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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


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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Searching and Review Clinic

The University of Exeter, St Luke's campus, South Cloisters (Room 2.35)

These clinics have been set up to help the PenCLAHRC Evidence Synthesis Team to manage and respond...
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Dr Nick Axford appointed as Associate Professor

21 April 2017

Dr Nick Axford joins PenCLAHRC this week as Associate Professor in Health Services and will...
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Want to stay mentally healthy in older age? Stimulate your brain in early life

20 April 2017

Stimulating the brain by taking on leadership roles at work or staying on in education...
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Job Opportunity - Trial Manager

10 April 2017

The University of Exeter Medical School is seeking a Trial Manager to take a lead...
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Research Projects

Comprehensive Mouth Care and Post-operative Pneumonia (CUPPA)

Theme: Evidence for Policy and Practice

A pilot study to see if comprehensive mouth-care reduces the incidence of post-operative pneumonia in...
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Changing Agendas on Sleep, Treatment and Learning in Epilepsy - A long term condition of children (CASTLE)

Theme: Evidence for Policy and Practice

PenCRU and the Evidence Synthesis Team are working with families, charities and health professionals specialising...
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Research Projects