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 Clincal Psychology Programme at the University of Surrey.

He also currently works two days a week in private 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 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 clinical work with children, young people and their families.

Current DClinPsychol supervision:

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

  • 'The lived experience of adults with Anagen syndrome (loose or short); an interpretative phenomenological analysis' (Dani Osler)
  • '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:

  • '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

Research groups and institutes

  • Psychological and Social Medicine
  • Leeds Institute of Health Sciences

Current postgraduate researchers

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