Dr Maia H Forrester

Clinical Educator Programme tutor

  • University of Edinburgh
  • NHS Lothian

Contact details



Edinburgh Medical School
Chancellor's Building
College of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine
49 Little France Crescent

Post code
EH16 4SB


  • Mondays and Tuesdays, 9am-5pm: Clinical Educator Programme

    (Thursdays and Fridays, 8.30am-6.30pm: NHS Lothian)


Maia is a tutor on the Clinical Educator Programme (CEP) at the Edinburgh Medical School.  The CEP is a staff development programme which supports anyone who is involved in the education of medical students and trainee doctors in South East Scotland.  Her role as a CEP tutor brings her into contact with academics and clinicians of all specialties: she facilitates workshops and activities with themes related to teaching, learning and assessment and she observes academics’ and clinicians’ educational practice, and gives feedback on this, both in the classroom and in the workplace.  

In parallel with her university role, Maia works clinically as a psychiatrist with NHS Lothian’s Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS), supporting 12-18 year olds with complex emotional and neurodevelopmental difficulties.  She teaches on the Edinburgh MBChB psychiatry module and she is particularly interested in the relationships between mental health, learning and brain development.

Maia began her current CEP role with Edinburgh University in 2013, before which she had been working full time as a psychiatrist in South East Scotland since 2006.  Prior to this, she had several teaching roles with people whose first language was not English: she taught art to international children at Gordonstoun’s annual Summer School; English as a Foreign Language to adults at Basil Paterson College in Edinburgh; and English for Medicine to overseas doctors at the Institute for Applied Language Studies in Edinburgh. 

In her free time, Maia loves spending time with her family, friends and neighbours, hillwalking and cycling in Scotland, and travelling.


2019  Senior Fellow Higher Education Academy

2016  Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice, (PGCAP), University of Edinburgh    

2012  Certificate of Completion of Training, (CCT), specialist in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, South East Scotland Deanery

2008  Member of the Royal College of Psychiatrists (MRCPsych)

2002  Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBChB), University of Edinburgh

1999  Bachelor of Medical Science (Psychology), University of Edinburgh

1994  Certificate of Teaching English as a Foreign Language to Adults, (CELTA), Godmer House, Oxford

1993  Bachelor of Science (Geography), University of Edinburgh

Research summary

Forrester, M., Lee, I., Jackson, L., Crichton, F. and Aitken D.  (2019). Teaching Observation and Feedback in Medical Education: what is the value?  Short Communication, University of Edinburgh Learning and Teaching Conference, Edinburgh, 19th June 2019.  Link to PDF of presentation: http://www.docs.hss.ed.ac.uk/iad/Learning_teaching/Academic_teaching/Events/LT_Conference/2019/s1/1D_2_ForresterM_LTConf2019.pdf. [Last accessed 21 January 2020].

Forrester, M., MacInnes, L., Wordie, S. and Aitken D.  (2015). Medical Educators’ Experience of Teaching Observation and Feedback: getting the climate right.  Short Communication, Association for Medical Education in Europe, Glasgow, 7th September 2015.

Forrester, M. and Forbes, F. (2013).  Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) in under-18s: Background and Assessment.  Interactive online CPD module, Royal College of Psychiatrists, London.

Forrester, M., Forsyth, K., McIver, D. Whitehead, J. and Mulvanny, A.  (2009). Transition to Adult Services for Young People with ADHD: the views of a range of professionals.  Child and Adolescent Mental Health: Volume 16, (Supplement 1), December 2011, p15.

Calvert, L., Forrester, M. and Kean, L. J. (2009).  Interpersonal Therapy Across the Life Cycle: a case series.  Poster at Psychotherapy Faculty Annual Conference, April 2009, London.

Carrick, L., Clunie, F. and Forrester, M. (2007).  Physical Health Monitoring in Psychiatric Patients: a screening process that works.  Poster at Royal College of Psychiatrists in Scotland Annual Meeting, June 2007, Edinburgh.