Mary John

Mary John

Programme Director PsychD Clinical Psychology
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Mary trained initially at the University of Liverpool (BSc) and then went on to undertake clinical training at North London Polytechnic now known as University of East London. On qualification she worked within children and young people's services initially in Kingston and then moved to Northampton to develop the service. Two years later she returned to London to work at St Georges Hospital within the behavioural medicine service for young people where she became a Consultant Clinical Psychologist. Following a number of years of working with young people presenting with a variety of acute and chronic physical health problems as well as life limiting conditions she moved into clinical service development and management initially leading a Child Psychology Service in Kent and then taking on a number of roles within the Sussex area finally becoming Head of Psychology and Psychological services for West Sussex. Throughout this time she also contributed to the training of a wide variety of Health and social practitioners alongside a major contribution to the training of clinical Psychologists. In 2004 she joined the University to become the Programme Director of the Clinical Psychology training course. Since that time she has worked with colleagues to develop supervision and consultation training, Cognitive Behavioural therapy practitioner training, Interpersonal psychotherapy training resulting in the development of a Surrey Sussex IPT Centre. In 2012-15 she became Deputy Head of School and Director of Teaching and Learning

Research interests

My research interests have become focussed on the impact of adversity on young people and how we understand the development of self- identity including well-being, resilience or psychological distress. Part of this strategy has been to develop measures of recovery from psychological distress, ReQUEST also other psychometric instruments examining shame and guilt ASA and GSA .These two self-conscious emotions have a significant impact on how young people appraise the world and how they form a world view of themselves. In a clinical context, the resulting consequences of developmental trauma can be present across the decades unless identified and addressed. Currently I am working with CAMHS services on how we might effectively address this issue for young people. Looked after children are also at elevated risks of experiencing difficulties with emotion regulation, educational performance and inter-personal relationships. I am working with colleagues at Sussex University and the Rees Centre oxford to examine the impact of school transition on these young people's well-being. It is anticipated that we may be able to identify those most at risk of difficulties, provide profiles where specific intervention could be targeted.

Owing to my long term interest in chronic health condition I have recently begun working with Debbie Cooke, Laura Simonds and Gareth Morgan addressing the psychological needs of young people with who are experiencing difficulties controlling their diabetes.

The other area of particular interest is how adolescent boys and men become more emotionally self-aware of their emotional distress and seek adaptive methods to secure support. Currently girls and women are over represented in the utilisation of services whilst boys and men are over represented in police engagement, and probation and prison services.

During the course of this work I employ mixed method approaches as well as both specific Qualitative quantitative analytic strategies.

Research collaborations

Laura Simonds and I have been exploring personal centred recovery in young people both within the general population and also in clinical contexts. She and I also work together in the area of shame and Guilt.

Linda Morison and I work together with Bob Patton, Jason Spendelow, Eli Joubert in this field of men and boys health.

Debbie Cooke, Gareth Morgan and Laura Simonds on facilitating engagement with diabetes self care.

I am also working with Professor Robin Banerjee at Sussex University and Dr Nikki Luke at The Rees centre Oxford. She is a reviewer for many journals and grant givers.

Departmental duties

Mary is Head of Department for Psychological Practice and Intervention

Senior Lecturer in Clinical Psychology and Programme Director of the Practitioner Doctorate Clinical Psychology Training programme.

Public engagement

Mary is active in influencing Health Education England on the training and workforces related to applied psychology.


Sussex Partnership NHS Trust Own account funding stream- Developing a Mindfulness App for young people. Collaboration with Prof Robin Banerjee Sussex University. 2013 Awarded

Sussex Partnership NHS Trust Own account funding stream- Development of a recovery measure for young people 2009 Awarded

My publications


Simonds. L, John, M, Fifie-Schaw. C., Willis, S., Taylor, H., Hand, H., Rahim., Winstanley, H., and Winton,H ( 2015 )Development and Validation of an Adolescent Shame -proness Scale. Psychological Assessment

John, M (2015) Working with children chapter in Clinical Psychology (Topics in Applied Psychology) Routledge

