Professor Reg Morris
Areas of interest
Stroke, Psychological Assessment
I studied psychology at the University of Exeter and was awarded a PhD for research into learning in 1977 and the BPS Diploma in Clinical Psychology in 1986. For the next four years I was a clinical psychologist/lecturer in clinical psychology at the University of Plymouth, joining the clinical psychology training programme in 1990 as research tutor/director. My clinical work at this time was in adult mental health within primary care settings, but since 1996 I have worked in NHS stroke services in Plymouth, Bristol, Bath and Wiltshire and for The Stroke Association and the Bristol Area Stroke Foundation.
In 2000 I became acting director of the Plymouth clinical psychology training programme and in the following year moved to Bristol to set up and direct the new Bristol programme which expanded from 10 to 24 trainees and developed a number of associated programmes, including a Certificate in Clinical Supervision and a CPD programme. Another theme of the programme was the integration of service user and carer perspectives into training. It has been a privilege to draw on these experiences in Wales, and especially the opportunities for developing training that will support the exciting and unique programme of health-care improvements being planned and implemented by the Welsh Government.
My research interests are in stroke, and I am always glad to supervise trainee research projects and to help them to be published. I have had funding for research to explore the relationship between the perspectives of service users, carers and staff in NHS stroke services, to set up and evaluate peer support groups and to explore the experiences of staff in third sector stroke services. In 2002 I was a founder member of a UK stroke research network (originally PSYRIS, now OPSYRIS) which has been helpful in facilitating stroke research and am an author of six chapters un the ‘Psychological Management of Stroke’ textbook published by Wiley International in 2012 and about a dozen peer reviewed articles and have co-authored ‘Rebuilding Life After Stroke’ (2017), a self-help book for people affected by stroke.
My teaching interests are in stroke and stroke services, professional practice and ethics, mental capacity, experimental and single-case research methods and statistics.
From 2012-2016 I was co-chair of the UK Group of Trainers in Clinical Psychology and sat on the Division of Clinical Psychology executive committee. I continue to sit on various BPS committees.