Professor Paul Gilbert

Position on Board

Head of Mental Health Research Unit


Professor Paul Gilbert


I am the head of the Mental Health Research Unit as well as Professor of Clinical Psychology here at the University of Derby. I have a degree in Economics (Wolverhampton, 1973), Masters in Experimental Psychology (Sussex, 1975), PhD in Clinical Psychology (Edinburgh, 1980) and a diploma in Clinical Psychology awarded by the British Psychological Society (1980).

I was made a fellow of the British Psychological Society for contributions to psychological knowledge in 1993 and was president of the British Association for Cognitive and Behavioural Psychotherapy in 2003. I have also served on the government depression NICE guideline committee.

I have published and edited 21 books, over 100 academic papers and 39 book chapters. I am currently a series editor for a 'compassionate approaches to life difficulties' series.

After years of exploring the processes underpinning shame and its role in a variety of psychopathologies, my current research is exploring the neurophysiology and therapeutic effectiveness of compassion focused therapy.

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