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Dr Chris Hobson

Senior Clinical Tutor

School of Psychology

029 208 70582
Tower Building, 70 Park Place, Cardiff, CF10 3AT


Areas of interest

Attachment and Trauma, Mentalization, Personality Difficulties, Forensic Mental Health/Risk, Development of Emotional and Behavioural Difficulties in Children/Adolescents, Mental Capacity, Parenting, Homelessness.


I work on the south Wales Doctoral Programme in Clinical Psychology. My main work on the programme involves supervising research (and coordination of research on the programme), teaching, and coordinating service user and carer involvement. Separately, I am also the Clinical Psychologist for the Neurodevelopmental Assessment Research Unit based at Cardiff University.

My research interests fall into two broad categories. Firstly, I am interested in the development of emotional and behavioural difficulties in children and young people and how best to intervene in such problems. Specific interests include the role of executive functioning, emotional development and empathy, and parenting factors (the role of parental mental health, parental reflective capacities and parental expressed emotion) in the development of childhood emotional and behavioural difficulties. Secondly, but overlapping in terms of relevant theories, I am interested in understanding work-related stress/burnout and how best to provide psychological support to staff who work with complex populations (e.g. those cared for in secure services, and homelessness settings).

Clinically, prior to working on the clinical psychology programme, I worked for six and a half years in secure settings with offenders, including in a Mentalisation Based Treatment service for men, and leading a specialist assessment and treatment service in a women’s prison. My clinical work is currently on an independent basis (mainly conducting assessments for parents involved in childcare proceedings for the family courts and local authorities).








I teach in various areas on the doctoral programme in Clinical Psychology.


I am currently/recently involved in supervising doctoral research in the following areas:

Executive functioning in externalising behaviours (conduct and attention/hyperactivity difficulties).
Environment and executive functioning/behaviour problems.
Expressed emotion and the association with behaviour problems.
Coherence as measured by the Five Minute Speech Sample.
Socio-emotional processing in young children with anxiety.
Parenting intervention research.
Burnout and related factors in staff working in homelessness settings.
Psychological flexibility and stress.
PTSD in young people experiencing homelessness.
Psychologically informed environments (PIEs).