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Tom Lynch


Thomas R. Lynch is Professor of Clinical Psychology in the School of Psychology at Southampton University

and Director of the Emotion and Personality Bio-behavioural Laboratory. He is a world-leading researcher and senior trainer of Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) and leads the bio-behavioural laboratory at Southampton with a focus on understanding personality/mood disorders and their interface with basis emotion processes.  

He has received multiple large research grants from a range of sources, including the National Institutes of Health, National Alliance for Research on Schizophrenia and Depression, American Foundation of Suicide Prevention, and the Hartford Foundation. Currently he is the Chief Investigator of a multi-centre randomized controlled trial of a new DBT treatment approach for chronic and treatment resistant depression funded by the Efficacy and Mechanism Evaluation programme and Medical Research Council—Project REFRAMED.

He is a recipient of the John M. Rhoades Psychotherapy Research Endowment and a Beck Institute Scholar.

His book outlining a new DBT adaptation, entitled Dialectical Behaviour Therapy for Treatment Resistant Depression; Targeting Emotional Over-Control is forthcoming.


Professor Lynch is well-known for being an authoritative, entertaining and charismatic speaker.
Tom trains in Treatment Resistant Depression