Professor Isobel Heyman

Professor Isobel Heyman is a Consultant in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and an Honorary Professor at the UCL GOS Institute of Child Health. She is clinical lead for the National Tourette Syndrome Clinic and liaison neuropsychiatrist to the Complex Epilepsy Service at Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children. Her service focuses on children with combinations of physical and mental health problems – especially functional/medically unexplained symptoms.

She has worked extensively to raise public awareness and decrease stigma, undertake translational research and increase access to psychological therapies.

Prof Heyman works closely with a team of experts – other child and adolescent psychiatrists and specialist clinical psychologists.

The specialist services currently offered by Prof Heyman and her colleagues are for children and adolescents with physical symptoms who are distressed or having difficulties with day-to-day life.

Professor Heyman has over 30 years’ experience in specialist child and adolescent psychiatry and is widely acknowledged as an international expert. She has contributed to national policy and strategy, sitting on NICE Guideline Development groups, NHS England expert reference groups, and boards of scientific societies and journals.

Education & qualifications

  • MB BS University College and Middlesex Hospital Medical School, London
  • FRCPsych
  • PhD Developmental Neurobiology, University of London
  • CCST in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
  • Nominated one of Times Best Children’s Doctors (2012)
  • Bronze, Silver and Gold National Clinical Excellence Award (2006 – 2015)
  • Royal College of Psychiatrists UK Psychiatrist of the Year (2015)
  • Royal College of Psychiatrists UK CAMHS Team of the Year (2018)

Research

Professor Heyman has over 180 peer-reviewed publications and book chapters. She collaborates extensively in research and is coapplicant/principle investigator on research grants. She frequently contributes to national and intentional conferences, and teaches and trains widely. For more details see her University page

Dr Eve McAllister

Dr Eve McAllister is a senior clinical psychologist within Great Ormond Street Hospital, where she has worked for several years, and has previously worked within community Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services.

She has expertise in working with children who present with physical symptoms that have no known medical cause, and in supporting them, their families and schools to put in place strategies to overcome these. She has carried out research and teaching in the area of functional/medically unexplained symptoms. Dr McAllister also specialises in assessing children with neurodevelopmental difficulties such as Tourette syndrome and autism, and in treating childhood mental health and behavioural difficulties.

Education and Qualifications

  • MA Psychology – University of Glasgow
  • Postgraduate diploma in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy and other outcome based interventions – University College London
  • Doctorate in Clinical Psychology – Queens University Belfast

Dr Jane McNicholas

Dr Jane McNicholas is a Senior Clinical Psychologist with extensive experience of working with young people with complex presentations. Dr McNicholas has worked with young people in a variety of settings including inpatient and residential. Dr McNicholas has over 15 years experience of working with young people, and has worked across specialist teams at Great Ormond Street Hospital for over 6 years.

Dr McNicholas is trained in CBT, ACT, and Narrative Therapy. She has also had additional training in systemic family therapy and believes that a systemic perspective is very important when supporting young people with complex difficulties. Over the course of her career, Dr McNicholas has worked in services for young people with complex ASD, chronic pain, functional symptoms, and eating disorders.

Areas of Interest

  • Functional symptoms
  • Chronic Pain
  • Child Mental Health

Education and Qualifications

  • MA Psychology – University of Aberdeen
  • MSc Forensic Psychology – Glasgow Caledonian University
  • Doctorate in Clinical Psychology (DClinPsych) – University of Edinburgh

Research Interests

  • Long term outcomes for young people with chronic pain
  • Clinical formulation of complex mental health problems in young people

Dr Maria Hadji-Michael

Dr Maria Hadji-Michael is a Senior Clinical Psychologist working at Great Ormond Street Hospital with children for the last 5 years. She has been working with children psychologically in the NHS for the last 10 years.

Dr Hadji-Michael is trained in a number of psychological therapies but predominantly uses CBT, ACT and Narrative Therapy. She is also experienced in delivering Behavioural Therapies for Tics and has completed additional training in Narrative Therapy, Systemic Therapy and parenting approaches including the Solihull Approach.

