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UKCP appoints new Research Lead

Portrait of Mary Keeling, UKCP Research Lead

Publication date: July 27, 2018

We’re delighted to welcome Dr Mary Keeling who joins us as UKCP Research Lead.

Mary is trained and experienced in a range of qualitative and quantitative research methods, having completed a masters’ degree in Psychological Research Methods, a PhD in Psychological Medicine, and four years post PhD experience as Postdoctoral Research fellow.

Before her academic career, Mary worked for five years’ as an assistant psychologist across adolescent inpatient mental health, neuropsychology rehabilitation, and primary care mental health services.

Her previous research has focused on marital relationships of military personnel and the experiences of military personnel as they transition to civilian life.

Through her academic and clinical experiences Mary has worked closely with psychotherapists and is passionate about improving understanding of psychotherapy among the public and government, increasing access to psychotherapies for the UK public, and harnessing and conducting research to achieve these goals.

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As UKCP Research Lead, Mary is enthusiastic about increasing our research profile and position as a leader in psychotherapy research. Her initial priorities include:

  • connecting with UKCP members to create a directory of current and future research conducted by members. This will enable UKCP to connect with research active members and provide research support across the research process including dissemination and impact.
  • conducting research to inform the work we do on influencing government policy about issues relating to psychotherapy and psychotherapeutic counsellors.

Mary is eager to connect with members who are currently research active or interested in research to explore how we can work to enhance practice informed research and research informed practice.  You can contact Mary by emailing