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Cathy Creswell

Professor of Developmental Clinical Psychology

  • NIHR Senior Investigator
  • Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences (FMedSci)
  • Honorary Consultant Clinical Psychologist (Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust)
  • Theme lead: Oxford and the Thames Valley NIHR ARC, Mental Health across the Lifespan

My research mainly focuses on the development, maintenance and treatment of anxiety disorders in children and young people. My team in The Oxford Psychological Interventions for Children and adolescents (TOPIC) research group apply a broad range of methods (including experimental, longitudinal, clinical trial and qualitative methods and systematic reviews)  with children, young people and families in both community and clinical settings, with the ultimate aim of improving access to and outcomes from psychological treatments for these common conditions.

I am committed to increasing research capacity in clinical psychology and child and adolescent mental health, particularly through supporting training and development opportunities. I have supported a number of Clinical Doctoral and Postdoctoral Fellows, lead the NIHR Mental Health Research Incubator, and am a registered mentor with the Academy of Medical Sciences.

I also currently lead a UKRI Research Network Plus called Emerging Minds: Action for Child Mental Health. Emerging Minds aims to transform the promotion of good mental health, and prevention and treatment of mental health problems in children and young people by developing an interdisciplinary and cross-sector research network, providing training opportunities for early career researchers, and facilitating the development of research projects to meet our aims.