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Dr Lore Thaler – podcasts by and This American Life

 Dr Lore Thaler from Dept of Psychology, Durham University was interviewed and featured for two independent audio features /podcasts. 

Dr Thaler was interviewed for her research on echolocation in people, using techniques such as functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI). Dr Thaler’s research focuses on how people perceive the spatial layout of the environment around them through sound, in particular echolocation, and vision.

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PhD Success 

Congratulations to Helen Knight, Emma Grisdale and David Smailes who have all recently passed their viva and been awarded their PhD.

 Dr Deborah Riby - The Margaret Donaldson Prize Lecture

On Friday 5th September 2014 Dr Deborah Riby from Dept of Psychology, Durham University gave the Margaret Donaldson Prize lecture in Amsterdam at the annual conference of the British Psychological Society (Developmental Section). Dr Riby received the award for her contribution to the field of developmental psychology since completion of her PhD in 2007. Dr Riby’s research focuses on cognition and behaviour in developmental disorders such as Williams syndrome and Autism Spectrum Disorder.

As well as this presentation from Dr Riby, five other members of the department’s Developmental Psychology Research Group also presented posters, individual talks and took part in symposium at the conference.

Exciting new opportunity for students

We are excited to announce a new pathway for our students to access the Clinical Psychology Doctorate (D.Clin.) at Teesside University. The very best of our Psychology (Applied) undergraduate and taught MSc graduate students will be eligible to apply for a new route which will involve a year of clinical internship in local NHS Trusts following graduation. Students accepted onto these internships will be able to apply for a small number of dedicated places on the D.Clin. course at Teesside at the end of the placement. This allows our students to access new opportunities which are increasingly difficult to find nationally, and put them in the very best position to access clinical training.

Clinical Psychology Doctorate (D.Clin.) at Teesside University

A new pathway to access the Teesside University Clinical Psychology Doctorate training programme is being developed. The new pathway will provide a local route for students from Durham and Teesside universities. Recruits on to the new pathway will be selected from students currently undertaking selected psychology programmes in both universities who are expected to complete their studies at the end of the 2014-15 academic year. At Durham University this will be students enrolled on the BSc in Psychology (Applied) at our Queen’s Campus, or taught MSc students in Durham city studying for the MScs in Developmental Psychopathology, Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience or Cognitive Neuroscience.

Students who meet the application criteria will be invited to apply for a limited number of internships in local NHS Trusts. The interns will later be invited to apply to the Teesside University Clinical Psychology Doctorate training programme. A team of people continue working together to implement the new pathway. The team includes representatives from:

  • the Teesside clinical psychology training programme
  • Tees Esk & Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust
  • South Tees Acute Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
  • Teesside University
  • Durham University

The aim is to recruit up to 10 interns who would commence internships in summer 2015 and who would be invited to apply for up to 6 training places commencing in September 2016.

Will I be able to apply?

The first selection stage will be based on academic marks, a written exercise and an interview. A high standard in academic work will be required (details to follow). This initial recruitment stage will also include a written exercise. Those who score highest in the combination of the academic marks and the written exercise will be shortlisted and be invited to be interviewed for an internship. This stage of the recruitment process will take place between February and April 2015. More detailed information will be circulated in due course. The key message for those who may be interested is that a high academic standard will restrict those who are eligible to apply so you should ensure that you do the best you can in academic assignments.

If I succeed in gaining an internship, what happens next?

Interns will work for between 12 and 15 months in one of the two participating NHS Trusts. They will work approximately 30 hours per week and will receive supervision from qualified clinical psychologists. Interns will gain valuable clinical experience and will start to develop clinical skills and increased research experience. The second recruitment stage will give interns a 60% chance (approximately) of gaining a training place on the doctorate. Those interns who wish to apply will be interviewed for a limited number of training places on the programme at Teesside. Interns who apply but who are not selected will have gained valuable experience which will help with other career opportunities (e.g., applications at other clinical psychology training programmes, assistant psychologists posts, other applied psychology or healthcare professional roles). The internships will be unpaid and the 3 year doctorate training programme will be funded (currently a salary at NHS band 6).

Further information on the D.Clin. training at Teesside can be found at


Any questions can be directed to Dr Alexander Easton for those on or applying to the BSc Psychology (Applied) programme or Dr Debbie Riby for those on or entering the taught MSc programmes.

Run The Spectrum

A group of staff and students from the Psychology Department are talking part in ‘Run the Spectrum’, a 5km colour run to raise funds for the North East Autism Society. On the 21st of September, our team will complete the 5km run in Darlington while being doused from head to toe in brightly coloured paint! As part of their fund raising efforts a ‘Coffee and Cake’ morning is being held in the staff common room on Friday the 19th of September. We wish the team all the very best, both for their fund raising and for the event – and we look forward to the photos!!

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