Dr Christopher Burke is a Chartered Clinical Psychologist who began working as a Psychologist in 1997 and as a Clinical Psychologist in 2003. He has pre and post doctorate qualification experience working in both the NHS and the private sector with adults and children experiencing psychological distress. Chris spent seven years working at the Centre for the Vulnerable Child, a specialist NHS service for traumatised children. He has completed extensive continuing professional development including a post-graduate diploma entitled Therapeutic Skills with Children and Young People.

Along with his colleague Dr Anne Woodhouse, Chris developed the Safe and Meaningful Contact Guidelines to identify whether the contact system (child, carer and birth parent) is being supported to achieve safe and meaningful direct contact for the child. Chris provides training to legal decision-makers, practitioners working with looked after children and caregivers (such as adopters, kinship carers, special guardians, and foster carers) to develop understanding of the benefits and risks associated with what contact means to the child.

In his capacity as an expert witness Chris has undertaken numerous medico-legal reports and is experienced at providing evidence in court. As well as assessing and treating a range of psychological problems in children, young people and adults, Chris provides consultation and supervision to professionals seeking to understand the psychological needs of their clients.

Dr Chris Burke psychologicalmindsQUALIFICATIONS

Dr Chris Burke, DClinPsyc, MSc, BA (Hons), PGdip.

Post Graduate Diploma: Therapeutic Skills with Children and Young People
University Of Strathclyde, 2010

Doctorate of Clinical Psychology
University of Edinburgh, 2003

MSc Psychology and Health
University of Stirling, 1997

BA Hons Psychology
University Of Liverpool, 1994


Assessment of Children and Families in Care Proceedings:
an Anna Freud Centre approach
 2019  Anna Freud Centre, London
 Risk Assessment during Infancy and Early Years  2019  International Training School for Infancy and Early Years
 Parent Development Inteview:
-Assessment of Parental Representational Risk
-Assessment of Reflective Functioning
 2018  Anna Freud Centre, London
 The Meaning of the Child to the Parent Coding System  2017  Roehampton University, London
 Life story work with troubled children  2017  Children In Scotland, Glasgow
 Story Stem Assessment Profiling (Accredited)  2016  Anna Freud Centre, London
 Psychological Trauma in Children and Adolescents  2016  UK Psychological Trauma Society, Edinburgh
 Collaborative Practice  2014  Consensus, Edinburgh
Mentalisation Based Treatment: Basic Training  2013 University of Striling
BPS Expert Witness training level 1 and 2  2011 British Psychological Society, London

*This is not an exhaustive summary of continuing professional development but a digest of significant post-qualification training.



Clinical Psychologist  2008-present  Private Practice, Psychological Minds across Scotland
 Associate (Clinical Psychology Service working with adults, young people and children)  2008-2016  The Keil Centre, Edinburgh
 Clinical Psychologist (Multi-disciplinary service for traumatised children and young people)  2006-2013   Centre for the Vulnerable Child, Child and Adolsecent Mental Health Service, NHS Fife
 Clinical Psychologist (Adult Primary Care Service for adults experiencing psychological problems)  2002-2006    Adult Primary Care, NHS Fife



Burke, C. and Woodhouse, A.E. (2019). The clinical psychologist as expert witness in family law. The Journal of the Law Society of Scotland (journalonline.co.uk), June 2019.

Martin, N., Woodhouse, A.E., Burke, C. (2019). Being trauma-informed in practice. The Journal of the Law Society of Scotland, October 2019.



Registered Clinical Psychologist with the Health and Care Professions’ Council (PYL03151)

Chartered Clinical Psychologist with the British Psychological Society (187192)

Member of the BPS Division of Clinical Psychology