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 James Stroud

James Stroud

Senior Clinical Tutor

Overview

My name is Dr James Stroud and I am a Clinical Psychologist and Senior Academic Tutor on the South Wales Doctoral Course in Clinical Psychology. 

I have been working on the South Wales Doctoral Course in Clinical Psychology since 2019. I am responsible for overseeing the curriculum for the first year of the course and I am Chair of the Selection Committee. I also supervise a number of Dissertation projects that are currently looking at:

  • Belongingness in Looked After Children (LAC) settings. 
  • Burnout and Wellbeing in Mental Health Staff. 
  • Wellbeing in elite athletes. 

I have worked within the NHS since 2001, holding a number of posts across the specialisms of Adult Mental Health, Learning Disabilities, Forensic Psychology. My main area of expertise is in Adult Mental Health, and I have worked in Community and Inpatient settings. I have taken on leadership roles and have previously been responsible for setting up a psychology service within an inpatient setting. Clinically, I specialise in Schema Therapy for individuals with long-term, complex difficulties. 

Biography

I have worked within various psychology roles in the NHS since 2001, and across the specialties of Learning Disabilities, Forensic, Substance Misuse, Adult Mental Health, Older Adult and Child and Adolescence.  

I qualified as a clinical psychologist in 2007 after training on the South Wales Doctoral Course. Since qualifying I have predominantly worked within the Adult Mental Health specialty. I have worked in both community and inpatient settings and have been responsible for setting up a psychology service within an NHS inpatient setting across a Health Board.

In my current clinical role, I work with a broad range of presentations. My specialism is working with individuals who present with severe and unremitting ‘personality disorder’ presentations. I am an advanced accredited schema therapist and have trained to provide supervision in this modality.  

 I have been working on the South Wales Doctoral in Clinical Psychology Training Programme since 2019. I work on the Academic Team and oversee the curriculum for Year 1. I chair the Selection Committee Meetings and oversee all aspects of Selection.  

Honours and awards

  • Hywel Dda University Health Board (August 2018) Employee of the Month. 
  •  Hywel Dda University Health Board (2015). Acute Psychology Service Winner for Team Excellence (Celebrating Excellence in Mental Health and Learning Disabilities Awards).  

Professional memberships

  • Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC).
  • British Psychological Society (BPS).
  • International Society of Schema Therapy (ISST).
  • British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP).

Academic positions

2019 - Present: Senior Academic Tutor, South Wales Doctoral Course in Clinical Psychology (Cardiff University). 

Teaching

My main areas of teaching are within the field of Adult Mental Health on the South Wales Doctoral Course in Clinical Psychology. 

I have facilitated / co-facilitated teaching sessions in the following areas: 

  • Remote Working. 
  • The Clinical Cycle. 
  • Professional and ethical issues in clinical practice and research.
  • Working with complexity: Personality.
  • Working within inpatient settings.
  • Introduction to Schema Therapy (1 Day) 

Research 

I am currently supervising (and co-supervising) a number of final year dissertations in the following areas: 

  • Belongingness in Looked After Children (LAC) Settings.  
  • Wellbeing and psychological flexibility in Elite Athletes (a joint project with the Welsh Rugby Union).  
  • Burnout and wellbeing in inpatient rehabilitation staff. 

 I am also planning to supervise future research projects in the areas of: 

  • ‘Personality Disorders’. 
  • Vaccine-hesitancy. 

Publications

  • Stroud, J & Griffith, C. (2021 - accepted for publication). An Evaluation of Compassion-Focused Therapy within Adult Mental Health Inpatient settings. Psychology and Psychotherapy: Theory, Research and Practice.
  • Dodd, K.; Jones, H.; Stroud, J & Jones, K. (2015). Exploring Sexual and Social Understanding: An illustrated pack designed for working with people with Learning Disabilities. Second Edition. British Institute of Learning Disabilities.   
  • Stroud, J. & Parsons, R. (2012). Working with borderline personality disorder: A small-scale qualitative investigation into community psychiatric nurses’ constructs of borderline personality disorder. Personality and Mental Health. 7 (3), 242 – 253.   
  • Tattersall, T, Powell, J., Stroud, J. & Pringle, J. (2011). Comparing mind mapping with traditional analysis in qualitative research. Nursing Times 107(18):20-22.  
  • Dodd, K.; Jones, H.; Stroud, J & Jones, K. (2007). Exploring Sexual and Social Understanding: An illustrated pack designed for working with people with Learning Disabilities. British Institute of Learning Disabilities.   

Areas of expertise