School of Dental Sciences

Staff Profile

Dr Chris Penlington

Clinical Psychologist


I qualified as a Clinical Psychologist (D.Clin.Psy)  from Newcastle University in 2001. Since then I worked for the NHS as a Clinical Psychologist within a Pain Clinic setting before moving to the University in 2017. My current post is within the School of Dental Sciences where I am involved in research about biopsychosocial factors relevant to persistent orofacial pain. My interests are in developing effective biopsychosocial interventions for people experiencing pain and long-term conditions.

I am responsible for the Behavioural and Social Sciences course for dental students and lecture on psychological aspects of providing dental care across the undergraduate curriculum.

I have a BSc. in Psychology (1991) and an MSc. In Mindfulness Studies (2017).

Area of expertise

  • Pain Management
  • Psychological treatment for Long Term Conditions