OUR PEOPLE

Dr. Anamaria Churchman

Director

Following the completion of a PhD in Clinical Psychology at the University of Manchester, I am keen to use my skillset to explore mental health interventions designed and informed by service users. Whilst the main focus remains to alleviate immediate distress, our work at WTRF is to explore longer-term solutions that could prevent difficulties from emerging. This includes, the role of families, schools, communities and the society overall in supporting and promoting positive mental health.

Danny Whittaker

Director

I’m a former service user with a history of “agoraphobia”, health anxiety, and substance abuse. My main areas of interest in mental health are research methodology and malpractice, anxiety “disorders”, social deprivation, trauma, and psychosomatic illness. My professional history includes media content production, business development and networking, and project management, all skills that reflect my day-to-day duties at the WTRF.

ACADEMIC ADVISORY BOARD

Dr. Lucy Johnstone

Dr. Lucy Johnstone

Consultant Clinical Psychologist

Dr Lucy Johnstone is a consultant clinical psychologist, author of ‘Users and abusers of psychiatry’ (Routledge 2000), ‘A straight-talking guide to psychiatric diagnosis’ (PCCS Books 2014) and co-editor of ‘Formulation in psychology and psychotherapy: making sense of people’s problems’ (Routledge, 2013). She is lead author of the ‘Power Threat Meaning Framework’ (BPS, 2018) and now works as an independent trainer.

Dr. Warren Mansell

Reader in Clinical Psychology

Dr Mansell began his career in researching for his PhD in cognitive behavioural therapy at University of Oxford, and after clinical psychology training at Kings College London, he focuses his work on universal/transdiagnostic approaches to mental health, based on perceptual control theory. His work includes nature engagement, dementia, human action control, school interventions, artificial intelligence and robotics.

Prof. John Cromby

Professor of Psychology

John Cromby is Professor of Psychology at the University of Leicester School of Business. He has worked at the Universities of Bradford, Nottingham and Loughborough, and has conducted research in drug addiction, learning disability and mental health settings. He is a contributing author to the “Power Threat Meaning Framework”, published by the British Psychological Society’s Division of Clinical Psychology.

Tomasz Witkowski, Ph.D

Tomasz Witkowski, Ph.D

Social Psychologist

Tomasz Witkowski is a psychologist, science writer and skeptic. He is the author, co-author and editor of several dozen science papers, several hundred popular science articles and fourteen books. Witkowski’s previous books include ‘Psychology Gone Wrong’ and ‘Psychology Led Astray’. He publishes in Skeptical Inquirer, BPS Research Digest and Science-Based Medicine.

Prof. Louis Charland

Professor of Philosophy & Psychiatry

Professor Charland is based at Western Univerity in London, Ontario, Canada, where he is a member of the Department of Philosophy, with a joint appointment in the School of Health Studies and a cross-appointment in the Department of Psychiatry. He is interested in the history and philosophy of psychiatry and the history and philosophy of emotion.