Adam Danquah is a Senior Lecturer in Clinical Psychology and Academic Director for the Doctorate in Clinical Psychology at the University of Manchester. He is especially interested in how the profession reckons with difference and representation and, to that end, is programme lead for Widening Participation.
Adam’s understanding of how people, families and wider groups deal with adversity is informed by psychoanalytic approaches and attachment theory. His teaching and research are focused increasingly on helping healthcare practitioners and university staff to understand and deal with the impact of the work they do, and the challenges and opportunities in intercultural practice.
In his other university roles as Joint Academic Lead for the Pedagogic and Staff Development Programme and Deputy Academic Lead for Student Pastoral Support at Manchester’s medical school, he is able to put this focus on developing student and practitioner capacity into practice.
Clinically, Adam has his own private practice as a Clinical Psychologist and Psychodynamic Psychotherapist, having worked in the NHS for over 10 years. After obtaining his Doctorate in Clinical Psychology, he went to live and work as a psychologist and lecturer in Ghana, West Africa, for two years, where he was able to train in Afrocentric approaches to psychotherapy.
On returning to the UK, he trained in Inter-cultural Psychodynamic Psychotherapy at the Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust and now supports their trainees as a Visiting Lecturer.