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Staff Profile

Dr Joel Town

Mental Health and Dementia Deputy Theme Lead

Kath Maguire

I joined PenCLAHRC in July 2016 as a Senior Research Fellow. My primary experience has been as a Clinical Psychologist scientist-practitioner with experience working in adult mental health with complex, treatment refractory conditions. I am also an experienced psychotherapy trainer/supervisor for mental health professionals. My areas of expertise include psychotherapy effectiveness and efficacy research; psychotherapy process research examining mechanisms of change; psychological treatments for depression and medically unexplained symptoms; Short-term Psychodynamic Psychotherapies.

I have a particular interest in emotional contributors to health and illness behavior. I have been involved in clinical trials, systematic reviews, meta-analyses contributing to the evidence-base in psychotherapies for common mental health disorders. My focus in PenCLAHRC will be to contribute to applied health service research that aims to develop and evaluate innovative ways to assess and treat mental health and long-term conditions, including medically unexplained symptoms.

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Employed by
PenCLAHRC Plymouth University

Areas of expertise
Adult mental health, Psychotherapy process and outcome research

Upcoming Events


Health Economics Workshop with Antonieta...

Baring Court 202 - St Lukes Campus - University of Exeter

Health Economics Workshop - In this one day workshop, participants will be introduced to key principles...
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PPI Advice Clinic

Plymouth, ITTC Building (PL6 8BX)

Whatever your query, from finding out more about Patient and Public Involvement to creating a PPI...
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PenCLAHRC joins EU network for cost containment and improved quality of healthcare

25 May 2017

The escalating cost of healthcare is a problem common to all EU countries and national...
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Self-harm in schools collaboration reveals need for new training and interventions

24 May 2017

A GW4-funded collaboration between researchers from PenCLAHRC and GW4 universities has revealed gaps in provision...
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PenCLAHRC dementia research makes the news

23 May 2017

A PenCLAHRC project showing that eating a Mediterranean diet may help reduce the risk of dementia has...
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Research Projects

PenCHORD - Torbay and South Devon stroke care

Theme: Evidence for Policy and Practice

PenCHORD worked with Torbay and South Devon NHS Foundation Trust to understand the resources needed...
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PenCHORD - STEMI: Appropriate treatment for ST-elevation heart attacks

Theme: Evidence for Policy and Practice

Could thrombolysis treatment from paramedics before being taken to hospital lead to better outcomes for...
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Research Projects