Amanda Spong


CLAHRC Fellow 2017


Amanda is a clinical psychologist, who has worked in the NHS since qualifying in 2000. She has worked in community adult mental health teams within Cambridgeshire, and currently works in Bedfordshire. Amanda’s clinical interests have been in the area of long term and complex mental health, and the role of attachment and early trauma on the development of emotional and interpersonal patterns. Amanda is experienced in the delivery of CBT, CAT and MBT therapies, and in delivering training to staff teams on working with personality disorder type difficulties. She held the position of pathway lead for personality disorder within Cambridgeshire for four years and was involved in the restructuring of clinical services for people with personality disorder and the development of a new patient pathway. This led to an interest in the efficacy of using brief psychological interventions for people with personality disorder and whether these may increase access to treatment within the context of limited resources in the NHS. Her project within the Fellowship program aims to systematically review the existing evidence in this area with a view to making recommendations for further research and the commissioning of services.