Dr Ciara Masterson


Current and Previous Roles

I am responsible for the academic components of the Clinical Psychology programme and oversee the curriculum and assignments.  My teaching responsibilities include organising and teaching on the theory and practice of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy. My previous roles have been within the NHS, specialising in using CBT with adult clients within adult mental health and physical health services.


Research interests

My main research interest is in psychological therapies and the training and supervision of practitioners to deliver them.  I am interested in supervising projects on therapy process and in particular the experience of delivering or receiving therapy with "unsuccessful" outcomes.  I am enthusiastic about single-case methods and practice-based research.  My interests in mental health are broad, but with a particular focus on perinatal mental health issues.

Current research supervision

Clare Pickett: Exploring day-to-day internalised weight stigma in people with a higher weight

Rebecca Dalby: Group CBT for Gambling Disorder: A case series

Ciara Trant: Exploring therapeutic alliance development within delivery of physiotherapy interventions in stroke rehabilitation

Laura Edmeade: How do Cognitive Behavioural Therapists in IAPT Services Experience and Navigate Work with Therapy-Experienced Clients? 

Charlotte Hopkins: How do clinical psychologist-activists engaged in activism around the Climate and Ecological Emergency construct their professional and political identities in relation to competing discourses around clinical psychology and activism?

Rebecca Gibson: Exploration of the social and academic experiences of women with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD) diagnosis as they transition into higher education (HE).

Abigail Plant: How do diet culture conversations influence people’s state body image satisfaction?

Research groups and institutes

  • Leeds Institute of Health Sciences
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