, K. and Parry, G. (2012). 'Involving parents and carers in attachment-based treatment'. International Journal of Art Therapy 18(1) pp 20-28. DOI:10.1080/17454832.2012.749293

Mukuria, C., Brazier, J., Barkham, M., Connell, J., Hardy, G., Hutten, G., Saxon, D., Dent-Brown, K. and Parry, G. 'Cost-effectiveness of an Improving Access to Psychological Therapies service'. British Journal of Psychiatry: 01/2013; DOI:10.1192/bjp.bp.111.107888

de Lusignan, S., Chan, T., Tejerina Arreal, MC, Parry, G., Dent-Brown, K., and Kendrick, T (2013). 'Referral for psychological therapy of people with long term conditions improves adherence to antidepressants and reduces emergency department attendance: Controlled before and after study'. Behaviour Research and Therapy, 51:377-385. DOI:10.1016/j.brat.2013.03.004

Uttley L, Scope A, Stevenson M, Rawdin A, Taylor Buck E, Sutton A, et al. (2015) 'Systematic review and economic modelling of the clinical effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of art therapy among people with non-psychotic mental health disorders'. Health Technol Assess; 19(18).

Full list


Programmes taught on (2019)

Modules list


  • Health psychology/mental health in practice
  • Psychological interventions
  • Research project

Level 5

  • Research Skills 4 (Qualitative elements)

Level 6

  • Research project
  • Positive Psychology

Research PhDs

Dr Dent-Brown welcomes applications in

  • Mental health
  • The arts in health
  • Psychotherapy and counselling
  • Psychological services evaluation
  • Military mental health
  • Please see areas of focus and completed PhDs for further ideas

Completed PhDs

  • Lizzie Taylor Buck (Sheffield, 2009). A dyadic parent-child approach to art therapy
  • David Neto (Sheffield/Lisbon, 2011). Development and validation of a system of assimilation indices: A mixed method approach to understand change in psychotherapy

Current PhD supervisions

  • Elise Lawrence (PsyD submitted). Stress management; a proposed framework drawn from current models of performance appraisal and in response to legislation regarding responsibility of employees and employers.
  • Katie Oxtoby (PhD started 2014). How do patients and their significant others experience their relationship in response to a diagnosis of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome/Myalgic Encephalomyelitis?
  • Sophie Brown (PhD started 2017). An evaluation of the psychosocial impact of a new therapeutic framework (Collaborative Assessment and Management of Suicidality - CAMS)




Professional highlights

Academic qualifications

  • Cognitive Analytic Therapy Practitioner, Sheffield Hallam/ACAT (2010)
  • PhD in Clinical Psychology, University of Hull (2004)
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Research Training, University of Hull (2004)
  • Postgraduate Certificate in Psychotherapy, University of Lincoln (1998)
  • Advanced Diploma in Dramatherapy, College of York St John (1995)
  • BSc Hons Health Studies, College of York St John (1992)
  • Diploma of the College of Occupational Therapists, College of York St John (1989)

External roles

  • Chartered Psychologist (British Psychological Society)
  • Cognitive Analytic Therapy Practitioner (Association of Cognitive Analytic Therapy)

Awards and accolades

  • Winston Churchill Memorial Fellowship, 1999