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Professor Tony Morrison

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Professor of Clinical Psychology


My research involves the application of psychological principles to the understanding and treatment of psychosis, and attempts to determine how far we can ‘explain the unexplainable’ using normal psychosocial processes. My approach to the understanding and treatment of psychosis involves a strong emphasis on normalising theory, and integrates this with a programme of innovative clinical and experimental research.

My main research interests are the cognitive theory and therapy of psychosis, early intervention and the prevention of psychosis, developmental approaches to understanding psychosis (especially focusing on the relationship between early experience, trauma and psychosis) and the facilitation of user-led research. My programme focuses on these areas and involves collaborations with several different groups, including service users who are employed within my team as user-led researchers.


Tony Morrison is a Professor of Clinical Psychology at the University of Manchester and is also Associate Director for Early Intervention at Greater Manchester West Mental Health Foundation Trust. He has published over 100 articles on cognitive therapy for psychosis and experimental studies of cognitive processes in psychosis, including an influential cognitive model of psychosis, and has conducted several treatment trials of cognitive therapy for psychosis and for people at high risk of psychosis. He has also published several treatment manuals. He has also conducted research examining the links between trauma and psychosis and has explored issues of patient choice and the facilitation of user-led research into psychosis and mental health services. He is currently a member of 2 NICE guideline development groups (Psychosis in children and young people; Adult Schizophrenia and Psychosis: update) and is a member of the Department of Health Expert Reference Group for development of a competency framework for CBT for psychosis.  He is director of the Psychosis Research Unit at Greater Manchester West Mental Health Foundation Trust (see for more information).

Selected publications


  • Kilbride, M., Byrne, R., Price, J., Wood, L., Barratt, S., Welford, M., & Morrison, A. P. (2013).

    Exploring service users' perceptions of cognitive behavioural therapy for psychosis: A user led study. Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapy, 41(1), 89-102. DOI:10.1017/S1352465812000495. Publication link: 8830c3e4-cade-44c7-bda8-3c2adde8330e | PubMed:22874770
  • Moritz, S., Favrod, J., Andreou, C., Morrison, A. P., Bohn, F., Veckenstedt, R., ... Karow, A. (2013).

    Beyond the usual suspects: Positive attitudes towards positive symptoms is associated with medication noncompliance in psychosis. Schizophrenia Bulletin, 39(4), 917-922. DOI:10.1093/schbul/sbs005. Publication link: 70723dba-45f1-4ed6-a36f-140130010012 | PubMed:22337789


  • Hutton, P., Morrison, A. P., Yung, A. R., Taylor, P. J., French, P., & Dunn, G. (2012).

    Effects of drop-out on efficacy estimates in five Cochrane reviews of popular antipsychotics for schizophrenia. Acta Psychiatrica Scandinavica, 126(1), 1-11. DOI:10.1111/j.1600-0447.2012.01858.x. Publication link: 873b11bf-bcb5-47f6-b973-b6d346d88002 | PubMed:22486554
  • Morrison, A. P., French, P., Stewart, S. L. K., Birchwood, M., Fowler, D., Gumley, A. I., ... Dunn, G. (2012).

    Early detection and intervention evaluation for people at risk of psychosis: Multisite randomised controlled trial. BMJ, 344(7852), [e2233]. DOI:10.1136/bmj.e2233. Publication link: f7139fff-1b9b-4a47-b982-552fab6e7948 | PubMed:22491790
  • Morrison, A. P., Hutton, P., Wardle, M., Spencer, H., Barratt, S., Brabban, A., ... Turkington, D. (2012).

    Cognitive therapy for people with a schizophrenia spectrum diagnosis not taking antipsychotic medication: An exploratory trial. Psychological Medicine, 42(5), 1049-1056. DOI:10.1017/S0033291711001899. Publication link: c94dd047-fb1a-4b4e-978c-3ce6acc114b8 | PubMed:21914252
  • Morrison, A. P., Turkington, D., Wardle, M., Spencer, H., Barratt, S., Dudley, R., ... Hutton, P. (2012).

    A preliminary exploration of predictors of outcome and cognitive mechanisms of change in cognitive behaviour therapy for psychosis in people not taking antipsychotic medication. Behaviour Research and Therapy, 50(2), 163-0167. DOI:10.1016/j.brat.2011.12.001. Publication link: 84e7e373-c32f-46a1-8d7b-3135d8487eb9 | PubMed:22209267


  • Haddock, G., Wood, L., Watts, R., Dunn, G., Morrison, A. P., & Price, J. (2011).

    The Subjective Experiences of Psychosis Scale (SEPS): Psychometric evaluation of a scale to assess outcome in psychosis. Schizophrenia Research, 133(1-3), 244-249. DOI:10.1016/j.schres.2011.09.023. Publication link: b84367f4-bd7f-427a-8067-801f8d82f984 | PubMed:22000941
  • Morrison, A. P., Gumley, A. I., Ashcroft, K., Manousos, I. R., White, R., Gillan, K., ... Kingdon, D. (2011).

    Metacognition and persecutory delusions: Tests of a metacognitive model in a clinical population and comparisons with non-patients. British Journal of Clinical Psychology, 50(3), 223-233. DOI:10.1348/014466510X511141. Publication link: 9df1b3ac-4243-4408-9be0-312f1669f1f5 | PubMed:21810103


  • Morrison, A. P., & Barratt, S. (2010).

    What are the components of CBT for psychosis? a delphi study. Schizophrenia Bulletin, 36(1), 136-142. DOI:10.1093/schbul/sbp118. Publication link: 0dc35c6f-0645-447a-9558-9b5a07d1cc5a
  • Ruhrmann, S., Schultze-Lutter, F., Salokangas, R. K. R., Heinimaa, M., Linszen, D., Dingemans, P., ... Klosterk├Âtter, J. (2010).

    Prediction of psychosis in adolescents and young adults at high risk: Results from the prospective European prediction of psychosis study. Archives of General Psychiatry, 67(3), 241-251. DOI:10.1001/archgenpsychiatry.2009.206. Publication link: 85addc4e-74e3-42cc-a3f1-a52a27212346


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