Lecturer in Clinical Psychology
Since qualifying as a clinical psychologist at The University of Ediburgh I have been working in the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS) in Edinburgh. After working in an outpatient team, mostly with adolescents, I moved into a paediatric post providing consultation, assessment and interventions as part of the National Ear Reconstruction Service.
I joined the School of Health in Social Science in September 2010, where I am Programme Director for the postgraduate programmes in Children and Young People’s Mental Health and Psychological Practice and the PGCert cyCBT. I continue to work in NHS Lothian in a CAMHS outpatient team, providing CBT and IPT.
MSc in Children and Young People’s Mental Health and Psychological Practice
MSc in Applied Psychology, D Clin Psych, Children, Young People and Families
Strand 1: Adolescent psychopathology: facilitators and obstacles to recovery (Perfectionism and Resilience). This research derives from my clinical experience working with young people with complex mental health problems such as eating disorders and early psychosis, and mental health in the context of physical conditions. Perfectionism is regarded by clinicians and researchers as significant in preventing recovery from eating disorders, but adult-derived models that miss the context and dynamics of adolescent development are mis-applied to young people. I am developing the first adolescent-derived, and therefore fully developmental, model of clinical perfectionism. Funded and unfunded projects, often involving students, have allowed substantial data collection across a range of adolescent contexts, testing the association between perfectionism and a range of markers for mental health and illness. Including resilience. A Perfectionism Lab supports students undertaking projects in this area.
Strand 2: The mental health of looked after and accommodated children (LAAC). The evidence base for looked after and accommodated children is currently very lacking, and these young people have the worst outcomes of any group in British and European society. This population are therefore a priority for government. Recent guidelines by the British Psychological Society, and the National Institute of Clinical and Health Excellence (NICE) emphasised the need for systematic research to develop an evidence base for meeting the mental health needs of this population. Initial funding has contributed to the development of a research group, RESILIENT with representation from the public and third sector. Students are welcome to join this group.
Member of Centre for Applied Developmental Psychology
Member of Edinburgh Child and Adolescent Psychology research network