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

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

Prof. 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 played a key role in the development of mentalization-based treatments for children and families. As well as continuing studies into the treatment of adolescent depression, his current research focuses primarily on interventions for children in foster care, including the development and evaluation of the Reflective Fostering Programme (Midgley et al., 2018, 2019).

Teaching roles: 

  • 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)
  • So Young So Sad So Listen: A parents' guide to depression in children and young people. (Cambridge University Press, 2020).

Prof. 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, and in 2019 was elected a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Authority

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