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Dr Simon Clarke

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Simon joined the Open University in September 2019 as Lecturer in Critical Mental Health. Before joining the OU, Simon worked as a senior lecturer on mental health related undergraduate and psotgraduate programmes in the Department at Psychology at Nottingham Trent University, and on the Trent Doctorate in Clinical Psychology (DClinPsy) training course at the University of Lincoln.

Simon is an Health and Care Professions-registered clinical psychologist who qualified with his DClinPsy from Salomons Centre for Applied Psychology, Canterbury Christ Chuch University in 2009. He has since worked in various services in the NHS including early intervention in psychosis, chronic pain management and trauma.

Simon gained his PhD from the University of Nottingham in the School of Education in 2020. The thesis, entitled 'Madhouse and the whole thing there: Authenticity, autoethnography and psychiatry', explored the use of autoethnography to investigate different experiences of madness and using mental health services.

Research interests

Simon's current research interests are in critical mental health, particularly the use of dialogical, narrative and autoethnographic methods to explore service user, staff and carer experiences of mental health difficulites and using mental health services. Simon is also interested in theoretical and historical issues in psychology and psychiatry, and how theory can be applied to understanding practice. Simon has also published research in clinical health psychology, including long-term conditions, chronic pain, cancer and osteoarthritis. 


Using smart‐messaging to enhance mindfulness‐based cognitive therapy for cancer patients: A mixed methods proof of concept evaluation (2020-01)
Wells, Chloe; Malins, Sam; Clarke, Simon; Skorodzien, Iwona; Biswas, Sanchia; Sweeney, Tim; Moghaddam, Nima and Levene, Jo
Psycho-Oncology, 29(1) (pp. 212-219)

Tactical authenticity in the production of autoethnographic mad narratives (2020)
Clarke, Simon and Wright, Colin
Social Theory & Health, 18 (pp. 169-183)

Madhouse and the whole thing there (2018)
Clarke, Simon
Qualitative Research in Psychology, 15(2-3) (pp. 247-259)

Home-based pre-surgical psychological intervention for knee osteoarthritis (HAPPiKNEES): a feasibility randomized controlled trial (2018)
das Nair, Roshan; Mhizha-Murira, Jacqueline R; Anderson, Pippa; Carpenter, Hannah; Clarke, Simon; Groves, Sam; Leighton, Paul; Scammell, Brigitte E; Topcu, Gogem; Walsh, David A and Lincoln, Nadina B
Clinical Rehabilitation, 32(6) (pp. 777-789)

Evaluation of a group acceptance commitment therapy intervention for people with knee or hip osteoarthritis: a pilot randomized controlled trial (2017)
Clarke, Simon P.; Poulis, Nektaria; Moreton, Bryan J.; Walsh, Dave A. and Lincoln, Nadina B.
Disability and Rehabilitation, 39(7) (pp. 663-670)

Home-administered pre-surgical psychological intervention for knee osteoarthritis (HAPPiKNEES): study protocol for a randomised controlled trial (2016-01-27)
das Nair, Roshan; Anderson, Pippa; Clarke, Simon; Leighton, Paul; Lincoln, Nadina B.; Mhizha-Murira, Jacqueline R.; Scammell, Brigitte E. and Walsh, David A.
Trials, 17, Article 54(1)

Hurting and healing in therapeutic environments: How can we understand the role of the relational context? (2016)
Clarke, Simon P.; Clarke, Jenelle M.; Brown, Ruth and Middleton, Hugh
European Journal of Psychotherapy & Counselling, 18(4) (pp. 384-400)

Outcomes of therapeutic community treatment for personality disorder (2016)
Capone, Georgina; Schroder, Thomas; Clarke, Simon and Braham, Louise
Therapeutic Communities: The International Journal of Therapeutic Communities, 37(2) (pp. 84-100)

Adjustment to fibromyalgia: The role of domain-specific self-efficacy and acceptance (2016)
Sahar, Karan; Thomas, Shirley A. and Clarke, Simon P.
Australian Journal of Psychology, 68(1) (pp. 29-37)

Clinical effectiveness of a pain psychology service within an outpatient secondary care setting (2015)
Sheldon, Kerry Lynn; Clarke, Simon P. and Moghaddam, Nima
Mental Health Review Journal, 20(3) (pp. 166-176)

Evaluating a person-centred chronic pain service using indices of reliable and clinically significant change (2015)
Macey, Katherine; Clarke, Simon; Golijani-Moghaddam, Nima and Das Nair, Roshan
European Journal for Person Centered Healthcare, 3(1)

Examining fast and slow effects for alcohol and negative emotion in problem and social drinkers (2015)
Clarke, Simon; Sharma, Dinkar and Salter, Daniel
Addiction Research & Theory, 23(1) (pp. 24-33)

Personal experience of osteoarthritis and pain questionnaires: mapping items to themes (2014)
Clarke, Simon; Moreton, Bryan J.; das Nair, Roshan; Walsh, David A. and Lincoln, Nadina B.
Disability and Rehabilitation, 36(2) (pp. 163-169)

Democracy in Mental Health Care: Therapeutic Communities and the New Recovery Movement (2018-02)
Clarke, Jenelle; Winship, Gary; Clarke, Simon and Manning, Nick
In: Wright, Karen and McKeown, Mick eds. Essentials of Mental Health Nursing (pp. 449-465)
ISBN : 9781526447166 | Publisher : Sage Publications | Published : London

Re-presenting madness in the form of a quadrilogue (2017-10-31)
Clarke, Simon P.
In: Avieson, Bunty; Giles, Fiona and Joseph, Sue eds. Mediating Memory: Tracing the Limits of Memoir (pp. 59-73)
ISBN : 9781138092723 | Publisher : Routledge | Published : Abingdon

Therapeutic communities (2017-03-20)
Clarke, Simon; Winship, Gary; Clarke, Jenelle and Manning, Nick
In: Chambers, Mary ed. Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing: The craft of caring (3rd ed) (pp. 631-640)
ISBN : 9781482221954 | Publisher : Routledge | Published : Abingdon

Disciplinary power and degradation ceremonies: the case of the ward round (2018)
Clarke, Simon
In : Second UK Mental Disability Law Conference (26-27 Jun 2018, Nottingham, UK)

“He denied feeling depressed, rather he insistently used the word “despair” : a dialogical approach to mad narratives (2017)
Clarke, Simon
In : Association of Medical Humanities Annual Conference 2017: Critical Stories (28-30 Jun 2017, Keele University, UK)