School of Psychology

Staff Profiles

Dr Mark Papworth

Course Director, PGCert Low Intensity Psychological Therapies


I qualified as a clinical psychologist in 1991 and have been working in the NHS since that point in time. From 1999 I have worked as a consultant clinical psychologist. Throughout my career I have worked primarily with adults in community and primary care settings, but I have also worked with children and families. My therapeutic approach is eclectic, drawing upon cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT), interpersonal therapy, cognitive analytic therapy and also other psychotherapeutic approaches.

My degrees are a BSc in psychology, as well as an MSc and Doctorate in clinical psychology. I have also an MA in Leadership (MA in Leading Innovation and Change) and a BA in fine art.

I currently work for two days at Newcastle University as programme director for the post-graduate certificate in low intensity psychological therapies. This is a new form of CBT that is used to treat mild to moderate, common mental health problems over a shorter length of contact, through use of therapy vehicles (such as supported self-help). For the rest of my week I work into the NHS and also private practice.


I teach on all of the modules of the PGCert in low intensity psychological therapies, these are:

PSY8011 - Engagement and assessment of patients with common mental health problems

PSY8012 - Evidence-based low-intensity treatment for common mental health disorders

PSY8013 - Values, policy, diversity and culture

PSY8014 - Working within a social, work and healthcare context

I also teach on an ad-hoc basis on the doctorate in clinical psychology and also the masters in psychology that is based in the school.


My research interests have been related to my clinical experience in the NHS. These are centred on methods of service delivery, the views of service users and also working with vulnerable individuals in community settings.

My interest in fine art has drawn me to the topic of creativity and mental health - many famous artists have been reported to have experienced mental health difficulties.

More latterly I have been interested in low intensity CBT approaches such as guided self-help and psycho-educational groups. I am the lead author on one of the main text books on this topic.