Clinical Advisory Group
The Clinical Advisory Group advises Student Minds on the development of our mental health programmes and major strategic decisions about our work.
Gareth Hughes is a psychotherapist and the Research Lead for Student Wellbeing at the University of Derby. His research interests focus on student mental wellbeing, student transition into university, academic anxiety and the relationship between wellbeing and learning. Gareth also teaches on Derby's psycho-education programme, is a tutor for the Human Givens College and a Fellow of the HEA.
Professor Jo Smith
Professor Jo Smith is Professor of Clinical Psychology at University of Worcester. She is a HPC registered Chartered Clinical Psychologist and has 34 years clinical experience working in the NHS. She was the Early Intervention in Psychosis (EIP) Lead for Worcestershire Health and Care NHS Trust, Worcester (1999-2015). Jo was also formerly a Joint National EIP Programme Lead for England with NIMHE/NMHDU (2004-2010). Jo is currently the project lead for a multiagency, phased, suicide prevention initiative led by the University of Worcester to create a Suicide Safer University, City and County. She is a member of The Alliance of Suicide Charities (TASC) and The Alliance for Student Led Wellbeing (ASLW) in the UK. She was also a member of the Universities UK (UUK) Mental Wellbeing in Higher Education Project Working Group which recently published UUK (2017).
Dr Dominique Thompson
Dr Dominique Thompson has been a GP since 2000, and was Director of the University of Bristol Students’ Health Service from 2010-17, having joined the practice in 2002. As Director she led an innovative drive to develop new services, particularly to support student mental health. These included a psychologist-led, DBT service for students with Emotionally Unstable Personality Disorder, in-house psychiatry clinics, and the original pilot for the now Bristol-wide, primary care eating disorders service (First Step). She was the GP member of the NICE Eating Disorders Guidelines Development Group 2015-17. She was named as one of five GP heroes, in a national survey of GPs, by Pulse magazine, in September 2014. In Pulse , in 2016, she was named a ‘Rising Star’ GP. The University Practice was named Bristol GP Practice of the Year 2016, and in 2017 Dominique was named Bristol Healthcare Professional of the Year. After 17 years as a GP, Dominique has now launched her own student health and wellbeing consultancy, to assist universities, the NHS and other organisations in improving their student support offer. Dominique writes frequently about young adult wellbeing, eating disorders and mental health in both the medical and non-medical press. Twitter @DrdomThompson. You can find out more, and contact her at www.buzzconsulting.co.uk
Dr Denise Meyer
Dr Denise Meyer, Chartered Counselling Psychologist, has worked in student wellbeing support for 22 years, in a variety of HE institutions, and is currently Head of Wellbeing at the University of Portsmouth, where she is also chairing a HEFCE-funded project aiming to harness the power of student peer leadership to tackle bullying and harassment. She was the originator and initial director of the award-winning Students Against Depression website, which also puts peer experience at the centre of its offer, and has been a longstanding supporter of the work of Student Minds
Stuart Reid is Community Programmes Manager at Mind, involved in developing and delivering community mental health programmes through the local Mind network, with a focus on resilience based initiatives. Recently he has also been working with the Policy & Campaigns team at Mind, looking at how local Minds are engaging with local Sustainability & Transformation Plans. Previously, Stuart worked for Oxfordshire Mind as Head of Community Services and was responsible for the development of the Oxfordshire Wellbeing Service.
Dr Ellie Pontin
Ellie is a Clinical Psychologist and academic researcher. Currently working at the University of Liverpool as a Mental Health Advisor in the student’s Counselling and Mental Health Advisory Service, Ellie specialises in student mental health and working with young adults. As well as supporting students with mental health difficulties, she also provides consultation and mental health training to university staff and contributes to university policies on mental health and well-being. Ellie has a special interest in mindfulness and using brief psychological interventions to support students get the most out of their academic studies and university life.
Dr Katharine Rimes
Dr Katharine Rimes is an NHS clinical psychologist and an academic researcher. She is the Academic Director of the Doctorate in Clinical Psychology at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience, King’s College London. She has expertise in student mental health and LGBT+ mental health, and co-leads the LGBT+ Mental Health Research group at King’s College London. She investigates factors which contribute to the mental health of LGBT+ individuals and applies the findings to develop interventions to reduce distress. She also investigates psychological processes such as perfectionism and has conducted research using mindfulness-based approaches and compassion-focused therapy with university students.
Over the last 17 years Jeanette has worked within the Statutory, Voluntary and Higher Education sectors with regards to specialising in mental health and wellbeing. She has worked within a Crisis Resolution and Home Treatment team, High Security/ Forensic Mental Health Units, perinatal mental health care and recovery focussed services along with mental health and wellbeing University support services. Jeanette is currently the Mental health Advisor and Mental Health Team Manager at the University of Leeds. She has worked in collaboration with student groups to develop a keen sense and understanding of the difficulties, challenges and impact student life can have on their overall wellbeing but also their mental health. At the University of Leeds, Student Counselling and Wellbeing is a non-medical support provision that works in close connection to the local community and external mental health services, student societies, students union and in support of Peer Led support groups such as the Eating Disorders group from Student Minds. Jeanette works on a range of programmes to challenge the stigma attached to mental illness including awareness and educational campaigns, providing consultation to the University in regards to policy, procedures and staff training and by working collaboratively with all sectors of the University and local community to improve access to support and empower positive changes in local services.
Professor Janet Treasure PhD FRCP FRCPsych OBE
Professor Janet Treasure is a psychiatrist who has specialised in the treatment of eating disorders for more than 25 years.
She is currently director of the Eating Disorders Service at the South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust, a leading centre in the clinical management of eating disorders and training.
She has been active in research and has over 150 peer reviewed papers.