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Director of Charlie Waller Institute/ Professor in Evidence-Based Psychological Treatment

University of Reading - School of Psychology and Clinical Language Sciences

Location: Reading
Salary: Competitive market rate
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Permanent
Placed On: 12th August 2019
Closes: 20th September 2019
Job Ref: SRF29376

The School of Psychology & Clinical Language Sciences at the University of Reading is seeking to appoint an outstanding individual to lead the Charlie Waller Institute (CWI) for Evidence-Based Psychological Treatment. The Director of CWI will oversee the delivery of the Institute’s esteemed portfolio of training programmes for clinicians and will strengthen the School’s research profile in the area of evidence-based psychological treatments. The successful candidate will be experienced in the management of clinical programmes and the evaluation of training effectiveness and have an established or emerging reputation in their research field.

You will have:

  • Accreditation by BABCP OR Professional registration as a psychologist with HCPC
  • In-depth knowledge of Adult IAPT and/or CYP Mental Health programmes & how these are funded
  • Experience of clinical practice, teaching, training and supervision in an HE context
  • Recognition as an emerging or established researcher among the international community
  • Excellent leadership, management and organisational skills

Informal Contact Details

Contact role: Joint Head of School
Contact name: Prof Carmel Houston-Price
Contact phone: +44 (0) 118 378 6795
Contact email:

Alternative Informal Contact Details
Contact role: Joint Head of School
Contact name: Dr Graham Schafer
Contact phone: +44 (0) 118 378 7550
Contact email:


Skills Required

  • Ability to lead and manage a large team of academic and clinical staff
  • Ability to take responsibility for the development of teaching, learning and research at university level
  • Ability to lead on the development of evidence-based psychological treatments and champion this approach internally and externally
  • Outstanding organisational and administrative skills
  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • Ability to communicate complex, technical and clinically sensitive information to clients, families, carers and lay and professional persons within NHS and outside
  • Ability to give presentations suited to professionals, academics or the public
  • Ability to maintain and enhance the standing of the Institute through representation at national committees
  • Ability to provide financial oversight to ensure CWI operates within budget


  • Undergraduate and postgraduate training in psychology, medicine or related field
  • Accreditation by BABCP OR Professional registration as a psychologist with HCPC
  • Evidence of continuing engagement in professional CPD
  • Evidence of emerging or established international research profile
  • Track record of peer-reviewed publications

Knowledge and Relevant Experience

  • Advanced knowledge of models of psychotherapy and theory and practice of evidence-based
    psychological treatments such as CBT
  • Doctoral level knowledge of working with research evidence to develop evidence-based psychological treatments
  • Knowledge of Adult IAPT and/or Children & Young People’s Mental Health programmes, or similar training programmes
  • Understanding of the process of NHS/HEE commissioning e.g. IAPT training courses
  • Knowledge of relevant legislation and policies and their implications for clinical practice and professional management in relation to mental
    health client groups
  • Understanding of NHS organisation at all levels relevant to training and practice in psychological treatments
  • Experience of using evidence-based therapies with a wide variety of client groups
  • Experience of teaching, training and professional and clinical supervision of evidence-based psychological therapies
  • Experience of presenting to academic and professional stakeholder audiences, evidenced by a track record of speaking at UK and international events 
  • Experience of leading a team in an academic context

The University is committed to having a diverse and inclusive workforce, is a Stonewall Diversity and Global Diversity Champion, and supports the principles of the Race Equality Charter and Athena SWAN. Applications for job-share, part-time and flexible working arrangements are welcomed and will be considered in line with business needs.

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