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Director / Assistant Director

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Tony Morrison

Professor Tony Morrison – Director


Tony Morrison is a Professor of Clinical Psychology at the University of Manchester and is also Associate Director for Clinical Research at Greater Manchester West Mental Health Foundation Trust.

Dr Melissa Pyle

Assistant Director

Melissa Pyle is currently the assistant director (research) at the Psychosis Research Unit and an Honorary Research Associate at Manchester University.


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Carl Bateson

WebMaster & Trial Review Pannel

Carl Bateson has many years of experience of the mental health sector, including working to facilitate help and entertainment planning at psychiatric inpatient wards at Trafford General Hospital,

Dr David Shiers

Honorary Research Consultant

David Shiers a former GP in Leek, North Staffordshire, became involved in the early intervention reform of the mid 90s after his daughter’s experience of a severe psychotic illness in her adolescence...

Dr Eleanor Longden

Postdoctoral Service User Research Manager

Dr Eleanor Longden is the Postdoctoral Service User Research Manager at PRU and the current chair of its Service User Reference Group (SURG).

Heather Law

Dr Heather Law

Research Trial Manager

Heather Law studied for a degree in psychology at The University of Manchester before moving to work at Greater Manchester West Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust in 2007.

Jonothan Orson

Jonothan Orson

Trial Therapist

Jonothan is a Registered Mental Health Nurse and joined the Psychosis Research Unit in 2018. Jonothan currently works as a Research Care Coordinator on the iATTp trial (Investigation into Attention Training Technique for Psychosis)...

Heather Peel

Heather Peel

Service User Researcher

Heather Peel started working for PRU in May 2016 as a Service User Researcher conducting semi-structured qualitative interviews for the Method of Levels (MOL), a feasibility randomised control trial.

Liz Murphy

Dr Liz Murphy

Research Clinical Psychologist

Liz Murphy is a research clinical psychologist at The Psychosis Research Unit (PRU). Her role is to provide cognitive therapy to people who are participating in research trials.

Lydia Pearson

Lydia Pearson

Assistant Psychologist (Research)

Lydia Pearson is an Assistant Research Psychologist working on the Bipolar At Risk Trial: BART. Lydia has been involved with this trial since it started in April 2015, supporting with duties that include the...

Paul French

Professor Paul French

Honorary Research Consultant

Paul French is currently the Clinical Lead for Early Intervention in Psychosis services across Greater Manchester, Mental Health Clinical Lead for Greater Manchester and East Cheshire Strategic Clinical Network...

Peter Haddads

Professor Peter Haddad

Consultant Psychiatrist

Peter Haddad is a Consultant in Community Psychiatry at The Greater Manchester Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust. He is also an Honorary Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Manchester.

Rory Byrne

Dr Rory Byrne

Postdoctoral User-Researcher

Rory Byrne is a postdoctoral user-researcher at The Psychosis Research Unit (PRU), currently involved as a co-applicant with the following ongoing clinical trials: FOCUS, COMPARE, PRODIGY, BART, and IFCBT.

Sophie Faulkner

Sophie Faulkner

Trial Therapist

Sophie is a therapist on the iATTp (investigation of Attention Training Technique for people with psychosis) trial, under the supervision of Dr Sophie Parker (PRU) and Professor Adrian Wells (UoM).

Sophie Parker

Dr Sophie Parker

Clinical Psychologist

Dr Sophie Parker is a Clinical Psychologist working at the Psychosis Research Unit (PRU) at Greater Manchester West Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust. Sophie completed an undergraduate psychology degree...

Wendy Jones

Wendy Jones

Service User Researcher

Following her A-levels, Wendy studied Pharmacology and Physiology (with Industrial Experience) at The University of Manchester. On her placement year she developed a keen interest in the causes...

Peter Panayi

Peter Panayi

PhD Student

Peter Panayi is a PhD student in Clinical Psychology at The University of Manchester. His research focuses on the impact of complex trauma (difficult life experiences that are prolonged or repeated) among people with psychosis.