One of her main areas of expertise is supporting those with learning difficulties. She conducts neuropsychological assessments to determine an individual’s specific learning profile. Psychometric assessments investigate intellect, academic abilities, memory and attention and allow tailored support and strategies to be put in place at home and school. These assessments can help diagnose specific learning difficulties (e.g., dyslexia, dyscalculia, dyspraxia and dysgraphia) that require educational support and potentially special adjustments in examinations.

Areas of interest

  • Child mental health
  • Neuropsychological Assessment
  • Tourette Syndrome & Functional Symptoms

Education and Qualifications

  • BSc Psychology – University College London
  • MSc Mental Health Studies – Kings College London
  • Doctorate in Clinical Psychology (DClinPsych) – Royal Holloway University

Research Interests

  • Alexithymia in children with functional symptoms
  • How children cope when they have a physical health conditions
  • Neuropsychology and mental health

Dr Holan Liang

Dr Holan Liang is a Consultant in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and an Honorary Senior Lecturer at the UCL GOS Institute of Child Health. She is joint clinical lead for the National Tourette Syndrome Clinic and Functional Symptoms service. Her special interest is in neurodevelopmental disorders including ADHD, Autism Spectrum Disorder and intellectual disability. These conditions may often underlie functional/ medically unexplained symptoms.

Dr Liang has over 15 years’ experience in specialist child and adolescent psychiatry including leading neurodevelopmental disorders services in London and Hertfordshire. She has been and remains involved in clinical research in the field of neurodevelopmental disorders including commercial and non-commercial clinical drug trials. She is an elected member of the Royal College of Psychiatrists Child & Adolescent Psychiatry Faculty Executive Committee.

She has been actively involved in teaching undergraduate and postgraduates in neurodevelopmental disorders for over 15 years at King’s College London and University College London and frequently peer reviews proposals and papers for NIHR and the BMJ.

Dr Liang works closely with a team of experts – other child and adolescent psychiatrists and specialist clinical psychologists.

Education & qualifications

  • The Glennie Prize in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Cambridge University (1999)
  • MB BChir University of Cambridge (1999)
  • MA (Cantab) University of Cambridge (2000)
  • The Conor Egan Prize, The Psychiatry Research Trust (2004)
  • MRCPsych
  • The Margaret Davenport Prize, The Royal College of Psychiatrists (2008)
  • CCST in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
  • Royal College of Psychiatrists UK CAMHS Team of the Year (2018)
  • NHS Consultant Clinical Excellence Awards (2017 & 2019)

Publications

2 academic book chapters and 15 publications in peer reviewed journals. She has authored a commercial parenting book ‘Inside Out Parenting: How to raise children with a core of self-esteem’ (Bluebird Books, 2017) which was awarded Silver Medal for Best Parenting Book 2017.

Dr Susan Walker

Dr Susan Walker is a Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist and clinical academic, which means she spends a lot of her time undertaking research as well as providing clinical care. She first worked in GOSH as a specialist registrar in 2013 and has never left! Her special interests are in neurodevelopmental disorders including ADHD and Autism; the interaction between physical and mental health; mental health and the law; and the mental health of refugees and asylum seekers.

She holds a fellowship with the National Institute of Health Research and is completing a PhD in child and adolescent psychiatry at University College London. She is involved in undergraduate and postgraduate teaching in UCL and is an elected member of the Royal College of Psychiatry Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Faculty Executive Committee.

Education and Qualifications

  • CCT in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
  • MRCPsych South West London and St Georges
  • MBBS University of London
  • MPhil University of Cambridge
  • BA Hons University of Leeds
  • Publications and articles

Walker S, MacKay E, Barnett P et al. Clinical and social factors associated with increased risk for involuntary psychiatric hospitalisation: a systematic review, meta-analysis, and narrative synthesis. Lancet Psychiatry. 2019; 6: 1039-1053

Bennett S, Shafran R, Coughtrey A, Walker S, Heyman, I (2015). Psychological interventions for mental health disorders in children with chronic physical illness: A systematic review. Archives of disease in Childhood. 100. 308-316

Dr Sophie Bennett

Dr Sophie Bennett specialises in the assessment and treatment of emotional and behavioural difficulties in children and young people, and specifically those who also have a physical health condition such as epilepsy. Many of the children she works with also have additional difficulties such as intellectual disabilities or neurodevelopmental disorders such as autism spectrum disorder and ADHD. She has particular expertise in delivering treatments over the telephone or video-conferencing. Dr Bennett has over 10 years’ experience of clinical practice using evidence-based approaches, such as cognitive behaviour therapy and evidence-based parenting programmes and works with both young people and their parents.

