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Dr Maria Loades is a Clinical Tutor for the Doctorate in Clinical Psychology programme. Maria qualified as a Clinical Psychologist from the University of East Anglia in 2008. Since qualification, she has worked a variety of mental health settings, including adult mental health, a children’s inpatient unit, and various community Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS). She completed a post-graduate diploma in cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT) for children, young people and families at the Anna Freud Centre/University College London in 2013, and a Postgraduate Certificate in the Supervision of Applied Psychology Practice at the University of Oxford in 2015. She is an accredited Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapist, Supervisor and Trainer with the British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapists (BABCP) and is also registered with the Health and Care Professionals Council.
Maria secured an NIHR doctoral research fellowship in 2016 to further her research into depression in paediatric Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS/ME), which she will be undertaking in collaboration with colleagues from the School of Social and Community Medicine at the University of Bristol, and the Paediatric CFS team at the Royal United Hospital in Bath.

Research interests

  • Developing and delivering Cognitive and/or Behavioural treatments for children and young people, including those with chronic illnesses
  • Therapist competence in delivering CBT, particularly in the field of child and adolescent mental health
  • The therapeutic alliance in CBT
  • CBT supervision

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Clinical Psychology, University of East Anglia

Master of Social Science, University of Cambridge

Bachelor of Social Science, University of Cambridge

External positions

NIHR Research Fellow, University of Bristol

1 Oct 201630 Sep 2021

Senior Clinical Psychologist, Royal United Hospitals Bath NHS Foundation Trust

20 Jul 2014 → …

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Projects 2015 2021

Depression in paediatric chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS/ME)

Loades, M., Crawley, E., Kessler, D. & Stallard, P.


Project: Central government, health and local authoritiesIndividual grant

International Research Accelerator Scheme

Loades, M., Griffin, C., Smith, P., St Clair, M. & Fairchild, G.


Project: Research-related fundingInternational Relations Office Funding

Research Output 2010 2018

Adapting Psychological Therapies for Autism

Cooper, K., Loades, M. E. & Russell, A., Jan 2018, In : Research in Autism Spectrum Disorders. p. 43-50

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Cognitive Therapy
Autistic Disorder
Cognitive Therapy
Mental Competency

Dispositional Mindfulness and its Relationship to Distress and Functioning in Adolescents with Chronic Pain and Low-Level Pain

Waldron, S., Gauntlett-Gilbert, J., Marks, E., Loades, M. & Jacobs, K., 24 May 2018, In : Journal of Pediatric Psychology. 9 p., jsy036.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Chronic Pain
Age Groups

Doctorate in Clinical Psychology: Main Research Portfolio

Stewart, N., 14 Sep 2018, 298 p.

Research output: ThesisDoctoral Thesis

Clinical Psychology
Imagery (Psychotherapy)
Borderline Personality Disorder
Wounds and Injuries

Does fatigue and distress in a clinical cohort of adolescents with CFS correlate with fatigue and distress in their parents?

Loades, M., Rimes, K., Ali, S., Lievesley, K. & Chalder, T., 12 Oct 2018, (Accepted/In press) In : Child: Care, Health and Development.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle


Systematic Review of Depression in Paediatric CFS/ME

Loades, M. (Creator), Crawley, E. (Creator), University of Bath, 2016