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Research Interests

My research interests broadly focus on aspects of the clinical psychology of adults and older people and include: 1. Positive Psychology and its application to mental health across the adult lifespan in areas such as: self-compassion, mindfulness, post-traumatic growth, resilience and coping styles, coping with caring for people with dementia (including the positive aspects of caregiving); 2. The assessment of positive functioning in clinical psychology and psychotherapeutic practice; 3. The person-centred paradigm and its interface with self-determination theory, as well as the application of person-centred constructs (such as unconditional positive self-regard and self-actualisation) to mental health 4. The non-medicalised evaluation of therapeutic change; 5. Self-conscious emotions in dementia, and emotional awareness and understanding in people with dementia.  


My background is in mental health, where I worked in a number of differnt roles before training as a clinical psychologist and going on to work clinically in both  adult and older people's services within the NHS.  I have clinical interests in Dementia, Depression (particularly in later life), Complex Trauma, and PTSD. I currently work full-time in Clinical Psychology Training.


Vision Statement

A strengths-based approach, together with a belief that positive factors can make an important contribution to clinical psychology's understanding of how people cope with or adjust to the various difficulties that they experience, informs my approach to teaching, research and practice.

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Research Output 2006 2019

8 Citations (Scopus)

Self-compassion, coping strategies and caregiver burden in caregivers of people with dementia.

Lloyd, J., Muers, J., Patterson, T. & Marczak, M., 2019, In : Clinical Gerontologist. 42, 1, p. 47-59 13 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle


Assessing efficacy and effectiveness in person-centred therapy: Challenges and opportunities

Patterson, T., Mar 2017, The handbook of person-centred therapy and mental health: Theory, research and practice. Joseph, S. (ed.). 2 ed. Ross-on-Wye: PCCS Books, p. 449-469 20 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Person-Centered Therapy
1 Citation (Scopus)
34 Downloads (Pure)

Experiences of healthcare assistants working with clients with dementia in residential care homes

Law, K., Patterson, T. G. & Muers, J., 13 Jan 2017, In : Dementia. (in press)

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
home care
group practice
2 Citations (Scopus)
34 Downloads (Pure)

Staff Factors Contributing to Family Satisfaction with Long-Term Dementia Care: A Systematic Review of the Literature

Law, K., Patterson, T. G. & Muers, J., 2017, In : Clinical Gerontologist. 40, 5, p. 326-351

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Long-Term Care

The impact of attachment and burnout on mental health professionals’ response urgency: A vignette-based study

Stocks, G., Patterson, T. & Hume, I., 19 Jan 2017.

Research output: Contribution to conferencePoster

Activities 2010 2017

  • 3 Examination
  • 2 Membership of network
  • 1 Membership of working group
  • 1 Visiting an external academic institution

External Examiner, University of Limerick

Tom Patterson (Examiner)

Activity: Examination

External Examiner, University of Bath

Tom Patterson (Examiner)

Activity: Examination

Faculty for the Psychology of Older People, BPS (External organisation)

Tom Patterson (Member)

Activity: MembershipMembership of working group

LETC West Midlands, Dementia Expert Reference Group (External organisation)

Tom Patterson (Member)

Activity: MembershipMembership of network

Group of Trainers in Clinical Psychology (External organisation)

Tom Patterson (Member)

Activity: MembershipMembership of network