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Yr Athro John Fox

Yr Athro John Fox

Professor of Clinical Psychology (Hons.) Associate Programme Director/ Clinical Director (DClinPsy)

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

My  research is primarily within the field of clinical psychology with a particular  emphasis on eating disorders, clinical health psychology and, more recently, suicide. Most of my research has focused on either relation between the 'self' and 'illness' (e.g. anorexia nervosa) or on emotional prcesses within eating disorders mainly based on the SPAARS-ED model (Fox and Power, 2009).

Currently, we  are currently developing psychological treatments for anorexia  nervosa via working with the 'Anorexic Voice’. There is increasing evidence and reports from people living with eating disorders that they experience an internal 'vocie' that drives their eating disorder. Over the last few years, we have looked at the interaction between the 'voice' and CBT and, recently, undertaken a case series on a new emotion focused/ voice focused treatment of anorexia nervosa.

My PhD  student, Charli Babb, is also undertaking research on the overlap between autism and restrictive eating patterns. This is in  collaboration with colleagues at Austistica, UCL (Will Mandy) and Catherine  Jones (Cardiff). Finally, I am also co-supervising Glen Mudzamiri on his PhD with Prof. Ben Hannigan from the School of Healthcare Science. Glen is undertaking research into the provision of CBT within rural communities.  Although I use and work with all types of research methodologies, I do have specific interest in qualitative research methodologies.

Professional Roles

I have the follwoing Professional Roles:

Associate Editor: Psychology and Psychotherapy: Theory, Research and Practice (PAPTRAP)

External Examiner: DClinPsy - University of Sheffield

External Examiner: DClinPsy - University College London (UCL)

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


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.

I am currently supervising projects in eating disorders, emotional difficulties in psychological distress, such as with depression and suicide.

Current students


Charlie  Babb
Glen Mudzamiri


Harriet Collie (3rd year)

David Mason (3rd Year)

Charlotte Davies (3rd year)

Georgette Morrison (2nd year)

Harriet Davies (2nd year)