Psychological Medicine Research

UCL Institute of Child Health

What do we do?

We are a multi-disciplinary team of researchers with an interest in improving mental health needs in young people with long-term physical illnesses.

Many children with long-term physical health problems have mental health needs and children with neurological problems are particularly likely to have emotional and behavioural difficulties. These psychological problems often have a significant impact on both the child and their family, and their school experience. These problems are nobody's fault and may be related to the underlying physical health problems, but they are often easily treated.

Our research focuses on evaluating the psychological treatments that have been shown to work for young people with mental health disorders in those who also have physical health conditions. We are also interested in developing and evaluating new interventions and improving access to psychological treatments in children with physical health problems.

Ensuring that our work can be translated into routine clinical care is a priority and fundamental to the research we conduct, which is why we work closely with the Psychological Medicine Team at Great Ormond Street Hospital.


Current research

MICE: Mental Health Intervention for Children with Epilepsy

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ORBIT - Online Remote Behavioural Intervention for Tics

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Mental Health and Psychological Wellbeing Drop-in Centre: The Lucy Project

This is a research project to develop and evaluate a friendly and accessible drop-in clinic for mental health for young people and their families at Great Ormond Street Hospital. We want to provide children and young people aged 0-18 at Great Ormond Street, and their parents/caregivers with the opportunity to talk about any mental health and psychological wellbeing concerns that they might have.

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Cystic Fibrosis Research Project

We are interested in finding out more about what life is like for individuals with Cystic Fibrosis and their families. Through interviewing those with CF who are older than 11 years, their siblings and parents, we hope to get a clearer understanding of the impact of CF on various topics, such as school and work life, family life and mental health among others.

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Meet our Team

  • Professor Roz Shafran

    Principal Investigator

    Roz is Professor of Translational Psychology at the UCL of Child Health. Her clinical research interests include cognitive behavioural theories and treatments for eating disorders, obsessive compulsive disorder and perfectionism.

  • Professor Isobel Heyman

    Consultant Neuropsychiatrist and Clinical Lead

  • Dr Tara Murphy

    Consultant Neuropsychologist

  • Dr Anna Coughtrey

    Research Coordinator

    Anna is a Clinical Psychologist and works as a post-doctoral research coordinator for the Psychological Medicine Team at Great Ormond Street Hospital and the Institute of Child Health at UCL. She has a PhD and her research interests include child and adolescent mental health, parent training and obsessive-compulsive disorder.

  • Dr Sophie Bennett

    Clinical Psychologist

  • Dr Ho-Lan Liang

    Consultant Psychiatrist

  • Dr Fiona McFarlane

    Consultant Clinical Psychologist

  • Dr Robin Bennett

    Consultant Clinical Psychologist

  • Dr Eve McAllister

    Clinical Psychologist

  • Dr Maria Hadji-Michael

    Clinical Psychologist

  • Dr Andrew McWilliams

    SpR Psychiatrist

  • Dr Marc Tibber

    Clinical Psychologist

  • Dr Radha Kothari

    Clinical Psychologist

  • Dr Charlotte Sanderson

    Clinical Psychologist

  • Dr Matteo Catanzano

    Research Associate

  • Chloe Taylor

    Assistant Psychologist

  • Mhairi McKenzie

    PhD Student

  • Fahreen Walji

    Research Assistant/Assistant Psychologist

  • Amber Evans

    Research Assistant/Assistant Psychologist

  • Alice Welch

    Research Assistant/Assistant Psychologist

  • Jessica Smith

    Honorary Researcher

  • Natalie Kouzoupi

    Research Assistant/Assistant Psychologist

  • Leonard Jones

    Research Administrator

  • Brian Ching

    Undergraduate Placement Student

  • Jaqcuelyn Yang

    Undergraduate Placement Student

  • Joseph Lyons

    Undergraduate Placement Student


Psychological Medicine Research

UCL Institute of Child Health

30 Guilford Street

London WC1N 1EH

0207 905 2232