University Clinic


Our Team

You can find information about the University Clinic team below. Our team is comprised of academic, clinical and professional services staff.

Core Operational Staff 

University Clinic Core Staff

Professor Steve Pilling
As Director of the University Clinic, I am bringing to bear my experiences of setting up services, my understanding of the NHS, and my experience in translating evidence into clinical practice.

I am professor of Clinical Psychology and Clinical Effectiveness, Head of Department for the Department of Clinical, Educational and Health Psychology at UCL, Director of the Centre for Outcomes Research and Effectiveness (CORE), and the Academic Director of the National Collaborating Centre for Mental Health, a collaboration between the Royal College of Psychiatrists and University College London.

I have been at UCL for 18 years, and, as a clinical academic, I oversee the development of treatment trials, the evaluation of mental health services at both local and national levels, the design of care pathways and competence frameworks to guide the training of mental health professionals, and the production of NICE guidelines on mental health care to support decision-making in the NHS. 

You can find out more about my work by visiting my Iris profile

Dr Joshua Buckman
I am Clinical Director of the University Clinic, working at the interface of clinical practice, research, treatment development, and clinical training. In this role, I manage the clinical services within the University Clinic, and provide treatment and supervision as a Clinical Psychologist, supporting young adults with mental health difficulties referred to the clinic through UCL, Camden and Islington NHS Foundation Trust, and a number of other NHS organisations.

I am a Lecturer in Clinical Psychology in UCL's Research Department of Clinical, Educational and Health Psychology, where I offer clinical supervision to trainee Clinical Psychologists and research supervision to students on a variety of training programmes including PhD, MSc, BSc, and DClinPsy. 

My own research focusses on understanding treatment prognosis, personalising care, and the development of psychological interventions for adults with common mental disorders, particularly depression. Along with colleagues at UCL, I have set up and co-run the North Central and East London IAPT Service Improvement and Research Network, bringing together 14 Improving Access to Psychological Therapies Services to collaborate on evaluation and research projects. I co-founded the Centre for Outcomes Research and Effectiveness Data Lab, in which we provide local and national evaluations of routine clinical "big data" datasets, consulting with colleagues on their data projects and providing training on mental health data science.

You can find out more about my work by visiting my Iris profile.

Dr Georgina Krebs
As Research Director, I will draw on my experience as a clinical academic to oversee the research activities and direction within the University Clinic.

I am an Associate Professor in Young Persons' Mental Health and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, and a Clinical Psychologist. In my clinical practice, I worked for over 15 years at the National and Specialist OCD, BDD, and Related Disorders Clinic for Young People. I now co-lead the Anxiety, self-image and Mood (AIM) Clinic, alongside Professor Argyris Stringaris.

My research focuses on understanding mechanisms underpinning certain mental disorders in young people, with the goal of improving psychological treatments, particularly cognitive behavioural therapy. I am especially interested in obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) and related conditions, such as body dysmorphic disorder (BDD). I am also interested in transdiagnostic processes, and understanding how conditions such as OCD and BDD relate to other disorders. 

You can find out more about my work by visiting my Iris profile.

Clinical Staff

CUBE (Changing Unwanted BEhaviour) Clinic

Professor Owen Bowden-Jones
I am a Consultant in Addiction Psychiatry at the CNWL Club Drug Clinic, London, and an Honorary Professor at University College London. I founded the CNWL Club Drug Clinic as an innovative service offering treatment for emerging drug problems, including novel psychoactive substances, club drugs, and prescriptions medications which have been acquired online. 

My national roles include Chair of the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs (ACMD) and national clinical adviser at the Office for Health Improvement and Disparities (OHID). I am a trustee of the Society on the Study of Addictions (SSA), and a board member at the International Society for the Study of Emerging Drugs (ISSED). My research interests include emerging drugs harm, particularly in young people.

Dr Sophie Hytner
Information to follow.

Dr Mauricio Alvarez Monjaras
I am a Clinical Fellow of the UCL Doctorate in Clinical Psychology, and Clinical/Research Lead of the UCL TRANSACT (Translating Insights into Action) programme. My research focuses on innovation in mental health, particularly in LGBTQI+ young adults. I am passionate about integrating multiple perspectives on psychotherapy, developmental psychopathology, community psychology, and recovery-oriented care. 

