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  • Lesley joined the Clinical Psychology Doctorate Programme in November 2012 as part of the Clinical Tutor team, and works 3 days a week for the programme. In addition, she works 2 days a week on a project exploring the need for Mental Health Continuous Professional Development in the local workforce.
  • Lesley is the Deputy Lead for Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) at Coventry University, trained as a Mental Health Adult and Youth Instructor and part of the MHFA team, training staff, students, and external organisations on MHFA aswell as running mental health promotional events and linking with Higher Education MHFA England.
  • Lesley is a Clinical Psychologist, having qualified from the Doctorate in Clinical Psychology Programme at Birmingham University in 2005. She has over 10 years clinical experience, initially working with Sandwell Early Intervention for Psychosis Service and then Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health Foundation Trust, with both the Birmingham Early Intervention for Psychosis Service and the Early Detection and Intervention team.
  • Prior to becoming a clinician, she worked in academia, gaining her PhD at Sheffield University in 1998, and going on to lecture and conduct research at Birmingham University and then Edinburgh University.
  • Lesley is passionate about increasing awareness of mental health issues, particularly within education.

Research Interests

  • Public Mental Health
  • Psychosis and Trauma
  • Attachment
  • Cognitive Functioning

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being

Education/Academic qualification

Clinical Psychology, Doctorate, University of Birmingham

Award Date: 1 Nov 2005

Clinical Psychophysiology, Doctorate, University of Sheffield

Award Date: 6 Nov 1998

Psychology, Degree, Brunel University

Award Date: 1 Jul 1992

External positions

MHFA Adult Instructor, Mental Health First Aid England

MHFA Youth Instructor, Mental Health First Aid England


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  • Coventry Excellence Awards 2017

    Parkes, S. (Recipient), Harrison, Lesley (Recipient), Dix, A. (Recipient), Toms, J. (Recipient), Phimister, D. (Recipient), Epstein, L. (Recipient), James, G. (Recipient) & Pengelly, T. (Recipient), 2017

    Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)