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The Institute of Psychology has several collaborative partnership links and engages with local, national and international communities in numerous ways. Below are some examples of existing and ongoing collaborations. 

  • Primary and secondary schools in the West Midlands
  • A-level colleges
  • Age UK
  • Shropshire County Council
  • The Ministry of Defence (MOD)
  • Health and social care commissioners and service providers
  • International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague
  • United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR)
  • United States Dept. of Homeland Security Transport and Administration Authority
  • American Institutes for Research 

Enterprise Partnerships

Dr Coral Dando and Dr Alison Attrill have fruitful collaborations with the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (DSTL) and have attracted funding to conduct applied psychological research in investigative areas. At a local level, Dr Darren Chadwick has worked with the Manchester Learning Disability partnership and attracted funding for service evaluation research. Dr Josephine Chen-Wilson and Dr Niall Galbraith both recently secured funding from the Undergraduate Research Assistantship Scheme, awarded by the British Psychological Society (BPS). Dr Chen-Wilson's work centred on applied developmental research into adolescence, whereas Dr Galbraith's research focused on help-seeking behaviours in adolescents. Dr Wendy Nicholls recently secured funding from the National Institute for Health Research Patient and Public Involvement Small Grants Scheme to conduct research on binge eating. We also provide training to educational psychologists in cognitive behavioural therapy. 

Consultancy Work

Dr Coral Dando is currently working with several UK police forces, and the International Criminal Court to i) develop and implement cross-cultural witness interview training for war crimes investigators, and ii) a taxonomy of verbal empathy for use in interviews with suspected sex offenders to improve cooperation. Dr Darren Chadwick has consulted on a project with North East Essex PCT aiming to improve carer competence around mealtimes to improve the health of adults with intellectual disabilities. Dr Darren Chadwick and Dr Caroline Wesson have consulted on an evaluation of a targeted services courts for people with mental health issues and learning disabilities in collaboration with criminal justice system organisations in Manchester.

The Centre for Applied Psychometric Testing Using Robust Evidence (CAPTURE) headed up by Debbie Stevens-Gill and Danny Hinton is a developing consultancy cluster within the Institute aiming to devise scales and psychometric assessments to meet organisational and practitioner needs.