Professor Ed Watkins
Professor of Experimental and Applied Clinical Psychology/Director of Research for Professional Doctorates

External responsibilities

Administrative responsibilities

Co- founded and developed the Mood Disorders Centre as a University – NHS partnership, which now has an international profile as a clinical research and training centre. Director of the Sir Henry Wellcome Building for Mood Disorders Research

Research Director for the University of Exeter Doctorate in Clinical Psychology

From November 2007 to December 2011, Director of Research (DoR), for Psychology

Editorial responsibilities

Consulting editor of Journal of Abnormal Psychology, Cognition and Emotion, Behaviour Research and Therapy, Journal of Experimental Psychopathology

On the editorial board for Cognition and Emotion, Behaviour Research and Therapy

Previously reviewed leading international journals in the clinical/cognition and emotion fields including:

Journal of Abnormal Psychology, Emotion, Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, Psychological Medicine, Behavioural and Brain Sciences, Cognition and Emotion, Journal of Traumatic Stress, Lancet, British Journal of Psychology, British Journal of Clinical Psychology, Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapy, Personality and Individual Differences, Journal of Behavior Therapy and Experimental Psychiatry, Behaviour Research and Therapy, Journal of Applied Cognitive Psychology, Memory, Psychological Bulletin, Psychological Science, Merrill-Palmer Quarterly.


Member of the Wellcome Trust Cognitive Neuroscience and Mental Health Expert Review Group

Awarded British Psychological Society’s May Davidson Award for 2004. This award is for “a clinical psychologist who has made an outstanding contribution to the development of clinical psychology within the first 10 years of his/her work as a qualified clinical psychologist. The contribution may be through clinical research or other professional work. It should be innovative and of an order sufficient to become widely recognized as an important development in British Clinical psychology”.

Peer reviewer OST Foresight report Mental Capital and Wellbeing Project

Member of the Expert Advisory Group for the Center for Excellence research program GRIP-TT (Generalization Research in Ill Health and Psychopathology: Transdiagnostic processes and Transfer), KU Leuven, Belgium (Lead Prof Dirk Hermans).

University of Western Australia Raine Visiting Professor Award 2010

National Institute Health Research (NIHR) Senior Leader

Member of Global Consortium for Depression Prevention, an invitation only grouping of international leading experts on interventions for depression (see

Awarded Top Cited Article 2007-2011 in Behaviour Research and Therapy for Watkins et al., (2007), Rumination-focused cognitive behavioural therapy for residual depression: A case series, Behaviour Research and Therapy, 45, 9.

Jointly awarded Paper of the Year 2012 for the journal Palliative Medicine for the paper: Galfin, J.M., Watkins, E.R., & Harlow, T. (2012). A brief guided self-help intervention for psychological distress in palliative care patients: A randomized controlled trial. Palliative Medicine, 26, 197-205. DOI: 10.1177/0269216311414757

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