Anne Cooke is Clinical Director of the Doctoral Programme in Clinical Psychology at the Salomons Centre for Applied Psychology, Canterbury Christ Church University. For many years she worked as a consultant clinical psychologist in the NHS, leading psychology services in psychiatric hospitals and mental health teams. She is the current British Psychological Society Practitioner of the Year. The award recognises in particular her public-facing work to make available good quality information about mental health.
Most recently Anne edited and promoted the Society’s major public information report Understanding Psychosis and Schizophrenia, leading a group of 24 contributors drawn from eight universities and six NHS trusts, together with people who had themselves experienced psychosis. The report attracted international media coverage, is widely used around the world and has been translated into several languages.
Anne is also active in the media and on social media. She is engaged with colleagues in the Discursive of Tunbridge Wells project which aims to open up debates about key issues in mental health and clinical psychology via a blog and a series of podcasts.