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.


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Paul Earnshaw
Greater Manchester NHS

Paul Earnshaw works as a Senior Psychological Therapist in the NHS. I have current clinical experience of using integrated Motivational Interviewing with younger people at risk of developing serious mental health problems. I spent four years working as a therapist in the MIDAS trial, a large randomised control trial for people with serious mental health problems and problematic substance use. I have previously worked as a Mental Health Social Worker and ASW in Assertive Outreach, Community rehabilitation and Community Mental Health teams. I have current experience of delivering Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and brief Motivational Interventions in primary care and in other community based settings.

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.​