Professor Derek Farrell MBE

Derek Farrel

Principal Lecturer and Course Leader, MSc EMDR Therapy

Department of Violence Prevention, Trauma and Criminology

Contact Details

tel: 01905 542443

BPS Chartered Psychologist,
EMDR Europe Accredited Trainer & Consultant
BABCP Accredited Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapist  

Teaching & Research

  • Psychological Trauma
  • Child Sexual Abuse
  • Clergy Sexual Abuse
  • EMDR
  • Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapies
  • Mental Health & Severe Mental Illness
  • Performance Enhancement in Sport
  • Psychological interventions within humanitarian assistance programmes
  • Positive Psychology
  • Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis
  • Q Methodology
  • Mixed methodology
  • Psychometric evaluation and validation including statistical analysis

Professional Bodies

  • Chair of Accreditation Committee EMDR UK & Ireland
  • Member of EMDR Europe Committee
  • Member of EMDR Europe Science and Research Committee
  • Chair EMDR Europe Professional Standards Sub-committee
  • Accredited with EMDR Europe as a Consultant


Dunne, T. & Farrell, D.P, (2011) An Investigation into Clinicians Experiences of Integrating EMDR into their Clinical Practice Journal of EMDR practice & research. Vol. 5., No. 4

Farrell, D.P. (1999a) Survivors of Sexual Abuse by Clergy - A Church and Community Perspective Changes - International Journal of Psychology and Psychotherapy Vol. 17, No. 1 Wiley Press

Farrell, D.P. & Taylor, M (1999b) Silenced by God An Examination of Unique Characteristics within Sexual Abuse by Clergy Counselling Psychology Review. Vol. 15, No. 1 February

Farrell, D.P. (2004) An Historical Viewpoint of Sexual Abuse Perpetrated by Clergy and Religious Journal of Religion & Abuse Vol. 6 No. 2

Farrell, D.P (2009) Sexual Abuse Perpetrated by Roman Catholic Priests Mental Health Religion & Culture Vol 12, No. 1 pp 39-53 Taylor & Francis

Farrell, D.P., Dworkin, M., Keenan, P.S., & Spierings, J. (2010) Using EMDR with Survivors of Sexual Abuse perpetrated by Roman Catholic Priests Journal of EMDR Practice & Research Vol. 4. No. 3 pp 124 133

Farrell, D. P.; Keenan, P. S.; Wajid Ali, M., Bilal, S.; Tareen, S. M.; Keenan, L. & Rana, M.H (2011) Training Pakistani Mental Health Workers in EMDR in the Aftermath of the 2005 Earthquake in Northern Pakistan. Counselling Psychology Quarterly, June 2011 Vol. 24 No. 2 ISSN0951-5070 pp 127-137

Farrell, D. P. & Keenan, P.S (2013 in press) Participants experiences of EMDR Training. Journal of EMDR Practice & Research

Keenan, P.S & Farrell, D.P. (2000) Treating Non Psychotic Morbid Jealousy with Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR) Utilising Cognitive Interweave A Case Report Counselling Psychology Quarterly, Vol. 13, No 2

Merrick, S & Farrell, D. (2012) Head and neck cancer patients experiences of percutaneous endoscopic gastronomy feeding: A Q-methodology study. European Journal of Cancer Care 21, 493-504

Royle, E., Keenan, P.S & Farrell, D.P. (2009) Issues of Stigma for first responders accessing support for post traumatic stress International Journal of Emergency Mental Health Vol.11 No 2

Tareen, M.S, McDowell, C., Naqvi, K., Bashir, A., Keenan, P., Rehman, R., & Farrell, D. (2012) Evaluation of an Urdu version of the Revised Impact of Events Scale. International Psychiatry Volume 9 Number 1 February
Wagstaff, C., Farrell, D, P., & Williams, R., (2011) Disengagement of clients from mental health services. Mental Health Practice Vol. 14 No. 8., May 2011

Other Scholarly Publications:
Dunne, T. & Farrell, D.P (2009) Accredited, brand-named therapies and the standard of evidence: A Reply to Davidson. Clinical Psychology Forum 195 March

Farrell, D.P. (1997) Psychopharmacological Treatment of Unipolar Depression within the Elderly Counselling Psychology Quarterly, Vol. 10, No. 3, September

Farrell, D.P (2008) Control & Restraint in Mental Health International Journal of Therapy & Rehabilitation Vol. 15 No. 12

Farrell, D.P (2009) Psychological Trauma (Farrell, 2009) Book Chapter in Critical Issues in Mental Health [Ed -Tummey & Turner) Palgrave Macmillan Press United Kingdom

Farrell, D.P., Keenan, P.S., Tareen, M.S., Keenan, L. & Rana, M (2010) EMDR as an Effective Intervention in Psychological Trauma EMDR Practitioner Journal of EMDR Europe Association

Jones, S. & Farrell, D.P. (2005) Defensible versus Defensive Practice in the Management of Risk in Mental Health, Mental Health Nursing Journal November

Reid, K., Farrell, D. & Dealey, C. (2012) Health Related Quality of Life Questionnaires: are the fit for purpose. In Head & Neck Cancer (ed. Mark Aqulnik) InTech Publishers

Wright, C., Rushton, A., Gamlin, G & Farrell, D.P (2008) The Role of Systematic Reviews in Clinical Practice International Journal of Therapy & Rehabilitation 39:2