Rebecca (Becca) Knowles Bevis
BA(Hons), PhD, DClinPsy, PG Dip Cog Th, PG Cert HE
- Clinical Psychologist
- Research Tutor
WHAT I DO
Dr Rebecca (Becca) Knowles Bevis is one of the programme's team of research tutors. She contributes to the research component of clinical psychology training through teaching, assessment and research supervision. Becca also teaches on the adult mental health module.
Clinical and Research Interests
My clinical interests are focused around parental, perinatal and infant mental health. I work in independent practice offering a specialist psychological service to men and women, both biological parents and those who have become parents though fostering or adoption, who are experiencing emotional distress that may be understood to be broadly related to the transition to parenthood, including infertility, pregnancy loss, mood and anxiety disorders, and trauma. I run a compassion-focused postnatal group and coordinate a volunteer-led drop-in service that provides mental health support and signposting to new mothers. I am also a trainee video interaction guidance practitioner, and am interested in the application of this strengths-focused model to a range of populations and relationships.
I am especially interested in research that will improve the support and interventions available to parents-to-be and new parents, and improve child mental health outcomes. My previous research has focused on psychological processes underpinning the symptoms of psychosis and bipolar disorder, and on post-traumatic responses to healthcare interventions. I continue to be interested in a continuum approach to understanding mental health and psychological wellbeing, in understanding barriers to help-seeking, and in developing preventive interventions to promote infant mental health.