Anne Cooke is a Principal Lecturer in the Department of Applied Psychology and Year 3 Director of the Doctoral Programme in Clinical Psychology.
Anne’s first degree was from Edinburgh University in Linguistics and German, and she initially worked for a television station based in the Netherlands. Following her decision to change direction and pursue a career in clinical psychology, her first post in mental health was as a nursing assistant on an inpatient unit for adolescents. She then completed a conversion course in psychology at London Metropolitan University, followed by a year as an assistant psychologist in a continuing care mental health unit. She trained as a clinical psychologist at the Institute of Psychiatry, qualifying in 1992. In 1999 she gained BABCP accreditation as a Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapist.
After qualifying she worked in inner city London for many years, mainly in a community mental health team and an acute mental health ward. She developed an interest in psychosis and also - in response to her experience of the complexities and limitations of offering mental health services to people in very difficult life situations - in critical approaches to mental health practice and in the service user/survivor movement. Alongside her clinical work she was manager of a psychology team and also worked part-time as Academic Tutor on the doctoral programme in clinical psychology at University College London. From 1996 to 2000 she was also Media Officer for the British Psychological Society Division of Clinical Psychology.
She came to Salomons/CCCU in 1999, initially as Academic and Research Tutor, and since 1995 as Principal Lecturer and Year 3 Director. In addition she has worked clinically in local NHS services and within the Department’s own Practice Consultancy service. She has also been a tutor and supervisor on the Department’s postgraduate programmes in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy.