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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


PenCLAHRC Health Service Modelling Associates...

G18 Medical School Building - St Lukes Campus - Exeter EX1 1TE

This event is being arranged by the PenCHORD team to showcase the work of the...
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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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£2 million grant to improve rehabilitation of older people after discharge from hospital

24 March 2017

A team of researchers specialising in care for older people, including PenCLAHRC Senior Research Fellow Dr Vicki Goodwin,...
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Impact of wobbly bridges and sky-scrapers on human health to be tested in new government-funded research centre

21 March 2017

The impact of vibrations from very tall buildings, wobbly bridges and floors on people’s health...
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Outcome of research prioritisation round 2016/17

20 March 2017

The research prioritisation process has been running since PenCLAHRC first formed in 2008 and is...
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Research Projects

PenCHORD: Streamlining Pre-operative Assessments at Royal Cornwall Hospitals NHS Trust

Theme: Evidence for Policy and Practice

Developing a simulation model of the potential impact of new NICE guidelines on pre-operative assessment...
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Research Projects