Jo Cunningham

Lecturer in Psychological Interventions

School of Community Health and Midwifery

Brook Building, BB330

+44 (0) 1772 89 5153

Subject Areas: Psychology

Jo is a qualified and accredited Occupational Therapist and Cognitive Behavioural Therapist with a specialist interest in Long Term Condition Management and Chronic Pain and has recently joined the Counselling and Psychotherapy teaching staff supporting PWP training and the newly developed CBT masters. Jo continues to work clinically within East Cheshire as a therapies manager and CBT therapist with specialist pain service.

Full Profile

Jo started her career in mental health and psychological wellbeing post occupational therapy qualification, being a Graduate Mental Health worker in central Manchester primary care mental health services. Jo has continued to have an interest in mental health and wellbeing education and interventions, working in services, public health and now in sharing her skills with others.

Jo continues to develop her own learning and integrates third wave Mindfulness, Acceptance and Commitment therapy and self-compassion into her clinical working, to meet the needs of chronic pain patients.

Jo is particularly interested in ensuring the wellbeing of PWP and CBT workforce and also supports local community mental health interventions being a Trustee of local Perinatal mental health peer support service, SMILE.


  • PGDip Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (Salford School of Cognitive Therapy), University of Manchester, 2013
  • PGCert Primary Care Mental Health Interventions, University of Manchester 2007
  • BSc Hons Occupational Therapy, Liverpool, 2006

Teaching Activities and Responsibilities

IAPT psychological interventions for common mental health interventions, IAPT Top up for Long Term Conditions (PWP)


  • RCOT - Royal College of Occupational Therapy
  • HCPC - Health Care Professions Council
  • BABCP - British Association of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapists