Meet the Team

Prof. Helen Pote (Chair). Helen is a Clinical Psychologist and Clinical Director / Deputy Programme Director for the Clinical Psychology Doctoral Program. She became interested in digital practice when she recognised the potential it offers to young people both in terms of increasing the reach of limited services and offering new ways to conceptualise and deliver youth mental healthcare. Helen views the digital training of the next generation of psychological practitioners as key to digital healthcare implementation and it was for this reason she founded the committee with Alesia. Helen is an active researcher in the development and evaluation of digital interventions to support mental health -she developed – a mental health literacy app for teachers and young people.

Dr Alesia Moulton-Perkins (Secretary). Alesia is a clinical psychologist, CBT therapist and mindfulness teacher who specializes in offering online therapy, training and supervision in CBT and third wave approaches through her consultancy Online Psychology and Counselling Ltd. Alesia was previously a Senior Teaching Fellow at the University of Surrey where she led on CBT and Digital Mental Health. She is currently Secretary of the British Psychological Society’s Division of Clinical Psychology Digital Healthcare Subcommittee. She lives in Worthing and Normandy, France.

Dr Gary Latchford. Gary is Joint Director of the Doctor of Clinical Psychology training programme at the University of Leeds, and Consultant Clinical Psychologist at the Department of Clinical and Health Psychology at St James’s’ University Hospital in Leeds. He has had a long standing interest in digital aspects of clinical psychology and healthcare.

Gemma Rides. 

Gemma is a Postgraduate Researcher and Teaching Associate at at Royal Holloway, University of London under the supervision of Prof. Dawn Watling. Gemma studied a BSc (Hons) in Psychology, Clinical Psychology and Mental Health at Royal Holloway. Gemma’s research interest is in the relationship between adolescents’ social media use and mental health variables. Gemma would like to pursue a research career in clinical psychology, and while working with the committee, she has grown an interest in how psychological interventions are used in digital practice.

Dr Roman Raczka. Roman is a Consultant Clinical Psychologist and Head of Psychology at Central London Community Healthcare (CLCH) NHS Trust, specialising in working with Adults with learning disabilities and Autism.  Roman is also the British Psychological Society, Division of Clinical Psychology UK Chair.  Roman has a longstanding interest in digital healthcare including the development of Apps.  Working with NHS England, Roman leads on the development of an award winning app for people with learning disabilities provide feedback on the health care they received.

Dr Clemmie Jacques. Clemmie is a Counselling Psychologist and started working online due to the development of a disability. I found it to be an effective and inclusive format of therapeutic delivery for clients and psychologists alike. I currently work as the deputy clinical lead for Dr Julian online therapy provider, and for substance misuse services in the NHS. As part of my belief in CPD I gained my general certificate in online therapy provision and my diploma of online supervision. I also trained in virtual reality therapy, CORE-net and CBT specific online work. In addition to my role on this committee, I am also the research and development director for ACTO..

Eva Papadopoulou. Eva is an experienced Transformation Consultant and Implementation manager , currently a Business Lead UK at Minddistrict , supporting large organisations across UK to realize their digital healthcare vision.Prior to this, she worked as a Transformation Change Manager in a large MH and LD organisation. Eva has been a Clinical Lead in IAPT services and Communities Programmes Manager for WWMind , running successfully over 16 innovative community projects.

Dr Graham Thew. Graham is a clinical psychologist and researcher at the Oxford Centre for Anxiety Disorders and Trauma (OxCADAT), the Oxford Health NIHR Biomedical Research Centre, and Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust. My research focuses on therapist-guided internet-based psychological therapies for mental health problems. I am interested in the mechanisms of change underlying these treatments, and evaluating their effectiveness both in UK NHS mental health services (IAPT) and internationally. My clinical and research work focuses in particular on Cognitive Therapy treatments for Social Anxiety Disorder (SAD), which was the topic of my DPhil, and Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

Rebecca Read. Rebecca is a Trainee Clinical Psychologist at the University of Surrey. Prior to training, I worked digitally in a Paediatric Chronic Fatigue Syndrome/Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (CFS/ME) service, where I contributed to qualitative research exploring the perceptions on using videocall for appointments. I act as a digital champion on the University of Surrey Doctorate in Clinical Psychology programme. I am currently researching the impact of photography diaries on mental wellbeing and benefit-finding.

Lucy Clarkson. Lucy Co-Leads the Involvement of People with Personal Experience on the Clinical Psychology Doctorate course at the University of Bath, where she is involved in teaching, committee work and working with trainees on their research. She is also a member of the GTiCP Involvement group. Having used digital therapy both previously and throughout the pandemic, Lucy is keen to optimise its effectiveness and thinks it offers many opportunities for both service users and professionals.

Dr Emma Griffith. Emma is a Consultant Clinical Psychologist, registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC), and a British Association of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP) accredited Cognitive and Behavioural Psychotherapist. Emma is the Head of Therapies for the Specialised Service of Avon and Wiltshire Partnership NHS Trust and an Honorary Lecturer at the University of Bath. In terms of her research, Emma has been involved in multiple journal articles and co-authored a book chapter and treatment manual.

Dr Penny Priest. Penny is a clinical psychologist working in adult mental health in Shropshire. She has been delivering psychological services online for a number of years, partly as a response to the challenges of working in rural areas with a large geographical base. She has a keen interest in the development and use of new technologies both inside and outside of work.

Prof Kate Cavanagh. Kate is a Professor of Clinical Psychology at the University of Sussex and Honorary Clinical Research Fellow with Sussex Partnership Foundation NHS Mental Health Trust. Her research interests include the development, evaluation and implementation of self-help and digital mental health technologies in public health, workplace wellbeing and healthcare contexts. Kate has published widely on the topics of digital interventions, e-mental health, increasing access to psychological therapies and self-help. Kate has served as President-Elect of the International Society for Research on Internet Interventions (ISRII), and is a Founding Director of their European partner organisation – European Society for Research on Internet Interventions (ESRII). She has served as a consultant to a number of healthcare companies, organisations and international research projects exploring the implementation of digital mental health technologies. Kate has contributed to the Health Education England’s Topol review of the Digital Future of Mental Healthcare and its Workforce (2019) and the House of Lords inquiry Beyond Digital: Planning for a Hybrid World (2020).

Dr Clare Dowzer. Clare takes the lead in researching, developing and implementing pedagogical approaches to using digital technologies for the Doctorate in Clinical Psychology Programme and the Core Psychiatry Training Course at the University of Leeds. A large part of her role involves creating interactive e-learning packages and explainer videos for students, academics and local clinicians who contribute to the Programme. She is responsible for maintaining a variety of IT systems used by trainees, academics, local clinicians and service users who are connected with the Programmes.

Dr Tracy Thorns is a Clinical Psychologist specialising in Adult Mental Health, Trauma and the consequence of accidents & Fear upon Performance, Functioning & Mental Health. She is the Director of Clinical Psychology UK Ltd and provides online courses and membership programs worldwide for clients.
She has a long-standing interest in the provision of Digital Courses and Memberships by Clinical Psychologists and qualified mental health practitioners. She offers free support, supervision and training to those wishing to develop their online practice to grow and scale their business & enhance their social media profiles within our professional, clinical & ethical standards.
Dr Thorns joined the committee to help shape strategy and clear guidance for clinicians who are evolving their clinical practice in the digital age beyond working 1-to-1.