Claire 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 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 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 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.
Monika Parkinson –
I am a Clinical Psychologist and NIHR Doctoral Research Fellow at the University of Reading. My particular research interests are in psychological treatments for young people with mental health difficulties and how we can better support parents and families. My NIHR funded research focuses specifically on improving outcomes and support for depressed adolescents and their parents.
Simon Brett –
I am a qualified Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner and a 4th year Msci Psychological Theory and Practice student at the University of Reading. Under the supervision of Laura Pass, I will be assisting with research into adolescent depression and delivering Brief Behavioural Activation for Adolescents (BATD-A).
Mona Jones –
I am a 4th year MSci Psychological Theory and Practice student at the University of Reading. As a newly qualified Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner, supervised by Laura Pass, my main role will be assisting with research tasks in the AnDY clinic and offering Behavioural Activation (BA) sessions to children and adolescents with depression. This will be as part of a research project into looking at the mental wellbeing of adolescents in schools and using brief BA to treat depression.
Peter Saunders –
I am a Senior Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner at the AnDY Research Clinic as well as a Clinical Tutor working on the Enhanced Evidence Based Practice (EEBP) and Children’s and Young Person’s Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner (CYP-PWP) courses at the Charlie Waller Institute, University of Reading. My role within the AnDY Research Clinic is to oversee clinical assessments and the delivery of low-intensity psychological treatments for children and young people with anxiety and depression. I am also involved in delivering group treatments and supervising the trainee CYP PWPs clinical practice. I am passionate about developing the CYP Improving Access to Psychological Treatments (IAPT) key principles within the AnDY Research Clinic to improve access to evidence-based treatments for children, young people, and their families.