Linda Piper

BSc(Hons), MSc

Trainee Clinical Psychologist

I am in the third year of my training and am currently on placement with the Community Mental Health Team for Older Adults, in Newbury, West Berkshire. My previous placements have been with Berkshire Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (Specialist Community and Anxiety and Depression pathways), the Community Mental Health team for adults in Reading, the Community Learning Disability team in Berkshire, and the Community Mental Health Team for Older Adults in Bracknell, Berkshire. 

Professional Interests

I am interested in working with families affected by dementia, and providing psychological interventions to improve mental health outcomes for both carers and the person with dementia. I also have an interest in service development, with a focus on increasing the use of psychological approaches following a diagnosis of dementia.

My doctoral research dissertation is a case series, focussing on residential home care staff use of a conversational aide with residents with dementia, and the impact it has on their practice.

clinical and research Experience prior to training

I have previously worked as an assistant psychologist with older people with mental health problems and/or dementia, carers of people with dementia, and with children and adolescents with mental health problems.

I worked on the Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) for Carers of people with dementia groups project, across Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire, recruiting carers, co-facilitating groups, and collecting outcome data and carer feedback. I was also involved in training clinicians in CBT for Carers, and introducing the group programme into the Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) services across Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire.

I completed my MSc in Clinical Aspects of Cognition at the University of Reading, and my dissertation focused on the intergenerational transmission of anxiety from mother to child through the reinforcement of threat and vulnerability in mother-child discussions.

I hold a Postgraduate Certificate in Teaching in Higher Education, gained from Royal Holloway, University of London.