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Craig Steel has been appointed as the new Deputy Director, joining the team from 1st November 2018.

Craig steel

My route to clinical psychology was via engineering before studying applied psychology at Cardiff University. I went on to study for a PhD in schizophrenia and cognition from 1994 to 1997 at the Institute of Psychiatry, London, before training as a clinical psychologist from 1997-2000 at Royal Holloway. My first NHS post was within a community mental health team based in South London and Maudsley NHS Trust.
Between 2001-2007, I returned to the Institute of Psychiatry. First working within a large clinical trial, led by Professor Philippa Garety aimed at evaluating cognitive behavioural therapy and family interventions for people suffering from a psychotic disorder. I then moved to a Research Fellow position with Professor Til Wykes. During this time I became particularly interested in exploring how traumatic life events may contribute to the onset and maintenance of psychotic symptoms, and how the diagnostic categories of posttraumatic stress disorder and schizophrenia may overlap. This has remained a theme of my work and I am motivated by pushing the boundaries within which we can understand ‘madness’ as an understandable reaction to adverse life events.
In 2007 I moved to the University of Reading and worked within the newly formed Charlie Waller Institute. I contributed to setting up and delivering cognitive behavioural therapy training courses, including training NHS staff within the IAPT (Improved Access to Psychological Therapies) programme. During my 11 years at Reading I maintained my research interest in psychological therapies for severe mental health problems and have led several clinical trials. I am currently working with Professor Emily Holmes at the Karolinska in Stockholm to deliver a NIHR funded trial to evaluate a new imagery based intervention to help mood regulation within people diagnosed with bipolar disorder. I am now pleased to move an arm of this trial to Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust. My other ongoing projects are in the areas of working with distressing voice-hearing experiences and in evaluating new treatments for the symptoms of trauma with refugees and asylum seekers.
I am looking forward to joining the team at the Oxford Institute of Clinical Psychology Training and Research. I will be building on the efforts of those already here to ensure that the academic curriculum reflects up to date evidence and practice in the field, and delivers our commitment to our trainees in reaching accreditation in both cognitive behavioural therapy and systemic family practice. I also look forward to extending my research collaborations to those in Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust.