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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

I am a Professor of Clinical Psychology in the Department of Clinical, Educational and Health Psychology. I have a BA from Cambridge and an MSc from LSE; my PhD in Clinical Psychology is from UCLA. I've been at UCL for over 20 years, initially working as a part-time lecturer combined with working part-time as a NHS clinical psychologist. I'm now employed by UCL, with an honorary NHS contract.

Research Summary

My research examines the process and outcome 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 I've had a longstanding collaboration, I run the Psychological Helping and Support Research Group. I also have an interest in the clinical psychological applications of virtual reality, in collaboration with Prof Mel Slater. I've published articles and chapters on the methodology of research in clinical psychology and related areas, and am 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 my teaching and supervision is on the Doctorate in Clinical Psychology (DClinPsy). In 2013, I received a Provost’s Teaching Award, jointly with Prof Nancy Pistrang.

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