Dr Andrew Fox MRes, PhD, ClinPsyD

Dr Andrew Fox

School of Psychology
Assistant Professor in Psychology
Research Tutor
Clinical Psychologist

Contact details

School of Psychology
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

Dr Andy Fox is a clinical psychologist specialising in complex and enduring mental health needs, particularly psychosis. Much of his work involves developing an understanding of the social-psychological factors important in complex mental health difficulties and trying to work out what to do about them to improve people's well-being.



  • BSc (Joint Hons) Biological Sciences and Psychology
  • MRes Cognition and Neuroscience
  • PhD (Psychology)
  • ClinPsyD


Before his clinical training Andy completed a PhD with Dr Chris Harrop and Prof. Peter Trower at the University of Birmingham. During this time, he used their cognitive-developmental model of self-construction to understand social processes involved in mental health difficulties in young people, including psychosis and eating disorders. After qualifying as a clinical psychologist, Andy went on to specialise in work across local inpatient psychiatric rehabilitation services. In March 2015 he published a co-edited book, with Dr Alan Meaden, that describes a range of innovative psychological approaches used to help people with psychosis who can be hard to reach. Andy joined the Clinical Psychology team at the University of Birmingham in May 2016 and continues to work part-time in local services for people experiencing distressing psychosis.


Andy teaches on the Clinical Psychology doctoral course.

Postgraduate supervision

Andy supervises trainees conducting research projects as part of the Doctorate in Clinical Psychology and the Doctorate in Forensic Clinical Psychology.

He also supervises students conducting research as part of the MRes in Clinical Psychology course.


Psychosis; social cognition; social recovery; adolescence; self-construction; negative symptoms; existentialism; third-wave behavioural approaches; compassion in healthcare.

Other activities

  • Chartered Psychologist with the British Psychological Society: Member of the Division of Clinical Psychology and the Faculty of Psychosis and Complex Mental Health.
  • Registered Practitioner Psychologist with the Health and Care Professions Council.
  • Founder member and coordinator of the West Midlands Existential Special Interest Group (E-SIG).


Highlight publications

Meaden, A, Fox, A & Hussain, H 2022, Team-based shared formulation for psychosis: The SAFE approach. 1st edn, Routledge, London. https://doi.org/10.4324/9781003082811

Porter, L, Jones, C & Fox, A 2022, 'Reliability of the Calgary depression scale for schizophrenia: a meta-analysis', Schizophrenia Research, vol. 240, pp. 32-45. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.schres.2021.11.040

Recent publications


Simpson, AJ, Meaden, A & Fox, A 2024, 'Developing a Dynamic Understanding of Risk Factors for People Admitted to Long-term High Dependency Units', Journal of Psychosocial Rehabilitation and Mental Health, vol. 2024. https://doi.org/10.1007/s40737-023-00388-7

Ryan, R, Copello, A & Fox, A 2023, 'Experiences of microdosing psychedelics in an attempt to support wellbeing and mental health', BMC Psychiatry, vol. 23, no. 1, 160. https://doi.org/10.1186/s12888-023-04628-9

Al taher, R & Fox, A 2023, 'Exploring personal accounts of the facilitators and barriers to seeking help for first-episode psychosis (FEP): a meta-ethnography', Psychosis. https://doi.org/10.1080/17522439.2023.2263779

Al taher, R, Fox, A & Wilson, C 2023, 'Spiritual understandings of psychosis: the perspectives of spiritual care staff', Journal of Spirituality in Mental Health. https://doi.org/10.1080/19349637.2023.2239799

Dennick, L, Fox, AP & Walter-Brice, A 2013, 'Mindfulness groups for people experiencing distressing psychosis: An interpretative phenomenological analysis', Mental Health Review Journal. https://doi.org/10.1108/13619321311310096

Fox, A, Larkin, M & Leung, N 2011, 'The personal meaning of eating disorder symptoms: an interpretative phenomenological analysis.', Journal of Health Psychology, vol. 16, no. 1, pp. 116-125. https://doi.org/10.1177/1359105310368449

Fox, A, Harrop, C, Trower, P & Leung, N 2009, 'A consideration of developmental egocentrism in anorexia nervosa', Eating Behaviors, vol. 10, no. 1, pp. 10-15. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.eatbeh.2008.10.001

Fox, A & Leung, N 2009, 'Existential well-being in younger and older people with Anorexia Nervosa: A preliminary investigation', European Eating Disorders Review, pp. 24-30.

Review article

Allen, L, Jones, C, Fox, A, Copello, A, Jones, N & Meiser-Stedman, R 2021, 'The correlation between social support and post-traumatic stress disorder in children and adolescents: a meta-analysis', Journal of Affective Disorders, vol. 294, pp. 543-557. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jad.2021.07.028

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