UCL Psychology and Language Sciences

Prof Nick Midgley

Prof Nick Midgley

Professor of Psychological Therapies with Children and Young People

Clinical, Edu & Hlth Psychology

Div of Psychology & Lang Sciences

Joined UCL
1st Sep 2005

Research summary

Nick 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 mental health and psychotherapy.

Prof 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 the evaluation of psychological therapies for adolescents with depression, Prof Midgley has a particular interest in examining the mental health needs of children in care and adopted children, and is currently leading an NIHR-funded clinical trial of the Reflective Fostering Programme (2020-2023).

Prof Midgley welcomes applications from potential PhD students interested in psychodynamic and mentalization-based treatments with children and young people; studies exploring the mental health needs of children in care and interventions to support them and their carers; and/or studies using qualitative and/or mixed-methods in the field of child and adolescent mental health.

Teaching summary

PsychD in Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy

Dr Midgley is the Academic Course Director for the re-designed professional doctorate in Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy, which is run in collaboration with the Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families and the British Psychotherapy Foundation. The course provides a professional training for those wishing to work therapeutically with children and families in the NHS, and offers the opportunity to develop the research-competencies necessary for working in the NHS today.


University College London
Other Postgraduate qualification (including professional), ATQ04 - Recognised by the HEA as a Senior Fellow | 2018
University of Warwick
Doctorate, Doctor of Philosophy | 2014
University College London
Doctorate, Doctorate in Clinical Psychology | 2002
University College London
Other higher degree, Master of Science | 1997
University of Oxford
First Degree, Bachelor of Arts (Honours) | 1992


Nick Midgley is Professor of Psychological Therapies for Children and Young People 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.

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).