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Professor Paul Salkovskis


Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust & University of Oxford

Professor Paul Salkovskis


  • Director, Oxford Centre for Psychological Health
  • Director of Oxford Institute of Clinical Psychology Training and Research
  • Director of Oxford Centre for Cognitive Therapy
  • Clinical Director, Oxford Health Specialist Psychological Interventions Clinic

Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust & University of Oxford

Paul Salkovskis qualified as a clinical psychologist in 1979 at the Institute of Psychiatry and the Maudsley Hospital. He worked for six years in Yorkshire (in Huddersfield then Leeds) as a full time NHS clinical psychologist before moving to Oxford as a Research Clinical Psychologist. While working in Oxford he was promoted to Professor before moving to work at King’s College London Institute of Psychiatry as Professor of Clinical Psychology and Applied Science and Clinical Director in the Centre for Anxiety Disorders and Trauma in SLaM NHS Trust. From 2010 until 2018 he was Programme and Research Director for the Clinical Psychology Doctorate Programme at Bath, which he created as a new programme.

From April 2018 he has been Director of the Oxford Centre for Psychological Health, the Oxford Institute for Clinical Psychology Training and Research and The Oxford Cognitive Therapy Centre (University of Oxford and Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust). 

In Bath, Paul also set up and ran a highly specialist NHS Clinic, working with Avon and Wiltshire Partnership NHS Trust, accepting national referrals involving people experiencing severe anxiety problems who had not found previous treatment sufficiently helpful. He has continued clinical work in the NHS throughout his entire career, and is the Clinical Director of the Oxford Health Specialist Psychological Interventions Clinic. He is strongly committed to the continued dissemination and improvement of appropriate help for mental health issues, working in partnership with all stakeholders.

He is regarded as an expert in several areas of clinical psychology, including Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy, the understanding and treatment of anxiety disorders in general, and more specifically in OCD, Panic and Agoraphobia and health anxiety, having contributed to the psychological understanding and treatment of these areas. He also has expertise in Health Psychology, having working on Health Screening, Health Decision Making and the identification and treatment of psychological issues in “Medically Unexplained Symptoms” and Long Term Conditions. He is registered with the HCPC as a Health and Clinical Psychologist and is similarly Chartered with the BPS. He was recipient of several prizes including the Aaron T Beck award and the Monte Shapiro Award. He is regularly invited to present at national and International Conferences.

Paul is currently Editor of the BABCP Journal, Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapy, and is on the editorial board of several other journals. He is Patron of OCD and anxiety disorder charities. His main research interests include the study of cognitive (appraisal) and behavioural (safety seeking) factors in the understanding and treatment of anxiety disorders. He has led CBT skills training both nationally and throughout the world. He is currently president of the British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies.