Welcome to PROSE!

The new Psychology at Roehampton Seminar series

PROSE is an open-door series of lunchtime talks given by international leaders in mental health & wellbeing research and clinical practice.

All talks can be watched online (via Zoom) and entry is free!
Access info is below, as well as links to view some of our previous talks. 

PROSE talks are open to all researchers, academics, clinicians, counsellors, postgrad and undergrad students etc etc (!) with an interest in mental health and wellbeing, and to any other groups working in any fields related to psychology. And, of course, we also very much welcome members of the public with an interest to join us!

Talks are every other Friday at lunchtime (1-1.50pm) starting on the 20th November and last for about 45 mins with 5/10 mins for Q&A.

We hope to bring you an exciting line up of high-calibre speakers, see below. This will be updated frequently, so remember check back for more speakers.

Friday 22nd January

Dr Lucy Johnstone
Consultant Clinical Psychologist

“The Power Threat Meaning Framework: A conceptual alternative to psychiatric diagnosis.”

The Power Threat Meaning Framework, launched in January 2018, is the result of a 5 year Division of Clinical Psychology –funded project to develop a conceptual alternative to the psychiatric diagnostic model. The project team, with Dr Lucy Johnstone and Professor Mary Boyle as lead authors, is a co-produced approach to identifying patterns in distress which synthesises evidence about the causal roles of power, evolved threat responses, and personal meanings within wider discourses and socioeconomic and cultural contexts. The Framework has attracted national and international interest, and is intended to provide the basis for an ongoing series of developments in clinical practice, peer support, service design and commissioning, professional training, research, and social policy. Lucy Johnstone will outline the principles of the project, and describe some of its current applications.

Dr Lucy Johnstone is a consultant clinical psychologist, author of 'Users and abusers of psychiatry' (2nd edition Routledge 2000) and co-editor of 'Formulation in psychology and psychotherapy: making sense of people's problems' (Routledge, 2nd edition 2013) and ‘A straight-talking guide to psychiatric diagnosis’ (PCCS Books 2014), along with a number of other chapters and articles taking a critical perspective on mental health theory and practice. She is the former Programme Director of the Bristol Clinical Psychology Doctorate and was the lead author of 'Good practice guidelines on the use of psychological formulation' (Division of Clinical Psychology, 2011.) She has worked in Adult Mental Health settings for many years, most recently in a service in South Wales. She was lead author, along with Professor Mary Boyle, for the ‘Power Threat Meaning Framework’ (2018), a Division of Clinical Psychology-funded project to outline a conceptual alternative to psychiatric diagnosis.

Lucy is an experienced conference speaker and lecturer, and currently works as an independent trainer. Her particular interest and expertise is in the use of psychological formulation, in both its individual and team versions, and in promoting trauma-informed practice.

Book your ticket here: 

Link coming soon. 

Check back later for the following talks - the website is being updated.

Past Events

“The Making of Mental Disorder: interviewing the creators of DSM.”


Dr James Davies, D.Phil (Oxon)
Reader in Medical Anthropology & Mental Health
Department of Life Sciences
University of Roehampton
View recording here

“Anxiety and depression in young people: Using Super Skills for Life programme to adapt to the “new” normal.” 


Professor Cecilia Essau.
Department of Psychology
University of Roehampton
Link coming soon.