Christopher Graham


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I am a research clinical psychologist. I did my research training (PhD) at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience, King's College London, and my clinical training (DClinPsychol) at the University of Edinburgh. 

I act as Principal Investigator or Co-Investigator on several trials of novel psychological therapies to solve clinical problems- from non-adherence to medication, to repeated self-harm and low mood and quality of life in health conditions. I am currently an Associate Editor for the British Journal of Health Psychology. 

My main ongoing funded research projects:

  • Principal Investigator: Developing and feasibility testing an Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) interventION for improving medication-taking behaviour in women with early stage invasive breast cancer: The ACTION trial. Yorkshire Cancer Research (01.06.18 – 01.01.2022)
  • Co-Investigator: COMMEND: A randomized-controlled trial of acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) for improving QoL in motor neuron disease. NIHR HTA award (01.01.2018- 2023)
  • Co-Investigator: FRESH STarT. A new approach to assessing self-harm in mental health contexts. NIHR Programme grant (01.06.2018 – 2023)

Recently, completed (in the last 2 years) funded research projects include: 

  • ACTMUS: A pilot randomized-controlled trial of acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) for people with muscle disorders NIHR Research for Patient Benefit: (01.02.16 – 01.06.18)
  • Effectiveness of a psychological intervention (ACT) on improving wellbeing in healthcare professionals. NHS Leeds West Clinical Commissioning Group. (01.10.17- 01.10. 2020)
  • Creating an evidence-based toolbox for targeted public health interventions during COVID-19: a cross-border analysis to disentangle psychological, behavioural, media and governmental responses. Health Research Board (01.05.2020- 01.12.2020)

Most of my teaching is on the Doctorate in Clinical Psychology, where I am Academic Director with oversight of the taught curriculum. I also teach across clinically-relevant masters courses and the UG programme. The main topics I cover are:

  • Acceptance & Commitment Therapy
  • Psychological Assessment and Formulation
  • Clinical application of psychometrics
  • Basic psychotherapy skills
  • Viva skills


Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions


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