I am a Chartered Member of the British Psychological Society (EuroPsy certified) and Member of the Dutch Association of Psychologists (NIP). Most of my clinical experience is focused on complex trauma, self/identity development, and LGBTQI+ support. 

AIM (Anxiety, self-Image and Mood) Clinic

Dr Georgina Krebs
Together with Professor Argyris Stringaris, I lead the AIM Clinic. You will find further information about my work under "University Clinic Core Staff", above, as well as in my UCL profile.

Professor Argyris Stringaris
I am a Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist at UCL's University Clinic and a Senior Clinical Advisor at the Anna Freud Centre for Children and Families. I also head the Mood in Neurodevelopment (MIND) Unit at UCL. I trained in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at the Maudsley Hospital and I am the President of the International Society for Research in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. 

I study mood and the mechanisms that lead to depression, particularly in adolescents. I am learning from my patients, my colleagues, but also from discilpines outside my own, such as philosophy, history, computer science and neurology. My clinical interest is in depression and severe irritability (emotion dysregulation).

You can find out more about my work through my UCL profile.

Joanna Carter
I am a trainee clinical psychologist in my final year on the UCL Doctorate in Clinical Psychology and with Camden and Islington NHS Foundation Trust.

Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) Clinic

Dr Joshua Buckman
I run the UCL-based sub-clinic of the Camden and Islington NHS Foundation Trust Improving access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) service. In this capacity, I deliver and oversee clinical work, and supervise the work of trainee clinical psychologists providing evidence-based psychological treatments to the UCL community. You will find further information about my work under "University Clinic Core Staff", above, as well as in my UCL profile.

Support for Students Affected by War, Conflict and Natural Disaster

Dr Charlie Cole
Charlie is a Clinical Psychologist and Research Fellow based at the Department of Psychology and Language Sciences (PALS). He is interested in developing services to support individuals, high-risk groups and communities affected by individual, societal and global level traumatic incidents. Charlie is currently working at Homerton Healthcare Foundation Trust (HHFT), providing psychological therapy to individuals with Post-traumatic Stress Disorder as a result of their occupation (e.g. health and social care workers, the police and humanitarian response workers) and leads the Acute Stress Support and Engagement Team (ASSET).

You can find out more about my work through my professional profile.  


LIBRA (Linking Bipolar Interventions with Research) Clinic

Dr Liam Mason
I am an Associate Professor of Clinical Psychology supporting clinical training and research on UCL’s clinical psychology training programme. I lead the LIBRA clinic for bipolar disorder. My research drives at questions about mood and its influence on the decisions we make and the actions we take. My research group aims to apply insights about the brain and behaviour and use these to improve interventions for those experiencing strong and changeable moods.

You can find out more about the work my research group, ICARUS, does here

Research Staff

Virtual Reality Study

Professor John King
Within the University Clinic, I am conducting VR-based research.

I am a Clinical Psychologist at UCL, where I am Research Director of the doctoral training programme. I began my career at UCL, conducting a PhD in visual and motor development in babies, using motion capture systems to to track reaching movements. Following this, I conducted post-doctoral research on hippocampal memory in healthy and brain-damaged people, using functional imaging and virtual reality to investigate neural function during the exploration of large spaces. I trained clinically in 2009, and when I started working with people experiencing depression and anxiety problems, I realised that virtual reality could also be a powerful therapeutic tool. Nowadays, my research is split between VR experiments aiming to find behavioural markers of early-onset dementia, and developing a novel mental health intervention to teach self-compassion skills to people experiencing depression.

You can find out more about my work through my professional profile.

Dr Emma Kilford
Emma's PhD research focused on the development of cognitive control, and its integration with social cognitive and motivational-affective processing, and how this relates to mental health during adolescence, using a combination of genetic, cognitive and computational research techniques. Since then, she has been working as a postdoctoral researcher on two applied, multi-disciplinary projects involving the development of scalable interventions for depression. Emma's work in the clinic centre on a project focused on the development of a new intervention combining self-copassion with virtual reality for adults with depression based in the UK.  Emma is also is currently working on a project which aims to develop a digital intervention for depression based on principles of behavioural activation and to investigate the underlying cognitive mechanisms in adolescents with depression in rural sub-Saharan Africa. 

You can find out more about my work through my professional profile.