Prof Michaela Swales

Professor in Clinical Psychology

Contact info

Professor Swales can be contacted as follows:


phone: 01248 382552


Postgraduate Project Opportunities

Self-funded (inc. agency-funded projects): Professor Swales welcomes enquiries from prospective PhD students interested in Dialectical Behaviour Therapy.  Please contact Professor Swales in the first instance with a 1-2 page draft of your idea, to see if she has any capacity for new students.

Contact Info

Professor Swales can be contacted as follows:


phone: 01248 382552



Professor Swales is Director of the North Wales Clinical Psychology Programme that provides Doctoral level training to 30+ trainees.  She is also the Director of the Post-Graduate Diploma in Dialectical Behaviour Therapy.


Professor Swales conducts research into Dialectial Behaviour Therapy with a particular interest in implementation of the treatment in routine healthcare settings. 

Teaching and Supervision

Professor Swales focuses on increasing competence in evidence-based psychological therapies in both her work on the doctoral programme and on the PGDip in DBT.  She also leads a National Team of Trainers in DBT whose skill and expertise are recognised in their International Affiliate Status with the Linehan Institute.  Professor Swales' team have trained over a thousand practitoners in DBT across the UK and Ireland.  More recently they have trained practitioners in Poland, Lithuania and Hong Kong.

Professor Swales supervises PhD candidates and DClinPsy candidates.  Current projects are focusing on DBT for children with an ASD diagnosis, understanding effective processes in DBT Consultation Teams, shaping competence in DBT therapists and understanding relationships between ACEs and suicidal behaviour in Jordan.

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