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 a Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist at the Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families, and a Lecturer at the Research Department of Clinical, Educational, and Health Psychology at University College London, London (UK). He is Course Director for the MSc in Developmental Psychology and Clinical Practice.

Alongside his clinical practice at the Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families (where he has been involved in the development of mentalization-based treatments for children and families), Nick has published widely on child psychotherapy, child analysis and qualitative research. He was the recipient of the British Psychoanalytic Council's Early Career Award in 2010 and the Early Career Achievement Award from the Society for Psychotherapy Research in 2013, as well as the Anna Freud Foundation Essay Prize in 2007. In addition to his many journal papers and book chapters, Nick was the co-editor of Child Psychotherapy and Research: New Directions, Emerging Findings(Routledge, 2009) and of Minding the Child: Mentalization-based interventions with children, young people and families (Routledge, 2012), and recently published Reading Anna Freud in the New Library of Psychoanalysis. In addition to his roles at UCL and the Anna Freud Centre, Nick is an honorary lecturer at the Centre for Psychoanalytic Studies, University of Essex (where he was formerly Director of Professional Doctorate studies), and is a former chair of the European Federation of Psychoanalytic Psychotherapists' Research Committee and current chair of the SPR's special interest group for Child and Family Therapy Research (CaFTR). He also serves on the editorial board of a number of journals, including Clinical Child Psychology and Psychiatry, Counselling and Psychotherapy Research, the Journal of Psychotherapy Integration and the Journal of Child Psychotherapy.

Nick has been at the forefront of developing research in the field of psychoanalytic child and adolescent psychotherapy, with a particular interest in promoting the use of qualitative methods in psychotherapy research. He is a Clinical Associate at the CAMHS Evidence Based Practice Unit (EBPU), and a Senior Research Fellow on the IMPACT Study - the largest randomised controlled trial (RCT) ever conducted in the UK to include an evaluation of psychoanalytic therapies for the treatment of adolescent depression. With Prof Mary Target he is also Principal Investigator on the IMPACT-ME study - a qualitative 'sibling' study to IMPACT (funded by the Monument Trust), which is currently exploring the experience of young people and their families taking part in the IMPACT RCT.

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