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Dr Zoe Cross
Clinical Psychologist

Dr Zoe Cross

Dr Zoe Cross has worked at Priory as a bank therapist since October 2017. She is a qualified clinical psychologist, registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC: PYL24596) and British Psychological Society (BPS), and is accredited by the British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP).

Training

Following a career change and the completion of an access course for mature students, Dr Cross identified that her interests lay within the area of psychology. She pursued this interest further by completing a Bachelor’s degree in psychology and graduating with a 2:1 in 2004. Following graduation, she worked full time as an assistant psychologist in research, at the University of Manchester. This allowed her to study part time for a postgraduate Master of Applied Psychology. Following graduation in 2006, she applied to the Doctorate in Clinical Psychology at The Liverpool University, her application was successful and she graduated in 2009.

On qualification Dr Cross chose to work within the area of child and adolescent mental health services (CAMHS). Her role initially focused in the area of mental health, however the opportunity arose for her to pursue her interest in physical health and she worked in a split post between CAMHS and child physical health until she left the service after more than 6 years in post.

Since 2015, Dr Cross has fulfilled short term contracts for both the private sector (Newbridge House for Children and Adolescents with Eating Disorders; The Child Psychology Service; Midland Psychology) and the NHS (Birmingham Children’s Hospital).

Dr Cross has worked independently throughout her career alongside NHS posts. She has worked towards and been awarded British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP) accreditation.

Dr Cross has completed training in the use of the Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule (ADOS).  She is therefore able to conduct the ADOS as part of the overall assessment process, to understand if a young person’s difficulties are consistent with a diagnosis on the autistic spectrum.

Research interests

Dr Cross has been involved in a range of research studies conducted at The University of Manchester, as part of her assistant psychologist job. These ranged from large-scale randomly assigned projects: comparing the use of cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) with social activity therapy (SAT) in offenders at a North West Psychiatric Hospital, to smaller case studies: the training needs of health care staff working in a dementia care facility.

Dr Cross has personally conducted three research projects which were in part fulfilment of her degrees. Whilst studying towards her Bachelor degree she sampled shift workers to determine the presence of Type A personality traits and their links to cardiology difficulties. This research identified a link between those who worked shifts, Type A personality traits, and therefore their predisposition to cardiology complaints.

During her Master’s degree Dr Cross completed further research. This piece of research investigated the efficacy of a self-report measure, typically used by those addicted to drugs to provide an account of their drug use, when compared to the national standard of hair analysis. This research concluded that participants often underreported their use of drugs when using a self-report measure.

During her Doctorate degree Dr Cross validated a measure to identify the level of psychological distress experienced by women during the stages of gynaecological cancers. This piece of research led to a fundamental change in clinical practice at the Women’s Hospital in Liverpool. The Distress Thermometer is now routinely used in nurse-led clinics to ensure that all patients are given the opportunity to identify and discuss any difficulties they may be experiencing.

Clinical articles and research papers

  • Assessing illicit substance use in schizophrenia: The relationship between self report and detection by hair analysis. Haddock, G., Cross, Z., Beardmore, R., Tarrier, N., Lewis, S., Moring, J., Barrowclough, C., (October 2009) Schizophrenia Research. 114, 1-3p 180-18.
  • Views from a Nurse-Led Gynaecology Clinic; Is the Distress Thermometer a useful and valid screening tool for psychological distress? Poster Presentation: BPOS Conference Chester Doubletree Hilton Hotel, 2nd and 3rd December 2010.

I predominantly see children and young people up to the age of 18. I feel it is important to meet with carers or family members in order to get a good understanding of the overall difficulties, how these difficulties began, are being maintained, and the overall goals of therapy for those involved. I am keen to offer an individual service to everyone I see, delivering evidence-based interventions.

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