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ERICCA Expert Advisory Group members

Professor Kate Davidson

Kate Davidson is Honorary Professor of Clinical Psychology at University of Glasgow. She is a graduate of the University of Edinburgh where she completed her MA in Psychology, Clinical Psychology training and PhD.  She was founding Director of the Glasgow Institute of Psychosocial Interventions, NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde and the South of Scotland CBT course. She is a Fellow of the British Psychological Society and Honorary Fellow of the British Association for Behavioural & Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP). She was Editor of the journal Personality and Mental Health until 2015. She was past President of the British and Irish Group for the Study of Personality Disorder and Board member of the International Society for the Study of Personality Disorder.  She is Editor of “The Matrix” for evidence based psychological therapies with NHS Education Scotland. She is currently a Trustee and Honorary Secretary of BABCP.

She has published extensively, lectures and gives workshops in CBT for personality disorders across the UK and internationally. Her research and clinical work focuses on developing CBT for the treatment of antisocial and borderline personality disorders in both community and forensic settings.

Georgina Davis

Georgina Davis completed degrees at the Universities of Oxford (philosophy) and Edinburgh (psychology). She is interested in understanding the effects of stigma on the experience of people with psychosis, and has conducted research on the relationship between trauma and psychosis.

Linda Irvine

Linda is Strategic Programme Manager for Mental Health and Wellbeing at NHS Lothian. She has been involved in numerous initiatives to combat stigma and improve the quality of mental healthcare in Edinburgh, and is dedicated to involving Service Users, Experts by Experience and Carers in the design and delivery of NHS care.

Dr Patricia Graham

Patricia is a Consultant Clinical Psychologist and Head of Psychology Services for Adult Mental Health which includes all NHS Lothian’s general and specialist adult mental health services including two regional units for Eating Disorders and Perinatal Services. Patricia is also a Quality Improvement coach in NHS Lothian, and is particularly keen to encourage and foster multidisciplinary QI training.

Dianna Manson

As a Service User and Expert by Experience, Dianna has contributed to numerous initiatives to improve the quality of mental healthcare in Scotland and reduce the stigma associated with mental health problems. She collaborates with a range of organisations, including VOX (former Board Director), AdvoCard (Chair of the Board), the Mental Welfare Commission for Scotland, See Me Scotland and SIGN (lay representative). With colleagues at CAPS Independent Advocacy, she helped to produce a ground-breaking film on the experience of psychosis, which was launched by Malcolm Chisholm MSP at the Scottish Parliament in 2015. In recent years, she has campaigned to raise awareness for the benefits of advocacy and the need  for appropriate placements and integrated care for individuals with enduring mental health problems and a co-morbidity factor. 

Frances Simpson

Frances is Chief Executive at Support in Mind Scotland, the national charity that works to improve the wellbeing and quality of life of people affected by serious mental illness, including family members and carers. Frances joined Support in Mind Scotland in January 2012 and is keen to raise awareness of her organisation’s specific expertise in and knowledge of serious mental illness such as schizophrenia and psychosis.

Prior to her current role she was self-employed, supporting voluntary organisations with organisational development and fundraising and before that held a national policy and communications role with Samaritans in Scotland. She has worked in the voluntary sector since 1991 and much of her experience has been working with carers and people with disabilities.  She describes her current role as the most challenging but satisfying of all, as the people her organisation supports are amongst the most excluded in Scotland’s communities. Developing new services to expand that support is the driving force of everything Support in Mind Scotland does.

Dr Andrew Watson

Andrew is Consultant Psychiatrist in NHS Lothian and a Honorary Senior Lecturer in Psychiatry at the University of Edinburgh. Andrew has been involved in studies using brain imaging to understand more about mental health problems, and he is currently Clinical Lead for Adult Psychiatry at the Royal Edinburgh Hospital, NHS Lothian. Andrew is also interested in developing interventions to support the autonomy and recovery of patients with acute mental health problems.

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