Dr Alastair Pipkin

Alistair Pipkin

Lecturer in Psychology

School of Psychology

Department of Performance, Health and Wellbeing

Contact Details

email: a.pipkin@worc.ac.uk

Alastair is a Clinical Psychologist who joined the University of Worcester as a Lecturer in 2021. He brings applied clinical experience to his teaching and his work focuses on applying psychological theory and evidence to understand and address distress. He has interests in psychosis, stigma, attachment and self-disclosure, and supporting minority groups including LGBTQ+ individuals. He also provides research supervision across undergraduate, postgraduate and doctoral levels.


Doctorate in Clinical Psychology – University of Oxford

Psychology BSc (Hons) – University of Liverpool

Teaching Interests

Alastair is passionate about teaching across a range of theoretical and applied skills in Clinical Psychology, including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Evidence-Based Practice, Personal and Professional Development and Formulation using a range of psychological approaches, including psychosis and attachment theory. He has taught across undergraduate, postgraduate and doctoral levels and provides research supervision across all levels.


PSYC1454 – Applied Psychology 2: Forensic and Therapeutic Settings

PSYC2542 – The Individual and the Social World

PSYC3636 – Clinical Psychology

PSYC3641 – Professional and Ethical Issues in Counselling Psychology

PSYC3649 – Mental Health and Mental Illness

PSYC3650 – Approaches to Treatment

MPSY4256 – Professional Skills Development

Research Interests

Alastair’s research interests span understanding relational processes in the therapy, including client self-disclosure, stigma and therapy outcomes, as well as understanding the psychological impact of stigma on minority groups. He has an active research portfolio examining the mechanisms of how stigma negatively contributes to specific types of mental health difficulties in LGBTQ+ people, and in understanding how people navigate sexuality following gender transition.

Membership of Professional Bodies

Registered Clinical Psychologist with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC)

Member of the British Association of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapy (BABCP)

Recent Publications

Pipkin, A. (2021). The Psychological Needs of Non-Binary People. Clinical Psychology Forum, 339.


Pipkin, A., Armitage, S., Knight, M. & Hogg, L. (2021). “A Blank Canvas of Me”: An Interpretive Phenomenological Study of Client Self-Disclosure in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for Psychosis. Psychosis, 3(1), 242-252. https://doi.org/10.1080/17522439.2021.1881597


Pipkin, A., Hogg, L. & Armitage, S. (2021). “Someone on my Level”: A Meta-ethnographic Review of Therapeutic Relationships in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for Psychosis. Clinical Psychology & Psychotherapy (Early View). https://doi.org/10.1002/cpp.2578


Pipkin, A. (2020). The Evidence Base for Rural Early Intervention in Psychosis Services: A Critical Review. Early Intervention in Psychiatry, 15(4), 762-774. https://doi.org/10.1111/eip.13019


Pipkin, A. (2019). Men’s Recovery Action Service: A New NHS Men’s Group. Workshop presented at the Male Psychology Conference 2019 on 21/06/2019.


Kinsella, A. & Pipkin, A. (2018). Men's Action Recovery Service: A Pilot Recovery Group for Men. Poster presented at the Male Psychology Conference 2018 on 23/06/18.


Evans, S., Bailey, A. & Pipkin, A. (2017). Evaluating the impact of Parenting Interventions on contributing factors to child behavioural problems, including Parental Mental Health. Presented at the BPS DCP Faculty of CYPF Annual Conference 2017 on 26/09/17.


Pender, F. & Pipkin, A. (2015). A Peer Education Project in Local Schools. Workshop presented at the Division of Clinical Psychology Faculty of Children and Young People and Families Conference in 2015.

External Roles

Peer Reviewer for the British Journal of Clinical Psychology

Peer Reviewer for the journal Psychosis

External Supervisor and Consultant for Clinical Psychology Doctoral Thesis projects at the University of Oxford and the University of Leicester