The South West CYP IAPT Community of Practice is led and co-ordinated by staff at the department of Clinical Education, Development and Research (CEDAR), University of Exeter. Find out more about what we do and who we are below.

Catherine Gallop

CEDAR PGT Director

Catherine is a Clinical Psychologist and accredited CBT therapist. She is an Associate Professor at the University of Exeter and has worked in Clinical Practice Education since 2007. She is the Director of Post Graduate Taught Programmes for CEDAR at the University overseeing the delivery of a range of nationally funded grad / post graduate psychological professional training programmes including Adult IAPT, Children and Young Peoples’ (CYP) IAPT and CYP new roles (e.g. CWP and EMHP) as well as other self-funded psychological professional training programmes. She works regionally and nationally in relation to workforce strategy, training and implementation and supporting service effectiveness.  Her clinical specialism is within CYP mental health and she works privately with CYP and supervises NHS practitioners.

Alex Boyd

CYP IAPT Director (Joint) & Director for Perinatal Training

Alex is a Clinical Psychologist and accredited CBT therapist who has worked at the University of Exeter since 2012. She is the joint Director of Children and Young People’s Mental Health Training  and the Director for Perinatal Training for CEDAR. As  part of this role she oversee the delivery of the Children and Young People’s (CYP) IAPT courses and supports the south west community of practice in developing their workforce to support children, young people’s mental health. After 15 years working clinically in the NHS she now works in private practice with children, young people and families as well as providing supervision for colleagues working privately and within the NHS. 

Jonathan Parker

CYP IAPT Director (Joint) & CWP/EMHP Lead

Based at the University of Exeter but working across the CYP Mental Health care sector in the South West, Jonathan provides guidance to a range of statutory and voluntary sector services relating to the CWP and EMHP programmes. He works closely with national partners to successfully deliver key government initiatives both within and across organisational boundaries. Jonathan is an accredited CBT practitioner, psychotherapist and clinical supervisor and has undertaken postgraduate leadership training.

Ann York

Clinical Lead

Ann has been part of the Collaborative since 2016. She chairs the Executive and Community of Practice and offers outreach support and training. She has national and international experience of improving children and young people’s mental health services. If you want to know something about children and young people’s mental health then she can probably find you the answer! Ann has two grown up daughters, one of whom has an autistic spectrum disorder. She loves waterfalls, rainbows and a mug of tea after a muddy walk.

Tim Tod

Participation Lead

Tim has been a member of the Collaborative since 2015 and has worked for the University of Exeter as the Participation lead. He works alongside others in the Collaborative to share and build up the evidence base of best participation practice. He has spent the last 30 years working with children and young people; mostly within the charitable youthwork and informal education sector, and is currently working within formal education.

Sarah Dobson

Project Manager, CYP IAPT

Sarah is responsible for the day to day co-ordination of the South-West CYP-IAPT Community of Practice (CoP) and the CoP Executive Group. She works with colleagues to support services in the CoP to deliver service transformation related to CYP-IAPT principles through outreach activities, policy development and workforce development. Outside of work Sarah enjoys swimming in open water and walking with her Labrador.

Research Evaluation Team

Melika Janbakhsh, Martina Slapkova, Hollie Gay and Nick Smith

The Research and Evaluation team work with all CWP services in the South West to evaluate the impact of the CWP programme. The team collect and analyse data from practitioners to inform individual services on their performance with respect to waiting times and outcome measures, as well as to assess the programme as a whole.