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Manchester Motivational Interviewing Network is a multi-site collaboration involving partners from the University of Manchester, Manchester Metropolitan University and Greater Manchester NHS. It aims to promote and develop motivational interviewing practice amongst practitioners.


Cathy Atkinson
University of Manchester

Cathy is the Curriculum Director for the Doctorate in Educational and Child Psychology programme at the University of Manchester, and a practitioner educational psychologist. She has a longstanding interest in using motivational interviewing to support children and young people, and has published extensively in this area.


View Cathy's research profile

Paul Earnshaw
Greater Manchester NHS

Dr Paul Earnshaw is an independent Researcher, Senior Psychological Therapist and Motivational Interviewing trainer. Until recently he worked in the NHS in a variety of Mental Health settings, working with people who experience a wide range of mental health problems. He has extensive experience of working in research trials and his interests include integrating Cognitive Behaviour Therapy and Motivational Interviewing. His most recent qualitative research has concentrated on developing theory in Motivational Interviewing. As a member of the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers (MINT) he has presented at numerous national and international conferences on motivational interviewing and CBT. He has over 17 years of experience in training multi-disciplinary health and social care staff in the UK and internationally in Motivational Interviewing, across a range of mental and physical health services.

He recently co-authored Motivational Cognitive Behaviour therapy with fellow co-presenter Dr Cathy Atkinson. He is a co-founder and training lead of the Manchester Motivational Interviewing network which seeks to promote and support multi agency MI practise across the northwest of England.

Joanna Barrow
University of Manchester
Lis Cordingley
University of Manchester

Dr Lis Cordingley is an academic and health psychologist in the Centres for Musculoskeletal and Dermatological Sciences at the University of Manchester. Her current research focuses mainly on psychological aspects of long-term inflammatory musculoskeletal and dermatological conditions, such as inflammatory arthritis, juvenile idiopathic arthritis and psoriasis.  She has an interest in how motivational interviewing techniques can be applied in the physical health field including use of MI principles by healthcare professionals and in written health communication.

Sarah Parry
Manchester Metropolitan University

Dr Sarah Parry is a clinical psychologist working with children and young people in Greater Manchester, and a Senior Lecturer at Manchester Metropolitan University. Sarah delivers training around the uses of MI to children's practitioners and postgraduate mental health students. Sarah’s research interests include therapeutic uses of formulation and the therapeutic utility of compassion based interventions for clients and practitioners alike. Sarah and colleagues also explore how interpersonal trauma can impact aspects of people’s lives, and how adults and young people develop coping strategies in response to traumatic experiences. Sarah’s research has been published in a range of peer reviewed journals, including the Journal of Children’s Services, the Journal of Child Sexual Abuse and the Journal of Trauma and Dissociation.​

Dr Joanna Barrow (nee Bragg) is a Research Associate at the University of Manchester with a broad range of experience gained from working across the social sciences and health sciences. Much of her research has focused on social inequalities and associated interventions and preventative measures, largely within the field of education. A particular interest in behaviour change led Joanna to motivational interviewing. For her PhD, she incorporated a MI approach into the design of a universal school-based intervention aimed at discouraging young adolescents from adopting risky behaviours in the future. She is now looking at community-based intervention to support healthier lifestyles.

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