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Research Faculty

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The Research Faculty fosters and promotes research within UKCP in line with our charitable objectives and overall strategy.

We do this through:

  • providing training in research methods to support all parts of UKCP
  • sharing research information that enhances practice to UKCP members
  • providing research information for UKCP policy initiatives
  • facilitating creative and innovative research in psychotherapy.

Why is psychotherapy research relevant?

In the NHS and in private practice, there is a growing demand for evidence-based practice. Practice-oriented research can help to produce the best possible outcomes for our clients.

UKCP’s Practitioner Research Network (PRN)

UKCP’s Practitioner Research Network is a network of therapists and researchers to:

  • enable members to find out more about how research is done and what it can contribute to their therapy practice
  • develop partnership and collaboration opportunities between practitioners and researchers
  • produce practice-based evidence about how therapy works.

Our PRN currently hosts one research project investigating the impact of ‘intersubjective moments’ in therapy processes.

We are also establishing a second project to look at therapy outcomes.

If you have further questions or want to sign up to the group’s mailing list, please email To join the PRN, please download and complete our information form.


View the program for the fourth annual research conference 2015.

Presentations from the day

Get involved

If you have a research related query, you can get in touch by emailing

Research Faculty Committee members

Portrait of Carol Martin, chair of the Research Faculty

Research Faculty Committee Chair: Carol Martin 

Carol is a senior lecturer and academic director of the doctoral programme in clinical psychology at the University of Leeds. Previously she worked in the NHS. Her specific research interests are qualitative methods; therapist, staff and client experiences of services and of therapy; and older people.

Portrait photo of Sheila Butler

PRN Coordinator: Sheila Butler

Sheila works as psychotherapist in private practice, as researcher and co-ordinator in the NHS and lectures at the Open University. Her interests include interdisciplinary research; mixed methods; outcomes; child development; and interpersonal relationships and emotions.

Portrait photo of Angela Cotter

Research Faculty Committee Co-vice chair: Angela Cotter

Angela is a psychotherapist in private practice and a lecturer at Regent’s University. Angela’s specific research interests are: action research; intersubjectivity of therapeutic relationships; and the ‘wounded healer’.

Portrait photo of Tirril Harris

Tirril Harris

Tirril is a psychotherapist in private practice. She also conducts research at the Institute of Psychiatry, Kings College, University of London. Her specific research interests include the aetiology of depression and anxiety; stressful experiences; gender; mixed methods; randomised control trials (RCTs); and the PRN.

A photo portrait of Georgia Lepper

Georgia Lepper

Georgia is a clinician/researcher. She is a specialist in conversation analysis (the study of turn-by-turn interaction) which she uses to investigate clinical interaction. She is a supervisory consultant to doctoral students at the University of Exeter.

Portrait photo of Terence Nice

Terence Nice

Terence is a lecturer at the University of Kent and a psychoanalytic psychotherapist in the NHS (CAMHS). His specific research interests are: qualitative methods; child, adolescent and adult mental health; self-harm; and the PRN.