Paul Hutton is Associate Professor of Therapeutic Interventions and Lead for Postgraduate Research in the School of Health and Social Care at Edinburgh Napier, and Honorary Consultant Clinical Psychologist at NHS Lothian. Paul completed degrees in psychology at the University of Glasgow and clinical psychology at the University of Manchester. He has worked clinically within the NHS for a number of years, including most recently as Principal Research Clinical Psychologist in GMW NHS Trust’s Psychosis Research Unit. Before joining Edinburgh Napier University in 2016, Paul was a Chancellor’s Fellow in Clinical Psychology at the University of Edinburgh.
Paul's research interests are focused on understanding the causes of psychotic symptoms, understanding impaired decision-making capacity in the context of psychosis, and developing effective interventions to reduce psychotic symptoms and improve decision-making capacity in people who have these experiences. Paul has been a collaborator on a number of clinical trials of interventions for psychosis, and has published a number of articles on various aspects of psychosis. He has supervised 20 Postgraduate research projects to successful completion, including 8 Doctoral and 12 Master's theses. He currently supervises 7 Doctoral students (4 PhD & 3 ClinPsyD).
Paul is a member of Professor Jill Stavert's Centre for Mental Health and Incapacity Law Rights and Policy here at Edinburgh Napier University, and he is also a member of a committee developing NICE guidelines on supporting decision-making for people who may lack mental capacity.