Dr Michelle Fisher BSC, MSC, Diploma in CBT, ClinPsyD

School of Psychology
Clinical Director

Contact details

School of Psychology
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

Dr Michelle Fisher is the Clinical Director for the Clinical Psychology Doctorate Course.  She has worked as Clinical Director since 2012 and prior to this she was a Clinical Tutor since 2004.  She qualified in 2000 from the Birmingham Clinical Psychology Doctorate Course and has a background in working in adult mental health.


  • Bsc Hons (Psychology)
  • MSc in Clinical Psychology
  • CBT Diploma from the Oxford Cognitive Training Centre
  • Doctorate in Clinical Psychology


Dr Fisher worked for 13 years within a Community Mental Health Team and currently works one day a week clinically within the specialist Bipolar service in Birmingham.  Her main role is to be responsible for overseeing the clinical component of peoples’ training over the three years which consists of 50% of their training.  Dr Fisher regularly runs supervisor training workshops with the other clinical tutors and in conjunction with the other two local training courses Staffordshire and Coventry and Warwick. She also has a responsibility for the other generic duties on the Course Team such as marking, being an appraisal tutor and attendance at relevant course committees such the Course Management and Curriculum and Assessment Committee, and facilitating a reflective practice group.  She is actively involved in the group of trainers, a sub group of the British Psychological Society, both locally and nationally.


Main teaching roles are Service user perspective, placement preparation, dealing with distress, Enquiry Based Learning, Models of supervision


Research interests

Working with people with complex needs within adult mental health, in particular women with personality disorder, risk assessment and management and self-harm.


Crawford-Docherty, A., Detheridge, A., Butler, W., Day, V., O’Shea, M & Wilkinson, K. (2009). Perspectives on New Ways of Working in Secondary Community Mental Health Services, Personal Reflections.  Clinical Psychology Forum, 201.

Book Chapter: Interventions with Siblings (Smith, Fadden and O’Shea, 2009).  In Casebook of Family Interventions for Psychosis.  Edited by Lobban, F &  Barrowclough, C.  Wiley Press.      

Larkin, M., Rostill, H., O’Shea, M., & Howard, R. (2006). Learning from experience about a competency-based placement system for Clinical Psychology. Clinical Psychology Forum, 167, 14-20.

Dhinse, S and Fisher, M.  (2016) (in press) Clinical Psychology trainees should routinely obtain service user feedback as part of their clinical experience and assessment during training: Why and How?  Journal of Practice Teaching and Learning.