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Prof Nick Midgley
The Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families
Tel: 0207 794 2313
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  • Professor of Psychological Therapies with Children and Young People
  • Clinical, Edu & Hlth Psychology
  • Div of Psychology & Lang Sciences
  • Faculty of Brain Sciences

Nick Midgley is Professor of Psychological Therapies for Children and Young People in the Research Department of Clinical, Educational and Health Psychology, and co-director of the Child Attachment and Psychological Therapies Research Unit (ChAPTRe), a collaboration between UCL and the Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families.

Publications include: Child Psychotherapy and Research (Routledge, 2009), Minding the Child: Mentalization-Based Interventions with Children, Young People and Families (Routledge, 2012), Reading Anna Freud (New Library of Psychoanalysis, 2012), Essential Research Findings in Child and Adolescent Therapy (Sage, 2017) and Time-Limited Mentalization-Based Treatment for Children: a Treatment Guide (APA, 2017).

Research Summary

Nick Midgley's primary research interest is in psychological therapies with children and young people, with a particular focus on the use of qualitative methods. He has a strong commitment to examining the child's perspective on mental health and psychotherapy.

Prof Midgley has been involved in the adaptation of contemporary psychodynamic treatments, including mentalization-based treatments, for use with children and families. As well as working on the evaluation of psychological therapies for adolescents with depression, Prof Midgley has a particular interest in examining the mental health needs of children in care and adopted children, and is currently leading an NIHR-funded clinical trial of the Reflective Fostering Programme (2020-2023).

Prof Midgley welcomes applications from potential PhD students interested in psychodynamic and mentalization-based treatments with children and young people; studies exploring the mental health needs of children in care and interventions to support them and their carers; and/or studies using qualitative and/or mixed-methods in the field of child and adolescent mental health.

Teaching Summary

PsychD in Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy

Dr Midgley is the Academic Course Director for the re-designed professional doctorate in Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy, which is run in collaboration with the Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families and the British Psychotherapy Foundation. The course provides a professional training for those wishing to work therapeutically with children and families in the NHS, and offers the opportunity to develop the research-competencies necessary for working in the NHS today.

01-SEP-2020 Professor Clinical, Educational and Health Psychology UCL, United Kingdom
01-SEP-2018 Associate Professor Clinical, Educational and Health Psychology UCL, United Kingdom
06-JUN-2011 Director, MSc Developmental Psychology and Clinical Practice   Anna Freud Centre / University College London, United Kingdom
Academic Background
2018   ATQ04 - Recognised by the HEA as a Senior Fellow University College London
2014   Doctor of Philosophy University of Warwick
2002   Doctorate in Clinical Psychology University College London
1997   Master of Science University College London
1992   Bachelor of Arts (Honours) University of Oxford
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