Anxiety Researchers



Claire HilltestClaire HIll –

I am a Clinical Psychologist and Clinical Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the School of Psychology and Clinical Language Sciences at the University of Reading.  My research focuses on childhood anxiety disorders and I am particularly interested in the development of more accessible psychological therapy such as online and app-based treatments.  I am also looking at the role that parents have in managing child anxiety and how we can best involve parents in treatment for childhood anxiety disorders to improve treatment outcomes.

brynjar-halldorsson2.jpgBrynjar Halldorsson –

I am a Clinical Postdoctoral Research Fellow and a Clinical Psychologist, working with Professor Cathy Creswell in the University of Reading. My research interests include anxiety disorders in children and adolescents as well as Cognitive and Behavioural approaches to understanding and treating emotional problems. My current research is focused on investigating social anxiety disorder in children. The work aims to examine how this common emotional problem functions and is maintained in this population. It is our hope that this work will inform how we currently treat children who suffer from social anxiety.

pete-lawrencetest1.jpgPete Lawrence –

I am a Clinical Psychologist and Research Training Fellow in Clinical Psychology in the Department of Psychology at the University of Reading. My research, supervised by Prof Cathy Creswell, focuses on the development of emotional and behavioural problems in children and adolescents. As a clinical psychologist, I am motivated to identify and understand what factors can lead to these problems developing, so that we can then target the factors in preventive or early interventions to enhance children’s development and support their families.

Polly WaitetestPolly Waite –

As well as being the AnDY Clinic Director, I am an NIHR Postdoctoral Research Fellow and Lecturer in Clinical Psychology based at the University of Reading, and my research focuses specifically on anxiety disorders in adolescence. I am also a Clinical Psychologist and therefore much of my interest is in improving our understanding of anxiety disorders in teenagers in order to guide our development of more effective psychological treatments.

Cathy CreswelltestCathy Creswell –

I am an NIHR Research Professor based at the University of Reading and an Honorary Consultant Clinical Psychologist with Berkshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust. My research focuses primarily on the development and maintenance of anxiety disorders in children and young people, improving access to evidence based interventions and improving treatment outcomes for this group.


Master’s & PhD Students:

Evelyn TohtestEvelyn Toh –

I am an MSc student of Clinical Aspects of Psychology in the University of Reading. I am currently on a placement with Dr. Cathy Cresswell and Tessa Reardon- a national research study on school children and anxiety. My role includes recruiting schools and conducting anxiety assessments for school children.


Sam Pearcey –

I am a PhD student at the University of Reading working with Professor Cathy Creswell and Dr Bhismadev Chakrabarti. I am investigating social skills deficits in children with social anxiety and am aiming to establish what the nature of this relationship is. I am particularly interested in establishing whether there are any particular social skills involved in child social anxiety and how to measure these social skills more effectively in this population in order to inform treatments.