Prof Kevin Dyer

Consultant Clinical Psychologist
Clinical Lead – NHSCT Psychological Therapies Service

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Professor Kevin Dyer is a Consultant Clinical Psychologist and Clinical Lead of the Psychological Therapies Service in the Northern HSC Trust. In his time as service lead, Prof Dyer pioneered a number of initiatives that led to the service being the first therapy department in Northern Ireland to obtain full APPTS Accreditation. It is currently the only service in the United Kingdom to have achieved 100% of accreditation standards set by the British Psychological Society and Royal College of Psychiatry.

From 2009 to 2018, Prof Dyer was an Assistant Course Director of the Queen’s University Belfast (QUB) DClinPsych course. He was also Course Director of the first Assistant/ Associate Psychologist training programme in Northern Ireland at the university. Prof Dyer has a specialist background in complex trauma and PTSD after working in QUB and the Belfast HSC Trust Trauma Resource Centre. He has developed a comprehensive trauma research programme that has yielded publications in a number of peer-reviewed journals. From 2017 to 2020, he was Psychology Lead of the Northern Ireland Regional Trauma Network – an innovative initiative to develop a world-leading PTSD intervention service across Northern Ireland.

For his clinical and academic achievements, Prof Dyer was presented the 2015 May Davidson Award by the BPS Division of Clinical Psychology for clinicians who have made an outstanding contribution to the development of clinical psychology within the first 10 years of their work as a qualified practitioner.

Featured Publications

Cleary, E., Hanna, D., Dyer, K. K. W., & Curran, D. (2023). Contributing Factors to Secondary Traumatic Stress and Vicarious Posttraumatic Growth in Therapists. Journal of Traumatic Stress.

Jordan, J., Elliott, A., Mongan, D., & Dyer, K. K. W. (2023). Measuring the impact of therapy on medication use: Data-linkage study. The British Journal of Psychiatry, 1-7. doi:10.1192/bjp.2023.130.

Jordan, J. A., Shannon, C., Browne, D., Carroll, E., Maguire, J., Kerrigan, K., Hannan, S., McCarthy, T., Tully, M. A. , Mulholland, C., & Dyer K. F. W. (2023). Healthcare staff mental health trajectories during the COVID-19 pandemic: findings from the COVID-19 Staff Wellbeing Survey. BJPsych Open, 22, doi: 10.1192/bjo.2023.497.

Potts, C., Bond, R., Jordan, J., Mulvenna, M. D., Dyer, K., Moorhead, A., & Elliott, A (2023). Analysing client treatment patterns in a psychological therapy service: An innovative approach using process mining. Health Care Management Science.

Gleeson, A., Curran, D. Simms, J., Dyer, K. F. W., Fletcher, S. & Hanna, D. (2022). The role of trauma, psychological therapy and trauma appraisals in predicting posttraumatic growth. Traumatology.

Dyer, K. F. W., Shannon, C., McCann, L., Mitchell, S., Kerrigan, K., McClements, R., Kelly, C., & Jordan, J. (2022). Psychological support for healthcare workers during the COVID-19 pandemic: A mixed methods study involving support providers. European Journal of Psychotraumatology. doi: 10.1080/20008066.2022.2151282

Mullen, M., Hanna, D., Bradley, M., Rogers, D., Jordan, J-A., & Dyer, K. F. W. (2021). Attentional Bias in Individuals with Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder: A Preliminary Eye-Tracking Study. Journal of Behavioral and Cognitive Therapy, 31, 199-204.

Dyer, K. F. W. & Corrigan, J. P. (2021). Psychological treatments for Complex PTSD: A commentary on the clinical and empirical impasse dividing unimodal and phase-oriented therapy positions. Psychological Trauma, 13, 869-876.

Reeves, R., Elliott, A., Dyer, K., & Hanna, D. (2021) 360◦ Video virtual reality exposure therapy for public speaking anxiety: A randomized controlled trial. Journal of Anxiety Disorders, 83, 1 – 11.