Education and qualifications

  • BA (Hons) Natural Sciences (Experimental Psychology) – University of Cambridge
  • Doctorate in Clinical Psychology (DClinPsych) – 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

Research interests

Evidence-based treatments of emotional and behavioural difficulties in children and young people, particularly telephone/online delivery and for children who also have a chronic physical illness.

Dr Jenny Parker

Dr Jenny Parker is a Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist at a Specialist Residential Autism Facility as well as Honorary Consultant at Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children. She has over 15 years’ experience working in children and adolescent psychiatry and has expertise in assessing young people and making multi-disciplinary treatment recommendations for a wide range of conditions including neurodevelopmental conditions such as Autism Spectrum Disorder and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder.

Dr Parker is interested in the relationship between physical and mental health through functional symptoms and exploring the relationship with neurodevelopmental conditions. She is also interested in identification of mental health conditions such as anxiety or depression occurring alongside functional or neurodevelopmental disorders which can have a significant impact on the child or young person’s ability to take part in day-to-day activities.

Education and qualifications

  • BA MB BCh BAO – Medical degree – Trinity College Dublin 2000
  • MRCPsych – Membership of the Royal College of Psychiatrists – Dublin University
    Rotational Psychiatry Training Scheme completed 2005
  • CCT – Certificate of Completion of Training in Child & Adolescent Psychiatry and
    Great Ormond Street Hospital and East London NHS Trust Training Scheme 2009
  • ADOS and 3di trained (Autism Assessments) 2008

Publications & Articles

  • Roughan LA, Parker JR, Mercer L Improving interventions for parents of children and young people with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) in CAMHS. 25/04/2019; BMJ Open Quality 2019;8;e000261. doi: 10.1136/bmjoq-2017-000261
  • Dr Rebecca J Chilvers, Dr Jennifer Parker, Dr William Mandy and Prof David H Skuse Recognising autism spectrum disorders in children with normal-range intelligence. 31/05/2011; CPD online RCPsych – Revised regularly – last March 2018
  • Paramala Santosh, Jennifer Parker, Lynn Jones, Psychopharmacological Treatment of Behavioural Problems in Sanfilippo Syndrome. 31/03/2003; BMJ Case Reports, March 2009 [doi:10.1136/bcr.07.2008.0480]
  • Jennifer Parker, Ann Mitchell, Anastasia Kalpakidou, Muriel Walshe, HeeYeon-Jung, Chiara Nosarti, Paramela Santosh, Larry Rifkin, JohnWyatt, Robin M.Murray and Matthew Allin Cerebellar growth and behavioural & neuropsychological outcome in preterm adolescents. 31/05/2008; Brain 131 (Pt 5): 1344-51, 2008 May

Dr Nimmi Parikh

Dr Nimmi Parikh is a Senior Clinical Psychologist who has worked across specialist teams at Great
Ormond Street Hospital for the past 5 years and has previously worked within community Child and
Adolescent Mental Health Services.
One of Dr Parikh’s main area of expertise is in working with children who present with physical
symptoms that have no known medical cause, and in supporting them, their families and schools to
put in place strategies to overcome these. She specialises in assessing children with
neurodevelopmental difficulties such as Autism and Tourette’s syndrome, and in treating childhood
mental health and behavioural difficulties. She is also experienced in offering neuropsychological
assessments in children and young people who have rare health conditions.

Education and Qualifications:

BSc Psychology – University College London
Doctorate in Clinical Psychology (DClinPsych) – Royal Holloway University