Professor John Rose

Professor John Rose

School of Psychology

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School of Psychology
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

John Rose is a clinical psychologist with a particular interest in working with people who have Intellectual Disabilities. He is currently working on a research project examining the effectiveness of Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing with people with Intellectual Disabilities.


PhD. Stress Amongst Staff Working with People who have a Learning Disability;

MSc. (Occupational Psychology); Master of Clinical Psychology;

MSc. (Experimental Psychology);

BSc. (2:1 Hons) Biological Sciences.


John Rose was Academic Director of the Clinical Psychology Training Course at the University of Birmingham and Director of the new Forensic Clinical Doctorate. Until June 2014 he was also Divisional Psychologist in the Learning Disability Service in the Black Country Partnership NHS Trust.

Prior to this he worked on the Cardiff Clinical Psychology Training Course and as a Clinical Psychologist in a number of different clinical services including Birmingham, Gwent, Cardiff, Oxford and Sandwell.

He has written over 175 articles in academic and professional journals on issues related to cognitive therapy, service design, offenders with intellectual disabilities and staff and organisational issues in intellectual disability services.

He continues to apply his academic interests in practice. He has been consulting with colleagues at the University of the West Indies and the first controlled trial of Anger Management in prison settings in the Caribbean. With colleagues he has completed a major trial of anger management for people with intellectual disabilities where direct care staff are being supported to deliver therapy directly.  He has also (with Biza Kroese) completed a research project funded by The Judith Trust investigating the training needs of staff who work with people who have intellectual disabilities and mental health issues.


John Rose has only a limited input to teaching however he continues to supervise PhD students and trainees on professional Doctorates.


John's research has focussed on forensic clinical psychology and his clinical work with people who have intellectual disabilities.  Themes have included the adaptation and development of psychological therapies, particularly Cognitive behavioural therapies. Working with and through staff and family members to improve the quality of life for clients has also been a significant theme of his work.

Helping people develop appropriate day time opportunities, especially work has also been an important focus however, he is keen to develop areas of strong clinical relevance to his clinical work.  More recently he has also been involved in  projects exploring the experience of people with learning disabilities from minority communities.

John has been successful in being part of research grants evaluating the efficacy of EMDR and is also part of a project developing materials to support care staff in reducing the use of psychotropic medication with people with intellectual disability.


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Recent publications

  1. Rose, J. et al. (2019) Is it possible to use Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis in research with people who have intellectual disabilities? Journal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disabilities.
  2. Wakeland, E., Austin, S. and Rose, J. (2019) Professionals Experiences of Deaf Offenders with Mental health Difficulties. American Annals of the Deaf.
  3. Rose, J., Nice, L., Stenfert Kroese, B., Powell, T. and Oyebode, J. (2019) The role of relationship reciprocity and self-efficacy on well-being and burnout in clinical psychology trainees, Clinical Psychology Forum, 315, 38 – 48.
  4. Gray, E., Beech, A., & Rose, J. (2019). Using biofeedback to improve emotion regulation in sexual offenders with intellectual disability: a feasibility study. International Journal of Developmental Disabilities, 1-10.
  5. Williams, E. M., & Rose, J. (2019). Nonpharmacological treatment for individuals with intellectual disability and “personality disorder”. Journal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disabilities.
  6. Rose, J., Hutchinson, G., Willner, P., & Bastick, T. (2018). The prevalence of mental health difficulties in a sample of prisoners in Trinidadian prisons referred for anger management. Journal of Forensic Practice, 20,  (4), 249-256
  7. Williams, E. M., Thrift, S., & Rose, J. (2018). The subjective experiences of women with intellectual disabilities and offending behaviour: exploring their experiences of ‘home’. International Journal of Developmental Disabilities, 64(3), 132-143.
  8. Larkin, M., Unwin, G., Iyer, M., Tsimopoulou, I., Zahid, S., Malik, K., ... & Rose, J. L. (2018). Cultural affordance, social relationships, and narratives of independence: Understanding the meaning of social care for adults with intellectual disabilities from minority ethnic groups in the UK. International Journal of Developmental Disabilities, 64(3), 195-203.
  9. Rose, J. and Stenfert Kroese, B. (2018) Introduction to specialist issue on Qualitative Research. International Journal of Developmental Disabilities, 64(3), 129 – 131.
  10. Adams, D., Rose, J., Jackson, N., Karakatsani, E., & Oliver, C. (2018). Coping Strategies in Mothers of Children with Intellectual Disabilities Showing Multiple Forms of Challenging Behaviour: Associations with Maternal Mental Health. Behavioural and cognitive psychotherapy, 46(3), 257-275.
  11. Rose, J., & Nelson, L. (2018). A preliminary exploration of the challenging behaviour perception questionnaire: a measure of parental cognitions about challenging behaviour. Journal of Intellectual & Developmental Disability, 43(2), 223-231.
  12. Wakeland, E., Austen, S., & Rose, J. (2018). What is the prevalence of abuse in the deaf/hard of hearing population?. The Journal of Forensic Psychiatry & Psychology, 29(3), 434-454.
  13. Waite, J., Rose, J., Wilde, L., Eden, K., Stinton, C., Moss, J., & Oliver, C. (2017). Associations between behaviours that challenge in adults with intellectual disability, parental perceptions and parental mental health. British Journal of Clinical Psychology, 56(4), 408-430.
  14. Cooke, E., Stephenson, Z., & Rose, J. (2017). How do professionals experience working with offenders diagnosed with personality disorder within a prison environment?. The Journal of Forensic Psychiatry & Psychology, 28(6), 841-862.
  15. Hutchinson, G., Rose, J., Willner, P., & Bastick, T. (2017). Intellectual disability in a prison population with anger problems in Trinidad. The Journal of Forensic Psychiatry & Psychology, 28(4), 513-524.
  16. Malik, K. J., Unwin, G., Larkin, M., Kroese, B. S., & Rose, J. (2017). The complex role of social care services in supporting the development of sustainable identities: Insights from the experiences of British South Asian women with intellectual disabilities. Research in developmental disabilities, 63, 74-84. Rose, J. and Gallivan, A. (In Press) Staff Training and Supervision In: Handbook of Intellectual Disabilities: Integrating Theory, Research and Practice. Johnny L. Matson (Ed.).
  17. Rose, J. (2019) Violent and Sexual Offenders Handbook: Second Edition. Ireland, J. L, Ireland, C. and Birch, P. (Eds.) 357 – 369 Routledge. ISBN 978-1-138-23310-2
  18. Rose, J., & Walker, A. L. (2018). Understanding Staff to Provide Effective Support and Development. In Lindsay, W. And Taylor, J. (Eds). The Wiley Handbook on Offenders with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities: Research, Training, and Practice, 421-435  Willey, Blackwell.