Joanne Augustus


Course Leader / Senior Lecturer Foundation Degree in Mental Health

Department of Health and Wellbeing

Contact Details

tel: 01905 54 2688

I commenced my position with the University of Worcester in March 2015, after 10 years working in the NHS and the independent sector, providing individual and group based psychological interventions. During this time I worked in different services including, the primary care assessment and treatment team (PCATT) and improving access to psychological therapies (IAPT), in Suffolk, South Gloucestershire and Gloucestershire. I completed my training in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy at the University of South Wales.

As a Cognitive Behaviour Therapist I have worked in Primary Care mental health and more recently in an independent psychiatric hospital, specialising in the management and treatment of acute and complex mental health problems. During this time I have developed special interests in chronic physical conditions, learning disabilities, organic degenerative disorders, such as early on-set dementia and Huntington's disease, as well as other types of brain injury. I also specialise in the treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder, mood disorders, health anxiety, generalized anxiety disorder, low self-esteem, obsessive compulsive disorder, binge eating disorder and bulimia. Post qualification I have completed training courses in third wave therapies, including mindfulness.

2017 (Anticipated) Postgraduate Certificate in Learning & Teaching in Higher Education

2017 .b Foundations: Mindfulness in Schools Project (MISP)

2016 Mindfulness teacher training pathway, in conjunction with Bangor University.

2010 Masters in Therapeutic Counselling (Cognitive Behaviour Therapy)

2006 Certificate in Counselling 2006 BSc (Hons) Psychology

2001 Masters in Computer Science

2000 BSc (Hons) Geography (Human)

Teaching & Research

Teaching interests

I have extensive experience of teaching a wide range of subjects, including those required for professional practice. As a Cognitive Behaviour Therapist I recognise the importance of creating different learning opportunities to promote change. Therefore, in the classroom I encourage active participation, through offering students a variety of different approaches to learning, including the use of technology.

My teaching interests include:

  • History of Mental Health
  • Mental Health Policy & Law
  • The Roles and Responsibilities of Mental Health Professionals
  • Mental Health Diagnostic Criteria and Interventions
  • Ethical Practice and Decision Making
  • Equality & Diversity in Mental Health Practice
  • Societal influence on Mental Health
  • International Perspectives in Mental Health

I pride myself on introducing evidence-based approaches to my teaching and practice examples to inspire student interest. I am passionate about providing accessible and meaningful learning opportunities, promoting academic enquiry and the advancement of knowledge.

Research interests       

My research interests include supporting staff to work with individuals experiencing severe and enduring mental health difficulties; the factors that influence mental health professionals decision making in in-patient settings; the use of technology to improve psychological well being; the adoption of mindfulness based practices in in-patient settings; veteran mental health; eating disorders and the use of third wave therapies to promote psychological well being

Professional Bodies

Accredited by British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP)

Accredited by British Association of Behavioural & Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP)

Member of the Association for Contextual and Behavioural Science (ACBS)


Augustus, J., Williams. B. and Bold, J. (2018) (anticipated) An Introduction to Mental Health. London. Sage.

Augustus, J. (2015) Can apple technology increase our appetite to practice mindfulness: using application based technologies to improve access to mindfulness based stress reduction (MBSR). University of Worcester. Teaching and Learning Conference. Worcester, 18 June.

Augustus, J. (2015) Should third wave therapies be the first choice in the treatment of eating disorders? [Poster] Exhibited at BABCP 43rd Annual Conference, University of Warwick, 21st to 24th July 2015. 84.1 x 118.9cm/ 33.11 x 46.81 inches.

Augustus, J. (2015) Collaborating with Eastern techniques to enhance therapeutic outcomes: Using Tai Chi and Yoga to enhance therapeutic outcomes, CBT Today, Volume 43, Number 1.

Fear, J. (2012), A Psychological Well Being Practitioner (PWP) clinical competence model in the delivery of therapeutic interventions. University of Leeds, BABCP 40th Annual Conference. Leeds, 27-29 June.

Other Research Projects:

Using interpretative phenomenological analysis as a methodological approach, I am researching the emotional burden experienced in the role of personal academic tutoring.

Through conducting a scoping review I am exploring the role of mobile technology in improving the physical health outcomes for young people.

Using existing qualitative information I am exploring the transitional issues faced by military service personnel whilst they are actively serving and after they leave the military.

External Responsibilities

I am a specialist advisor with the Care Quality Commission (CQC) providing specialist advice and input into the regulatory inspection process. I also work as a Cognitive Behaviour Therapist in independent practice.