Mulligan, B., John, M., Coombes, R., Singh, R., (2014) - Developing outcome measures for a Family Intensive Support Service for Children presenting with challenging behaviours. British Journal of Learning Disabilities March

John M, Jeffries F, Acuña-Rivera M, Warren F, Simonds L. (2014) 'Development of measures to assess personal recovery in young people treated in specialist mental health services'. Clinical Psychology & Psychotherapy, 21(3) 1063-3995 doi: 10.1002/cpp.1905

Simonds LM, Pons RA, Stone NJ, Warren F, John M. (2014) 'Adolescents with Anxiety and Depression: Is Social Recovery Relevant?'. Clin Psychol Psychother, 21 (4), pp. 289-298.doi: 10.1002/cpp.1841

Atkins, E., Colville., G and John. M. A 'biopsychosocial' model for recovery: a grounded theory study of families' journeys after a Paediatric Intensive Care Admission Intensive Crit Care Nurs. 2012 Jun;28(3):133-40

John, M. Shortlisting from the Clearing House Application form: Is it fit for purpose? A commentary Psychology Learning and teaching 9 (2) 37-39

Lee, K. Vandrevela,T and John A.M (2008). The challenges and experiences of Trainees pursuing Clinical psychology training straight from and undergraduate degree

Hewitt, O and Roose, G and John, M, Yazdani, A (2006) Young people with learning disability views on mental health. Young Minds

John, A.M. and Vetere, A It's Important, and Its' One Way of Helping, and One Way of Helping Only. Clinical Psychology Forum (2008)

Vandrevala, T, Hayward, M, Willis, J. and John, M. (2007). A move towards a culture of involvement: involving service users and carer in the selection of future clinical psychologists. Journal of Mental Health Training, Education and Practice.

Carlisle A. S., John A., Fife-Schaw, .C. and Lloyd. M (2006) The Self-Regulatory Model in Women with Rheumatoid Arthritis: Relationships between Illness Representations, Coping Strategies, and Outcome. J. Health Psychology.

Hewitt, O and Roose, G and John, M, (2004) View finder User consultation is seen as key to improving outline how children and young people view mental health services. Young Minds 71

Roose, G and John, A. (2003) Young children's understanding of mental health their help seeking behaviour and ideas for a mental health service. Child Health care and development

Adams, S., Dowdney, L., John, A, and Hill, V. (2003) Expanding the profession of clinical psychology- clinical psychologists views on providing training placements. Clinical Psychology 22- February

Bradford, R., Rutherford, D. L. and John, A. (2002) Quality of life in young people ratings and factor structure of quality of life profile-adolescent version. J of Adolescence Vol 25 no 23, 261-74

Bowen, A and John, A. M. (2001) Gender differences in presentation and conceptualisation of adolescent self-injurious behaviour: implications for therapeutic practice Counselling psychology quarterly vol. 14 357-379.

Spender. Q, and John, A. (2001) Psychological and psychiatric perspectives. In Legal concepts of childhood. Editors Fionda, J. Hart Publishing

John A.M, (2001) Psychological considerations in the child patient. Introduction to podopediatrics. Editors Thompson, P and Volpe, R Churchill Livingston

Skinner, C. John, M, and Hampson, S. (1999). Social support and personal models of diabetes as predictors of self care and well being A Longitudinal study of adolescents with Diabetes. J. of Pediatric Psychology.

Tomes, J and John, A. (1994). 'The Psychological Effects of Chronic Illness on Children and their Families.' In Paediatrics for Chiropodists. Edits. Thomson P. Harcourt Brace & Jovanovich.

John A, (1993) 'Emotional Problems of Children,' In: The Royal Society of Medicine. Child Health Guide. Edited West .R. Octopus.

John, A. & Bradford, R. (1991). Integrating Family Therapy into Paediatrics. A Model. Journal of Family Therapy. Vol. 13 p 207-223.

Bradford, R. & John, A. (1991). The Psychological effects on disaster work, implications for disaster planning. Journal of Royal Society of Health. Vol. 111 June, p 107-110