Prof Paul Gilbert

Head of the Mental Health Research Unit as well as Professor of Clinical Psychology here at the University of Derby. He has 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). 

He 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. He has also served on the government depression NICE guideline committee. He has published and edited 21 books, over 100 academic papers and 39 book chapters. He is currently a series editor for a ‘compassionate approaches to life’s difficulties’ series. 

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