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Dr Rebecca (Becca) Knowles Bevis

BA(Hons), PhD, DClinPsy, PG Dip Cog Th, PG Cert HE, Accredited VIG Practitioner

Clinical Psychologist and Research Tutor

  • Research Tutor
  • Clinical Psychologist in independent practice


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 of the curriculum. 

Becca completed a PhD under the supervision of Professor Richard Bentall, and then went on to train as a clinical psychologist, qualifying in 2007 at the University of Manchester. In 2009, she was awarded a postgraduate diploma in cognitive behavioural therapy with Distinction and is a fully BABCP accredited cognitive behavioural psychotherapist. Since qualification, Becca has worked in NHS secondary care community adult mental health services and in specialist trauma clinics in Lancashire, Yorkshire and Oxfordshire. She held a research and academic post at the Clinical Psychology Unit at the University of Sheffield from 2009 to 2011, and joined the Oxford clinical psychology training programme team as a research tutor in January 2017. 

In addition to the specialist training in CBT, I have undertaken post-qualification training to certificated practitioner level in mentalisation-based treatment (MBT) and I am a fully accredited video interaction guider (VIG), currently working towards advanced practitioner status. 

Clinical and Research Interests

My clinical interests are focused around parental, perinatal and infant mental health. I work in independent clinical 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 peer mentor-led drop-in service that provides mental health support and signposting to new mothers. I am also an accredited 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.