Tim Carey

Dr Tim Carey  
PhD (ClinPsych), MSc (Statistics)
Centre for Remote Health and Central Australian Mental Health Service
Role in Organisation Professor in Mental Health
Research  Interests
  1. The phenomenon of control
  2. Change processes in psychotherapy
  3. Countercontrol
  4. Mental health service delivery
  5. Mental health disorders and conflict
Brief Bio 
Tim is a psychologist specialising in clinical psychology with a background in teaching (preschools, special education, and behaviour management). He has worked in a secure psychiatric hospital, adult correctional facilities, community mental health settings, and private practice.  After completing his PhD he worked for five years as a clinical psychologist in the adult primary care service of the National Health Service in Scotland.  In this position he developed and evaluated a trans-diagnostic form of cognitive therapy called the Method of Levels and also investigated ways of structuring the provision of psychological treatment to maximise patient choice and control and, through this work, became interested in the broader issues of service delivery including improving access to services, and patient control of their health care.  Tim is interested in the change process in psychotherapy and has used qualitative methodologies to investigate this process. He is also interested in quantitative research and has completed an MSc in Statistics using re-sampling methods in his dissertation. Tim’s work is underpinned by a theory of control (Perceptual Control Theory) and he applies the principles of this theory to understanding the manifestation of psychological distress as well as the behaviour of individuals in social interactions. Tim’s PhD, for example, explored the prevalence of counter-control in primary school settings and he has continued to investigate the importance of control to psychological wellbeing across a range of contexts.
Top 5 recent publications 

(over last 5 years)

  1. Carey, T. A., Mansell, W., & Tai, S. J. (2014). A biopsychosocial model based on negative feedback and control. Frontiers of Human Neuroscience, 8, article 94. doi: 10.3389/fnhum.2014.00094.http://journal.frontiersin.org/Journal/10.3389/fnhum.2014.00094/abstract
  2. Carey, T. A. (2013). Defining Australian Indigenous wellbeing: Do we really want the answers? Implications for policy and practice. Psychotherapy and Politics International, 11(3), 182-194.
  3. Carey, T.A. (2011). Exposure and reorganization: The what and how of effective psychotherapy. Clinical Psychology Review, 31:236-248.
  4. Carey, T. A. (2013). A qualitative study of a social and emotional wellbeing service for remote Indigenous Australians: Implications for access, effectiveness, and sustainability, BMC Health Services Research, 13(80): 1-11. doi: 10.1186/1472-6963-13-80.
  5. Mansell, W., Carey, T. A., & Tai, S. J. (2012). A Transdiagnostic Approach to CBT Using Method of Levels Therapy: Distinctive Features. London: Routledge. ISBN: 978-0-415-50764-6.