The University Clinic champions research and evaluation of evidence-based interventions.
The research, development and evaluation of clinical interventions is a key focus of the University Clinic. All clinical activities will be evaluated and researched, however, the University Clinic also hosts a number of standalone research projects focusing on national and international mental health and psychological priorities.
We also offer training to UCL students who are studying on a number of postgraduate research and clinical programmes.
Ceyla Karamanci, Doctorate of Clinical Psychology Trainee
I hold an undergraduate degree in Psychology and a Master’s degree in Clinical Social Work from Washington University in St Louis, USA and a Cognitive Psychology Doctoral Degree (PhD) from Koc University in Istanbul, Turkey. Currently I am in my second year in the Clinical Psychology Doctoral Training (DClinPsy) at UCL, working as a trainee clinical psychologist in various NHS settings as well as working on research, both for my major research project and my Service Related Research Project (SRRP).
I believe that the UCL University Clinic offers as excellent a training for mental health practitioners as for mental health researchers. Supervision in both is exceptional. I was privileged to be supervised by Dr Joshua Buckman, the clinical director, who is embedded in academics, research, and mental health practice, which meant that I was supported on all paths. During my time at the UCL University Clinic, I have completed a service-related research project, in which I aimed to understand if commonly used measures of depressive symptoms (Patient Health Questionnaire; PHQ-9) and Generalised Anxiety Disorder symptoms (GAD-7) are perceived similarly and hold the same factor structures for young adult service users who were students and who were not students. I was given the chance to incorporate and learn STATA, which I found invaluable. Even though my placement at the UCL University Clinic has come to an end, we are still in contact and writing our findings for publication.
Comfort Ogbonnaya, 2nd Year Trainee Clinical Psychologist
I would recommend the UCL university clinic to all mental health practitioners.The clinic offers practitioners the chance to develop their theory practice links in a very supportive environment. During my time at the clinic, I was able to develop my cognitive behavioural therapy skillset and worked with a variety of mental health presentations while incorporating third-wave approaches. I was able to work independently and develop my identity as a practitioner. Additionally, my supervision always felt appropriately challenging and encouraging. I couldn't recommend it enough!