Psychoanalysis Unit


Nick Midgley

Nick Midgley


Dr Nick Midgley
Psychoanalysis Unit 
Research Department of Clinical, Educational and Health Psychology 
University College London 
Gower Street 
London WC1E 6BT

Dr Nick Midgley is co-director of the Child Attachment and Psychological Therapies Research Unit (ChAPTRe) at the Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families, and an Associate Professor in the Research Department of Clinical, Educational, and Health Psychology at University College London, London (UK).

Dr Midgley has been at the forefront of developing research in the field of child and adolescent psychotherapy, with a particular interest in promoting the use of qualitative and mixed methods. He has also been involved with the development of mentalization-based treatments for children and families. His current research focuses primarily on interventions for children in care, including the development and evaluation of the Reflective Fostering Programme (Midgley et al., 2018). He previously worked on the IMPACT Study (Goodyer et al., 2017) a randomised controlled trial evaluating psychosocial treatments of adolescent depression; and was Principal Investigator (with Prof. Mary Target) on the IMPACT-ME study - a qualitative 'sibling' study to IMPACT, which explored the experience of young people with depression and their families on their journey through child and adolescent mental health services.

Teaching roles:

  • Programme Director, MSc in Developmental Psychology and Clinical Practice
  • Academic Programme Director, PsychD in Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy

Books include:

  • Child Psychotherapy and Research: New Directions, Emerging Findings (Routledge, 2009)
  • Minding the Child: Mentalizationbased interventions with children, young people and families (Routledge, 2012)
  • Reading Anna Freud (New Library of Psychoanalysis, 2012).
  • Essential Research Findings in Child and Adolescent Counselling and Psychotherapy (Sage, 2017)
  • Short-term Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy for Adolescents with Depression (Karnac, 2017).
  • Mentalization-based Treatment for Children: a time-limited approach (APA, 2017)

Dr Midgley was a winner of the Society for Psychotherapy Research’s Early Career Achievement Award in 2013, and the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy’s Outstanding Research Award in 2019. He was awarded a UCL Teaching Award in 2018 for his contribution to teaching and learning at UCL.

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