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John Fox

Clinical Director (D.Clin.Psy) and Senior Lecturer in Clinical Psychology (honorary)

Yr Ysgol Seicoleg

+44 (0)29 2087 5271
Adeilad y Tŵr, Plas y Parc, Caerdydd, CF10 3AT

Research summary

My  research is primarily within the field of clinical psychology with a particular  emphasis on eating disorders and clinical health psychology. Over the last 14  years, I have undertaken a series of studies looking at emotional factors in  eating disorders leading to the publication of the SPAARS-ED model in 2009. We  are currently looking at developing psychological treatments for anorexia  nervosa via working with the 'Anorexic Voice’ (with Matt Pugh, Stephanie  Tierney and Janet Treasure’s group). I am also undertaking research, via my PhD  student, Charli Babb, on autism and restrictive eating patterns. This is in  collaboration with colleagues at Austistica, UCL (Will Mandy) and Catherine  Jones (Cardiff). I also have an interest in qualitative research methodologies.

Teaching summary

Most of  teaching is upon the D.Clin.Psy programme at Cardiff University. My teaching  includes, working with risk, qualitative methodologies and cognitive analytic  therapy (CAT).

Undergraduate education

Royal Holloway University of London BSc Psychology - 1995

Postgraduate education

D.Clin.Psy – Cardiff University – 2002
PhD – Edinburgh University - 2010









Research topics and related papers

MRC/ESRC  Interdisciplinary Research Studentship in Medical and Social Sciences,  University of Manchester (2012) - PhD studentship

Title:  The Role of Emotional Sensitivity, Family, and Peer Characteristics in Anorexia  Nervosa.
Total  Money: £100,000
This  PhD research programme has been designed to extend the SPAARS-ED model (Fox and  Power, 2009) and look at its application within the context of families and  other social relationships.

Psychological  Sciences Bursary (2012), University of Manchester - 3 year full time PhD  Studentship

Total  Money: £105,000
Title:  Processing Pride in Anorexia Nervosa: Implications for Treatment Motivation and  Outcome.
This  research project was designed to further research emotional factors in eating  disorders and looks at how positive emotions, such as pride, may actually  prevent engagement in treatment and negatively impact motivation to recover  from an eating disorder.

Autistica  Charity – Research Funding for Two PhD Case studentships (with matched funding  from Cardiff University and UCL) - Three Year funded project

Total  Money: £90,000 from Autistica Charity, £45,000 from Cardiff University and  £45,000 from UCL (2017)

Title:  Towards a Successful Treatment of Anorexia Nervosa in Autistic Women  (Investigators: Dr. Mandy (UCL), Dr. Fox (Cardiff) and Dr. Tchanturia (IOPPN).

This research project will address the  following specific aims:

  • Identify  causes and maintaining factors of AN in autism, from the perspective of  autistic women, parents and clinicians.
  • Identify  barriers to service adaption and successful treatment of autistic women with  AN, from the perspective of autistic women, family members and clinicians.
  • Derive  a specific psychological model of AN in autism.

Research collaborators

Dr Catherine Jones, WARC and School of  Psychology, Cardiff University
Dr Will Mandy, Clinical Psychology, UCL
Dr Matt Pugh, Vincent Square eating  disorders NHS service
Prof Janet Treasure, IOPNN
Dr Valentina Cardi, IOPNN

Postgraduate research interests

If you are interested in applying for a PhD, or for further information  regarding my postgraduate research, please contact me directly (contact details available on the 'Overview' page), or submit a formal application.

Current students

Charlie  Babb, PhD
Tina  Howard, D.Clin.Psy
Elinor  MacCormac, D.Clin.Psy
Natalie  Stott, D.Clin.Psy