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Dr Thomas Ward is a Research Clinical Psychologist working at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience, King’s College London. He is the Therapy Lead for the AVATAR therapy team (a digital relational intervention for distressing voices) and the SlowMo therapy team (a digital blended therapy for paranoia) and has played a key role in recent randomised trials of both approaches. He has previously coordinated a large-scale study investigating the psychosis continuum by comparing individuals with persistent psychotic experiences with and without a ‘need for care’ (the UNIQUE study; led by Dr Emmanuelle Peters). His research interests include a) elucidating the social and cognitive pathways involved in the development of psychosis b) understanding the role of thinking, reasoning and response style in driving clinical distress c) developing and evaluating novel therapeutic approaches (including the application of digital technology).