Currently Professor of Clinical Psychology and Applied Science at the University of Bath and Director, University of Bath and AWP NHS Trust Centre for Specialist Psychological Treatments of Anxiety and Related Problems (CSPTARP), Paul Salkovskis specialises in the understand and treatment of anxiety. He qualified as a clinical psychologist in 1979 at the Institute of Psychiatry and Maudsley Hospital. He worked in Yorkshire as a clinical psychologist before moving to the University of Oxford as a Research Clinical Psychologist. In Oxford he became Professor of Cognitive Psychology, before leaving to work at King’s College London Institute of Psychiatry as Professor of Clinical Psychology and Applied Science and Clinical Director in the Centre for Anxiety Disorders and Trauma at the Institute of Psychiatry (2000-2010). He is still Visiting Professor at King’s College London Institute of Psychiatry, but is now Professor of Clinical Psychology and Applied Science at the University of Bath.
He is regarded as a world leading expert in anxiety disorders in general, and more specifically in Panic and Agoraphobia, OCD, health anxiety and specific phobias, having contributed considerably to the psychological understanding and treatment of all of these areas. He also has considerable expertise in Health Psychology, working on Health Screening, Health Decision Making and the identification and treatment of Medically Unexplained Symptoms.
In 2010 he was appointed Programme Director for the Clinical Psychology Doctorate Programme at Bath which has now become one of the most sought after training programmes. He is currently Editor of the BABCP Journal, Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapy, and on the editorial board of many other international journals. He is Patron of several OCD and anxiety disorder charities. He received the Richard Rosen Prize for his contribution to the understanding of OCD, and two different Aaron T Beck Prizes for contributions to CBT! His main research interests include the study of cognitive (appraisal) and behavioural (safety seeking) factors in the understanding and treatment of anxiety disorders. He is presently involved in a wide ranging programme of research in anxiety disorders, including experimental investigations of cognitive and behavioural components, questionnaire studies, treatment trials and clinical studies. He has published well over 300 scholarly articles and chapters on the understanding and treatment of psychological problems and anxiety disorders.
He does not undertake private practice as a matter of principle; the principle is a commitment to the NHS!