Dr Tom Cliffe

Dr Tom Cliffe


Tom is a Clinical Lecturer and Academic Tutor on the Clinical Psychology Training Programme at the University of Leeds.

He is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and is proud to be an external examiner for the Clinical Psychology Programme at the University of Surrey.

He also works clinically in independent practice.

Research interests

Current research interests:

  • One of my main interests is clinical supervision. I have been involved with the development of measures of supervisor competence (SAGE and Short-SAGE) and the supervisory relationship (S-SRQ). SAGE has been used for the training of clinical supervisors around the world, including within the NHS and the NES (NHS Education for Scotland). The S-SRQ has also been widely disseminated and translated into a number of different languages.
  • I am also interested in the areas of: men and mental health, sport and exercise, psychometrics, third sector and community endeavours, and research in relation to children, young people and their families.

Current DClinPsychol supervision:

I am privileged to supervise trainee clinical psychologists with the following projects:

  • 'Beliefs about masculinity in therapists' work with male clients' (Nicola Holt)
  • 'What is the impact of exposure to 'idealised' images on body satisfaction, dieting intentions and mood in men?' (Lucy Siena)
  • 'What are the experiences of young people (and their parents) from a BAME background in accessing and engaging with CAMHS?' (Catherine Wintermeyer)
  • ‘Experiences of new parents who suspect their infant has a disability’ (Lucy Kerrigan)
  • ‘Exploring the experiences of fathers of children with a disability’ (Rebecca Piclet)
  • ‘Express yourself; Experience of adolescents in a community based music project’ (Sarah Shand)

Previous DClinPsychol supervision:

  • 'The lived experience of adults with Anagen syndrome (loose or short); an interpretative phenomenological analysis' (Dani Osler)
  • 'Exploring the psychological impact of miscarriage on men' (Lucy Singer)
  • 'The experience of volunteers working for a children's cancer charity' (Rachel Eastaugh)
  • 'What factors influence the mental health of a UK professional athlete population?' (Sam White)


  • Doctorate in Clinical Psychlogy – University of Oxford, 2013
  • PGCERT in Low Intensity Psychological Therapies – Newcastle University, 2010
  • BSc (Hons) Psychology – Newcastle University, 2008

Professional memberships

  • Health and Care Professions Council
  • British Psychological Society
  • Division of Clinical Psychology

Research groups and institutes

  • Psychological and Social Medicine
  • Leeds Institute of Health Sciences

Current postgraduate researchers

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