Our Patrons

Ad de Jongh. Ph.D

Ad de Jongh, Ph.D. is clinical psychologist and professor of Anxiety and Behavior Disorders at the University of Amsterdam. Further, he is honorary professor in psychology at the School of Health Sciences of Salford University in Manchester, at the Institute of Health and Society of the University of Worcester, and at the School of Psychology of Queen’s University in Belfast.

In 2015 Ad de Jongh was involved in the establishment of the Psychotrauma Expertise Center (PSYTREC), a mental health institution in Bilthoven that uses a short, and highly intensive treatment program for Complex PTSD, where he is head of the research department. He is approved trainer for the EMDR Europe association, an expert in the treatment of anxiety disorders, and involved in research on the efficacy of evidence-based, trauma-focused treatments for a wide variety of patient groups, such as traumatized children, people with intellectual disabilities and other complex psychiatric conditions, including psychosis.

He has (co-)authored more than 400 scientific articles/book chapters and 6 books on his areas of expertise.

Josh Griffiths CGC

Josh Griffiths enlisted in the army at the age of 17 in 2006 and embarked on a series of deployments to Afghanistan, Iraq, and Northern Ireland. Notably, as part of Operation Herrick 17 in October 2012, he was deployed to Afghanistan with the Mercian Regiment.

Corporal Griffiths was honored with the prestigious Conspicuous Gallantry Cross in recognition of his exceptional acts of bravery during a counter-attack against enemy insurgents in Afghanistan in 2013. Despite enduring severe injuries that included a broken back and grenade fragments mere millimeters from his left eye, he fearlessly pressed on.

Following the intense ordeal, he was promptly hospitalised back in the UK to receive the necessary medical care for his injuries.

However, along with physical wounds, Corporal Griffiths battled with complex post-traumatic stress disorder (CPTSD) stemming from theattack and other distressing incidents throughout his service.

Seeking assistance from the Op Courage Veterans Mental Health Team and the Departments of Community Mental Health Team within the Donnington military base, he was disheartened to hear that PTSD and CPTSD were deemed incurable, leaving him with the indefinite management of his condition. This revelation left Josh feeling hopeless and abandoned.

Having been repeatedly told by numerous psychologists and psychiatrists that his CPTSD was incurable, Josh initially found it hard to believe in the possibility of healing. Now, having experienced his own recovery, he eagerly awaits the opportunity to help others with PTSD and CPTSD realize that they too can be cured, regardless of how lost or helpless they may feel.

Vicky Pattison

Vicky Pattison is one of Britain’s most popular reality TV stars. She is a genuine Geordie Girl, born and bred and a Sunday Times #1 Best Selling author with her autobiography ‘Nothing But The Truth’ and more recently her book ‘The Secret To Happy’.

Vicky won the nation’s hearts, and was crowned Queen of the Jungle in I’m a Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here, and then went on to appear, present and participate in a number of popular television shows including Loose Women, This Morning, Celebrity MasterChef, Celebrity Hunted, Celebrity Coach Trip, Celebrity SAS, Who Dares Wins and Saturday Night Takeaway.

More recently, Vicky has delighted many of her huge following of fans by introducing her own weight loss program and a clothing range to her never-ending list of achievements.

However, life hasn’t always been plain sailing for Vicky who has had her fair share of battles. Vicky is a trusted voice on social media, where she shares personal and powerful messages about self-acceptance, compassion and self-love after having come through numerous challenges including heartbreak, weight issues, low self-esteem and anxiety, before completely turning her life around to be the nation’s favourite Geordie we all love to love.

Vicky uses the saying “The valley will teach you lessons the mountaintop never could” to describe how coming through negative experiences has made her the strong passionate, life-loving lady she is today. Dedicated to giving hope and helping others overcome life challenges, we are honoured to have Vicky as a Patron of Trauma Research UK.


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