Biography

Fergus joined the Department of Clinical Psychology as a Senior Research Fellow in December 2014, initially seconded from his post as Consultant Clinical Neuropsychologist in Cambridgeshire Community Services (NHS) Trust. He is now employed full time at UEA as a Clinical Senior Lecturer in Clinical Psychology, and holds the Senior Research Tutor role within the department. Fergus completed a masters in health psychology in 1996, clinical psychology training at UEA in 2000 and a post-graduate diploma in CBT at Oxford in 2004. He was formerly the Clinical Lead for the Cambridge Centre for Paediatric Neuropsychological Rehabilitation and lead psychologist at the Oliver Zangwill Centre for Neuropsychological Rehabilitation, where he maintains honorary positions.

Fergus’ clinical and research interests are in neuropsychological rehabilitation, specifically self-regulation, identity, psychological therapy/CBT and asset-based community approaches following brain injury. He has published a number of papers and book chapters on these topics and been invited to present his work both nationally and internationally. Within the Department of Clinical Psychology, Fergus is supporting development of the Neuropsychology module of the doctoral programme and is leading a programme of research focused on understanding and developing interventions for cognitive and emotional sequelae of acquired brain injury.

Fergus is currently working on a NIHR CLAHRC and CPFT funded study with colleagues in the Dept of Psychiatry, Cambridge University, looking at the effects of transcutaneous vagal nerve stimulation on aggression in people with acquired or developmental disabilities. Previous grants include an NIHR RfPB funded trial of an intervention for everyday memory and planning problems in people with acquired brain injury, in collaboration with colleagues at the MRC-CBU in Cambridge. He was also a Co-Investigator for an NIHR RfPB funded study looking at the feasibility of a clinical trial of an Arts for Health approach to improving confidence and well-being post-stroke, in collaboration with Bournemouth University. Fergus holds a number of honorary positions and is a member of the BPS Division of Neuropsychology’s Policy Unit, the Board of Associate Editors of Neuropsychological Rehabilitation, former Trustee for Headway Cambridgeshire and is a Clinical Associate at the MRC Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit, Cambridge.

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