Dr Tom Matthews

Dr Tom Matthews


I joined the University of Leeds in 2023 as a Lecturer in Clinical Psychology and Academic Tutor on the Clinical Psychology Training Programme.

Alongside this role I work clinically in the NHS within a Secure Children’s Home as the clinical lead for a Child and Adolescent Mental Health team as part of a project to introduce trauma-informed care to the young people’s secure estate. 

I am also a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.




  • Academic Tutor
  • Lecturer
  • Research Supervision

Research interests

I am largely oriented to qualitative approaches, including use of creative and participatory research methods. Broadly, my research interests fall within the areas of young people's mental health, attachment, and trauma which includes wider experiences that could be considered as traumatic such as considering the experiences of minoritised groups, and how social categorisations such as gender, race, sexuality, and appearance, relate to trauma and psychological wellbeing.

This is alongside research into associated experiences such as being looked-after or adopted, living in secure care, and how people navigate development following an experience of trauma. 


  • Intermediate Certificate in Systemic Practice, University of Leeds, 2018
  • Doctorate in Clinical Psychology (DClin), University of Leeds 2016
  • Psychology (BSc Hons), University of Leicester, 2009

Professional memberships

  • Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC)
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