Staff profile

Michelle Brooks-Ucheaga

Lecturer in Health and Social Care

Michelle Brooks


Health, Social, and Community Work


University of Derby Online Learning



I am an accredited Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapist, EMDR Therapist (Trauma), and trained clinical supervisor for MSc trainee CBT Psychotherapists. I am qualified and trained to treat a number of mild to moderate clinical presentations such as Depression, OCD, Generalised Anxiety Disorder (GAD), Panic Disorder, and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) amongst other Mental Health disorders.

I am also a guest lecturer at several universities on the MSc Cognitive Behavioural Therapy course and Clinical Psychology course for year 2 and 3 Doctorate students.

I have worked in the field of Health and Social Care and Mental Health for almost 20 years and I am passionate about equipping both Undergraduate and Post-Graduate practitioners and students in their chosen field within Health and Social Care to improve their practice and develop academically.

Teaching responsibilities

As a Health and Social Care Lecturer at the University of Derby,  I teach on both MSc and Undergraduate courses in Health and Social Care.

Research interests

My research and clinical practice area of expertise involves working within Mental Health Primary Care treating with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) with the general population and specifically with Refugees, Asylum Seekers, and Survivors of Torture.

I have also been involved in the development and implementation of National training in collaboration with Freedom from Torture (a National Human Rights organisation). The training is designed to assist Primary Care IAPT practitioners to work effectively with treating PTSD in Refugee populations. 

I am also one of four co-authors for the 2019 national NHS England Positive Practice Guidance for working with Black and Minority Ethnic patients within primary care.

Membership of professional bodies


Professionally I am also trained in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) (University of Nottingham), working psychologically with Long Term Physical Conditions (LTC) (University of Nottingham) and have completed the  IAPT Clinical Supervisor Training (University of Sheffield).

Recent conferences

Recent publications