Institute of Neuroscience

Staff Profile

Professor Douglas Turkington

Honorary Professor of Psychosocial Psychiatry


Research Interests

Dr Turkington has carried out research into the efficacy and effectiveness of cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) in the treatment of schizophrenia. He has carried out randomised controlled trials in schizophrenia spectrum disorder of CBT versus befriending and of CBT versus treatment as usual in community settings. He has also conducted short and medium term follow ups. He has co-authored ten books on the use of CBT in schizophrenia, three of these being treatment manuals. He has worked in the area of training support workers and carers in low intensity CBT techniques for schizophrenia. He along with colleagues at the University of Valencia (Professor Julio Sanjuan) has investigated fMRI outcomes in CBT for distressing auditory hallucinations. He has researched CBT for schizophrenia in China at Anding Hospital, Beijing along with Dr Li. He has investigated CBT as against cognitive adaptation training and an amalgam of both treatments for chronic schizophrenia with Dawn Velligan at the University of San Antonio, Texas. Linking with the PRU at Manchester University he has worked for a sustained period with Professor Anthony Morrison on CBT for psychotic disorders when clients refuse antipsychotic medication and for those with clozapine resistance. He is currently wotrking with Professor Hinzen and Ferrier on the language and mental health study (PALS). He is now applying for grants in relation to those people with psychosis with strong traumatic vulnerability to test whether they respond preferentially to CBT. He is keen to research the possibilities of CBT enhancement using oxytocin for the treatment of critical hallucinations.


Honorary Professor of Psychosocial Psychiatry and previously Consultant Liaison Psychiatrist at the Royal victoria Infirmary.

Esteem Indicators

Wellcome, RfPB and HTA  trust grant holder.

BMA book award for CBT for severe mental Disorders (2009) 

Joint recipient of the Aaron T Beck award for excellence in Cognitive Therapy (2015) 


Undergraduate Teaching

National and international teaching on CBT of psychotic disorders including symposia, seminars and workshops.