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Dr Maria Loades is a  Senior Lecturer (Clinical Tutor) for the Doctorate in Clinical Psychology programme. Maria qualified as a Clinical Psychologist from the University of East Anglia in 2008. After qualification, she worked in a variety of mental health settings, including adult mental health, a children’s inpatient unit, and 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 was accredited by the British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapists (BABCP) as a Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapist, Supervisor and Trainer and is also registered with the Health and Care Professionals Council.

Maria's research programme focuses on enabling adolescents to access effective treatments for emerging mental health problems such as depression and anxiety. Maria secured an NIHR doctoral research fellowship in 2016 to further her research into depression in paediatric Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS/ME) in collaboration with colleagues at the University of Bristol and the Paediatric CFS team at the Royal United Hospital in Bath. She is also a co-Investigator on a Wellcome Trust funded project to develop a universal school based programme to prevent anxiety and/or depression in young adolescents in the Western Cape, South Africa.   

Research interests

  • Developing and delivering scalable Cognitive and/or Behavioural treatments for children and young people
  • Adolescent depression, including in adolescents 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

Award Date: 1 Jan 2008

Master of Social Science, University of Cambridge

Award Date: 1 Jan 2006

Bachelor of Social Science, University of Cambridge

Award Date: 1 Jan 2004

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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