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Prof Chris Barker
1-19 Torrington Place
  • Professor of Clinical Psychology
  • Clinical, Edu & Hlth Psychology
  • Div of Psychology & Lang Sciences
  • Faculty of Brain Sciences

Chris Barker is a Professor of Clinical Psychology in the Department of Clinical, Educational and Health Psychology. He has a BA from Cambridge and an MSc from LSE; his PhD in Clinical Psychology is from UCLA. He has been at UCL for over 20 years, initially working as a part-time lecturer combined with working part-time as a NHS clinical psychologist. He now works full time at UCL, and holds an honorary contract in the NHS.

Research Summary

His research examines the communication of psychological help and support across a range of populations and settings, both professional and non-professional, for example, peer support, self-help groups, online support groups, doctor-patient communication and client-therapist interaction. Together with Prof Nancy Pistrang, with whom he has had a longstanding collaboration, he runs the Psychological Helping and Support Research Group. He also has an interest in the clinical psychological applications of virtual reality, in collaboration with Prof Mel Slater. He has published articles and chapters on the methodology of research in clinical psychology and related areas, and is an author of Research Methods in Clinical Psychology (with Nancy Pistrang and Robert Elliott).

UCL collaborators

Professor Nancy Pistrang
Professor Mel Slater
Dr Miriam Fornells-Ambrojo
Dr Henry Potts


Teaching Summary

Most of Chris Barker’s teaching is on the Doctorate in Clinical Psychology (DClinPsy), where he is the joint Research Director, with Prof Nancy Pistrang. He and Prof Pistrang jointly received the 2013 Provost’s Teaching Award.

Academic Background
1980 PhD Doctor of Philosophy University of California at Los Angeles
1974 MA Master of Arts University of California at Los Angeles
1971 MSc Master of Science London School of Economics and Political Science
1970 BA Bachelor of Arts University of Cambridge
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