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Dr Ann Steele, Clinical Psychologist, BSc Hons (First Class), MSc Oxon, DPhil Oxon, DClinPsy


Ann is a Clinical Psychologist with over 10 years of experience working in the NHS and in independent practice. During this time Ann’s experience has ranged from working therapeutically with people with complex mental health needs on randomised control research trials to providing psychological assessment and treatment to people with long-term neurological conditions in physical health services. Ann also provides teaching and supervision to other mental health professionals training within the NHS.

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BSc (Hons) Psychology (First); University of Manchester

MSc in Research in Psychology; University of Oxford              

Doctor of Philosophy in Experimental Psychology; University of Oxford              

Doctorate in Clinical Psychology; Institute of Psychiatry, Kings College London


Specialist Interests

Following her PhD at Oxford University where her research explored neurodiversity and cognitive development in children, Ann continues to have a strong interest in neurodiversity and provides assessments of ASD and ADHD.

Ann also has specialist experience working with people with PTSD, psychosis, and bipolar disorder. Her primary expertise is in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), with which she has also treated anxiety, depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), issues with anger, and low self-esteem amongst other difficulties.

In addition, Ann is trained in other psychological therapy approaches including Eye Movement Desensitisation Reprocessing therapy (EMDR), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT), Mindfulness, Narrative Therapy, Systemic and Family Therapies, and Voice Dialoguing.


  • Holmes, E., Lang, T., Moulds, M., & Steele, A. (2008). Prospective and positive mental imagery deficits in dysphoria. Behaviour Research and Therapy, 46, 976-981.

  • Scerif, G. & Steele, A. (2011). Neurocognitive development of attention across genetic syndromes: Inspecting a disorder’s dynamics through the lens of others. In O Braddick, G Innocenti, and J Atkinson (Eds.), Gene Expression to Neurobiology and Behavior: Human Brain Development and Developmental Disorders. Progress in Brain Research, 189, 285-301.

  • Steele, A., Brown, J., & Scerif, G. (2011). Integrating general and specific developmental processes: Cross-syndrome, cross-domain dynamics. In E.K. Farran and A. Karmiloff-Smith (Eds.). Neurodevelopmental disorders across the lifespan: A Neuroconstructivist approach, pp. 339-362. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

  • Steele, A., Karmiloff-Smith, A., Cornish, K.M. & Scerif, G. (2012). The multiple sub-functions of attention: Differential developmental gateways to literacy and numeracy. Child Development, 83, 2028-2041.

  • Cornish, K., Steele, A., Monteiro, C. R., Karmiloff-Smith, A., & Scerif, G. (2012). Attention deficits predict phenotypic outcomes in syndrome-specific and domain-specific ways. Frontiers in Psychology, 3, 227.

  • Steele, A., Scerif, G., Cornish, K. M., & Karmiloff-Smith, A. (2013). Learning to read in Williams syndrome and Down syndrome: Syndrome-specific precursors and developmental trajectories. Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, 54(7), 754-762.

  • Steele, A., Lynch, S., & Brown, J. S. L. (2015). Factors influencing the effectiveness of a one-day CBT for insomnia workshop. Journal of Sleep and Sleep Disorder Research, 1(1), 15.

  • Wellman, J., Barter, B., & Steele, A. (2015). Group top-up therapy for service users. Learning Disability Practice, 18(8), 33.

  • Palmier-Claus, J., Griffiths, R., Murphy, E., Parker, S., Longden, E., Bowe, S., Steele, A., French, P., Morrison, A. & Tai, S. (2017). Cognitive behavioural therapy for thought disorder in psychosis. Psychosis; Psychological, Social and Integrative Approaches, 9(4), 347-357.

  • Morrison, A. P., Pyle, M., Gumley, A., Schwannauer, M., Turkington, D., MacLennan, G., Norrie, J., Hudson, J., Bowe, S. E., French, P., Byrne, R., Syrett, S., Dudley, R., McLeod, H. J., Griffiths, H., Barnes, T. R. E., Davies, L., Kingdon, D.; FOCUS trial group (Aydinlar, S., Courtley, J., Douglas-Bailey, M., Graves, E., Holden, N., Hutton, J., Hutton, P., Irving, S., Jackson, C., Lebert, T., Mander, H., McCartney, L., Munro-Clark, T., Murphy, E. K., Spanswick, M., Steele, A., Tip, L., Tully, S.). (2018). Cognitive behavioural therapy in clozapine-resistant schizophrenia (FOCUS): an assessor-blinded, randomised controlled trial. The Lancet Psychiatry, 5(8), 633 - 643.

  • Morrison, A. P., Law, H., Carter, L., Sellers, R., Emsley, R., Pyle, M., French, P., Shiers, D., Yung, A., Murphy, E. K., Holden, N., Steele, A., Bowe, S. E., Palmier-Claus, J., Brooks, V., Byrne, R., Davies, L. & Haddad, P. (2018). Antipsychotic drugs versus cognitive behavioural therapy versus a combination of both in people with psychosis: a randomised controlled pilot and feasibility study. The Lancet Psychiatry, 5(5), 411 – 423.

  • Steele, A., Chadwick, P., & McCabe, R. (2018). Let’s talk about psychosis. Clinical Schizophrenia and Related Psychoses, 12(2), 69-76.

  • Shalev, N., Steele, A., Nobre, A. C., Karmiloff-Smith, A., Cornish, K., & Scerif, G. (2019). Dynamic sustained attention markers differentiate atypical development: The case of Williams syndrome and Down’s syndrome. Neuropsychologia. 132:107148.

  • Fowler, D., Hodgekins, J., Berry, C., Clarke, T., Palmier-Claus, J., Sacadura, C., Graham, A., Lowen, C., Steele. A., Pugh, K., Fraser, S., Fitzsimmons, M. & French, P. (2019). Social recovery therapy: a treatment manual, Psychosis, 11:3, 261 – 272.

  • Morrison, A. P., Pyle, M., Maughan, D., Johns, L., Freeman, D., Broome, M. R., Husain, N., Fowler, D., Hudson, J., MacLennan, G., Norrie, J., Shiers, D., Hollis, C., James, A., MAPS group, and Whale, R. (2020). Antipsychotic medication versus psychological intervention versus a combination of both in adolescents with first-episode psychosis (MAPS): a multicentre, three-arm, randomised controlled pilot and feasibility study. The Lancet Psychiatry, 7 (9), 788-800.

  • Longden, E., Corstens, D., Morrison, A.P., Larkin, A., Murphy, E., Holden, N., Steele, A., Branitsky, A. and Bowe, S. (2021), A treatment protocol to guide the delivery of dialogical engagement with auditory hallucinations: Experience from the Talking With Voices pilot trial. Psychol Psychother Theory Res Pract, 94: 558-572.

  • Langman-Levy, A., Johns, L., Palmier-Claus, J., Sacadura, C., Steele, A., Larkin, A., Murphy, E., Bowe, S. & Morrison, A. (2022): Adapting cognitive behavioural therapy for adolescents with psychosis: insights from the Managing Adolescent first episode in psychosis study (MAPS), Psychosis, DOI: 10.1080/17522439.2021.2001561

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