Jordan, J., Shannon, C., Browne, D., Carroll, E., Maguire, J., Kerrigan, K., . . . Dyer, K. F. W. (2021). COVID-19 Staff Wellbeing Survey: Longitudinal survey of psychological well-being among health and social care staff in Northern Ireland during the COVID-19 pandemic. BJPsych Open, 7, E159. doi:10.1192/bjo.2021.988

Corrigan, J. P., Fitzpatrick, M., Hanna, D., & Dyer, K. F. W. (2020). Evaluating the Effectiveness of Phase-Oriented Treatment Models for PTSD—A Meta-Analysis. Traumatology. DOI:10.1037/trm0000261

Corrigan, J. P., Hanna, D., & Dyer, K. F. W. (2020). Investigating Trauma Processing; the Development of Data-driven Processing and its Impact on Cognition. Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapy, 48, 646–657.

Mitchell, R., Hanna, D., & Dyer, K. F. W. (2020). Modelling OCD: A Test of the Inflated Responsibility Model. Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapy, 48, 327-340.

McIlveen, R., Mitchell, R., Curran, D., Dyer, K. F. W., Corry, M., Deprince, A., Dorahy, M. &., Hanna, D. (2019). Exploring the relationship between alienation appraisals, trauma, posttraumatic stress and depression. Psychological Trauma. DOI: 10.1037/tra0000523

Corrigan, J. P., Hanna, D., & Dyer, K. F. W. (in press). Investigating Trauma Processing; the Development of Data-driven Processing and its Impact on Cognition. Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapy.

Mitchell, R., Hanna, D., & Dyer, K. F. W. (2019). Modelling OCD: A Test of the Inflated Responsibility Model. Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapy. DO1: 10.1017/S1352465819000675

Coyle, L., Hanna, D., Dyer, K. F. W., Read, J., Curran, D., & Shannon, C. (2019). Does trauma-related training have a relationship with, or impact on, mental health professionals’ frequency of asking about, or detection of, trauma history? A systematic literature review. Psychological Trauma. DOI: 10.1037/tra0000434.

Mitchell, R.., Hanna, D., Brennan, K., … & Dyer, K. F. W. (2018). Alienation appraisals mediate the relationships between childhood trauma and multiple markers of posttraumatic stress. Journal of Child and Adolescent Trauma. DOI:10.1007/s40653-018-0220-1.

Black, P., Hanna, D., Quinn, P., & Dyer, K. F. W. (2018). Examining the experience of undergoing group Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for Obsessive Compulsive Disorder: An Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis. International Journal of Group Psychotherapy, 68, 195 – 203.

Reynolds, C., Simms, J., Webb, K., Corry, M., McDermott, B., Ryan, M., Shannon, M., & Dyer, K. F. W. (2017). Client factors that predict the therapeutic alliance in a complex trauma sample. Traumatology, 23, 294-302.

Jordan, J. A. & Dyer, K. F. W. (2017). Psychological wellbeing trajectories of individuals with dyslexia aged 3 – 11 years old. Dyslexia, 23, 161 – 180.

Mitchell, R., Brennan, K., Curran, D., Hanna, D., & Dyer, K. F. W. (2017). A meta-analysis of the association between appraisals of trauma and posttraumatic stress in children and adolescents. Journal of Traumatic Stress, 30, 88-93.

Dyer, K. F. W., Dorahy, M. J., Corry, M., et al., (2017). Comparing shame in clinical and non-clinical populations: Preliminary findings. Psychological Trauma, 27, 173 – 180.

Dorahy, M. J., Corry, M., Black, R., Matheson, L., Coles, H., Curran, D., Seager, L., Middleton, W. & Dyer, K. F. W. (2017). Shame, dissociation and complex PTSD symptoms in traumatized psychiatric and control groups: Direct and indirect associations with relationship distress. Journal of Clinical Psychology, 73, 439 – 448.

Bradley, M., Hanna, D., Wilson, P., Scott, G., Quinn, P. & Dyer, K. F. W. (2016). Attentional Bias in Individuals with Obsessive-Compulsive Symptoms: An Eye-Tracking Methodology. Journal of Behavior Therapy and Experimental Psychiatry, 50, 303 – 308.

Mills, R., Mowlds, W., Dyer, K. F. W., Corr, P. & M. Kavanagh, M. (2015). Responding to mental health statutory drivers: experience of a low intensity cognitive behavioural therapy programme. Irish Journal of Psychological Medicine, 33, 217 – 224.

Jordan, J. A., McGladdery, G., & Dyer, K. (2014). Dyslexia in Higher Education: Implications for Maths Anxiety, Statistics Anxiety and Psychological Well-being. Dyslexia, 20, 225 – 240.

