Support for Research

ACAT does not carry out its own research (ie it does not employ a research team) and mainly offers advice and support to mental health professionals who may, in the 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 Research Support Group which is a panel of experts who can comment and advise on any research idea and also review applications for funding and make a recommendation to ACAT’s Council of Management and Trustees. 

ACAT activities to promote research include:

  • Regular one-day research conferences with Catalyse to showcase recent research into CAT, encourage/inspire CAT therapists to get involved in research, and offer an opportunity for established researchers to network
  • Developing a strategy to indicate areas of research into CAT that the Research and Communications Committee feel should be a priority. You can download the current ACAT Research Strategy from the Policies and Documents section of the website (under 'Miscellaneous'):
  • Starting to raise money to fund future research projects into CAT
  • Providing research funds to encourage research in priority areas.  Three recent examples which ACAT has provided funding for are a 'Delphi Study of CAT in Psychosis', 'Development of CAT Guided Self-Help for Anxiety in IAPT Services', and 'Using a Brief CAT Intervention for Self-Harm'.

The final decision to award a grant rests with ACAT’s Council of Management and Board of Trustees.  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 ACAT’s Research Support Group and Council of Management.

To get involved:

If you plan to set up a project and would like support or advice then please contact Maria Cross, ACAT Administration Manager, in the first instance:  

If you have details of research in the pipeline that you would like displayed on the website please contact the Chair of the Research Support Group, Alison Jenaway, via the ACAT office:

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. 

If you would like to donate to the ACAT Research Fund please contact the ACAT office for further details:


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Contact Details

ACAT Administration Manager:Maria Cross

ACAT Administrator:Alison Marfell

ACAT Financial Administrator:Louise Barter

Postal Address:ACAT
PO Box 6793
United Kingdom

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Office Hours:Monday to Friday
9am to 5pm

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