Dr Chris Pawson

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About me

Chris joined UWE from the University of East London school of psychology where he was a Principal lecturer and Leader in Learning and Teaching. Prior to joining UEL and completing his PhD at the Institute for Research in Child Development, he worked for H.M. Home Office working on the evaluation of psychological interventions for young people and their families.

Area of expertise

Chris has postgraduate qualifications in teaching (PGCHE) and clinical & community psychology, and his broad research interests concern the application of community psychological frameworks to promote and improve mental health and wellbeing. Currently, he is working on a research programme exploring the transition of young people from child and adolescent to adult mental health services, and community approaches to 'recovery' from mental distress. Chris also continues to work on interventions with the NHS, Local Government and the third sector, and currently sits on advisory groups for Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service providers, the Greenhouse Education Project, and the national children's charity Place2Be.

Chris has managed and taught on a number of undergraduate and postgraduate degree programmes at Birkbeck and UEL, and was most recently the programme leader of the Clinical and Community Psychology degree at UEL. Chris' recent teaching focus includes political, developmental and community psychology at undergraduate and postgraduate level, and he is currently supervising PGR, clinical and counselling doctoral research students in these areas.


2020 - UWE Inspirational Leadership Award

2019 - Outstanding Teaching Award

2019 - Student Experience Award

2018 - Outstanding Teaching Award

2017 - Manager of the Year

2017 - Outstanding Teaching Award & Assessment and Feedback 

2015 - Inspirational Leadership Award


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