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About Dr Jo Shuttleworth

Jo works therapeutically with survivors of trauma, specialising in complex trauma and gender-based violence, such as: rape, childhood sexual abuse, domestic abuse and commercial sexual exploitation. 

She has worked in a range of settings including a rape crisis centre, an outreach project based at Women’s Aid, a charity for survivors of childhood sexual abuse and with the NHS.  She has also provided outreach work in partnership with the Streetwork and the Salvation Army.  Jo is a Chartered Psychologist with the British Psychological Society and she is a lecturer in the Department of Social and Political Science at the University of Chester.


Jo contributes to a range of modules on the MSc Psychological Trauma and MSc Therapeutic Practice for Psychological Trauma programmes.


Jo’s research interests are in the areas of gender-based violence, dissociation and vicarious trauma, which was her doctoral research topic.


BSc (Hons) Psychology (Staffordshire University)

MPhil (University of Liverpool)

DPsych Counselling Psychology (Glasgow Caledonian University)