Caitlin Phillips

School of Health and Social Care
 Caitlin Phillips



Caitlin Phillips is a Lecturer in the School of Health and Human Sciences (SHSC) working within the Division of Psychological Therapies for the Doctorate in Clinical Psychology (DCP). She contributes to different modules and academic activities within the DCP programme. Caitlin originally trained as a Clinical Psychologist at UCL (MSc) in the mid-1990’s and has previously worked in NHS mental health services for adults in London and in the East of England, with a special interest in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT). In 2019 she completed an MA in ‘Refugee Protection and Forced Migration’ and her research explored the experience of forced displacement from the perspective of older adolescent refugees. She has also lived and worked overseas, taking on a range of psychosocial roles, including working as a ‘Staff Welfare Officer’ for the UN Peacekeeping mission in Congo (DRC), in private clinical practice in Kenya and for a humanitarian NGO in Ethiopia. Caitlin retains an interest in the field of refugee support and recently taught on the MA in Refugee Care at the University of Essex (Department of Psychosocial and Psychoanalytic Studies, PPS). She also volunteers for the NGO 'SolidariTee' which is a fundraising and grant giving organisation supporting refugee protection. Qualifications: MA - Refugee Protection and Forced Migration Studies (School of Advanced Study, University of London, UK) MSc - Clinical Psychology (University College London, University of London, UK). BA (Hons) - Psychology and Philosophy (Oxford University) Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education Practice (University of Essex, UK) Diploma in Cognitive Therapy (Oxford University, UK) Publications: Phillips, C. (2020). In-between lives: Attending to age-position in adolescent refugees’ experiences of forced migration in the Horn of Africa. [RLI working paper series. No. 48]. Available at Phillips, C., Cooke, M., Cooke, A. and Peters, E. (2007). Identity and cause of problems: The perceptions of patients with a diagnosis of schizophrenia. Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapy, 35 (2), pp 237- 240.


  • MA (Distinction) Refugee Protection and Forced Migration Studies School of Advanced Study, (2019)

  • MSc Clinical Psychology University College London,

  • BA (Hons) Psychology and Philosophy University of Oxford,

Teaching and supervision

Current teaching responsibilities

  • Clinical Applications 1 (HS762)

  • Clinical Research 1 (HS763)

  • Personal and Professional Development 1 (HS764)

  • Clinical Interventions and Skills 1 (HS765)

  • Clinical Intervention and Skills 3 (HS785)


Journal articles (1)

Phillips, CM., Cooke, MA., Cooke, A. and Peters, ER., (2007). Identity and Cause of Problems: The Perceptions of Patients with a Diagnosis of Schizophrenia. Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapy. 35 (02), 237-237

Book chapters (1)

Hayes, R., Blumenfeld, F., McPherson, S. and Cavenagh, P., (2023). Escape, autonomy, friendship, and resilience: Positive experiences of British boarding school. In: The Psychological Impact of Boarding School The Trunk in the Hall. Editors: Cavenagh, P., McPherson, S. and Ogden, J., . Routledge. 1003280498. 9781003280491

Reports and Papers (1)

Phillips, C., (2020). In-between lives: Attending to age-position in adolescent refugees’ experiences of forced migration in the Horn of Africa



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