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Dr Clio Berry

Dr Clio Berry


Clio is a Lecturer in Healthcare Evaluation and Improvement at the Brighton and Sussex Medical School. Clio studied for her undergraduate degree in Psychology and Philosophy at the University of Reading 2004-2007. Clio 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 mixed methods researcher focusing on risk and protective factors, treatment, time use and social recovery outcomes in the context of young people with complex mental health problems, people experiencing social disability, NEET status, psychosis or voice-hearing, and doctoral and undergraduate students. Clio has a particular focus on the clinical application of positive and social psychology constructs including hopefulness and meaning in life, therapeutic and supervisory relationships, social inclusion and identity. She is interested in the development, evaluation and implementation of specialist psychological therapies, non-specialist and non-clinical interventions, and in therapeutic understandings of ‘generic’ mental health treatment and healthcare interactions. Clio is a member of the Social Recovery Therapy research group and the Sussex Psychosis Research interest Group. Clio has held senior roles in national projects with funding from National Institute of Health Research Research for Patient Benefit and Health Technology Assessment streams, Office for Students, and Research England. She employs both quantitative, mainly path and structural equation modelling, and qualitative, mainly thematic analysis, analytic approaches in her work.



Clio provides teaching in support of Module 404 “Individual Research Project” (IRP) in the medical undergraduate curriculum. Clio lectures on research and evaluation methods in years 2, 3 and 4 of the undergraduate medical curriculum. Clio 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. 

Clio 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.

Selected publications

Berry, C., Othman, E., Tan, J.C., … & Fowler, D. (2019). Assessing social recovery of vulnerable youth in global mental health settings: A pilot study of clinical research tools in Malaysia. BMC Psychiatry, 19:188.

Berry, C., Michelson,D., Othman, E., … & Fowler, D. (2019). Views of young people in Malaysia on mental health, help-seeking and unusual psychological experiences. Early Intervention in Psychiatry.

Berry, C., Easterbrook, M., Empson, L., & Fowler, D. (2019). Structured activity and multiple group memberships as mechanisms of increased depression among young people not in employment, education or training. Early Intervention in Psychiatry.

Fowler, D., Hodgekins, J., Berry, C., … & French, P. (2019). Social Recovery Therapy: A treatment manual. Psychosis, 11(3), 261-272

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

Berry, C. & Greenwood, K. (2018). Direct and indirect associations between dysfunctional attitudes, self-stigma, hopefulness and social inclusion in young people experiencing psychosis. Schizophrenia Research, 193, 197-203.

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

Berry, C. & Greenwood, K. (2016). The relevance of professionals’ attachment style, expectations and job attitudes for therapeutic relationships with young people who experience psychosis. European Psychiatry, 34, 1-8.

Berry, C. & Greenwood, K. (2015). Hope-inspiring therapeutic relationships, professional expectations and social inclusion for young people with psychosis. Schizophrenia Research, 168(1-2), 153-160.

Berry, C. & Hayward, M. (2011). What can qualitative research tell us about service user experiences of CBT for psychosis? A synthesis of current evidence. Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapy, 39(4), 487-494.