Biography

I completed my undergraduate degree at the University of South Wales (Cardiff) in 2011. After this I worked within an Older Adult Mental Health Team for a number of years. I was awarded my Doctorate in Clinical Psychology in 2007 from the University of Plymouth (Bristol Doctorate in Clinical Psychology).

On qualification I worked as a Clinical Psychologist within a large older adult mental health team in Swindon. In 2010 I started working in Singapore for James Cook University as a Lecturer in Clinical Psychology. Concurrently I worked as an honorary Clinical Psychologist for Changi General Hospital within an older adult mental health team. In 2013 I returned to the UK to work in my current post at UEA and as a clinical psychologist with people who have experienced a brain injury. 

From June 2017 I work two days per week at UEA and three days per week in the NHS working clinically with older people with mental health problems across a range of inpatient wards. 

 Since September 2017 I have been the Programme Director of the Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner training at UEA in a Senior Lecturer role.

 

Career History

Acting Senior Lecturer and Programme Director for Psychological Wellbring Practitioner training, University of East Anglia. Sept 2017 Ongoing

Clinical Lecturer in Clinical Psychology. University of East Anglia. Joined 2013

Clinical Psychologist, Norfolk and Suffolk Mental Health Foundation Trust Joined June 2017

Clinical Psychologist. Norfolk Community Health and Care NHS Trust. Joined 2013
Lecturer in Clinical Psychology .James Cook University, Singapore. 2010 - 2012
Honorary Clinical psychology, Changi General Hospital, Singapore. 2011 - 2012
Clinical Psychologist, Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health partnership NHS Trust 2008 - 2010

Academic Background

Sept 2007 – DClinPsych, University of Plymouth (Bristol Doctorate in Clinical Psychology)
June 2001 – BSc Psychology – University of South Wales (Cardiff University)

All Publications

Aldridge, H., Fisher, P., Laidlaw, K.

(2017)

Experiences of shame for people with dementia: An Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis,

in Dementia

Full Text UEA Repository

(Article)

(E-pub ahead of print)


Tumola, J., Soon, J., Fisher, P., Yap, P.

(2016)

Lived experience of caregivers of persons with dementia and the impact on their sense of self: A qualitative study in Singapore,

in Journal of Cross-Cultural Gerontology

31

(2)

pp. 157-172

Full Text UEA Repository

(Article)

(Published)


Ramanathan, R., Fisher, P.

(2016)

Singaporean caregivers’ experiences of placing a relative into long term care,

in Clinical Gerontologist

39

(3)

pp. 167-189

Full Text UEA Repository

(Article)

(Published)


Fisher, P., Chew, K., Leow, Y. J.

(2015)

Clinical psychologists’ use of reflection and reflective practice within clinical work,

in Reflective Practice

16

(6)

pp. 731-743

Full Text UEA Repository

(Article)

(Published)


Hemanth, P., Fisher, P.

(2015)

Clinical Psychology Trainees' Experience of Mindfulness: an Interpretive Phenomenological Analysis,

in Mindfulness

6

(5)

pp. 1143-1152

Full Text UEA Repository

(Article)

(Published)


Cheong, K., Fisher, P., Goh, J., Ng, L., Koh, H. M., Yap, P.

(2015)

Advance care planning in people with early cognitive impairment,

in BMJ Supportive & Palliative Care

5

(1)

pp. 63-69

Full Text UEA Repository

(Article)

(Published)


Kishita, N., Fisher, P., Laidlaw, K.

(2015)

What are the attitudes of different age groups towards contributing and benefitting from the wider society and how are these experienced by individuals in those age groups? Looking forward to 2025 and 2040, how might these evolve?,

Government Office for Science

(Commissioned report)

(Published)


Fisher, P., Hemanth, P.

(2015)

The development, facilitation and initial evaluation of a mindfulness group for a clinical psychology training course,

UEA Repository

(Working paper)

(Published)


Fisher, P., Lim, J.

(2015)

Seeing through the Confusion: Person-centred Psychological Intervention for Challenging Behaviour in Dementia.,

in Clinical psychology in Singapore: An Asian Casebook.

NUS press

pp. 150

UEA Repository

(Chapter)

(Published)


Hemanth, P., Fisher, P.

(2015)

Mindfulness as a way of addressing the deficits in clinical psychology training programmes: A review,

in Journal of Tropical Psychology

5

article no. e5

Full Text UEA Repository

(Article)

(Published)


Tang, J. J., Fisher, P. A.

(2012)

High achieving students and their experience of the pursuit of academic excellence,

in Proceedings of International Symposium on Education and Psychology.

ISEP

pp. 475-499

(Conference contribution)

(Published)


Fisher, P.

(2011)

Psychological factors related to the experience of and reaction to electroconvulsive therapy,

in Journal of Mental Health

21

(6)

pp. 589-599

UEA Repository

(Article)

(Published)


Fisher, P.

(2011)

"ECT as a traumatic experience" in R.F. Morgan (Ed.) Trauma Psychology in context: International vignettes and applications,

in Latrogenic Etiology and Prevention : chapter 8.

pp. 224-229

UEA Repository

(Chapter)

(Published)


Fisher, P., Johnstone, L., Williamson, K.

(2011)

Patients' perceptions of the process of consenting to ECT,

in Journal of Mental Health

20

(4)

pp. 347-354

UEA Repository

(Article)

(Published)


Rees, J., Mckenna, P., Bell, V., Skucek, E., Nichols, E., Fisher, P.

(2008)

The Rookwood Driving Battery: Normative Older Adult Performance,

in British Journal of Clinical Psychology

47

(2)

pp. 139-151

UEA Repository

(Article)

(Published)


Key Research Interests

I have a number of current research interests including:

  • Patient’s experience of electroconvulsive therapy
  • Professional issues for clinical psychologists including formulation and reflective practice
  • The use of Mindfulness by Trainee Clinical Psychologists
  • Identity and Self concept following brain injury
  • Older Adult mental health issues particularly focusing around dementia and person centred care 

I am particularly interested in the use of qualitative research methods including Thematic Analysis, Interpretative Phenomenological analysis, grounded theory and participatory approaches. 

Teaching Interests

I co-ordinate and teach all Qualitative Research Methods teaching for the programme and also deliver other aspects of the research teaching. Clinically I teach sessions on Mindfulness and faciliate the 3rd year Mindfulness group alonside sessions on ethics and neuropsychology.  

External Activities and Indicators of Esteem

  • I am an external examiner for the University of Surray clinical psychology programme
  • I am the International Tutor for the ClinPsyD programme
  • I am the Qualitative Methods and Practice Tutor for the programme
  • I continue to work clinically for Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Trust. I lead psychological input into four wards for older people experiencing functional and organic mental health difficulites. This is based within Norwich.
  • I am a reviewer for the Journal of Tropical Psychology

Professional Activities

  • Full member of the British Psychological Society and the Division of Clinical Psychology
  • Registered Practitioner Psychologist with the health and care professions council.