Dr Thomas Richardson

Principal Clinical Psychologist

Clinical Academic


My role

I am a Principal Clinical Psychologist working in Mental Health Recovery Teams in Portsmouth. I have a range of clinical responsibilities there delivering evidence based psychological therapies to adults with severe and enduring mental health problems.  As part of my role I lead research and service evaluation within the psychological therapies team and work with the research team.

My responsibilities

In terms of service evaluation I am responsible for overseeing and often conducting service evaluations and audits for psychological therapies in the mental health recovery teams. For example I linked with talking change to look at the reliability of questionnaires we use to measure depression and anxiety. I often also supervise student or trainee projects and provide advice for people leading their own projects.

I lead my own programme of research linking with academics and think tanks. My main research interest is around the relationship between financial difficulties and mental health. I am also writing up research on the psychological mechanisms underlying why cannabis use can make people paranoid. I help support the research team who are delivering portfolio studies, acting as principal investigator on psychology based studies where appropriate.

My background

I did my undergraduate degree in Psychology at Trinity College Dublin. I started publishing research whilst I was an undergraduate, mostly to make my CV look good, but I found I really enjoyed it so I carried on. I then worked as a research assistant based at the University of Bath researching CBT for depression and anxiety in children and adolescents, and I conducted my own research around dual diagnosis and Bipolar Disorder. I did my Doctorate in Clinical Psychology at the University of Southampton qualifying in 2013 and I have worked at Solent ever since. As part of my Doctorate I continued pieces of research and published work, such as essays and a small research project. My dissertation looked at tuition fees increases impact on student mental health. I continued this project after I qualified which has led to my research stream in finances and mental health. A Research Capability Fund internship helped me increase my research and service evaluation output and establish research as part of my role.

Why I love my job

I love doing both clinical work and research, being a scientist-practitioner. My role allows me to evaluate the therapies we’re delivering and make sure we are delivering the best service possible. The service users I work with have also given me ideas for new research projects and helped me plan them, and are very keen to take part. I love being able to develop my own research stream. My work on finances and mental health has got interest of charities, financial institutions and the media, and I have been to events at House of Commons on the back of it. It’s great that the research I am conducting is having a big impact to help people both inside and outside of the NHS.

More about me

I have young children so I’m not going to pretend I have a lot of hobbies! I play the drums, swim and cycle when I can. I’m very interested in politics and current affairs, and am a self-confessed coffee snob. I have a diagnosis of Bipolar Disorder myself, which allows me to see therapy from both sides (I try to practice what I preach!), and often my research ideas around Bipolar Disorder are partly inspired by my own experiences.

Current projects/research studies

The last couple of years I have been collecting loads of data, so I’m currently writing up around 10 papers. After this I intend to apply for funding to extend two pilot studies on cannabis and paranoia and finances and mental health in Bipolar Disorder.

Published work

Below is the work I’ve published during my time with Solent NHS Trust. A list of my other publications and conference presentations is here:


Research papers:

  • Richardson, T., Jansen M. & Fitch, C. (2018). Financial Difficulties in Bipolar Disorder Part 1: Longitudinal Relationships with Mental Health. Journal of Mental Health. Epub ahead of print: https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/09638237.2018.1521920
  • Richardson, T., Jansen M. & Fitch, C. Financial Difficulties in Bipolar Disorder Part 2: Psychological Correlates and a Proposed Psychological Model. Journal of Mental Health, In Press.
  • Bramwell, K. & Richardson, The relationship between mental health outcomes, cognitive fusion and values after a course of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. (2017). Journal of Contemporary Psychotherapy, Epub ahead of print: https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s10879-017-9367-6
  • Richardson, T., Jansen, M., Turton, W. & Bell, L. (2017). The Relationship Between Bipolar Disorder and Financial Difficulties: A Qualitative Examination of Patient’s Views. Clinical Psychology Forum, 295, 2-6.
  • Richardson, T., Wrightman, M., Yeebo, M & Lisicka, A. (2017). Reliability and Score Ranges of the PHQ-9 and GAD-7 in a Primary and Secondary Care Mental Health Service. Journal of Psychosocial Rehabilitation and Mental Health, Epub ahead of print, DOI 10.1007/s40737-017-0090-0.
  • Richardson, T., Bell, L., Bolderson, H. & Clarke, S. (2017). Development and Evaluation of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy delivered by Psychologists and Non-Psychologists in an NHS Community Adult Mental Health Service. Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapy, 11, 1-7.
  • Richardson, T., Elliott, P., Roberts, R.& Jansen, M. (2017). Longitudinal Relationships between Loneliness and Mental Health in University Students. Journal of Public Mental Health, 16(2), 48-54.
  • Richardson, T., Elliott, P.A., Roberts, R. & Jansen, M. (2017). A Longitudinal Study of Financial Difficulties and Mental Health in a National Sample of British Undergraduate Students. Community Mental Health Journal, 53(3), 344-352.
  • Richards, D., Richardson, T., Timulak, L., Vigano, N., Mooney, J., Doherty, G., Hayes, C & Sharry. (2016). Predictors of depression severity in a treatment-seeking sample. International Journal of Clinical and Health Psychology, 16(3), 221-229.
  • Richardson, T., Elliott, P., Waller, G. & Bell, L. (2015). Longitudinal Relationships between Financial Stress and Eating Disorder Features in Undergraduate Students. International Journal of Eating Disorders, 517-21.
  • Richardson, T., Elliott, P.A. & Roberts, R. (2015). The Impact of Tuition Fees Amount on Mental Health over Time in British Students. Journal of Public Health, 37(3), 412-8.

Systematic Reviews/Meta Analyses:

  • Bohane, L., Maguire, N. & Richardson, T. (2017). Resilients, Overcontrollers and Undercontrollers: A Systematic Review of the Utility of Personality Types in Understanding Adult Mental Health Problems. Clinical Psychology Review, 57, 75-92.
  • Richards, D. Richardson, T., Timulak, L & McElvaney, J. (2015) The efficacy of online-delivered treatment for generalised anxiety disorder: A systematic review and meta-analysis. Internet Interventions, 2(3), 272-28.


  • Knott, G., Pitfield, C. & Richardson, T. (2014). An Overview of Recent Adaptations to Dialectical Behaviour Therapy. PsychPAG Quarterly, 92, 6-10.
  • Richardson, T. (2014). Clinical Psychologists and Research: Do we do any and should we do more? PsyPAG Quarterly, 90, 7-12.


  • Richardson, T. Gaining Momentum for Honesty. (2016). The Psychologist, December Edition.
  • Richardson, T. The Dark Side of Being a Clinical Psychologist with Bipolar Disorder: A Response to Ho (2016). Psychosis, 7(4), 374.
  • Freeman, T. & Richardson, T. (2015). New challenges raised by ‘legal highs’. The Psychologist, 28(4), 255-256.
  • Richardson, T. Hughes, M., Leech, K. & Raman, S. (2014). Letter to the editor: Cannabis Use and Transition to Psychosis: Is Interpretation of Unpleasant Effects a Mediating Variable? Psychological Medicine, 46(13):2867.