Support for Research

CAT does not carry out its own research (i.e. does not employ a research team) and mainly offers advice and support to mental health professionals who may, in course of their clinical or academic work wish to carry out research into CAT. ACAT can offer grants to support research that is consistent with its charitable objectives. The decision to support a particular project in this way would be on the advice of the Chair of the Research and Communication Committee. This committee has access to a panel of experts (the Research Support Group) who can comment and advise on any research idea and also review applications for funding and make a recommendation to the committee. Most of the experts on this panel are senior CAT researchers and hold an academic position in a British university (e.g. Professor Sue Llewellyn at Oxford University and Professor Glenys Parry at the University of Sheffield).

Projects likely to be accepted would be conducted by researchers with a proven track record of research, the research questions would need to be of clear public benefit and it would be expected that the results are written up in a peer reviewed journal. An example of a project that we are currently supporting is an evaluation of CAT in treating people with borderline personality disorder. The investigators are Dr Dawn Bennett, Dr Stephen Kellett, Professor Glenys Parry and Dr Anthony Ryle, all of whom are either eminent or very well known researchers in the field of personality disorder and CAT. The final decision to award a grant rests with the ACAT Council of Management. Any research study being supported will have already received full ethical approval and will have satisfied, and be subject to the on-going monitoring of, the research governance of the organisation under which it is being carried out (e.g. a University or NHS Trust). Researchers are also asked to give periodic updates on progress to the ACAT Research and Communication Committee.

To get involved

If you planning to set up a project and would like support or advice then please contact the Research Support Group coordinator, Robert Watson. If you have details of research in the pipeline that you would like displayed on the website please contact the Chair of the Research and Communication Committee, Jason Hepple.

You can also use the Research Chatterbox on the site to post your ideas, feedback and comments. The Chatterbox is for the use of all ACAT Members who wish to contribute to the research debate. 

Contact Details

ACAT Administration Manager:
Susan Van Baars

Maria Cross

Postal Address:
PO Box 6793
United Kingdom

+44(0) 844 800 9496

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