UCL Psychology and Language Sciences


Dr Lucy Serpell

Dr Lucy Serpell


1-19 Torrington Place


  • Senior Lecturer
    Clinical, Edu & Hlth Psychology
    Div of Psychology & Lang Sciences

Joined UCL


Research Themes

My research interests are mainly focused on eating disorders in adolescents and adults. Within eating disorders I conduct research into cognition, motivation and personality in anorexia nervosa. I am also involved in studies of childhood PTSD; OCD and obsessive compulsive personality disorder and the psychology of risk and decision-making Most recently I have been investigating the neuropsychology of perseverative behaviour/thinking in anorexia nervosa and in fasting states.

Award year Qualification Institution
2004 DClinPsy
Doctorate in Clinical Psychology
Psychological Approaches to Health
University College London
2000 PhD
Doctor of Philosophy
Psychological Approaches to Health
University of London
1993 BA Hons
Bachelor of Arts (Honours)
Psychology and Philosophy
University of Oxford

I completed mydegree in Psychology & Philosophy at the University of Oxford. My PhD, into cognitive processes in anorexia nervosa, supervised by Janet Treasure and John Teasdale, was awarded by the University of London (Institute of Psychiatry) in 2000. Whilst completing the research for my PhD I worked as a research assistant on a treatment trial. After working in eating disorders research with children and adolescents at St Georges University of London and Huntercombe Manor Hospital I joined the DClinPsy programme at UCL and graduated in 2004. After 3 years working in clinical health psychology at St Mary's Hospital I returned to UCL as a lecturer in 2007. I combine this with my role as Clinical Lead for Eating Disorders in North East London Foundation Trust.


Behaviour|*|Cognition|*|Cognitive|*|Decision making|*|Eating Disorders|*|Eating disorders|*|Executive function|*|Motivation|*|Neuropsychology|*|Personality disorders|*|Post-traumatic stress disorder|*|Randomized Controlled Trials (RCTs)