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Dr James Kiff

Role within the CfCWR

Dr Kiff is providing Clinical Psychology consultation and supervision in delivering and translating the UNITS Project (Understanding Needs and Interventions for the Treatment of Scarring) into appropriate psychosocial interventions for military personnel affected by appearance altering conflict-related injuries, and their families.

Other positions held

  • Senior Research Fellow, Centre for Appearance Research, Vocational Training Charitable Trust Foundation research programmes.
  • Principal Clinical Psychologist for the Cambridgeshire Community Services, Neurodevelopmental and Physical Health.


  • Doctorate in Clinical Psychology, University of East Anglia, Norwich UK.
  • MPhil, Cognitive Neuroscience, MRC Cognitive Brain Sciences Unit, Cambridge University, Cambridge UK.
  • BSc (Hons) in Psychology (1st Class), Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge UK

Based at

Centre for Appearance Research, University of the West of England (UWE), Bristol, UK.


James is a Senior Research Fellow at the Centre for Appearance Research. As a qualified Clinical Psychologist, his clinical work has encompassed working with children, families and adults with physical and neurodevelopmental conditions, supporting adjustment to, and development of, psychological resilience around their condition. James’ academic interests focus on translational research, within contextual frameworks, to improve the psychological wellbeing of those with a visible difference whether congenital or acquired through illness or injury.

Following an undergraduate degree in Psychology, James completed an MPhil at the MRC Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit, Cambridge University, before joining a community mental health team to pilot the NHS England initiative Improving Access to Psychological interventions (that became “IAPT” services) before going on to complete his Doctorate in Clinical Psychology at the University of East Anglia.

His clinical career has encompassed adult mental health through to the psychological wellbeing of children, young adults and their families undertaking cleft, craniofacial and maxillofacial (plastic and reconstructive) surgery based at Addenbrooke’s Hospital, Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. Since 2015, James has been working in a Community Service to develop the services’ psychological knowledge, understanding and Clinical Psychology provision.

James’ current roles are split between clinical practice, the Vocational Training Charitable Trust Foundation research programme at Centre for Appearance Research (CAR: University of West England), and research into cleft lip and palate involving The National Cleft Birth Cohort Studies data (www.cleftcollective.org.uk: University of Bristol).

Contact details

0117 3281572