Alison qualified as a Clinical Psychologist in 1990 and now works for Tees, Esk and Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust as the Clinical Lead for the Early Intervention in Psychosis Service and as an Honorary Clinical Senior Lecturer at Durham University. Over the years she has worked in a number of clinical settings and has developed a special interest in the application and implementation of psychological therapies for psychosis. She was given a visiting senior lectureship at Harvard University Medical School in 2006 and was also awarded a scholarship to the Beck Institute for Cognitive Therapy and Research in Philadelphia. Alison now works as the National Advisor for Severe Mental Illness for the Improving Access to Psychological Therapies programme within the Department of Health. She is also on the group updating the NICE guideline for schizophrenia and psychosis. She is currently involved in an Randomised Control Trial (RCT) evaluating the effectiveness of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) for Psychosis for people who refuse antipsychotic medication.