UCL Psychology and Language Sciences


Dr Nick Midgley

Dr Nick Midgley


The Anna Freud Centre
21 Maresfield Gardens


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

Joined UCL


As co-director of the Child Attachment and Psychological Therapies Research Unit (ChAPTRe), a partnership between UCL and the Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families, Dr Midgley's primary research interest is in psychological therapies with children and young people, with a particular focus on the use of qualitative methods. He has a strong commitment to examining the child's perspective on therapy.

Dr Midgley has been involved in the adaptation of contemporary psychodynamic treatments, including mentalization-based treatments, for use with children and families. As well as working on one of the largest clinical trials to evaluate psychological therapies for adolescents with depression, Dr Midgley has a particular interest in examining the mental health needs of looked after and adopted children, and is currently working on a number of treatment development and evaluation studies in this area.

Award year Qualification Institution
2014 PhD
Doctor of Philosophy
Health Science
University of Warwick
Doctorate in Clinical Psychology
University College London
1997 MSc
Master of Science
Developmental Psychology
University College London
1992 BA Hons
Bachelor of Arts (Honours)
English Language and Literature
University of Oxford

Nick Midgley is a senior lecturer in the Research Department of Clinical, Educational and Health Psychology, and co-director of the Child Attachment and Psychological Therapies Research Unit (ChAPTRe), a collaboration between UCL and the Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families.

Dr Midgley qualified as a Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist in 2002 and worked for several years in child and adolescent mental health services (CAMHS). As a senior lecturer at UCL he is the programme director for the MSc in Developmental Psychology and Clinical Practice, and Academic Director of the PsychD in Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy. Both courses are focused on training people to work therapeutically with children and families, whilst providing core training in child mental health and research methods.

Publications include: Child Psychotherapy and Research (Routledge, 2009), Minding the Child: Mentalization-Based Interventions with Children, Young People and Families (Routledge, 2012), Reading Anna Freud (New Library of Psychoanalysis, 2012), Essential Research Findings in Child and Adolescent Therapy (Sage, 2017) and Time-Limited Mentalization-Based Treatment for Children: a Treatment Guide (APA, 2017).



Adolescent depression|*|Anna Freud|*|Child Psychotherapy|*|Psychoanalysis|*|Psychotherapy process research|*|Qualitative Research