UCL Psychology and Language Sciences



Principal Investigator

Steve Pilling 2021

Professor Steve Pilling

For much of my career I worked in the NHS as a Consultant Clinical Psychologist, where I set up and led a number of mental health services, including leading Islington’s Mental Health Service for several years. I have been at UCL for 18 years and am now Head of the UCL Clinical, Educational and Health Psychology department.  

As well as motivating my determination to improve mental health at university, the students and staff in my Department are part of the solution. My Department is likely the biggest provider of training for the psychological therapy workforce in the UK: it contains the largest Clinical Psychology training course in Europe, it trains London’s Psychological Wellbeing Practitioners, CBT therapists and Clinical Associate Psychologists for large regions of the country. Our trainees are the future of mental health care and are a resource that could transform things for our community. 

My commitment to the NHS has been central to my work as a clinical academic. I have led treatment trials, evaluated mental health services and designed care pathways. As Director of the National Collaborating Centre for Mental Health, I produced NICE guidelines on mental health care for the NHS. NICE revolutionised NHS mental health care, ensuring it was evidence-based: now it is time for a similar revolution in university support. As PsychUP for Wellbeing Service Champion I am bringing to bear my experience of setting up services, my links with the NHS and my experience translating evidence into clinical practice. 

Professor Steve Pilling

Research Team


Dr Josh Buckman

UCL IRIS Profile

Dr Buckman is a Clinical Psychologist and researcher in primary care and community mental health. His research focusses on understanding treatment prognosis, personalising care, and the development of psychological interventions for adults with common mental disorders, particularly depression, which he facilitates with a number of national and international collaborations. Along with colleagues in CORE Dr Buckman setup and co-facilitates the North and Central East London IAPT Service Improvement and Research Network which aims to improve care and treatment outcomes for service users of IAPT services, and along with colleagues in CORE and the Division of Psychiatry at UCL he setup the Depression in General Practice (Dep-GP) Individual Patient Dataset from RCTs of treatments for depression in primary care. Dr Buckman is a Deputy Director on the post-graduate diploma course in Low-Intensity CBT, has worked clinically in IAPT services since 2011, and is the Clinical Director of the new UCL University Clinic working at the interface of clinical research and treatment development.


Dr Joshua Buckman

Twitter: @J_EJ_Buckman

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Katherine Clarke

UCL IRIS Profile

My research focusses on relapse and recurrence in depression: the clinical characteristics of recurrent depressive episodes, existing relapse prevention interventions and their efficacy, as well as how relapse may be better prevented in the future. I also work on a large trial of centralised and specialist early intervention for psychosis in Camden and Islington. I received a BA in Experiment Psychology from Oxford University in 2010 before joining UCL as a Research Assistant in the Clinical, Educational and Health Psychology department later the same year. I am currently working towards a PhD with Professor Steve Pilling.

Katherine Clarke, ODDESSI Trial Manager

Dr Kim Donoghue

UCL IRIS Profile

My research interests include treatments for problem alcohol use and the impact of drug and alcohol use on cognitive function. Working on a large epidemiological study of first-episode psychosis, my PhD focused on the impact of drug misuse on cognitive function overtime.  I managed a double-blind randomised controlled trial that investigated the role of cortisol in memory and depression in alcohol dependence. I am co-applicant and managed the NIHR funded Alcohol Dependence and Adherence to Medicine (ADAM) trial. This research looked at how we can better support people to take medications for alcohol relapse prevention. I received funding from Alcohol Change UK to analyse a large dataset of routinely collected data to determine the rates and predictors of prescribing of medications for alcohol relapse prevention. I have expertise in systematic reviews and meta-analyses, completing reviews in a diverse range of topics in mental health including; alcohol screening and brief intervention, medications for alcohol relapse prevention, drug misuse and the impact on cognitive function in psychosis, pharmacotherapy for multiple sclerosis, risk assessment guidelines for eating disorders and the impact of COVID-19 on mental health.


Dr Kim Donoghue

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Dr Rob Saunders

UCL IRIS Profile

Dr Rob Saunders is a lecturer in mental health data science and co-leads the CORE Data Lab at UCL.

Dr Saunders has considerable experience in the use of complex healthcare datasets, and developing analytic methods to better understand mental health issues and their treatments. He has led analysis of projects ranging from clinical trials to national evaluations of treatment programmes informing healthcare policy. Dr Saunders’ primary research interests are in psychological measurement, prediction methodology, personalised medicine and the use of big data to improve healthcare.


Dr Rob Saunders


Research Assistants


Iyinoluwa Oshinowo

Iyinoluwa Oshinowo, Research Assistant

P Barnett

Phoebe Barnett

UCL IRIS Profile

I started working at UCL in 2017 having just finished an MSc at KCL. I am currently working on the PRAISe trial for contingency management in drug addicts and on the review of the use of the mental health act in ethnic minorities. I will also be helping out on a governmental green paper on children’s and young person’s mental health.

Phoebe Barnett, Research Assistant

Shaeda Nourmand

Shaeda Nourmand, ODDESSI Research Assistant

Support Staff

Verity Armstrong, CORE Unit Admistrator. Tel: 020 7679 1785


Doctoral Students

2018Phoebe BarnettWhats specific about the nature of mental health difficulties in students and how can this inform treatment?
2018Laura Louise-ArundellMental Health Outcomes for BAME women using Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) services.
2018Melissa Lotmore Development and refinement of the Open Dialogue (OD) adherence protocol in complex mental health care: Assessing the reliability and validity of adherence to the OD principles.
2019Marta ChmielowskaThe role of a social network in Open Dialogue.

Rhiannon Storrie

Therapeutic alliance and contingency management in the treatment of substance misuse.

2020Ciaran O'DriscollSymptom level changes during treatment: a transdiagnostic network approach.
2020Siying LiUnderstanding and improving mental health outcomes for Chinese young people and adults.