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Dr Clio Berry

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Dr Clio Berry (PhD)

Senior Lecturer in Healthcare Evaluation and Improvement
T: 01273 641229
Location: Room 322 Watson Building, University of Brighton, Falmer, BN1 9PH

Areas of expertise: Youth and student mental health and psychosis, social disability and recovery, positive clinical psychology, measurement approaches to mental health and social outcomes, healthcare evaluation including randomised controlled trial design and delivery, quantitative methods, qualitative methods, systematic review and meta-synthesis

Research areas: Mental health

Preferred gender pronouns: she/her

Twitter handle: @clionancycherry



Clio is a Senior Lecturer in Healthcare Evaluation and Improvement at the BSMS. She studied for her undergraduate degree in Psychology and Philosophy at the University of Reading 2004-2007 and completed her PhD in Clinical Psychology at University of Sussex 2010-2014, focusing on hopefulness as an individual and relational mechanism of social inclusion for young people experiencing psychosis, and the development of hope-inspiring therapeutic relationships in ‘generic’ mental healthcare. Between 2013 and 2020, Clio held postdoc, research fellow and trial manager positions in observational and interventional studies in youth and complex mental health and student mental health, with the School of Psychology, University of Sussex, and Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust.

Clio is a member of the Social Recovery Therapy research group and the Sussex Psychosis Research interest Group. She has held senior roles in national projects with funding from National Institute of Health Research for Patient Benefit and Health Technology Assessment streams, Office for Students, and Research England. Clio also employs both quantitative, mainly path and structural equation modelling, and qualitative, mainly thematic analysis, analytic approaches in her work.


Clio is interested in the big challenges in student and young mental health, including relationships between mental health, diversity and vulnerability; social lives and functioning; access to and engagement with evidence-based healthcare and psychosocial interventions; shared mental health care; and how to best support vulnerable young people to thrive. She is interested in (co)producing the best intervention and service models to integrate mental health care into the communities which young people and students inhabit; strengthening mental health care provision and partnership-working with universities, colleges, schools, youth services and local communities. Involving young people and students in the co-development of understandings of these big challenges and innovative solutions is also integral to her work.

Clio's work focuses on the prevention, identification, and intervention in the context of youth and student mental health, with a particular emphasis on social disability and recovery, severity and complexity, psychosis and voice-hearing. She particularly focuses on the clinical application of positive and social psychology constructs including hopefulness and meaning in life, therapeutic and supervisory relationships, social inclusion and identity. Clio is also interested in how ‘vulnerability’, ‘social disability/functioning’ and ‘complexity’ are conceptualised among different disciplines, care and service settings, and cross-culturally. Interventions of interest include psychological therapies, non-specialist and non-clinical interventions, and arts-based interventions, and therapeutic understandings of ‘generic’ mental health treatment and healthcare interactions. Clio has an interest in the research process, including outcome measurement and process evaluation, modalities of research participation, and experiences of research involvement.



Clio provides teaching in support of Module 404 “Individual Research Project” (IRP) in the medical undergraduate curriculum. She lectures on research and evaluation methods in years 2, 3 and 4 of the undergraduate medical curriculum and supports students and supervisors in IRP design, delivery and analysis, both quantitative and qualitative. Clio supervises fourth year medical student IRPs and MSc and PhD students and has  previously lectured in undergraduate and postgraduate modules including advanced research methods, applied, developmental and clinical psychology, global mental health, professional issues in clinical psychology, and advanced Cognitive Behavioural Therapy at University of Sussex, University of Surrey, and the Oxford Cognitive Therapy Centre.

Clio's teaching interests centre around research methods teaching pedagogy. She is interested in how to best stimulate students’ curiosity about research methods and their application to evidence-based medicine and healthcare practice. Clio is intrigued by the student experience of the research process and how to best enhance critical appraisal skills and confidence, and best mitigate research-related anxiety. She is focused on teaching clinical practitioners in novel approaches to youth and complex mental health assessment and intervention. 

Selected publications

Berry C, Hodgekins, J, Michelson D, Chapman L, Chelidoni O, Crowter L, Sacadura C, Fowler D. Hopefulness as a key active ingredient in the treatment of young people with depression. Wellcome Trust Active Ingredients Programme.

Berry C, Niven J, Chapman L, Valeix S, Roberts P, Hazell C. A mixed mixed-methods investigation of mental health stigma, absenteeism and presenteeism among UK Postgraduate Researchers. Studies in Graduate and Postdoctoral Education.

Berry C, Newcombe H, Strauss C, Rammou A, Schlier B, Lincoln T, Hayward M. Validation of the Hamilton Program for Schizophrenia Voices Questionnaire: Associations with emotional distress and wellbeing, and invariance across diagnosis and sex. Schizophrenia Research 228:336-343 01 Feb 2021.

Hazell CM, Chapman L, Valeix SF, Roberts P, Niven JE, Berry C. Understanding the mental health of doctoral researchers: A mixed methods systematic review with meta-analysis and meta-synthesis. Systematic Reviews 9(1) 26 Aug 2020.

Berry C, Michelson D, Othman E, Tan JC, Gee B, Hodgekins J, Byrne RE, Ng ALO, Marsh NV, Coker S, et al. Views of young people in Malaysia on mental health, help-seeking and unusual psychological experiences. Early Intervention in Psychiatry 14(1):115-123 01 Feb 2020.6.

Berry C, Valeix S, Niven JE, Chapman L, Roberts PE, Hazell CM. Hanging in the balance: conceptualising doctoral researcher mental health as a dynamic balance across key tensions characterising the PhD experience. International Journal of Educational Research 102:a101575 1-166.

Berry C, Easterbrook MJ, Empson L, Fowler D. Structured activity and multiple group memberships as mechanisms of increased depression amongst young people not in employment, education or training. Early Intervention in Psychiatry 13(6):1480-1487 01 Dec 2019.

Berry C, Othman E, Tan JC, Gee B, Byrne RE, Hodgekins J, Michelson D, Ng ALO, Marsh NV, Coker S, et al. Assessing social recovery of vulnerable youth in global mental health settings: A pilot study of clinical research tools in Malaysia. BMC Psychiatry 19(1) 20 Jun 201910.

Berry C, Greenwood K. Beliefs in social inclusion: Invariance in associations among hope, dysfunctional attitudes, and social inclusion across adolescence and young adulthood. Development and Psychopathology 30(4):1403-1419 01 Oct 2018.

Bonnett V, Berry C, Meddings S, Holttum S. An exploration of young people’s narratives of hope following experience of psychosis. Psychosis 10(2):99-109 03 Apr 2018.

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