Dr. Timothy Bird

Postdoctoral Fellow in Clinical Psychology

Background

I joined the School of Health in Social Sciences in 2016 as a Postdoctoral Fellow in Clinical Psychology.  From 2004 to 2008 I completed my undergraduate degree in Psychology and a Master of Research (MRes) in Psychology at the University of Manchester.  I subsequently completed a PhD in Psychology (2010 - 2013), also at the University of Manchester, before training in clinical psychology at the University of Edinburgh, for which I received the Gillian Birrell Memorial Prize in 2016.    Along with this post I also work clinically in NHS Lothian.

Postgraduate teaching

I am course co-ordinator for a course entitled Evidence Based Psychological Inverventions on the MSc in Children and Young People's Mental Health and Psychological Practice.  I also contribute to teaching co-ordination for the Adult Mental Health module of the Doctorate in Clinical Psychology. 

 

Research summary

I am currently involved in research on persistent depression, with a particular focus on evaluating the validity and effectiveness of Cognitive Behavioural Analysis System of Psychotherapy (CBASP).  This includes intervention studies using single-case methodology, along with cross-sectional studies aimed at validating McCullough's (2000) developmental model of persistent depression.  I also have a broader interest in single-case methodologies for investigating mediators of psychological interventions. 

Past research interests

My MRes and PhD research was focused on investigating whether overlaps exist between cognitive and behavioural processes that are known to maintain psychopathology, and whether a single core process might account for this overlap. This research focused on Perceptual Control Theory (PCT), a theory of human functioning and behaviour, and a form of psychological therapy based on this theory called Method of Levels (MOL).