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Lydia Smith

BSc, MSc

Research Assistant

In my previous role I worked in the NHS as an Assistant Psychologist for CAMHS (the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service). Therefore, my research interests focus on making effective models of treatment for children and young people.

In my role here at the Oxford Centre for Anxiety Disorders and Trauma, I am involved in the training of therapists, in local CAMHS services, in Cognitive Therapy for Social Anxiety Disorder in Adolescents (CT-SAD-A). Cognitive Therapy is the leading treatment for Social Anxiety Disorder in adults, and is recommended by the NICE guidelines. It has recently been found to be extremely helpful in a small case study of adolescents with social anxiety disorder. Once therapists are thought to be competent in delivering CT for adolescents, a trial will be conducted comparing C.A.T (generic CBT based on coping CAT) with CT-SAD-A. 

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What do parents perceive are the barriers and facilitators to accessing psychological treatment for mental health problems in children and adolescents? A systematic review of qualitative and quantitative studies