Dr Gary Latchford

Dr Gary Latchford


Gary is Joint Programme Director for the Clinical Psychology Training Programme, and also oversees the research components of the DClinPsychol as Research Director. Gary is an HCPC registered clinical and health psychologist. He studied for a PhD at the University of Edinburgh under Professor Colwyn Trevarthen, and then completed clinical training in Leeds in 1991. Alongside his role in LIHS as joint director for the Doctor of Clinical Psychology programme, Gary continues to work clinically one day a week with people with cystic fibrosis at St James’s’ Hospital in Leeds, where he was head of adult medical psychology until 2014.

He is past Joint Chair of the UK Group of Trainers in Clinical Psychology.

Research interests

Gary's clinical and research interests are around coping and adherence in cystic fibrosis and other chronic illnesses. He is particularly interested in motivational interviewing, and training medical teams in how to improve adherence. He is also interested in psychotherapy, and exploring the process of change.

He has presented at national and international conferences on health and clinical psychology and has run workshops on motivational interviewing and adherence in the UK and worldwide.


  • BSc (hons) Psychology
  • MSc Clinical Psychology
  • PhD Psychology

Professional memberships

  • HCPC
  • BPS

Student education

Gary teaches on research skills, clinical health psychology, and psychotherapy process on the DClin programme. He has also over fifteen years experience in training psychologists and other health professionals in Motivational Interviewing.

Research groups and institutes

  • Leeds Institute of Health Sciences
  • Psychological and Social Medicine

Current postgraduate researchers

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