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Dr Sophie Bennett
UCL Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health
30 Guilford Street
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  • Honorary Associate Professor
  • Population, Policy & Practice Dept
  • UCL GOS Institute of Child Health
  • Faculty of Pop Health Sciences

  • BA (Hons) Natural Sciences (Experimental Psychology) – University of Cambridge
  • Doctorate in Clinical Psychology (DClinPsy) – University College London
  • Ph.D. Mental health of children and young people with epilepsy – UCL Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health
  • HCPC registered clinical psychologist (PYL30114)
  • BABCP Accredited Cognitive Behaviour Therapy practitioner


Institutional Citizenship Roles

  • Co-chair of the UCL Health of the Public Early Careers Network since 2019 (https://www.ucl.ac.uk/health-of-public/early-careers-network), which provides a platform for mentoring, practical careers advice and the dissemination of information. I have organised and chaired several events as part of this role,as well as sitting on a number of associated committees (e.g. UCL Health of the Public Delivery Group; UCL Research Staff Consultative Group; UCL ECN Chairs Committee).
  • Strategic co-lead of the ICH Population, Policy and Practice Department Special Interest Group in Mental Health, supporting cross-disciplinary mental health work across the Department and Institute
  • Member of the Mentoring Focus Group at ICH since 2019
Research Summary

I am a clinical academic psychologist specialising in child and adolescent mental health and specifically in 1) the integration of physical and mental health care and 2) increasing access to psychological treatments through‘low intensity’ interventions, including peer support. I currently act as the team research lead for the Psychological Medicine Research team at UCL GOS ICH (team lead Professor Roz Shafran), where I am responsible for the day-to-day management of several research studies,notably a five-year NIHR Programme Grant on which I am Co-I,and an associated Epilepsy Research UK Grant on which I am PI (lifetime total grant income: PI£142,668.00; Co-I £3.5m).I am involved in several large collaborations related to my work, including my role as mental health representative for the RCPCH Epilepsy12 national audits of epilepsy services and member of the International League Against Epilepsy Integrated Mental Health Care Pathways Committee. I am lead editor of a textbook, ‘the Oxford Guide to Brief and Low Intensity Interventions for Children and Young People’, including chapters from the leading international researchers in the field, published by Oxford University Press in July 2022 (https://global.oup.com/academic/product/oxford-guide-to-brief-and-low-intensity-interventions-for-children-and-young-people-9780198867791?cc=gb&lang=en&q=Aulus%20Gellius:%20Attic%20Nights).


I am the research lead for an active Patient and Public Involvement (PPI) Research Advisory Group (20 members), who have advised on the development of research procedures, intervention and dissemination for our studies investigating the interface between physical and mental health. The PPI work in our research has been highlighted by the NIHR as an example of good practice. I regularly provide external training on the delivery of evidence-based psychological therapies for children with neurological conditions to medical and mental health professionals and to families and patient groups e.g. HOPE for Paediatric Epilepsy, London. I am Vice Chair of this charity and provide mental health expertise at monthly groups in addition to facilitating remote peer support groups. 

Teaching Summary
  • Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (awarded 2021)
  • Currently primary supervisor for two PhD students and secondary supervisor for a further two, and external thesis supervisor for several DClinPsy students from UCL and Royal Holloway. I also supervise 2-3 MSc students per year, from the ICH Child and Adolescent Mental Health MSc and the UCL Division of Psychiatry; several have published their dissertations in peer reviewed journals.
  • Lecture annually for the ICH Child and Adolescent Mental Health MSc and UCL Clinical Psychology Doctorate courses, on: systematic reviews; cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)for anxiety; CBT for depression; CBT for Obsessive Compulsive Disorder; and evidence-based practice Internal and external examiner for UCL MSc and PhD programmes, the University of Bath and King's College London. 
  • Population,Policy and Practice Research and Teaching Department Representative(RTDR),supporting Tutors and Research Student Representatives (RSRs), and developing the ICH research degrees programme and strategy.
01-OCT-2022 Principal Research Fellow UCL Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health UCL, United Kingdom
01-AUG-2018 – 30-SEP-2022 Senior Research Fellow UCL Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health UCL, United Kingdom
13-JAN-2014 Honorary Clinical Psychologist   Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children, United Kingdom
13-JAN-2014 – 31-JUL-2018 Research Associate UCL Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health UCL, United Kingdom
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