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Dr Derek Farrell

Senior Lecturer in Psychology

Institute of Health & Society

Contact Details



BPS Chartered Psychologist,
EMDR Europe Accredited Trainer & Consultant 
BABCP Accredited Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapist

Teaching & Research

Teaching & Research

  • Psychological Trauma
  • Child Sexual Abuse
  • Clergy Sexual Abuse
  • EMDR
  • Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapies
  • Mental Health & Severe Mental Illness
  • Performance Enhancement in Sport
  • Psychological interventions within humanitarian assistance programmes
  • Positive Psychology
  • Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis
  • Q Methodology
  • Mixed methodology
  • Psychometric evaluation and validation including statistical analysis

Professional Bodies

Professional Bodies

  • Chair of Accreditation Committee EMDR UK & Ireland
  • Member of EMDR Europe Committee
  • Member of EMDR Europe Science and Research Committee
  • Chair EMDR Europe Professional Standards Sub-committee
  • Accredited with EMDR Europe as a Consultant


Dunne, T. & Farrell, D.P, (2011) An Investigation into Clinicians’ Experiences of Integrating EMDR into their Clinical Practice Journal of EMDR practice & research. Vol. 5., No. 4

Farrell, D.P. (1999a) Survivors of Sexual Abuse by Clergy - A Church and Community Perspective Changes - International Journal of Psychology and Psychotherapy Vol. 17, No. 1 Wiley Press

Farrell, D.P. & Taylor, M (1999b) Silenced by God – An Examination of Unique Characteristics within Sexual Abuse by Clergy Counselling Psychology Review. Vol. 15, No. 1 February

Farrell, D.P. (2004) An Historical Viewpoint of Sexual Abuse Perpetrated by Clergy and Religious Journal of Religion & Abuse Vol. 6 No. 2

Farrell, D.P (2009) Sexual Abuse Perpetrated by Roman Catholic Priests Mental Health Religion & Culture Vol 12, No. 1 Pg 39-53 Taylor & Francis

Farrell, D.P., Dworkin, M., Keenan, P.S., & Spierings, J. (2010) Using EMDR with Survivors of Sexual Abuse perpetrated by Roman Catholic Priests Journal of EMDR Practice & Research Vol. 4. No. 3 Pgs 124 – 133

Farrell, D. P.; Keenan, P. S.; Wajid Ali, M., Bilal, S.; Tareen, S. M.; Keenan, L. & Rana, M.H (2011) Training Pakistani Mental Health Workers in EMDR in the Aftermath of the 2005 Earthquake in Northern Pakistan. Counselling Psychology Quarterly, June 2011 Vol. 24 No. 2 ISSN0951-5070 Pgs 127-137

Farrell, D. P. & Keenan, P.S (2013 – in press) Participants’ experiences of EMDR Training. Journal of EMDR Practice & Research

Keenan, P.S & Farrell, D.P. (2000) Treating Non Psychotic Morbid Jealousy with Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR) Utilising Cognitive Interweave – A Case Report Counselling Psychology Quarterly, Vol. 13, No 2

Merrick, S & Farrell, D. (2012) Head and neck cancer patient’s experiences of percutaneous endoscopic gastronomy feeding: A Q-methodology study. European Journal of Cancer Care 21, 493-504

Royle, E., Keenan, P.S & Farrell, D.P. (2009) Issues of Stigma for first responders accessing support for post traumatic stress International Journal of Emergency Mental Health Vol.11 No 2

Tareen, M.S, McDowell, C., Naqvi, K., Bashir, A., Keenan, P., Rehman, R., & Farrell, D. (2012) Evaluation of an Urdu version of the Revised Impact of Events Scale. International Psychiatry Volume 9 Number 1 February
Wagstaff, C., Farrell, D, P., & Williams, R., (2011) Disengagement of clients from mental health services. Mental Health Practice Vol. 14 No. 8., May 2011

Other Scholarly Publications:
Dunne, T. & Farrell, D.P (2009) Accredited, brand-named therapies and the standard of evidence: A Reply to Davidson. Clinical Psychology Forum 195 – March

Farrell, D.P. (1997) Psychopharmacological Treatment of Unipolar Depression within the Elderly Counselling Psychology Quarterly, Vol. 10, No. 3, September

Farrell, D.P (2008) Control & Restraint in Mental Health International Journal of Therapy & Rehabilitation Vol. 15 No. 12

Farrell, D.P (2009) Psychological Trauma (Farrell, 2009) Book Chapter in Critical Issues in Mental Health [Ed -Tummey & Turner) Palgrave Macmillan Press United Kingdom

Farrell, D.P., Keenan, P.S., Tareen, M.S., Keenan, L. & Rana, M (2010) EMDR as an Effective Intervention in Psychological Trauma EMDR Practitioner – Journal of EMDR Europe Association

Jones, S. & Farrell, D.P. (2005) Defensible versus Defensive Practice in the Management of Risk in Mental Health Mental Health Nursing Journal November

Reid, K., Farrell, D. & Dealey, C. (2012) Health Related Quality of Life Questionnaires: are the fit for purpose. In Head & Neck Cancer (ed. Mark Aqulnik) InTech Publishers

Wright, C., Rushton, A., Gamlin, G & Farrell, D.P (2008) The Role of Systematic Reviews in Clinical Practice International Journal of Therapy & Rehabilitation 39:2

External Responsibilities

External Responsibilities