McAleese, A., Lavery, C. & Dyer, K. F. W. (2014). Evaluating a psychoeducational, therapeutic group for parents/carers of children with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Child Care in Practice, 20, 162 – 181.

Dorahy, M., Corry, M., Shannon, M., Webb, K., McDermott, B., Ryan, M., & Dyer, K.F.W. (2013). Complex trauma and intimate relationships: The impact of shame, guilt and dissociation. Journal of Affective Disorders, 147, 72 – 79.

Dyer, K. F. W., Dorahy, M., Shannon, M., & Corry, M. (2013). Trauma typology as a risk factor for aggression and self-harm in a complex PTSD population. Journal of Trauma and Dissociation, 14, 56 – 68.

Black, R., Curran, D., & Dyer, K. F. W. (2013). The impact of shame on the therapeutic alliance and intimate relationships. Journal of Clinical Psychology, 69, 646 – 654.

Hanna, D., Dempster, M., Dyer, K., Lyons, E., & Devaney, L. (2012). Young People’s Transgenerational Issues in Northern Ireland. Belfast: Commission for Victims and Survivors.

Dyer, K. F. W., Dorahy, M., Hamilton, G. et al. (2009). Anger, aggression, and self-harm in PTSD and complex PTSD. Journal of Clinical Psychology, 65, 1099 – 1114.

Dyer, K. (2008). Practice guidelines in clinical psychology: An uncertain future for a clinical profession. Clinical Psychology Forum, 190, 17 – 20.

Dyer, K. & Teggart, T. (2007). Bullying experiences of Child and Adolescent Mental Health service-users: A pilot study. Child Care in Practice, 13(4), 351 – 365.

Dyer, K. F. W., Bell, R., McCann, J. & Rauch, R. (2006). Aggression after traumatic brain injury: Analysing socially desirable responses and the nature of aggressive traits. Brain Injury, 20(11), 1163 – 1173.

Dyer, K., Bell, R. & Rauch, R. (2005). Psychological disturbance following traumatic brain injury. The Irish Psychologist, 31(9), 258.

Dyer, K. (2002). Aggression after head injury: Causes and consequences. The Irish Psychologist, 28(8), 98.


NIHR Grant “Does a Phased Approach Enhance Outcomes for Trauma-Focused Cognitive Therapy for Complex Posttraumatic Stress Disorder?” 01/09/2021 to: 31/08/2025 (48 months). Total research costs (not including NHS Support & Treatment Costs) £2,099,422.39 (Ehlers et al.).

HSC R&D Division COVID-19 Funding call. Effectiveness of staff-wellbeing interventions in response to COVID-19 in Northern Ireland. (Shannon, Jordan, Dyer; 2020; £68,274).

HSC R&D Research Fund. Impact of psychological supports during the COVID-19 pandemic in NHSCT (Dyer, Jordan, Carroll, Kerrigan, McClements, Elliott & Shannon; 2020; £3834).

HSC R & D Research Fund. A path analysis of the childhood trauma-PTSD relationship and a Confirmatory Factor Analysis of the Childhood Trauma Questionnaire (Dyer, Shannon, Jordan, Hanna, Curran, & Moore; 2019; £6,400).

HSC R & D Research Fund. Linking Psychological therapies data with hospital admissions, prescriptions and self-harm data (Dyer, Jordan, & Elliott; 2019; £4,560).

Division of Clinical Psychology NI. Symposium on “Identity in Mental Health” at NIBPS conference 2018 (Shannon & Dyer; 2018; £1,000).

HSC ICT Programme Fund. Collaborate v2.0: Additional Feature-Set for an Adjunctive Psychotherapy App. (Elliott & Dyer, 2018, £16,000)

Psychological Services Innovation Fund. Collaborate for iOS. (Elliott & Dyer, 2017, £5,000)

HSC R & D Research Fund. Exploring the Use of Personalised Immersive 360-Degree Video Exposure in the Treatment of Anxiety Disorders within the NHSCT Psychological Therapies Service. (Elliott & Dyer, 2017; £2,800)

HSC R & D Research Fund. An Evaluation of Outcomes, Compliance and Service User Experience of Psychotherapy using a Bespoke Mobile Application (Elliott & Dyer, 2016, £8,000)

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