Barry Tolchard

Barry Tolchard, LSBU

Associate Professor

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    Health and Social Care / Mental Health and Learning Disability

Barry has worked as a learning disability then mental health nurse since 1984. He began his career as a qualified nurse as community house manager in Durham, UK before moving to London to begin mental health nursing.

Barry qualified from the Maudsley and Bethlem Hospitals (now SLaM) where he went on to become a Nurse Cognitive-Behaviour Therapist, completing the ENB650 and Institute of Psychiatry’s Cognitive Therapy courses. He then worked as a nurse specialist at Guy’s Hospital, London.

In 1995, Barry completed his Master of Science in Mental Health and in 2009 his PhD in Health Science. In 1996, Barry moved to Adelaide, Australia where he was recruited to establish a statewide gambling treatment service and create Australia’s first allied health Cognitive Therapy Course, while concurrently coordinating the graduate diploma in mental health nursing programme. He began a programme of research into gambling studies, chronic health and student education (see his ResearchGate profile). Research outputs include clinical outcomes trials, specific psychopathology studies and development and validation of clinical and epidemiological measures of gambling (achieving over $3,000,000 in funding).

In 2004, Barry joined the University of Essex to establish a direct entry master of mental health nursing programme. While at Essex, he was postgraduate coordinator and wrote two new curricula creating the high and low intensity Improving Access to Psychological Therapies programmes. Barry completed a mental health needs assessment for Tendering PCT, was a non-executive director for the charity Gordon Moody House, and the gambling clinician on the UK's Gambling Expert Treatment Panel.

Barry then moved back to Australia, where he became Deputy Head of School for research, and course coordinator for Higher Degree Research, counselling, post graduate nursing, and the professional doctorate programmes. He was at this time successful in two major grants examining gender differences in gambling and the impact of self-exclusion programmes on gambling. Barry was also the research director for a newly established student-run wellness clinic in an underserved rural population in Australia.

More recently, Barry has moved from the University at Buffalo, New York to London South Bank University. Whilst at Buffalo University, he worked in refugee mental health and built a cross disciplinary team from six schools and three Universities to formulate a population health transdiagnostic model of addictions.

Barry continues to work on a number of projects with colleagues in Buffalo, including a study on adolescent mental health and a big data project examining the New York Medicaid dataset.

Barry has maintained an active clinical interest ensuring his skills remain current, has supervised over 15 PhD and 50 Master dissertation students. He is currently supervising three PhD students from Sweden, Macao and Saudi Arabia on a broad range of subjects including a cognitive therapy helpline.

Most recent publications

Hardy, SE and Chaplin, E and Tolchard, B Working with Children and Young People with Learning Disabilities and Comorbid Mental Health/ Autism/ Challenging Behaviour Conditions: A Workforce Development Project. project_report. London South Bank University,

Stuhlmiller, CM and Tolchard, B Population Health Outcomes of a Student-Led Free Health Clinic for an Underserved Population: A Naturalistic Study. Journal of Community Health, 1-8. DOI 10.1007/s10900-017-0402-z

Tolchard, B and Stuhlmiller, CM Outcomes of an Australian Nursing Student-led School Vision and Hearing Screening Programme. Child Care in Practice, 1-10. DOI 10.1080/13575279.2017.1287058

Tolchard, B Reliability and Validity of the Work and Social Adjustment Scale in Treatment-Seeking Problem Gamblers.. Journal of Addictions Nursing, 27. 229-233. DOI 10.1097/JAN.0000000000000141

Tolchard, B and Stuhlmiller, CM The New England 4G framework for the treatment of a common health concerns: a gambling case analysis.. Asian Journal of Gambling Issues and Public Health, 6. 10. DOI 10.1186/s40405-016-0019-7

Tolchard, B Cognitive-behavior therapy for problem gambling: a critique of current treatments and proposed new unified approach.. Journal of Mental Health, 1-8. DOI 10.1080/09638237.2016.1207235

Tolchard, B Outcome of treatment seeking rural gamblers attending a nurse-led cognitive-behaviour therapy service: A pilot study. International Journal of Nursing Sciences, 3. 89-95. DOI 10.1016/j.ijnss.2016.01.004

Stuhlmiller, CM and Tolchard, B Developing a student-led health and wellbeing clinic in an underserved community: collaborative learning, health outcomes and cost savings.. BMC Nursing, 14. DOI 10.1186/s12912-015-0083-9

Hing, N and Russell, A and Tolchard, B and Nower, L Risk Factors for Gambling Problems: An Analysis by Gender.. Journal of Gambling Studies, 32. 511-534. DOI 10.1007/s10899-015-9548-8

Tolchard, B The impact of gambling on rural communities worldwide: A narrative literature review. Journal of Rural Mental Health, 39. 90-107. DOI 10.1037/rmh0000030

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