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Prof Deborah Christie
6th Floor Research Office
UCLH
London
NW1 2PQ
Tel: 020 3447 9086
Appointment
  • Professor of Paediatric and Adolescent Psychology
  • Epidemiology & Public Health
  • Institute of Epidemiology & Health
  • Faculty of Pop Health Sciences
Research Groups
Research Themes
Research Summary

I have developed an internationally recognised clinical service, and concurrently researched delivery of psychologically-driven chronic illness management in adolescence. I direct an active audit programme described as the ‘most productive audit programme in the paediatric directorate’.

Innovative clinical interventions promoting self care and emotional well being have significantly improved the physical and mental health of young people with chronic illness. I am regularly invited to present keynote and plenary lectures at prestigious academic conferences. I have an outstanding record of academic publications in peer reviewed journals and academic text books with over 80 academic publications. I have established a significant grant income as a member of multidisciplinary collaborations within UCL as well as cross institution collaboration.
Obtained department of health funding for interventions to improve metabolic control in adolescent diabetes.
The DH has funded a 1.9million pound randomised control trial. The programme is designed to improve metabolic control and long term quality of life for children and adolescents with diabetes. I have also conducted a feasibility trial of web-based care combining quantitative and qualitative methodologies.
Developed an innovative rehabilitation programme for Chronic Fatigue and Chronic Pain Syndrome.
I have led a patient-centred approach for young people that is the basis of an innovative rehabilitation programme for CFS/CPS in adolescence.
Established an award winning novel weight management programme for adolescents.
The Healthy Eating Lifestyle Programme (HELP) has won several awards. It has been adapted for use in a community based intervention (Watch-It) evaluated in a 4 year Wellcome funded feasibility trial. The programme is being evaluated as part of a 2 million pound programme grant.
Completed the largest case-control study of meningitis outcomes in children and adolescents.
Studies assessing cognitive outcomes after meningococcal disease and pneumococcal meningitis has contributed to establishing the cost effectiveness of disease specific vaccinations.


Published on neuropsychological outcomes in young people with Tourette’s Syndrome, Eating Disorders and Leukaemia. These data have been used to inform educational planning and support.


Developed a questionnaire to assess quality of life in adolescents post meningitis.
The meningitis outcomes study identified cognitive deficits and limited medical and psychological follow up. As a member of the Quality of Life methodology advisory group I have developed a quality of life measure for adolescents post meningitis and young children living with chronic illness.
I was presented with the award for outstanding scientific achievement in clinical psychology by the faculty of clinical health psychology.
My publications have made a significant contribution to evidence based practice in paediatric psychology alongside medical practice My papers are regularly cited and are referenced for national clinical psychology training programmes. Paediatric and psychology journals have lower impact factors than equivalent medical journals however I have still been able to introduce paediatric clinical psychology and neuropsychology research findings and influence improved medical practice and patient care.


I am a regular reviewer for Clinical Child Psychology and Psychiatry, Diabetic Medicine, Paediatric Diabetes, Archives of Disease in Childhood, Child Care Health and Development, and Paediatrics

Teaching Summary

I have a national and international reputation as an outstanding trainer and presenter. I am consistently rated as one of the highest presenters at conferences

Using a range of teaching approaches my teaching is original, exciting and innovative. Presentations regularly obtain 95 - 100% excellence ratings. A recent 3 hour workshop at the RCPCH was described as the ‘best teaching ever received’

I have made a significant contribution to the advancement of paediatric psychological knowledge through my teaching and educational innovation.

An example of this is a conference on psychological approaches in paediatrics where speakers gave a theoretical perspective before completing a live consultation with a medical actor. Participants then took part in workshops in the afternoon in order to practice the skills demonstrated in the morning. A DVD was made of the conference, which is now used as part of national clinical psychology training materials (BPS Faculty of Health Psychology).

I have been invited to present in 12 countries worldwide including Europe, the Middle East, North America Australia and New Zealand
I was invited to contribute 6 modules to the RCPCH e-learning for health Adolescent health training tool. I have recently recorded 2 hour long presentations for an international web-based teaching programme on adolescent health based at John Hopkins school of public health, USA

I regularly present at North London Clinical Psychology training courses and Great Ormond Street/University College London Hospital grand rounds’, junior doctor and specialist registrar training. I developed (and present) on the diabetes team study days. I encourage junior staff to co-teach and mentor their teaching activity for psychological services. My team regularly presents at the trust division audit days.

UCLH Grand Round presentations

·        Quality of Life in Children under 10 years with chronic illness
·        Improving diabetes control in adolescence: CASCADE, a multi-centre randomised trial
        Psychological management of an atypical eating disorder

Regular Paediatric and Adolescent Team teaching

·        Working with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and medically unexplained symptoms
·        Managing Diabetes: The role of structured education:
·        Therapeutic approaches for children and adolescents  in hospitals
·        Working with Obesity in Adolescents
·        Psychological approaches to caring for children with cancer
·        Diabetes team study days (basic and advanced)      

Appointments
27-SEP-2011 Chair (PROMS Working Group) National Paediatric Diabetes Audit RCPCH, United Kingdom
01-DEC-2008 Reader in paediatric and adolescent psychology General adolescent and paediatrics Unit Institute of Child Health, United Kingdom
01-MAY-2008 Clinical Lead (psychological services) Paediatrics and Adolescent medicine UCLH, United Kingdom
01-NOV-1998 Consultant Clinical Psychologist Child and adolescent Psychological Services University College Lonodn Hospitals, United Kingdom
Academic Background
1996 Dip. Psych Diploma in Psychology – Clinical Psychology British Psychological Society
1985 PhD Doctor of Philosophy – Neurobiology University College London
1980 BSc Bachelor of Science – Psychology University College London
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