Lecture with Prof. Brian Williams & Associate Prof. Paul Hutton

Edinburgh Napier hosts talks with Prof. Brian Williams & Associate Prof. Paul Hutton

Start date and time

Wednesday 13 September 2017 6:00 PM

Event cost


In praise of 'backward thinking' - an exploration of routes to creativity and innovation
Professor Brian Williams

Recent advances in supporting treatment decision-making capacity and autonomy in psychosis: An overview of Scotland-led research
Associate Professor Paul Hutton

Our Inaugural Lectures Programme provides an opportunity to recognise and celebrate the achievements of our professors whom are undertaking research and scholarship of international significance.

Doors open at 5.30pm / Lecture begins at 6pm followed by a Q&A
A reception will follow at 7pm

Brian Williams 

I have over 25 years research experience and 12 years’ experience of leading two different joint university multidisciplinary research units: 5 years as Associate Director and 7 as Director. I do not consider myself a typical academic. Although I maintain an international profile for my personal research in behavioural science and research methods my key focus and national & international reputation is on development of research expertise at the individual, group and organizational level – especially in the area of nurses, midwives and allied health professionals (see below). This includes levering and facilitating national policy, and working across HEIs; both Units I have directed have been joint enterprises between two universities. 

Paul Hutton

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.